Frankland Island Reef Cruise and Island Day Tour

Meals included
Fitness level low
Intensity level low
See all photos
5.05 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
or 4 payments of $57.25 with more info
Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to experience

Select travellers & date

Select Travellers
Sun, Jul 14, 2024

What you can expect

The Frankland Islands Reef Cruise and Island Day Tour is your gateway to discovering the wonders of the Frankland Islands. Begin with a scenic 30-minute cruise along the Mulgrave River before arriving amidst this pristine island paradise. Once ashore, snorkel from the beach to explore the stunning coral, tropical fish, and giant turtles. Then, cruise around Normandy Island and marvel at the vibrant coral reef flora and fauna from the comfort of a semi-submersible vessel. Enjoy a delicious and refreshing lunch under the shade on the beach, with expert marine biologists on hand to answer all your questions about the unique ecosystem of the Frankland Islands. As the sole commercial operator allowed to visit these uninhabited islands, this tour offers a truly exclusive experience.


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
  • Cruises depart at 8:30am from 169 Ross Rd, Deeral QLD 4871
  • Cruises return at 4.30pm
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from Deeral landing on 169 Ross Rd, Deeral QLD 4871.
  • Bus pick-ups are available only from Cairns CBD-based accommodations.
  • 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
Terms And Conditions
  • 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
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

55 reviews

Stunning and epic day! Will do again, it was great snorkelling.

Such a lovely day. Snorkelling was great, awesome coral, spotted an octopus. I really enjoyed the snorkel tour too and we saw lots of bigger fish on the snorkel tour and quite a few turtles. I didn’t get seasick either was calm. Highly recommend for a great day out.

Abbey Hunter 3 months ago

Beautiful island, highly recommended, will definitely go back

Beautiful island, lunch was fantastic, weather was not but even with wet weather it was still a great day. The pre-tour of what to bring was appreciated as I would not have taken a jacket and would have been freezing (hard to believe I know), really enjoyed the island walk and all the information and I’m a Cairns local so I’m sure ‘proper’ tourists will have enjoyed it. Thank you for a great day.

Natasha Bridson 4 months ago

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 10 months ago

Need help?

  • Email us at
  • Help code: D2B-2A63
  • This experience is supplied by Frankland Islands Reef Cruise and Island Day Tour


Our Promise

  • We are committed to sustainability
  • We have an approved Science Based Target
  • We use third party verified standards
Experience Oz

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians of Country and their connections and continuous care for the skies, lands and waterways throughout Australia.