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Nov 17

The Magic of Frankland Islands – 17th November 2013

Posted on November 17, 2013 by

Frankland Islands

Frankland Islands are a group of Islands South of Cairns that are protected, they are unspoilt and uninhabited. These tropical Islands are covered with beautiful rainforest and white coral sand, the abundance of marine life includes fringing coral gardens, sea turtles and dozens of species of tropical fish make for an unforgettable day. Think Gilligan’s Island or Tom Hank’s “Cast Away” film. If you are looking for a deserted island getaway experience this trip is a must do while in Cairns. It is also the only Great Barrier Reef trip to include a river cruise! There is only one tour operator with one boat only to have been granted a permit to visit Frankland Islands making this trip very exclusive and desirable indeed.

Sea Turtle at Frankland Islands

Once on the Island we put on our snorkelling gear and headed into the water to explore the beautiful fringing coral. The staffs were great and offered some helpful tips and were very encouraging and enthusiastic.

Some people also elected to do the Semi-Submersible tour (like a glass bottom boat but under the water) meaning they got to explore the reef without getting wet! A Marine Biologist is also available for guided snorkelling tours. I highly recommend theses guided tours as they offer valuable insight information you wouldn’t get on your own. Your guide will show you the best parts of the coral reef while providing unbelievable information on the Great Barrier Reef eco system.

After our guided snorkelling tour it was time for lunch. This was laid out beautifully and was a gorgeous tropical picnic which included cold meats, salads, prawns, noodles, pasta and tropical fruit. Fresh water is provided free throughout the day. Wine and beer can be purchased.

After lunch we looked out to the water and realised it was now low tide! On parts of the island the water had retreated leaving the coral exposed and hundreds of rock pools just waiting to be explored! Snorkelling was still an option as parts of the island has water deep enough to do so. The rock pools were absolutely teeming with life, many coloured tropical fish and blue and purple starfish. Our Marine Biologist took us for a walk through these rock pools pointing out absolutely amazing little creatures that we would of otherwise missed.

Clown Fish

This day trip was incredibly enjoyable and relaxing. This trip is not as fast paced as some of the other Great Barrier Reef trips which makes it perfect for those who just want to relax on a deserted tropical island with no big crowds. There is a set structure for the day but this is more of an optional activities timetable and you can snorkel and explore the island at your own leisure. It is also great for kids and those who may not be comfortable in the water.

If you would like to experience Frankland Islands give a call now on (07) 4059 2654 or click here

Author: Melissa – A Cairns Holiday Specialist Tour Specialist

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