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Cairns: Snorkel & Dive a Secluded Great Barrier Reef Island

Product ID: 237852
Escape the crowds on this exclusive Great Barrier Reef experience at the unspoiled and untouched Frankland Islands. From Cairns enjoy a rainforest river cruise, guided snorkel tour, buffet lunch, and ample time to relax and explore this pristine island.
About this activity
Duration: 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Japanese

Pickup included

Pick-up service for all hotels in Cairns, Palm Cove & Northern Beaches. Please wait in the hotel lobby.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the untouched Frankland Islands National Park on this exclusive tour
  • Snorkel or dive over the amazing coral and marine life at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Dine on a delicious tropical buffet lunch with fresh seafood
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the magnificent Mulgrave River
  • Relax on the pristine white sandy beaches and enjoy the serenity
  • Learn about the islands complex ecosystem with a Master Reef Guide/Marine Biologist
Full description
Your tropical island adventure begins with pickup from Cairns and the northern beaches in an air-conditioned bus and travels south through UNESCO World Heritage Listed rainforest mountains and fields of sugar cane. Hop off the bus and onto a luxury boat and enjoy 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, that sees no more than 100 visitors each day. 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.

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. Across the day, choose from an array of optional activities such as the adventure snorkel safari, semi-submersible or glass bottom boat tour, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding, sea kayaking, or even an underwater scooter. Included in the tour is a delicious buffet lunch served on the island with a choice of local fresh prawns, salad, chicken, ham, cheese, bread and an abundance of fresh tropical fruit. The boat departs the island in the afternoon and there’s coffee, tea, and cake on board to enjoy while you sail back to Cairns.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within Cairns and Northern Beaches
  • Spectacular 30-minute river cruise with commentary
  • Comfortable boat transfer to the Frankland Islands
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Up to 4.5 hours reef time
  • Tropical buffet lunch including prawns
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Protection suit (summer only)
What’s Not Included
  • Extra activities (payable on the day)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Please note, the transfer is only available from Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation. Please re-confirm your pickup time.
• Additional activities available on the day: semi-submersible or glass bottom boat tour, guided island walk, adventure snorkel tour, introductory or certified diving, kayaks and stand up paddleboard hire, and underwater scooter hire.
• Certified divers: please bring your certification card and logbook.
• Certified and introductory divers: you will need to complete a medical declaration form. Certain medication and/or medical conditions may preclude you from diving in Australia.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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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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Product ID: 237852