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

Discover one of Tropical North Queensland’s best-kept secrets! With vibrant fringing reefs, rock pools, white sandy beaches and dense rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef’s Frankland Islands is an undeveloped, pristine archipelago that is not to be missed. Escape the crowds on this exclusive day tour that takes in the incredible sights of the Reef, Rainforest and River.

This tour departs from the Mulgrave River which is a lovely 40 minute drive south of Cairns. You can self-drive or request a coach pick up for a small fee. The river cruise is in completely calm water and the journey in open water to the island is just 6 miles - approximately 30 minutes.

Enjoy a guided snorkelling tour straight from the pristine white sandy beach, where an expert marine naturalist will guide you over colourful corals and tropical fish, explaining this unique and wonderful ecosystem. Alternatively, stay dry and choose a coral viewing from the semi-submersible or glass bottom boat (optional extra cost). Other optional activities include an adventure snorkel safari, scuba diving and a guided Island Discovery walk that takes in the coral cay forest, sandy beaches and the reef's nursery. Clear-bottomed kayaks, stand up paddle boards and Sea-Doo underwater scooters are available for hire. Included in your tour is a tropical buffet lunch served on the island with a choice of fresh local prawns, salads, chicken, ham, cheese, bread and an abundance of fresh tropical fruit.

After departing the island in the afternoon, enjoy afternoon tea around 2:30pm on the lovely return cruise along the river and be back at your accommodation with plenty of time to enjoy your evening!

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    · Snorkelling equipment and a guided snorkelling tour
    · Tropical buffet lunch including prawns
    · Morning and afternoon tea
    · Comfortable boat transfer to the Frankland Islands
    · Spectacular 30-minute river cruise with commentary
    · Up to 4.5 hours reef time

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    You can add-on optional semi-submersible tour, adventure snorkel safari or scuba diving when making your booking. Other optional activities can be purchased onboard - sea kayak hire and stand-up paddleboard hire, guided island walk with marine bio, souvenirs, drinks and snacks are available for sale.

  • Duration:

    Approx 9 hours including 5 hours on the island.

  • Departure:

    7:30 AM Daily

  • Return:


  • Departure points:

    Cairns, Mission Beach, Palm Cove, Cairns Beaches, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob and Kewarra Beach

  • 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, childrens rates apply. Infants 0-3 years travel free-of-charge.

  • 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:

    Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Beaches and Frankland Islands

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