Water activity

Cairns: Snorkel & Dive a Secluded Great Barrier Reef Island

Water activity

Cairns: Snorkel & Dive a Secluded Great Barrier Reef Island

From US$ 137.04 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.

  • River cruise
  • Commentary onboard
  • Boat transfer to the Frankland Islands
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Tropical buffet lunch
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Protection suit (If inclusive option is chosen -summer only)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Frankland Islands and Reef Cruise Jetty to begin the activity

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What to bring

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

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 56 reviews

Review summary

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What more could you ask than to spend a day on a deserted Island and snorkel off the beach? The weather was a bit overcast but warm and we had a wonderful buffet lunch provided. A glass bottomed boat trip was a highlight as well. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.

March 23, 2023

Great day out. Snorkeling was fabulous - beautiful corals, fish, turtles & a manta ray! Bus return from Cairns to the starting point, guided snorkel tour, glass bottom boat & walking tour all included. Food was plentiful and very very good!! Staff were friendly & helpful

March 23, 2023

We are just on the river back from an amazing day out with these folks. They’re a great team of young people: warm, informative, helpful. The day starts with a cruise down the river (we saw 2 crocs!) and into the sea out to an island in the Great Barrier Reef. Once there, we snorkelled from the beach, went out further on a small boat for more snorkelling to see bigger coral, turtles, fishes and massive clams, came back for a generous lunch, went on a guided walk around the island, lazed on the beach and dipped in and out of pristine turquoise water. It has been a perfect day. Highly recommend!

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March 23, 2023

Product ID: 237852