Cairns Frankland Island Tour – Simply Beautiful

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Amazing Must Do Reef Tour!



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$119.00
Family: au$527.00

Tour Code: 634

1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
  • This tour has the best coral gardens on the northern facing side of the island protecting it from any winds or bad weather making it a great year round reef trip choice
  • The coral reef on the northern side of this island are spectacular and are home to many sea turtles
  • Only 100 guests are permitted on this gorgeous tropical island per day and this is the only commercial operator to visit this location.
  • You will be snorkelling and scuba diving within 30 minutes of leaving the harbour

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

  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Sea Kayaks
  • Guided island walk
  • Semi-Submersible Submarine Tour
  • Advanced Snorkel Safari
  • Wetsuit Hire
  • Prescription Mask Hire

Frankland Islands Reef Trip - Cairns

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.

Activities on Frankland Islands – Normandy Island


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. 

Optional Extras

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.

Included In Price

  • Maximum of 100 guests - No big crowds
  • Only one Great Barrier Reef tour boat permitted on Frankland Islands
  • Guided snorkel tour off the beach
  • Use of snorkelling equipment & tuition
  • 30 Minute Mulgrave River Cruise
  • Use of lycra suit (seasonal)
  • Return island Cruise
  • Tropical buffet lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • EMC - Reef Tax
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • 7:30am ex Cairns - returning 5:15pm (approx)
  • 6:55am ex Northern Beaches/Palm Cove - returning 6:00pm (approx)
  • Self Drive check in at 8:15 am at Deeral
Departure Instructions
  • Self-drive guests will need to make their own way to Deeral, 45 minutes south of Cairns
  • Self-drive directions will be provided with your booking confirmation
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Mulgrave River
  • Frankland Islands
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Daily - except on the following Australian public holidays: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day


9 hours (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Certified and Introductory scuba diving - minimum age 12
  • Return accommodation transfers from Cairns & Northern Beaches accommodation (payable on day of travel direct to operator)
  • Sea Doo Motorised Scooter Guided Tour
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium


Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • Not suitable for disabled passengers
  • Frankland Islands Reef Cruises reserve the right to cancel the tour, change fares and itineraries including vessel type or provider to suit prevailing conditions or in the unlikely event of mechanical issues. Prices are in AUD. All passengers will be requested to complete a snorkelling safety questionnaire and divers will be requested to complete a medical questionnaire. All children under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times. Exceptions are school groups, when children are accompanied by a teacher and have filled out a disclaimer form. Only the semi-submersible OR the glass bottom boat will run daily the selection of which is at our discretion. All other optional tours are weather permitting.
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel and shoes that can get wet for island walk and boat transfers
  • Camera
  • Cash or Credit Card for additional purchases
  • 4-14 years inclusive, children's rates apply
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children (4 to 14)
  • Scuba diving minimum age 12
  • Children 0-3 years travel free

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.

  • Bookings cancelled within 36 hours from date of travel or failure to board will incur 100% cancellation fee.
  • Guests may change the date of their tour without penalty up to 48 hours prior to tour departure, subject to availability.

Cairns Frankland Island Tour – Simply Beautiful

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Amazing Must Do Reef Tour!



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$119.00
Family: au$527.00

Tour Code: 634

1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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