Frankland Islands Cruise & Dive - Full Day Tour
Frankland Islands Cruise & Dive - Full Day Tour
The adventure begins with an informative bus ride south of Cairns to a little town called Deeral where you board the boat which cruises along the Mulgrave River up to the mouth of the Coral Sea. From here you listen to the interpretive talks about the mangrove-fringed banks and hear stories of the Yidiniji indigenous Aboriginal people. It is the shortest open water crossing ride in Queensland to the Frankland Islands and this company is the only tour operator allowed to visit the uninhabited and undeveloped pristine Normanby Island. The journey combines a river cruise as well as a reef and Island experience. It is a visual delight to have the backdrop of the mainland all day.
Frankland Islands Cruise & Dive - Full Day Tour
The 'Full Day Cruise and Lunch Package' includes use of snorkelling equipment and tuition, morning and afternoon tea and a tropical lunch. You have a choice of glass bottom or semi submerisble boat tour.
You can also try scuba diving by addind an introductory dive to your day or a certified dive - please bring your certifications - MUST BE PRE-BOOKED as spots are limited.
Frankland Islands National Park
The cluster of Frankland Islands are protected national parks, the native habitat displays a wide variety of flora and fauna. Sea birds are prolific on the islands, and the Frankland Islands are a well known nesting ground for both common and endangered varieties of birdlife.
The Normanby Island nature trail is the ideal way for visitors to gain insight into the immensely astounding natural beauty of the Cairns Great Barrier Reef island, and the easy 20 minute circuit offers guests the opportunity to enjoy rocky outcrops, dense tropical rainforest, coastal vegetation and mangrove communities. There are a range of rockpools that are home to a variety of wildlife, and many forest and marine creatures can be sighted on the easy nature walk throughout Normanby Island with the marine biologist.
***New To Frankland Islands***
Frankland Islands is definitely a fantastic full day Great Barrier Reef trip for families with recently added activities to please every family member.
- Sea-Doo, is an underwater scooter and is available to anyone depending on your swimming abilities and height - no minimum age. Take advantage of this optional extra and zoom around the Great Barrier Reef. A Sea-Doo hire goes for 30 minutes
- Helmet diving is now available on Frankland Islands day trip. Please note you must be 16 and complete a medical questionnaire. Helmet diving is a fun way to explore the waters around Frankland Islands. Helmet diving requires a minimum of 6 guests so book now and your optional extra will be reconfirmed closer to your travel date.
- Stand up paddle boards and Sea Kayaks, another activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Please note you must pre-book the above optional extras to avoid disappointment as spots are limited.
Guided Island Walk
The guided island walk and informative environmental commentary is truly an opportunity not to be missed. These guided walks are informative, descriptive and interactive. You will see and hear about things you probably would have walked straight past or not even seen. Guides entertain their visitors whilst educating them, once again providing an Australian Great Barrier Reef experience paralleled by no other.
Snorkelling & Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef
Nervous swimmers and first time snorkellers and scuba divers will also appreciate the calm, shallow waters lapping the shores of Normanby Island. This is the perfect sanctuary to gain confidence and experience the Cairns Great Barrier Reef.
The coral gardens of Australia's Great Barrier Reef which surround the Frankland Islands are those of the most untouched in the entire world. Experienced snorkellers and certified divers will appreciate the pristine patch of coral reef surrounding Normanby Island, and with guidance can experience the deepest depths of the Coral Ocean.
Travellers who prefer sun and sand will find delight in the sun-burnt shores of the island – soft sand, tall coconut palms fringing dense rainforest, combined with an abundance of wildlife, create an idyllic Cairns tropical island environment.
Guided Snorkelling Tour
A guided snorkel tour with a Marine Biologist is the best hands on education you can get! This is also included in your full day tour to Franklands Islands. Cruising the crystal waters learning about the different corals and huge variety of fish speices and turtles. Our waters have 6 of the 7 worlds Sea Turtles and they just love this location in the Great Barrier Reef.
Introductory & Certified Diving
Frankland Islands are also perfect for first time divers and certified divers. The shallow waters are perfect to ease yourself in the water and for the more advanced divers the pristine underwater world will amaze you.
Semi-Submersible or Glass Bottom Boat experiences
However, for those wanting to experience the wonders of the reef without getting wet, or if you are afraid of the water and its sea creatures then a semi-submersible tour of the reef is available. The Semi-Submersible runs periodically throughout the day, ensuring those that don't swim still enjoy an up-close-and-personal encounter with the Cairns Great Barrier Reef. The semi-submersible boat seats 30 passengers in comfort, and the unique vantage point under the surface of the water offers spectacular views – just as if you were snorkeling! There is also a Glass Bottom Boat experience to add to your Great Barrier full day tour.
