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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.


  • 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 bookings prior to November 1st 2020
  • 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.

    Reef Tax: Reef Tax $20 per person payable directly to the operator on the day of travel. This is currently not being charged however will recommence for travel from November 1st 2020.

    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 included until October 31
    • Coach transfers from Cairns CBD accomodation


    • 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 October 27 to November 02

    Change Dates

    All prices are shown in AUD ($)

    Tue 27 Oct
    Wed 28 Oct
    Thu 29 Oct
    Fri 30 Oct
    Sat 31 Oct
    Sun 1 Nov
    Mon 2 Nov

    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

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

    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.

    despinal from Australia wrote on 25 October 2020

    Great experience

    This tour was fantastic! We snorkeled twice, once directly from the beach which was great for beginners and once a bit offshore. Then we did an amazing island tour where we get to see and learn how the island was created. On our return back we even spotted crocodiles at the riverbed! Great island and tour, totally recommended!!!

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    Marguerite Efstathis from Australia wrote on 29 September 2020

    Best Snorkling Experience

    The water was so clear! Saw heaps of turtles, fish, stingrays and the biggest clams, also some of the tiniest nemo's, so cute! The turtles were so close, just grazing on the bottom and letting us look on. The coral and amount of fish were incredible so much more then I've seen elsewhere for a very long time. The crew were amazing, full of knowledge and very keen to share. Our lunch was incredible, prawns, cold meats, salads and fresh fruit. Our cruise up and down the river before heading out to the Islands looking for croc's kept us all entertained. So glad they don't venture out to the Islands. We had a wonderful day and would recommend for the family of all ages. Sorry no photo's my phone decided the water was that good it went for a swim too!

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    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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