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Tour ID: 10002876

On this tour you will be snorkelling before you know it. We cruise down the Mulgrave River for 30 minutes and then the Frankland Islands come into view. It is just a short open water crossing and then it is time to start exploring the reef. You can snorkel right off the island and our marine biologist will take you on a tour. This is the perfect way to see the Great Barrier Reef.

  • 30 minute river cruise
  • A short crossing to the Frankland Group National Park
  • A guided snorkelling tour
  • Follow giant turtles & explore rock pools
  • Tropical Buffet Lunch

The day begins with a leisurely cruise down the magnificent Mulgrave River. Learn about the area’s unique flora and fauna while taking in the beauty of the surrounding rainforest clad hills. At the mouth of the river, the Frankland Islands slowly come into view and it is only a short open water crossing to our destination for the day.

Frankland Islands is the perfect location for snorkelers to drift over the amazing variety of corals and marine life that inhabit the area, including fish, sea turtles and octopus.

The guided snorkelling tour offers a chance to discover and interact with the reef under the guidance of the marine naturalists. Equipment is provided, as is the tuition to get you comfortably using your mask, fins, and snorkel.

Alternatively, stay dry and discover this underwater paradise with an optional coral viewing tour from one of our semi-submersible or glass bottom boat. A highlight unique to Frankland Islands is your optional guided “Island Discovery walk” - join our marine naturalists for an informative and fascinating exploration of the island's forest, sandy beaches and the reef's nursery - the rock pools.

Take advantage of our Optional Beach activities such as our clear Sea Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard hire to explore the island (optional extra cost).

Divers are able to discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with a certified or introductory dive (optional extra).

A tropical buffet lunch is served on the island and the menu is catered by a local organisation, providing a choice of several salads, chicken, cheese, ham, prawns and an abundance of cut fruits.

The day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Snorkel, paddle, swim, discover and simply relax on the pristine white beach and enjoy the serenity and beauty of the island paradise.

At 2.30pm, it is time to depart the island and transfer passengers back to main vessel. Afternoon tea of cake is served enroute before arriving back to Cairns at approx 5.00pm.

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    Use of snorkelling equipment, guided snorkelling tour, up to 4.5 hours on tropical island, return cruise & tropical buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and cake. Government EMC Fee.

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    Optional Tours can be purchased onboard - glass bottom boat or semi submersible, sea kayak hire and stand-up paddleboard hire, guided island walk with marine bio, souvenirs, drinks and snacks are available for sale.
    You can also add-on optional Scuba Diving when making your booking.

  • Duration:

    Approx 9 hours, 5 hours on island.

  • Departure:

    7:30 AM Daily

  • Return:


  • Departure points:


  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    The boat departs from Deeral Landing, at the Mulgrave River, where the coach will transfer you to from your accommodation (extra pay-on-board charge). If you wish to self drive, details can be provided at the time of booking.
    Transfers are available from/to all Cairns, Cairns Beaches and Palm Cove accommodation. Cost of $20 per person from Cairns or $22 per person from the Northern Beaches is payable on-board.
    Please call us 24hr prior to departure using the information provided on your confirmation to reconfirm pick up times.

  • What to bring:

    Hat, sunscreen, towel, swimming costume and shoes for beach combing that are able to get wet.

  • Fitness level required:


  • Child policies:

    4-14 Years inclusive, children's rates apply. 0-3 years, FOC

  • Additional Information:

    Return hotel to jetty transfers are available from $20 per person from Cairns and $22 per person from Cairns Northern Beaches (Payable onboard).

  • Destinations:

    Great Barrier Reef and Frankland Islands

Optional Extras

  • Introductory Dive

    Introductory Dive (12yrs and over only)

    Adults: $132.00 | Children: $132.00 | Pensioners: $132.00

  • Certified Dive

    Certified Dive (Licensed divers 12yrs and over only)

    Adults: $99.00 | Children: $99.00 | Pensioners: $99.00

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