We are the only Cairns reef, rainforest and river day tour. Our comfortable, airconditioned coach departs Cairns daily at around 7.45am. It takes you south past fields of sugar cane and the iconic Gordonvale Pyramid, tracking alongside the World Heritage listed Wooroonooran National Park with rainforest mountains, to your river cruise departure point. Please note transfers are also available from Mission Beach. Climb aboard our luxurious boat Turtle Islander, which has two levels of airconditioned comfort and shaded outdoor decks, all providing panoramic views.
It’s a 30-minute calm water cruise along the Mulgrave River, which is lined with rainforest and mangroves, before a short 6-mile open water crossing to the Frankland Islands. This archipelago is a natural haven and protected National Park. It’s surrounded by pristine sandy beaches, with rock pools and healthy fringing reefs which can be snorkeled from the beach. Here you have up to 4.5 hours to relax and enjoy. Included in your day is a guided snorkel tour, with snorkeling equipment and instruction, a tropical buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea. Optional activities include an Adventure snorkel safari, Semi-submersible or Glass bottom boat tour, Guided island walk and Introductory or Certified scuba diving. Clear kayaks and Stand up paddle boards as well as Sea-doo scooters are available for hire. The tour returns to Cairns around 5.15pm.
Where you can snorkel straight from the beach …
There’s lots of inclusions or try something new …
A tropical buffet lunch, which is served on the island. The menu is catered by our contract Chefs, providing a choice of several salads, chicken, ham, prawns, breads and an abundance of fresh tropical fruit. Outstanding customer service throughout the day and plenty of time to explore a pristine Great Barrier Reef National Park island.
You get to spend the day on a secluded, unspoilt National Park island on the Great Barrier Reef! Where you can literally snorkel straight from the pristine white sandy beach, across a wide variety of colourful corals and tropical fish. With an expert marine biologist on hand, to explain this amazing and unique ecosystem.
We have the shortest open water crossing of any Cairns reef day tour, which means you spend less time travelling and more time exploring. This also makes us the best choice for people who suffer from seasickness.
We’re locally owned and operated, committed to providing outstanding customer service. Our average staff to customer ratio is 1:8. Passenger safety is our priority at all times.
Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef with us …
Only Cairns’ reef operator with clear kayaks …
At Frankland Islands Reef Cruises, we want you to be able to customise your day to suit your interests. That’s why we have a fabulous range of optional activities. You can choose to do some, or none.
Scuba diving is provided by the experienced instructors at Scubabo. You can try an Introductory dive, no experience necessary, or book a Certified dive. There’s an Adventure snorkel safari from the boat, Guided island walk, Semi-submersible or Glass bottom boat tour, Clear kayaks, Stand up paddle board and Sea-doo scooter. Check our Prices for more information.
An underwater photographer is also onboard daily, to capture your special moments on the Great Barrier Reef. All photos are for sale at the end of the day.
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