Step on board our luxurious boat the Turtle Islander at Deeral, just 45 minutes south of Cairns, for a spectacular calm water cruise down the Mulgrave River. Keep an eye out for crocs from the panoramic windows as you sit inside in air-conditioned comfort, or step out onto the shaded outdoor decks for a closer look. From the mouth of the river it’s only 10km to the Frankland Islands.
The Frankland Islands archipelago is a natural wildlife haven and a protected national park. Beautiful Normanby Island is surrounded by pristine sandy beaches, with rock pools and healthy fringing reefs which can be snorkelled from the beach. Here you have up to 4 hours to relax and enjoy, without the crowds.
Your day tour includes guided snorkelling from the beach, with equipment and instruction. For a limited time it also includes our popular adventure snorkel safari, snorkelling from the boat along the island’s western reefs. A boxed lunch, morning and afternoon tea are also included in your tour. After lunch, join our marine biologist and Master Reef guide for a walk around the island, discovering the diverse wildlife that flourishes under the water, in rocky pools and in the rainforest. Choose from a range of optional extras to enhance your day (see below).
Tours depart Saturdays and Sundays.
Snorkel straight from the beach
Enjoy an action-packed day on the reef
Tours depart Deeral at 8.30am and return at 3.30pm. Deeral is an easy 45-minute drive from Cairns – please allow time for the drive and check in at the vessel by 8.15am.
Enjoy outstanding customer service throughout the day, and plenty of time to explore a pristine Great Barrier Reef National Park island.
Tours are currently restricted to just 50 passengers per day. Enjoy the opportunity to have this hidden gem all to yourself!
You get to spend the day on a secluded, unspoilt National Park island on the Great Barrier Reef! Leave the crowds behind and enjoy exclusive access to this hidden treasure.
Snorkel straight from the pristine white sandy beach and see a wide variety of colourful corals and tropical fish. Our expert marine biologist and Master Reef Guide is 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 operated, and committed to providing outstanding customer service. Our average staff to customer ratio is 1:8 and your safety is our priority at all times
Queensland residents save 40% with our locals discount! Simply enter the promo code LOCAL40 when booking (Local ID must be shown upon check-in).
Discover the treasures of the Great Barrier Reef with us
Just waiting to be explored
Frankland Islands Reef Cruises is the only operator licensed to land on beautiful Normanby Island. If you’d like to join us but would prefer to explore the island without our full day tour inclusions, we welcome you!
Bring your snorkelling gear and an esky with your lunch and drinks (sorry, no alcohol allowed) and enjoy stunning coral gardens and a picture-perfect island beach. Just select the ‘Transfer Only’ rate when booking.
You’re free to join us on a guided island walk. Charges apply for equipment hire and other optional activities including our adventure snorkel safari.
Please remember if bringing your own food and drink to take your rubbish home with you and help us keep this protected national park pristine.
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 to choose from. Do as much or as little as you like!
Set off on an adventure snorkel safari from the boat, or join our marine biologist for a guided island walk. Kayaks, stand up paddle boards and Sea-Doo scooters are available for hire. Certified divers can also explore the surrounding reefs.
An underwater photographer is also on board daily to capture your special moments on the Great Barrier Reef. All photos are for sale at the end of the day.
Everything you need for an unforgettable island adventure
Get adventurous! Jump off the boat and snorkel along the Western reef of the island, guided by our marine biologist. These small group tours will enable you to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef. During your snorkel safari you’ll see a vast array of hard and soft coral gardens, complete with giant clams, an abundance of colourful reef fish, and turtles.
The safari is included in our standard day tour price. Transfer Only passengers are welcome to join the safari – $30 charge applies.
FREE (for a limited time)
The pristine Frankland Islands are a place of exceptional natural beauty. From their fringing reefs and rock pools, to their white sandy beaches, lined with pandanus and other native species, and shaded green interior. Join our marine biologist and Master Reef Guide for an informative and fascinating exploration of the island.
Starts from $99
Certified scuba divers are in for a treat – The Frankland Islands is a great place to dive, with abundant marine life including but not limited to turtles, anemonefish, giant clams and manta rays to name just a few. Briefing is provided on the way to the islands, so you can maximise your reef time.
Please Note: Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from diving. Please see our Diving page for more information. No refund is offered should you be unable to dive.
Kayaks are available for hire during the day. Glide along over the clear tropical waters enjoying amazing views over the corals, fish and marine life below. 30 minutes hire time.
Want to SUP the Great Barrier Reef? With Frankland Islands Reef Cruises you can! Our Kona boards are easy to use and the waters surrounding the islands are relatively calm, making them the perfect location to try paddle boarding. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced boarder, this is the perfect place to go stand up paddle boarding on the Great Barrier Reef. 30 minute hire time.
Sea-doo underwater scooters are easy to use and lots of fun! They power you through the water allowing you to see more of the reef with little effort. Our guides will provide you with instruction and a lesson, to make sure you get the most of your experience. Get ready to zoom around the reef. 30 minute hire time.
Want to camp on a pristine National Park Island? Frankland Islands Reef Cruises is the only commercial operator with a permit to visit the Frankland Islands, a part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service do permit some camping on the adjacent Russell Island. Camping permits must be obtained through them and we can provide your transfers. Minimum fees apply. Please contact our office for further information and a quotation.
Frankland Islands Reef Cruises also has a range of special equipment available for hire during your day tour. This includes snorkelling equipment for Transfer Only passengers ($20), prescription masks ($15), wetsuits ($15) and underwater cameras ($35). These can be booked and paid for, on the boat, on the day of travel.
Sorry, our semi-submersible is currently unavailable.
Board our semi-submersible from the beach and travel out over the amazing fringing coral reefs, where you’ll see an abundance of hard and soft corals, without getting wet! Spacious and comfortable seating provides each guest with a front row view of the Great Barrier Reef. The tour includes an informative commentary on the Great Barrier Reef and the different corals and animals that reside around the Frankland Islands. You’ll also see schools of colourful, tropical reef fish and sheer reef drop-offs.
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