A superb Cairns Great Barrier Reef Island tour & River Cruise. Travel with small numbers to snorkel or dive the reef and explore an uninhabited tropical island that is home to many turtles.
Our Frankland Island Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns is totally unique that there is only one boat per day permitted on this island and it carries only 100 guests making your Great Barrier Reef tour experience casual, unhurried and uncrowded with a beautiful tropical island all to yourselves.
A fantastic Great Barrier Reef tour for the whole family from Cairns that offer so many amazing natural experiences in an untouched environment.
We are 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 just outside of Cairns.
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 or for those who don’t want to be on a boat for long. Such a short open water crossing reduces the chances of sea sickness and ensures everyone will have a wonderful day on this gorgeous unspoilt tropical island south of Cairns.
While the reef tour is completely guided by experienced marine naturalists, guests don’t have to tag along with the marine tour guides, you can explore and discover everything on the island at your own pace if you prefer.
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.
This northern section of the island is mostly always protected from the southerly winds so allows for calm snorkelling even in the most adverse weather.
If you have children with you then again the Frankland Island tour is a really great option for you.
Morning and afternoon tea is provided and a tropical buffet lunch is served on the beach. Most dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.
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 where rainforest, mangroves and migratory birds can be seen!
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 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 from the back of a boat or pontoon.
There is also the opportunity for guests to undertake our adventure drift snorkel which is to explore our western reef. This is an optional snorkelling tour which is from our smaller dive tender.
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. Stay dry and see the reef with an informative commentary on the great barrier reef.
Exploring the Island – Guided Island Walk
Tropical buffet lunch is included, served on the beach under a canopy of trees at their picnic area. 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 island walk with the Marine Biologist.
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.
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Self-drive guests will need to make their own way to Deeral, 45 minutes south of Cairns
January - December
Daily - except on the following Australian public holidays: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
9 hours (approx)
Approximately 4 - 4.5 hours on the reef
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.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 634