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Aug 17
2009

Frankland Islands


Posted on August 17, 2009 by

What a lovely Island experience, Normanby is one of the many Islands making up the  Frankland Islands group.   Being one of the only commercial boats to visit this uninhabited National Park you feel very exclusive.  Normanby is  part coral cay and part continental with a thriving coral reef community.

 

A short drive from Cairns, you can self drive or take the luxurious coach through the local cane farms.  Once you’re aboard the boat, tea and coffee are served with an arrangement of biscuits.

The magnificent cruise along the Mulgrave River will take your breath away with all the mountain ranges surrounding you, you feel like you’re in another part of the world.   Once you reach the head of the Mulgrave River it’s just a short 30 minute trip to the Normanby Islands.

Approximate time of arrival is around 10.30am, you have plenty of time to find a stretch of the stunning beach to base yourself for the rest of the day before the snorkeling and diving activities of the day commence.  The guided snorkel tour is the first activity of the day (optional) with a marine Biologist, swim with turtles, tropical fish and giant clams within a variety of soft and hard corals, this very informative tour helps you get to know this very fragile and stunning eco system.

By now you have definitely worked up a hunger, a scrumptious tropical buffet lunch including prawns is served under a marquee in the rainforest, where there is plenty of food for all. All flavored drinks and alcoholic beverages are based on an honor system where you write your name against what you drank.

After lunch a guided Island tour takes place, this is optional but well worth it. A Marine Biologist takes you on an informative guided walk around Frankland Island rock pools and giant clam shell gardens show casing the different corals and showing you different marine life in the various rock pools.

A semi sub/glass bottom boat tour is available throughout the day also; your marine biologists will point out abundant marine life around the coral bommies.

Frankland Islands is an extremely popular location to spot Green Sea Turtles, Dugong, Dolphins and Whales.  

There is also plenty of time to snorkel at your own leisure or just kick back on the pristine beach.

Around 2.30-3pm its time to pack up and board the boat once more, tea and coffee is served on the way home with home made banana and chocolate cake, you can sit back and relax and reflect on the wonderful adventure you have just experienced.

 

For more information about this tour visit our website – Frankland Islands

 

 

By Blythe Rallo 

The Tour Specialists Consultant 

 

 

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