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Babysitting on the Great Barrier Reef!
Posted on November 29, 2014 by Melanie Blight
Only a short ferry ride from Cairns, the Frankland Islands are a beautiful tropical getaway, where people can enjoy pristine, turquoise and calm waters. The islands are completely uninhabited and there are many activities to do. These are available through Frankland islands Cruise and Dive, in order to get the most out of this beautiful location and include a Marine Biologist managed coral viewing tour on board of the Semi-Submersible and diving and snorkelling guided tours in this amazing spot of the Great Barrier Reef.
The 5 islands, Russell, Round, High, Normanby and Mabel, are surrounded by fringing reef and they lie about 10km from the estuary of the Mulgrave and Russell rivers, approximately 45km south of Cairns.
The Frankland Islands have always been a great fishing and hunting source for the Mandingalby Yidinji and Gungandji Aboriginal people. The islands were named by Lieutenant James Cook in 1770 in honour of a Lord of the Admiralty and his nephew; both named Sir Thomas Frankland, two great 18th century sailors.
With departure from Deeral, people interested in visiting the Frankland Islands, will enjoy a half hour Mulgrave River cruise, on the way to the ocean, admiring the stunning scenery, the wildlife in the mangrove banks, all set against a beautiful backdrop of the rainforest. Once out in the ocean, the cruise to the Frankland Islands is about 30 minutes.
There is a maximum of 100 guests on board the Frankland Islands Cruise and Dive boat, which will arrive to Normanby Island, half Coral Cay, and half Coral Atoll rainforest. Frankland Islands Cruise and Dive boat is the only company who is authorized to be in this location, providing a unique experience to all guests. Island’s guest will enjoy a beautiful day of snorkelling, diving and the option to try the Glass Bottom boat and the Semi –Submersible. The staff provides a great guided walk through the Island’s Rainforest and the Rock Pools, where guests can admire Baby Clams, Turtles, Tropical Fish and Exotic Shells.
A special package is available during school holidays, the Kids Club on Frankland Island, which offers the young ones an enjoyable 2 hour tour, including the Semi-Submersible tour, the discovery walk and packed picnic lunch, while the parents can enjoy a beautiful tropical buffet lunch, relax, explore and snorkel themselves.
The daily trip programme includes all snorkelling equipment and a guided snorkelling tour, a Reef and Islands interpretation by a Marine Biologist, Semi-Submersible tour or Glass Bottom Boat, guided Rock Pool and Island Discovery Tour, morning and afternoon tea and a tasty, fresh tropical lunch.
For other rainforest, adrenaline, massage, wwhite water rafting tours or what ever you wish to do check out www.thetourspecialists.com.au
Or call our friendly team on 07 4059 5959
Author: Lorenzo – A Cairns Holiday Specialists Tour Specialist
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