About Frankland Islands Reef Cruises



Frankland Islands Reef Cruises is an exclusive Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tour. It commences with a rainforest river cruise, followed by the shortest open water crossing of any of the Cairns day tour boats, to put you right on the Great Barrier Reef. Our destination is the Normanby Islands, a cluster of pristine National Park islands, surrounded by vibrant fringing reefs home to turtles, octopus and many species of marine life, including the ever-popular anemone clownfish, Nemo. You have up to 4.5 hours to explore and enjoy this natural paradise, above and below the water.

We’re the only commercial operator with a permit to visit these pristine, uninhabited islands, so there’s no crowds and plenty of space and time to maximise your Great Barrier Reef experience.


  • Modern Boat
  • Spectacular 30-Minute River Cruise
  • Marine Interpretation
  • Marine biologist onboard daily
  • Morning and Afternoon Tea
  • All Snorkelling Equipment (prescription masks available on request)
  • Guided Snorkel Tour
  • Protection suits (seasonal)
  • Flotation Devices
  • Tropical Buffet lunch including prawns
  • Up to 4.5 hours reef time

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Frankland Island Reef Cruises - School Holiday Info

Frankland Island Reef Cruises - Treasure Hunt

By Frankland Islands Reef Cruises

22 Jun 2020

Planning your Great Escape not too far from Cairns?

Explore the untouched beauty of Frankland Islands for a day of adventure with the family. Choose from our Ferry-Only option or All Inclusive deal to enjoy a scenic bus journey to Deeral, guided snorkelling, tropical buffet lunch and island walk. 

Kids of all ages can enjoy our special treasure hunt in search of buried treasure. Follow the clues as you explore the island and learn about the some of its unique natural features. A great activity for the whole family!

Tour departs Fridays to Tuesdays.

30% off for locals

Frankland Island Reef Cruises Locals Rate

By Frankland Islands Reef Cruises

09 Jun 2020

Great Savings for locals! Enjoy a 30% discount on your Frankland Islands experience. Choose a package that suits you and apply LOCAL30 on checkout. 


*Discount only applicable to full fare. Cannot be used in conjunction with other special rates. Local ID required upon check-in


Frankland Islands Reef Cruises Reviews


Diana Lynch

This was in the top best 10 days in my life ever! An amazing experience in every way. The staff were freindly and sooo helpful. The snorkling was incredible. Lunch was wonderful. I am hoping we get another visitor who wants to go snorkling on the Great Barrier Reef and I will be back in a flash! I think I will be back again very soon without a visitor.... this is a lovely (have I used enough adjectives yet?) family based company and it feels like it. Thank you for one of the greatest experiences of my life.


Nyera Lopez

What an amazing experience! If you come to Cairns it's a must do !!!! Amazing crew!! Great island. Great food. Amazing views!! Awesome Glass boat tour!!! Thanks guys for an amazing day. Our family loved it! We will be back!


Frankland Islands Reef Cruises

Frankland Island reef cruises departs from Deeral just 45 minutes’ drive south of Cairns. CHECK IN AT 8:00AM FOR AN 8:30AM DEPARTURE Please allow 45 minutes on Bruce Highway. Approximately 15 minutes after Gordonvale, you will get to the township of Deeral. Stay on the Bruce Highway until you see Ross Road on your left. (If you see the actual service station, you’ve gone too far). Parking available on-site.

Direct Contact Info

Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM, Sat - Sun: Closed.

319 Draper Street, Parramatta Park
QLD 4870

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