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Frankland Islands
Prices from $99 AUD


The only tour operator licenced to visit the untouched beauty of the Frankland Islands. Also includes a cruise down the Russel River. The vessel takes up to a maximum of 100 passengers which ensures your day on the reef is both service and safety orientated.

Operating Now - Limited Days, operating Fridays and Sundys - other days please enquire.




  • Maximum of 100 people
  • River cruise, reef and island experience in one tour
  • Only tour to the Frankland Islands
  • Shortest open water crossing
  • Staff to customer ratio is an average of 8:1
  • Protection suits are available free of charge
  • Expert marine biologist onboard

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From 1/04/2019 to 31/03/2021 childadultinfant
Frankland Islands
cruise only (flat rate for this option) $69.00$99.00$0.00
Frankland Islands
Snorkelling package
cruise, lunch, snorkelling, lycra suit, guided island walk & guided snorkel tour $119.00  
Additional Costs: $20 per person EMC (reef tax) applies to all bookings.
Children = 4 - 14 years, Infant = 0 - 3 years, Family = 2 adults and 2 children aged 4 - 14
From 1/04/2021 to 31/03/2022 adultchildinfantfamily
Frankland Islands
cruise only - incl bus transfer $115.00$85.00$0.00$330.00
Frankland Islands
Adventure package
cruise, bus transfers, lunch, snorkelling, lycra suit, guided island walk, guided boat snorkel tour, 30 mins use of kayaks or stand up paddle boards $219.00$155.00$0.00$625.00
Additional Costs: $20 per person EMC (reef tax) applies to all bookings.
Children = 4 - 14 years, Infant = 0 - 3 years, Family = 2 adults and 2 children aged 4 - 14

Your day begins with a morning cruise along the Mulgrave river. From the mouth of the river our destination on the The Great Barrier Reef is already in sight, making it the shortest open sea crossing in North Queensland. Welcome to Normanby Island, one of the five stunning islands that comprise the Frankland Islands.
The island’s pristine waters are a coral haven for snorkelling and diving. Visitors share the immaculate reef with green sea turtles, tropical fish and giant clams. While leisurely guided island walks take you through rainforests, rock pools and along secluded sandy beaches. You can satisfy your appetite when you dine under a canopy of trees with our tropical buffet lunch including prawns, fresh salads and tropical fruits.


This cruise offers a unique Great Barrier Reef experience based on the stunning Frankland Islands National Park, south of the City of Cairns. Frankland Islands Reef Cruises are the only operator to visit the island, offering small groups the opportunity to snorkel and dive the healthy fringing coral reef that surrounds the island. 

Your tropical island adventure begins with pickup from Cairns and the Northern Beaches before travelling 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 colourful Mulgrave River where migratory and breeding birds can be seen. Soak up the beauty of the surrounding rainforest-clad hills from the cabin or shaded deck and admire the panoramic views.

After a short open water crossing (30 minutes) guests arrive at Frankland Islands National Park, your tropical destination for the day. 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 colourful corals and tropical fish while explaining this unique and wonderful ecosystem.

All snorkelling equipment and tuition on how to use masks, fins, and snorkel is provided. During the summer months, a protection suit is provided.

Included in the tour is a delicious tropical buffet lunch served on the island with a choice of local fresh prawns, salad, chicken, ham, 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 our departure point at Deeral.


Frankland Islands Snorkelling Package

Enjoy a guided snorkel tour straight off the beach with one of our fantastic crew. See a diverse range of corals including the famous anemone and clown fish in this small group guided tour. Once you’ve had your fun in the water, jump aboard either our glass bottom boat or semi submersible to 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 different corals and animals that reside around Frankland islands. You’ll also see schools of colourful, tropical reef fish and sheer reef drop offs.


Frankland Islands Adventure Package

Be adventurous and jump off the boat and snorkel along the Western reef, guided by our marine biologist. These small group tours will enable you to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll see a vast array of hard and soft coral gardens, complete with giant clams and an abundance of colourful reef fish! You might even get to see a turtle. After your tour make use of our sea kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards to see the reef from a totally different angle. 

Frankland Islands Dive Packages

The Frankland Islands is a great place to dive, with abundant marine life including but not limited to turtles, anemone fish, giant clams and manta rays to name just a few. With both introductory (no experience neccessary) or certified scuba diving packages available there's a choice for everyone. All instructions are provided on the way to the Islands, allowing you to maximise your reef time when we arrive. 



Enjoy an adventurous snorkel on a sea-doo. It’s a scooter that propels you through the water on the surface with the option to dive down under the water. Tuition provided.

Kayak & SUP hire

Easy to use Stand Up Paddle Boards and clear bottom kayaks are available for hire. The clear kayaks provide amazing views of the fish and corals below. Use of Kayaks and SUPs is included in the "Adventure Package".


What to bring?

Just like a day at the Beach:
ie Hat, 15+ Sunscreen, swimmers, towel and comfortable shoes for beachcombing. 


Contact Details

07 4057 4312
+61 7 4057 4312

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