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Frankland Island Cruise and Dive - Snorkel Day Tour or Ferry Transfer

Join us for an unforgettable day tour to the incredible Frankland Islands on the Great Barrier Reef.

Highlights

  • Scenic drive past a Rainforest and river cruise down the beautiful Mulgrave River to the Coral Sea
  • Cruise across the open ocean to the Frankland Islands
  • Enjoy the guided snorkelling tours! See a variety of colourful coral species, tropical fish, turtles and more
  • Explore the uninhabited island, enjoy a delicious pre-packed picnic lunch on the beach
  • Return with a cruise up the Mulgrave – your chance to spot a crocodile in the wild!

Step on board our luxurious boat the Turtle Islander at Deeral, just 45 minutes south of Cairns, for a spectacular calm water cruise down the Mulgrave River. Keep an eye out for crocs from the panoramic windows as you sit inside in air-conditioned comfort, or step out onto the shaded outdoor decks for a closer look. From the mouth of the river it is only 10km to the Frankland Islands.

The Frankland Islands archipelago is a natural wildlife haven and a protected national park. Beautiful Normanby Island is surrounded by pristine sandy beaches, with rock pools and healthy fringing reefs which can be snorkelled from the beach. Here you have up to 4 hours to relax and enjoy, without the crowds.

Your day tour includes guided snorkelling from the beach, with equipment and instruction. For a limited time it also includes our popular adventure snorkel safari, snorkelling from the boat along the island’s western reefs. A pre-packed picnic lunch, morning and afternoon tea are also included in your tour. After lunch, join our marine biologist and Master Reef guide for a walk around the island, discovering the diverse wildlife that flourishes under the water, in rocky pools and in the rainforest. Choose from a range of optional extras to enhance your day (see below).

Tours are currently restricted to just 50 passengers per day. Enjoy the opportunity to have this hidden gem all to yourself!

 

Your Day Trip includes:

  • Day trip to the Frankland Islands on a modern boat
  • Reef tax and levies currently included in the price (for a limited time)
  • Free coach transfer from Cairns CBD accomodation
  • Spectacular 30-minute river cruise
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, all snorkeling equipment and guided snorkeling tour!
  • Up to 4 hours on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Guided snorkel tour PLUS adventure snorkel safari
  • Island walk with marine biologist
  • Protection suits (seasonal)
  • Flotation devices
  • Morning tea, pre-packed picnic lunch and afternoon tea
  • Free car parking at the Deeral Jetty

 

Ferry Transfer Only Option

If you want the day on the Frankland Islands and self cater for your own needs why not book a Transfer Only option? This just includes your boat ticket to the Islands and excludes all the extras. Bring your own food and the option to pay direct and upgrade to snorkel equipment/diving is available on the day. However you can still join the Island eco walk with the marine biologist!

Free coach transfer option:

There is a free couch pick up taking you to the boat from Cairns CBD accomodation and designated meeting points in Cairns.

Self Drive option to departure point:

Tours depart Deeral at 8.30am and return at 3.30pm. Deeral is an easy 45-minute drive from Cairns – please allow time for the drive and check in at the vessel by 8.10am.

Enjoy outstanding customer service throughout the day, and plenty of time to explore a pristine Great Barrier Reef National Park island.

Optional Extras:(Payable on the day)

  • Certified Dive - $99
  • Wetsuit hire - $15 each
  • Snorkel gear $20

  • Kayaks/SUP $20
  • Prescription masks - $15
  • Meeting point: Meet at Deeral jetty for check in. 45 minutes’ drive south of Cairns.

    Adult $199.00
    Child $119.00 (Age 4-14 years old)
    Adult Transfer Only $99.00
    Child Transfer Only $69.00

    What's included

    • Stinger Protection suits are available free of charge
    • Marine Biologist onboard to explain the Frankland Island's unique eco system
    • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included
    • Guided Snorkelling Tour
    • All snorkelling equipment and tuition provided
    • Local Fees
    • Coach transfers from Cairns CBD accomodation

    Notes

    • Meeting location approx. 45 minute drive south of Cairns at Deeral Jetty. Please nominate at checkout if you would like a free coach pickup from your Cairns CBD accomodation.
    • Child: Age 4-14 years old. Ages 0-3 years go free. Sea-doo hire is for adults and children over 12 years.

