Frankland Island Reef Cruise and Island Day Tour

Meals included
Fitness level low
Intensity level low
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5.03 reviews

Highlights & inclusions

Mulgrave River Cruise with Commentary
Snorkelling equipment & tuition included
Tropical Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Tea
Guided Snorkelling Tour
Explore rock pools
Variety of different corals and sea life

What you can expect

The Frankland Islands Reef Cruise and Island Day Tour is your chance to discover the Frankland Islands and all that it has to offer. The tour takes you on a 30-minute cruise along the Mulgrave River before arriving amongst the Frankland Islands. Next, take to snorkelling from the beach and discover beautiful coral, tropical fish, and giant turtles. Cruise along Normandy Island and discover the vibrant coral reef flora and fauna from the comfort of the semi-submersible vessel. A delicious and refreshing lunch will be had amongst the shade on the beach. The tour is accompanied by expert marine biologists, meaning that all your most detailed questions about the Frankland Island's unique ecosystem will be answered! As the only commercial operator allowed to visit the uninhabited Frankland Islands, this is an opportunity of a lifetime! Book today!


What you need to know

  • Coach transfers from Cairns CBD accommodations
  • Mulgrave River cruise with commentary
  • Guided snorkel tour with a Marine Biologist
  • Adventure snorkel safari (RRP $40) included
  • Semi-sub tour of the island
  • Guided island walk (with kids’ treasure hunt)
  • All snorkelling equipment and tuition
  • Use of kayaks & paddleboards
  • Buffet lunch
  • Morning & afternoon tea
  • Protection suit (Nov-Apr)
  • Guided rock pool discovery tour
  • Native Australian wildlife
  • Snorkel a Great Barrier Reef Island
  • Guided snorkelling tour plus BONUS adventure snorkel safari
  • Enjoy a delicious Tropical Buffet Lunch plus morning and afternoon tea
  • Variety of many different corals and sea life
  • Explore rock pools with the help of a marine biologist
  • Cruises depart at 8:30am from 169 Ross Rd, Deeral QLD 4871
  • Cruises return at 4.30pm
  • Cruises are currently operating Thursday - Tuesday (6 days a week)
  • Check-in commences at 8am (or earlier from your accommodation) at Frankland Island Cruises Vessel, Deeral
  • Jetty is located approximately 45 minutes from Cairns CBD
  • Transfers to Deeral and back from Cairns CBD accommodation only
What To Bring
  • Swimwear and towel
  • Protective clothing, hat and sunscreen lotion
  • Light jacket/jumper for windy or cool day
  • Camera
Additional Information
  • Maximum capacity is 100 passengers
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

Recent reviews

53 reviews

Frankland Islands tour exceeded our expectations. I can't recommend it enough 🪸🛥️

Today we had the pleasure of going on a tour with Frankland Islands Reef Cruises on the stunning Normanby Island. From start to finish, it was an absolutely incredible experience. Booking the tour was a breeze; their website was user-friendly, and their customer service was top-notch. The whole crew were absolute delights and put in a lot of hard work and effort to create a magnificent day for us, rain and shine! Their passion for the islands and reefs gifted us a wonderful experience. The indigenous and marine life knowledge was infectious and made the trip even more enjoyable. Every moment felt like a captivating adventure, particularly the boat transfers. The itinerary was thoughtfully planned. Travel was safe, comfortable and timely. The small group size ensured a more personalised experience, and we never felt rushed. I adored seeing clownfish, octopus, sting rays, a sea turtle and an eagle. Overall, the Frankland Islands tour exceeded any expectations. I can't recommend it enough 🫶

Natasha Boyd 2 months ago

Day trip frankland islands to Normandy island! Hotel pick up.

Great experience. No crowds. Small numbers. Delicious food! I’ve used cruises this was the best. Personable! Tour guides really helpful. Took us out desperately to show us a giant clam. Turtles were around but were shy and stayed down low. Clean island.

Rebecca Batten over 1 year ago

Best reef experience if you have limited time in Cairns.

The tour as a whole is an excellent way to experience reef while in Cairns. From bus transfers to the boat and activities on the island, everything is efficient and very good. Buffet lunch is yummy and all the crew are helpful, friendly and love what they are doing. Highly recommended.

Cesar Calalang over 2 years ago

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