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Jun 05

Sea kayaking at Fitzroy Island

Posted on June 5, 2010 by

Are you looking for a half day tour sea kayaking over top of the Great Barrier Reef while you are in Cairns? Well make it a full day trip and go to Fitzroy Island!

Fitzroy Island was once part of the mainland and a very popular place for Aboriginals to go fishing and hunting. Now that it is an island, it is surrounded by an amazing fringing coral reef.  On the island there is a luxury resort, a camping ground and facilities and also the  beach hire.


Our check in time at the reef fleet terminal in Cairns was 8am at the Raging Thunder counter. We collected our boarding passes and made our way to the boat for an 8.30am departure. It took approx. 45 min to reach Fitzroy Island. Once we got there Blythe and I got set up to go on the morning sea kayaking tour. Our guide took us for a 3 hour sea kayaking adventure to explore the Beautiful Fitzroy Island, the marine life and the pristine coral reefs that surround it.  There were 6 double sea kayaks in our group and because the weather was so nice we went to explore Shark Fin Bay and little Fitzroy Island, we stopped in Shark Fin Bay to snorkel and had a look at the coral. This is one of the best spots on the island to go snorkelling. Another nice snorkel location is between Nudey beach and the Beach hire house on the other side of the island.


When we came back from sea kayaking it was time for lunch. You can bring your own lunch or get it organized by Raging Thunder. The Raging Thunder picnic lunch included a chicken and salad wrap, ham and cheese roll, piece of seasonal fruit, energy fruit bar, drink and bottle of water (vegetarian options are available on request.)


The rest of the day for us was free!  We had the choices of snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, jumping on the water trampoline or going for a walk to explore the walking tracks available on the island; The Island’s 339 hectares are covered in lush rainforest with 94% of the island protected and managed as a National park.  Some even go to Fitzroy Island simply for the hiking with tracks such as the Lighthouse Track (3.6 k return), the Summit Circuit (4.2k return), The Secret Garden Track (1k return) and Nudey Beach Track(1.2k return).

Blythe and I decided to go for a walk to Nudey Beach and a bit of a snorkel. Marine life is abundant on this side of the island, soft and hard corals, Nemos, giant claims and parrots fish! Unfortunately I didn’t spot any reef tip sharks! We snorkeled all the way back to the beach hire hut where we decided to have go at the water trampoline!  


Once the resort is open this June it will be a wonderful experience to spend the night on the island and go for a walk at night to explore the flora and fauna.


At the moment Raging Thunder is operating daily trips. You can have the choice between:
– Ferry Transfers:

– Ferry with lunch:
– Activity Pass 1: (Lunch + choice of snorkel gear or glass bottom boat tour)

– Activity Pass 2: (Lunch + snorkel gear + glass bottom boat tour included)

– Sea kayak tour: (Lunch + sea kayak tour + snorkel gear included)
Please note that there are additional fees to pay on board like reef tax and/or transfers.


Camping is also available.

Fitzroy Island is one of my favorite places in the Cairns area.
Go and see it for yourself!


By: Florence, Tour Desk Consultant at The Tour Specialists at the Hilton, Cairns.


For more about this tours to the Great Barrier Reef, please visit The Tour Specialists.

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