Frankland Islands Tour
Say goodbye to the crowds when you join this Frankland Islands Tour. A beautiful, uninhabited island in the Great Barrier Reef’s National Park is yours for the day.
You may snorkel just off the beautiful white sand beach and find many tropical fish and vibrant corals. Our Master Reef Guide and crew are available to provide plenty of information about the reef.
Join our marine biologist for a guided stroll around the island. Or you can go on a snorkel safari straight from the boat. You could even dive down into the ocean bottom in our semi-sub. As well as take a kayak or a paddleboard around the island. With so many options to explore the reef, what more could you ask for!
Your adventure awaits
Board the air-conditioned coach in Cairns and go south through rainforest mountains and fields of sugar cane. Pass by the landmark Walsh’s Pyramid, the tallest freestanding natural pyramid in the world. The journey to the tropical islands where your adventure awaits is certainly full of stunning scenery!
Located 45 minutes south of Cairns, Deeral is the perfect starting point for a relaxing trip on the Turtle Islander along the Mulgrave River. Sit back and relax in air-conditioned luxury while keeping an eye out for crocodiles via the expansive windows. Or you can also head outside to the decks’ covered areas for a closer look. The Frankland Islands are a short distance away, after all, it is only 10 kilometres from the river’s mouth.
The Frankland Islands are a national park and also a shelter for wildlife. You may go snorkelling just off the shores of the white sand beaches on beautiful Normanby Island. Bordered by rock pools and healthy fringing reefs, this unspoiled island will certainly amaze you. Spend approximately four hours here while you unwind and take it easy, away from the bustle.
So how does your Frankland Islands day trip look?
Your day trip will include guided snorkelling from the beach, complete with equipment as well as instruction. Snorkelling in the western reefs of the island from the comfort of the boat is also included in our popular adventure snorkel tour. Your trip price also includes a buffet-style lunch, as well as breakfast and afternoon tea. After lunch, you can explore the island with our Master Reef guide and marine scientist to learn about the abundant marine life. Also, you can learn about the flora and fauna that can be found in the island’s rocky pools and lush rainforest. The kids will certainly have a blast participating in the unique treasure hunt.
- Sandy Beach
- Sparking Blue waters
- Kids treasure hunt
- 6:55 am – Pickup from Cairns City Hotel
- 8:15 am – Check-in at Deeral
- 8:30 am – Depart to Normanby Island (part of the Frankland Islands Group)
- The Schedule can be different each day, so the crew will let you know onboard what the days plan is. Activities include Snorkelling, Island Walks, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Guided Snorkelling Tours and Island Walks, as well as Semi-Submersible Tours.
- 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Return to Deeral
- 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Return to Cairns
Included in your day at Frankland Islands
- Spectacular 30-minute river cruise
- Up to 4 hours on the Great Barrier Reef
- Guided snorkel tour PLUS adventure snorkel safari
- Semi-sub tours around the island
- Island walk with marine biologist
- Buffet lunch, Morning and afternoon tea
- All snorkelling equipment
- Protection suits (seasonal)
- Flotation devices
- Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding
- Coach transfers from Cairns
You can join Scuba diving on your trip, with this in mind, please note it is subject to availability and minimum numbers apply.
- Hat, Sunglasses
- Shoes that can get wet and sandy.
- Refillable water bottle
- Cash or Credit card (Visa or Mastercard) for onboard purchases or optional activities.
This tour includes pickup and dropoff to your Cairns City Hotels.
Frankland Islands important information for scuba divers
Please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.
Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record.
We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical – as is the law.
To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we recommend you complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking. As some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving. It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.
We are happy to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us
Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1
Flying after Scuba Diving
For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive. For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.
If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We certainly recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible