A fantastic Great Barrier Reef tour for the whole family from Cairns.
This is the only Great Barrier reef tour operator with a license to visit uninhabited Normanby Island in the Frankland Islands making this one of the most private and exclusive island tours on the Great Barrier Reef.
The Frankland Islands reef tour also offers the shortest ocean crossing from the mainland to the Great Barrier reef- just 30 minutes.
This makes it perfect for people who may suffer from seasickness as it is virtually impossible to start feeling ill within such a short time and ensures everyone will have a wonderful day on this gorgeous unspoilt tropical island.
You don’t have to tag along with the marine tour guides, you can explore and discover everything on the island at your own pace. Tents and sun shelters will be provided and most dietary requirements catered for with advance notice.
If you love sea turtles then book this Frankland Island Great Barrier Reef tour as quite a number of turtles call these island reefs home.
The calm northern facing lagoon on Frankland Islands is also perfect for first time scuba-divers, shallow sheltered shores offer safe, comfortable sandy slopes for first time scuba divers to wade into the water at a depth comfortable for them to becoming accustomed to scuba diving.
Optional Extras Payable on Day of Travel
This Great Barrier Reef tour just out of Cairns is unlike any other- whether you are self-driving or choosing to book the coach transfers, your day will start with a nice scenic drive just South of Cairns to a charming Deeral township.
That’s where you will board the boat to enjoy 30 minute river cruise down the beautiful Mulgrave River and have the opportunity to go wildlife spotting to see various birds, butterflies and with a bit of good luck- Crocodiles sunbaking on the river banks.
After the river cruise it is only a short 30 minute ocean crossing to the stunning Frankland Islands, which makes it a perfect trip for someone who is worried about seasickness.
Enjoy snorkelling straight from the northern beach, shallow entry point makes it a perfect reef tour for families with younger children and people who don’t like the idea of snorkelling in the deep water.
Of course you will have the choice to snorkel further away from the shallow lagoon if feeling confident enough.
Frankland Islands are surrounded by colourful healthy coral gardens, giant clams and sea turtles are often spotted.
You are sure to discover something new and exciting that you have never seen before.
Semi-Submersible Submarine Tour
Besides snorkelling you can also enjoy coral-viewing tour from semi-submersible submarine boat.
During this half hour tour you will travel further out to the ocean than it would be possible by snorkelling.
Informative commentary by one of the marine biologist staff will guarantee that you won’t miss any sea turtles or stingrays that may be around.
Exploring the Island
Tropical lunch is included and offered close to the beach under nice shade and once you have restored your energy levels there is plenty of time to explore the Normanby Island at your own leisure or you could join the guided tour at no additional fee if you prefer.
Frankland Islands consist of 5 continental islands- Normanby, Mabel, High, Russell and Round.
There are also many optional extras to choose from such as scuba-diving, Sea-Doo underwater scooters, paddle boarding and sea kayaking- depending what suits you the best.
These need to be pre-booked at time of making your Great Barrier Reef Island tour booking.
January - December
Daily - except on the following Australian public holidays: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
9 hours (approx)
Scuba Diving Restrictions
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.