Cairns Island Snorkelling

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef With Us

The Frankland Islands group offers some of the best Cairns island snorkelling you can experience. Normanby Island and the surrounding fringing reefs sit within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and are home to a wide range of marine life.

During your Frankland Islands day trip, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a guided snorkel tour and our popular adventure snorkel safari. All guests are also free to snorkel at their leisure throughout the day.

If you’ve never snorkelled before, don’t worry – our crew will give you all the instruction and briefing you need. Flotation devices are available so you can float along with ease and just enjoy the sights as you explore the reef.

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef - Frankland Island
Snorkel Stars activity with our Frankland Island Guides

Both snorkel tours are guided by experienced instructors, including our Master Reef Guides. They know where to find all the best marine life, from turtles and fish to giant clams and impressive corals.

We also offer a Snorkel Stars activity for the little minnows; kids can learn how to snorkel with one of our Frankland Islands guides, and at the end of the day will take home a personalised certificate to commemorate their new snorkel skills.

As part of the Adventure Snorkel Safari, we will take you by boat to the western side of the island, where you will hop into the water and drift snorkel back around to the beach. On your way, you’ll discover coral gardens, full of hard and soft corals, giant clams and an abundance of colourful fish.

Once again, our snorkel guides will be with you along the way to point out the highlights of our beautiful reefs and ensure your safety at all times.

Experts say the clean, clear water and more remote location make Frankland Islands one of the best islands for snorkelling near Cairns. Come and see for yourself on a day trip with Frankland Islands Reef Cruises!


Snorkel The Reef

Fun, safe snorkelling for all ages

Our Frankland Island day trip offers fun and safe snorkelling for all ages. We provide all the necessary gear and safety instructions, and our experienced guides will help you choose the best snorkelling spots for your experience level.

For beginners, we recommend snorkelling off the beach at Normanby Island, where the waters are shallow and the marine life is plentiful.
For the more adventurous snorkellers, we offer guided snorkel tours to other parts of the islands, where you can see a wider variety of marine life, including turtles, sharks, and rays.

No matter your experience level, we’re committed to ensuring that you have a fun and safe snorkelling experience on your Frankland Island day trip.

Enjoy Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef as part of our
All-Inclusive Day Tour

Adult (17+)

Child (16 and under)

Family Pass (2AD and 2CH)
second child travels free!

Prices quoted are in $AUD and include all taxes and any applicable levies. Valid until 31 March 2025 or until superseded.

Snorkelling Activities

Enjoy an unforgettable day snorkelling on the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Snorkelling in Cairns on Frankland Island

If you’ve never snorkelled before, don’t worry – our crew will give you all the instruction and briefing you need. Flotation devices are available so you can float along with ease and just enjoy the sights as you explore the reef.

Frankland Islands guided snorkelling
Guided Snorkel Tour

You’ll be fully guided by experienced instructors, including our Master Reef Guides. They know these waters and will show you the best marine life on the Great Barrier Reef.

Adventure Snorkel Safari Cairns
Adventure Snorkel Safari

Get adventurous! Join our small guided snorkel tour led by a marine biologist along the island’s Western reef. Explore the Great Barrier Reef, spotting coral gardens, giant clams, colourful reef fish, and turtles.

Cameron, Sept 2023 (Google Reviews)

Could not have been happier with our day. Great guides, easy down river trip and across to the island with stunning views. The island itself was beautiful and incredibly isolated, it was a small personal tour that was highly enjoyable. You should definitely do the guided snorkel tour if you do the day trip

Briony, August 2023 (Google Reviews)

Perfection! Having the option of semi sub tour, sup, snorkelling on your own, snorkel safari in group, island tour, beautiful lunch and an ideallic island setting is superb for a family wanting to explore Great Barrier reef and not be stuck on a boat the whole day. Swimming above coral, colourful marine life, fish and swam with turtles! Would love to go again! Thank you crew we have wonderful memories.

Farima, July 2023 (Google Reviews)

It was am amazing experience! I got picked up by a coach in the morning, the coach was well ventilated, drove for about an hour in that until we hour to the ferry. The boat trip was about an hour long too where I saw beautiful sights of nature! They provided free drinks and snacks both ways in the ferry and lunch was also included in the island! They can provide something for every dietary requirement, including vegan.

Andree, August 2023 (Google Reviews)

What a hidden gem this tour was. Beautiful island, river cruise and great reef. Nice small group. Had the island to ourselves. Knowledgeable, friendly crew. Fabulous value. Will definitely be recommending this trip.

Eleanor, August 2023 (Google Reviews)

Highlight of the holiday!! Can’t recommend enough: we were picked up outside our hotel in the morning, drove to the boat where we had a great trip down the Mulgrave river before another 30 min on the sea and we arrived at the island. Variety of activities available from free snorkelling in a watched boundary and a snorkel tour a bit further out, to a semi-submersible and rainforest island tour where you can see in rock pools. The semi-sub was a little murky so if you enjoyed the snorkelling tour, I’d carry on on your own, as it’s what you saw before, but less clear, but if you’re not comfortable snorkeling, then it’s a great alternative to see the corals.

Kate, August 2023 (Google Reviews)

Excellent day tour to a great little island. Crew were wonderful and provided an overall fabulous experience. Suitable for most all ages/abilities and can do as much or as little as you like. Highly recommend.

Natalie, June 2023 (Google Reviews)
We had a fantastic day out. Both snorkeling off the beach or through snorkeling safari are amazing. Lots of fish and good to see many healthy vibrant corals. The whole crew has been very helpful. It is a perfect trip for the whole family even for little kids.
Cindy, Oct 2023 (Tripadvisor)

Very well organized. Staff was amazing!! Something for everyone. You had your choice of snorkeling, glass bottom boat, kayaks, sup, guided nature walk ( totally amazing and interesting!) and there was even a treasure hunt for young kids. Food and snacks were great as well! Highly recommend!

Lorna, Aug 2023 (Google Reviews)

Had a great day out on Frankland Island Reef Cruises. You can do as much or as little as you want on the island so perfect if you want to snorkel and spend lots of time in the water or just sit on the beach in the sun listening to the birds. The boat trip over is pretty short so good if boat travel isn’t your thing. Semi-sub trip is great if you are not a confident swimmer or fan of snorkeling. The information is interesting and while not crystal clear its a good reminder the reef can survive & flourish but we can do lots to help in our everyday life. Loads of food for lunch and afternoon cheese & biscuits was a great way to finish off the day. Highly recommend this trip

Karen, Sept 2023 (Tripadvisor)

We can throughly recommend this small, relaxed all-inclusive reef tour.
The crew were amazing, the snorkel safari the best we’ve ever been on in clear, calm waters seeing beautiful corals, fish and turtles close up. Semi sub tour of the island, guided walk, use of paddle boards and kayaks and amazing food all included. A really great day out.
Thanks to all the crew. You worked so hard all day and were fun, helpful, friendly and very informative.
Thank you

Alison, Aug 2023 (Tripadvisor)

What an amazing day out in frankland Island.
Would highly recommended this trip – one of the best snorkelling I’ve done and its guided. if your not the best swimmer you can just walk straight into the crystal clear water and still see lots of amazing stuff.
The submarine was brilliant, got to see loads.
The island walk was very educational and saw some very unique things.
Great staff, great food. Overall amazing day out would highly recommend 🙂

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