Frankland Islands Reef Cruises is an exclusive Cairns Great Barrier Reef island day tour. It starts with a rainforest river cruise, followed by the shortest open water crossing of any of the Cairns day tour boats, to put you right on the Great Barrier Reef.
Their destination is Normanby Island in the beautiful Frankland Islands National Park. Surrounded by vibrant fringing reefs, it’s home to many species of marine life, including turtles, octopus and the ever-popular anemone clownfish, Nemo. You have up to 4 hours to explore and enjoy this natural paradise, above and below the water. They’re the only commercial operator with a permit to visit these pristine, uninhabited islands, with a maximum of 50 people per day.
Your day includes coach transfers from Cairns CBD accommodation, a guided snorkel tour, guided island walk (including a kids’ treasure hunt) and buffet lunch. Optional activities include certified scuba diving and our adventure snorkel safari, or grab a kayak or stand up paddleboard and explore.
Transfer-only rates are also available – bring your own gear and lunch and enjoy the tranquillity. Relax and explore with no crowds and plenty of space and time to maximise your Great Barrier Reef experience.
Service TypesAdventure and Outdoors Tours Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Nature and wildlife Sightseeing Tours Free Wifi
ActivitiesScuba Diving Snorkelling Swimming
MembershipAustralian Tourism Export Council
AccreditationCOVID Safe Professional Association of Diving Instructors Scuba Schools International
From $139 to $199
Your tour starts as you board an air-conditioned coach and drive past rainforest-clad mountain ranges and tropical farmland. Take in the scenery on a 30-minute river cruise, keeping an eye out for crocs! After a short open water crossing you’ll arrive at Normanby Island, where you can snorkel straight from the beach and see a wide variety of colourful coral and tropical fish. Follow giant turtles as they glide through the water.
Explore at your leisure, or join our crew and Master Reef Guides for a guided snorkel tour to see the best of the island’s fringing reefs. On our adventure snorkel safari you can discover the coral gardens and diverse wildlife on the island’s western shore. On land, our marine biologist will lead you on an island walk – spy marine life in the rock pools and explore the coastal rainforest with its birdlife.
Kayaks and paddleboards are available, and certified divers can venture further into the surrounding coral reefs.
A tropical buffet lunch and morning and afternoon tea are included, with a licenced bar and snacks available on board.
Disabled AccessCarpark Family Friendly