After a full day experiencing the rainforest, reef and beaches of the exotic Normanby Island, guests embark on the return journey to Cairns. A 3;00pm. departure from the island allows guests to appreciate the tropical Australian scenery bathed in the late afternoon light as they reminisce about their Frankland Islands Great Barrier Reef experiences. By 4:30pm - 5:00pm, travellers holidaying in Cairns will arrive back at their accommodation, and by 5:30 - 6:00pm for those staying on the Cairns Northern Beaches.
If you have your own vehicle or rental car you can also self drive to Deeral.
The perfect way to spend the day – book your Frankland Islands Cruise and Dive Great Barrier Reef experience today!
If you’re going to the reef we highly recommend hiring an underwater camera so you can capture all the amazing things you see in high quality photos or videos. Show your friends and family back home the amazing and colourful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, keeping your precious memories safe for a lifetime. With lots of colourful fish, turtles, hard and soft corals, sharks and more on the reef, there is so much to take photos of! Get a selfie with friendly fish or maybe capture the next award winning National Geographic image! SUWC have a range of cameras to suit your budget and needs. Every camera rental comes with a FREE SD card for you to take home. Cameras can also be delivered direct to your accommodation to make things as easy as possible for you! Click here to hire your underwater camera.
Included in Price
Mulgrave River cruise with commentary
Guided snorkelling tour
Guided island walk
Snorkel equipment and tuition
Maximum of 100 guests
This is the only commercial tour operator licensed to visit Frankland Islands
Morning and afternoon tea
Staff to client ratio, maximum 12:1
For Bookings Call Now!
1300 761 612
Certified and Introductory scuba diving - minimum age 16
Sea-Doo - underwater scooter ***NEW TO FRANKLAND ISLAND CRUISE***
Helmet diving - minimum age 16 ***NEW TO FRANKLAND ISLAND CRUISE***
Stand up paddle boards ***NEW TO FRANKLAND ISLAND CRUISE***
Sea Kayaks ***NEW TO FRANKLAND ISLAND CRUISE***
On-board purchase: souvenirs, drinks & snacks
Tour Languages Offered
9 hours (approx), that's 4 hours on the island
Pickups from Cairns: 7:45am, 7:15am from Northern Beaches
Return to Cairns: 5:15pm - 5:35pm to Northern Beaches
Days of Operation
Departs FromDeeral Landing on the Mulgrave River
- Cairns Beaches
- Palm Cove
What To Bring
Hat, sunscreen, swimmers, towel and shoes that can get wet for island walk and boat transfers
Fitness Level RequiredLow
4-14 years inclusive, children's rates apply.
0-3 years travel free
One child travels free as part of a family (2 adults & 2 children)
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
Bookings cancelled within 48 hours notice from date of travel will incur 50% cancellation fee, bookings cancelled within 18 hours notice from date of travel or failure to board will incur 100% cancellation fee.
Must be 16 years of age to Scuba Dive.
Multi langual Reef Day Trip:
- French: Tuesday Thursday ,Saturdays
- German: Monday, Wednesday, Fridays
- Italian: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays
- Spanish: Tuesday, Thursday ,Saturday
- Japanese: on request
This is one of our most favourite island day tours on the Cairns Great Barrier Reef its just so pretty and you have a super high chance of seeing turtles here. Just fantastic for the whole family and crew to enjoy.
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2017 - 20181 Apr 17 - 31 Mar 18
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Optional Extras for 2017 - 2018
The following optional extras can be purchased at time of booking.
|Certified Dive 1st||
|Certified Dive 2nd||
|Introductory Dive 1st||
|Introductory Dive 2nd||
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|Stand Up Paddle boards||
26 February 2017
The tour was well organised and run by helpful and knowledgable staff. The snorkelling was excellent as was the view of the corals, indeed, better than most tours. Lunch was tastey and plentiful. On the dives the staff knew where to find the best sights and shared their knowledge and expertise willingly. We saw many varieties of coral, fish and turtles. Totop it all, we even saw, close to, a salt water crocodile.
I would strongly recommend this tour to anyone. It was well worth the cost
Frankland Islands Cruise & Dive - Full Day Tour Guest Review
Response from The Tour Specialists
Thank you for taking time to write such a positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in Cairns. We would love to have the opportunity to assist you with your next holiday to Cairns region.
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