Full-Day Cruise Tour to Frankland Islands Great Barrier Reef

Full-Day Cruise Tour to Frankland Islands Great Barrier Reef

8 hours Deeral, Australia

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Explore a unique Great Barrier Reef experience with Frankland Islands Reef Cruises - the only tour operator visiting the pristine location, you will feel like the tour is very private and crowd free. The tour includes a river cruise and has a short open water crossing 6 miles - approximately 30 minutes, morning and afternoon tea and a tropical buffet lunch. Your experienced guides take you snorkelling and ensure you feel comfortable and safe in the water and give you the best opportunity to spot a colourful clown fish and maybe even a turtle!  Snorkelling straight off the white sandy beach makes this suitable for families and first time snorkelers. There are other optional activities including stand up paddle boards, kayaks and a guided island walk.

Discover one of Tropical North Queensland’s best-kept secrets! Hosting vibrant fringing reefs, rock pools, white sandy beaches and dense rainforest, Frankland Islands are a pristine archipelago that are not to be missed. Escape the crowds that takes in the incredible sights of the Reef, Rainforest and River. Hop onto a luxury boat that will take you on a 30-minute leisurely cruise down the Mulgrave River. A short open water crossing will take you to your tropical island destination for the day. You’ll have 4.5 hours to relax and explore 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 will guide you over colourful corals and tropical fish, explaining this unique and wonderful ecosystem. This guided tour is included for all travellers. Included in your tour is a buffet lunch served on the island. Enjoy coffee/tea on board our air-conditioned vessel.


  • Use of Snorkeling Equipment, Kayaks and Stand up Paddle boards
  • Guided Snorkelling Tour and/or Adventure Snorkel tour
  • Morning, afternoon tea and Prepacked picnic lunch
  • Protection suits (seasonal)
  • River and Island Cruise
  • Marine Biologist led Island Walk with Rock Pool Discovery
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Complimentary pick up/return from your Cairns CBD accommodation
  • Please note: Above inclusions are for the fully inclusive tour only


  • Extra activities (payable on the day)
  • Drinks including soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol (available to purchase)

Departure Point

1: 169 Ross Rd, Deeral QLD 4871, Australia
2: 169 Ross Rd, Deeral QLD 4871, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Please contact us if you are unable to find your pickup point. Please note we are unable to offer transfers at this stage from Cairns.


  • Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All guests will be requested to wear protection suits provided free of charge during certain times of the year.
  • All guests will be requested to complete a snorkelling safety acknowledgement prior to entering the water.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dietary requests may be made, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Diving within 48 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor. You will be requested to complete a pre diving questionnaire.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms


159 Reviews

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Sue2610 October 2021

This was an excellent day from start to finish - once we found the boat! The instructions from the booking office were rather sketchy, telling us to find a BP service station, which doesn't exist. A further phone call gave us a Google address to a gentleman's house who was quite surprised to see us turn up on his doorstep! However, once we were on the boat, I cannot fault the care and supervision given by the crew. Our elderly mother, nearly 94, was given all the help and attention she needed without making her feel incompetent and we really appreciated that. She was out there snorkeling with the best of them and we could relax knowing that crew members were keeping a watch out and were ready to help her out of the water and up the beach. What a fantastic lunch! Under the shade of a tarpaulin strung under the trees, fresh prawns, fried chicken, many different salads and fruit, constant drinking water, an Esky full of soft drinks. The young children were excited by the treasure hunt, families were relaxed and we older people could relax and spend our time doing as we pleased. Many thanks, a great, memorable day.

mkprince2018 October 2021

My husband has knee replacements, which means he cannot do the snorkeling tours, however, a staff member took him around the nearest coral, with the aid of a flotation ring. His experience, alone, was worth the trip!! Our interstate friends & I had a fantastic experience, coral viewing, as well. Top marks………get yourselves down there!

