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Cairns: Snorkel & Dive a Secluded Great Barrier Reef Island

Cairns: Snorkel & Dive a Secluded Great Barrier Reef Island

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From US$ 139.64 per person

Escape the crowds on this Great Barrier Reef experience at the Frankland Islands. Enjoy a river cruise, guided snorkel tour, lunch, and time to relax and explore or opt for a transfer only option.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese


  • Discover the untouched Frankland Islands National Park on this exclusive tour
  • Snorkel over the amazing coral and marine life at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Dine on a delicious tropical buffet lunch
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the magnificent Mulgrave River
  • Relax on the pristine white sandy beaches and savor the serenity
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Discover the Frankland Islands, a quieter part of the Great Barrier Reef, on a trip from Cairns. Cruise down the Mulgrave River and relax on the pristine shores. Upgrade for lunch and a guided tour.

Take a tropical island adventure and take a leisurely 30-minute cruise down the colorful Mulgrave River. Soak up the beauty of the surrounding rainforest-clad hills from the cabin or shaded deck and admire the panoramic views. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles along the mangrove’s edge. After a short open-water crossing, arrive at Frankland Islands National Park, your tropical destination for the day. A secluded and ancient marine environment, the Frankland Islands are home to thousands of plants and animals species, all waiting to be discovered.

Spend 4.5 hours relaxing and exploring this secluded part of the Great Barrier Reef, which sees no more than 100 visitors each day.

Opt for the ferry-only option and choose how you spend your day, or go for the fully inclusive tour and take advantage of a day packed with exciting activities, including a guided snorkel tour, adventure safari, guided island walk, lunch, and the use of stand-up paddleboards and other equipment.

Snorkel straight from the pristine white sandy beach, where an expert marine naturalist guides you over colorful corals and tropical fish while explaining this unique and wonderful ecosystem.

Back on the island, take part in our guided island walk, led by a resident Master Reef Guide or Marine Biologist, showcasing the amazing diversity of this protected national park. Savor a delicious tropical buffet lunch before departing the island in the afternoon.

Enjoy the complimentary coffee, tea, and cake served on board while you sail back to Cairns.

  • 30-minute river cruise
  • Commentary onboard
  • Boat transfer to the Frankland Islands
  • Up to 4.5 hours reef time
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Tropical buffet lunch (if inclusive option chosen)
  • All snorkelling equipment (if inclusive option chosen)
  • Protection suit (If inclusive option is chosen -summer only)
  • Extra activities (payable on the day)
  • Cairns CBD transfer (unless option selected)
  • Hotel pickup & drop-off (if inclusive option chosen)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet at the Frankland Islands and Reef Cruise Jetty.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Credit card
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Please specify accommodation name upon booking
  • If you've chosen the ferry-only option, feel free to pack your own lunch
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 44 reviews

Review summary

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Really enjoyed the day and the trip was a memorable one. The island has a lot of stunning views and the water was crystal clear. Snorkel safari was wonderful and it was a real joy to swim with beautiful fishes along the stunning reef. The tour operators were super friendly and they make you feel very comfortable. They are very passionate and have the willingness to show us the best of the island. Highly recommend this activity.

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December 27, 2021

good experience just be careful when booking because you can book for transfers only an they wont be able to cater for your lunch lucky the good guys there helped us out with a feed cause when u on the island with no food for the day you get very hungry

December 13, 2020

I booked this excursion on the last day of my stay in Australia at short notice and did everything right. A few days earlier I was diving and snorkeling elsewhere on the reef and was shocked by the extent of coral death. In contrast, the reef around Frankland Island is very healthy and in good condition. The corals are colorful, you can see countless fish and I could see turtles up close. The guides are incredibly competent and are open to all questions. The food and the guidance on land and in the water were terrific. I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience the real beauty of the reef. I hope that the beauty of this national park can be preserved for a long time.

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November 15, 2019

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