    Available Bookings from September 25 to October 01

    Change Dates

    All prices are shown in AUD ($)

    Fri 25 Sep
    Sat 26 Sep
    Sun 27 Sep
    Mon 28 Sep
    Tue 29 Sep
    Wed 30 Sep
    Thu 1 Oct

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult Transfer Only$79.20
    • Child Transfer Only$55.20

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult Transfer Only$79.20
    • Child Transfer Only$55.20

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult Transfer Only$79.20
    • Child Transfer Only$55.20

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult Transfer Only$79.20
    • Child Transfer Only$55.20

    8spaces priced from:

    • Adult$159.20
    • Child$95.20

    8spaces priced from:

    • Adult$159.20
    • Child$95.20

    8spaces priced from:

    • Adult$159.20
    • Child$95.20

    8spaces priced from:

    • Adult$159.20
    • Child$95.20

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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    Sarah from Australia wrote on 09 September 2019

    One of the best reef tours we've done

    Amazing reef tour and definitely one of the best we've done in all the years we've been visiting the reef. Great service, fantastic food, family friendly. Loved it.

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    Hi Sarah, Thank you for your 5 star review. We are very proud of our tour, Island & crew. Also glad you enjoyed the food & were able to see the beautiful reef around our Island. Take Care & kind regards

    Ricardo from Italy wrote on 03 September 2019

    Amazing staff and wonderful place!

    Amazing day spent In Frankland island! One of the best place to snorkel (take part at the safari Snorkeling after lunch) to visit one of the best spot of the great coral reef! I've done my first scuba diving lesson and i really enjoyed it, I was very like to had a opportunity to swam with a turtles and dugong! Although was a cloudy day, i saw a beautiful colors! The staff was very helpful, and the Italian biologist guide was really nice and very prepared! I really recommended it! make sure to go in a sunny day, should be great! :)

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    Hi Ricardo, Thank you very much for the 5 star review and for taking the time to let us know about your day! We are a small family run business and rely on reviews from people like you to spread the word about our beautiful slice of paradise. You have been lucky to be one of our many travellers recently to swim with a dugong. Our staff love their job and love to share their knowledge with our guests! Enjoy the rest of your trip and we hope to see you again soon.

    Tina from Australia wrote on 30 August 2020

    Great snorkeling day

    Great day snorkeling... awesome fish coral and was exciting to see turtles too .. marine biology was a wealth of information... crew N team were great ... highly recommended it as a snorkeling tour n an easy 30mins boat ride of the coast ...

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    alyssac2 from Australia wrote on 10 August 2020

    An unforgettable experience!

    The day trip to the Franklands Islands was incredibly enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons. The whole day ran smoothly and the crew were incredibly professional, working hard behind the scenes to make the experience enjoyable. The river cruise was lovely and Normandy Island was absolutely beautiful. The snorkeling was fantastic - so much healthy, vibrant coral and lots of fish and other marine life. There were plenty of opportunities to do your own thing - extra snorkelling, exploring the island or just relaxing by the beach. Nothing felt rushed or overly structured - we just got to spend the time the way we wanted tox which was perfect.

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    gilliane from Australia wrote on 29 February 2020

    Perfect day out

    Best reef tour I’ve been on. Punctual; friendly, efficient and well informed staff; good, fresh and simple food; 2 opportunities to snorkel, plus semi sub; enough to do for non snorkelers, great visibility and lots of colourful coral and fish - even saw turtles; and best of all, we were the only boat there. We went out of season, so lots of space (only 20-30 passengers) and quick to gear up etc. Only negative comment is that some of the gear was pretty tatty (few holes in first stinger suit) but was no problem to change.

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