Bob_the_cat13 October 2021

The island itself is spectacular and only short boat ride from the mainland which is a bonus. Super small crowds as well which is another positive. The coral is in good health and we saw lots of marine life, turtles, stingrays and a variety of fish. However, the boat itself is pretty shabby and needs a makeover, good thing it’s a short ride to the island, as the seats are dreadfully uncomfortable. It was the return boat ride that was the most disappointing. After a long day out most passengers were tired and as we were slowly meandering back down the river enjoying the calmness, the captain or someone decides that playing AC/DC at a high volume was the way to go. Really not the best choice of music for the occasion and certainly not a song that was written about catching STDs from sleeping around. Considering most of your passengers were young families, the choice of music was disgraceful…… maybe a rethink on the entertainment team, but the island itself is amazing…

Jennifer_N October 2021

The island walk was pretty special. The contrast of the river and sea makes it different to other island trips

carono190 October 2021

Had a fabulous day out. Fully recommend the tour. The team looked after us all so well. Really engaging with the kids. Activities were great, food delicious and the location was breathtaking. Mario’s treasure hunt was a hit with the kids, very informative and fun, Plus there was a real treasure chest at the end.

HiltonR5571 October 2021

Had the best day out on the island. The staff were very friendly, enthusiastic, informative and nothing was too much trouble. For those that are new to snorkelling they were very attentive and helpful. Definitely recommend for singles, couples and families of all ages.

Ysabel B October 2021

I had a amazing day on the island with Scotty Mario and Raquel and the rest of the guys .. the way how they interact with the local marine life was beautiful and they helped us spot so much wildlife while in there.. the island itself is paradise for a day .. would go back anytime

KNH2013 October 2021

Fantastic way to see the reef, especially with young children who have never snorkelled before. The staff were so accomodating and patient, taking my son out holding onto a ring to see nemo and turtles - he was hooked after that! They also gently got him into the water off the small boat for the adventure tour which he was nervous about. My only suggestion is that if you want to paddleboard or kayak to do it first thing, or choose the earliest adventure tour time slots as they start packing these up quite soon after lunch. Best crew on any tour we have been on in the area. We had a great day and a smooth crossing.

105caitlyns October 2021

I spent my birthday on this cruise and it was so memorable! The staff went above and beyond to make my day enjoyable (shout out to Scotty). The reef is absolutely stunning and the boat trip over is so comfortable! Would recommend to first time snorkelers or those with experience under their belt.

nadiacza October 2021

What a cracking day! We had such a memorable day, which far exceeded our expectations. I was expecting a day on the sand watching the little one, while everyone else had fun. But the staff treated our little jellyfish, age 4, to fabulous snorkelling lessons and she was able to join us on the snorkelling safari. She’s still talking about the turtles and the shark she saw. Michelle, in particular, was just fabulous. Highly recommend. So much so, if we’re in Cairns again I would take the day trip again.

BelindaCJ September 2021

We had a fantastic day visiting Normanby Island which is one of the Frankland Islands. Although raining on the mainland, it was a beautiful day on the island. The snorkelling with Mario pointing things out was beautiful and very safe. The lunch was tasty and healthy and there was plenty of it. The tour around the island with Mario was very interesting. Overall it was an amazing day that we thoroughly enjoyed.

Russell H September 2021

Such a great day with Frankland Island. Bus pickup from Cairns and leisurely drive to the boat. Boat trip out the river was very scenic. Arrived at the island and everything was so well organised getting snorkel gear and guided tours. Snorkeling was great with staff pointing out various features. Found Nemo and Crush. Lunch was a great combination and plenty on offer. Thoroughly recommend. Thanks Michelle for the snorkel tour!

jag4655 September 2021

If you are looking for an authentic enjoyable day out on real tropical island with great snokelling, then this little hidden gem is hard to go past. I would highly recommend it to those who want a unique experience. Thanks to Michelle for making our kids have a truely memorable day, to Scotty for the talks and Scotty the skipper and his team. We will recommend to others and we will be back

I5887ZZbenb September 2021

Such an awesome experience, the crew were amazing, made every effort to assist wherever possible and very knowledgeable on the reef. The food including coffee and tea was good. Would highly recommend this tour, the Franklin Islands are beautiful. Really enjoyed the drift snorkeling, special thanks to our guide Scotty, you legend!

Tonya R September 2021

We've spent over a week in the area and been to Agincourt Reef and Green Island. The visit to Normanby Island is one of our favourites, up there with Agincourt Reef. We had young adults late teens and they raved about it. The skipper and crew are professional and so friendly, the lunch excellent and the river cruise really beautiful. Saw loads of coral and fish and turtles. We'd love to do it again. Definitely recommend this, best value for money.

Portlangs September 2021

We had a fabulous day with perfect weather. Snorkelling with Mario was enjoyable as he pointed out turtles and species of fish (including the Spanish Picasso style fish
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