Frankland Islands Reef Cruises

from $109 AUD

Island Reef Experience - Cairns

Looking for an exclusive Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tour. It commences with a rainforest river cruise departing South of Cairns.

Your destination is the Frankland Islands, a cluster of pristine National Park islands, surrounded by vibrant fringing reefs home to turtles, octopus and many species of marine life, including the ever-popular anemone clownfish. You have up to 4.5 hours to explore and enjoy this natural paradise, above and below the water.

Included in your day is a guided snorkel tour and all snorkeling equipment and instruction is included.

Optional activities:

  • Adventure snorkel safari
  • Semi-submersible or Glass bottom boat tour
  • Guided island walk
  • Introductory and Certified scuba diving
  • Clear kayaks and Stand up paddle boards
  • Sea-doo scooters are available for hire.

Frankland Island Cruises are the only commercial operator with a permit to visit these pristine, uninhabited islands, so there’s no crowds and plenty of space and time to maximise your Great Barrier Reef experience.


  • Enjoy a guided snorkel tour, with snorkeling equipment and instruction
  • Experience 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.
  • Day dive trips to Cairns’ outer Great Barrier Reef – Sailing catamaran boat, visiting 2 outer reef sites
  • Certified divers can book up to 2 dives – Guided diving only, with experienced dive masters


  • Use of Snorkelling Equipment & Tuition
  • Use of protection suits (seasonal)
  • Guided snorkelling tour
  • River cruise
  • Tropical buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Other optional activities may be pre-booked or booked on the day.
NB: Marine Park Levies included and transfer fee ex Cairns accommodation.


TRANSFERS Ex Cairns **$20 Per Person (paid on board fees)

Beaches & Palm Cove $22 Per Person (Paid on board fees)


Option Price
Adult $194
Child (4 - 14) $109
Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children of the same family) $499
Certified Dive $99
Introductory Scuba Dive $132

Full Itinerary

Frankland Island Reef Cruises is the only Cairns reef, rainforest and river day tour.

Your day starts with a comfortable, airconditioned coach departs Cairns daily at around 7.45am. You will drive 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 a modern luxurious boat named ‘Turtle Islander’, which has two levels of airconditioned comfort and shaded outdoor decks, all providing panoramic views.

With only 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.

The tour returns to Cairns around 5.15pm.

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