Your tropical island adventure begins as you board an air-conditioned coach from Cairns and travel south through UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforest mountains, fields of sugar cane and the iconic Walsh's Pyramid – the highest freestanding natural pyramid in the world.
Step onboard the luxurious boat the Turtle Islander at Deeral, just 45 minutes south of Cairns, for a spectacular calm water cruise down the Mulgrave River. Keep an eye out for crocs from the panoramic windows as you sit inside in air-conditioned comfort, or step out onto the shaded outdoor decks for a closer look.
From the mouth of the river, it's only 10km to the Frankland Islands. This is the shortest open water crossing of any Cairns reef day tour, which means you spend less time travelling and more time exploring. Plus, it's ideal for people who suffer from seasickness.
The Frankland Islands archipelago is a natural wildlife haven and a protected national park. It's also part of the traditional sea country of the Mandingalby Yindinji and Gungandji Aboriginal peoples. Historically and to present times they use these waters to fish, hunt, and gather food.
Beautiful Normanby Island is surrounded by pristine sandy beaches, with rock pools and healthy fringing reefs which can be snorkelled from the beach. Here you have up to four hours to relax and enjoy, without the crowds.
Your day tour includes guided snorkelling straight from the pristine white sandy beach to see a wide variety of colourful corals and tropical fish. The expert crew and Master Reef Guide are on hand to explain this fantastic and unique ecosystem. You'll also have the opportunity to join the popular adventure snorkel safari, snorkelling from the boat along the island's western reefs. During your snorkel safari, you'll see a vast array of hard and soft coral gardens, complete with giant clams, an abundance of colourful reef fish, and turtles.
If you tire from relaxing on the sand, swimming in the cool water, or snorkelling over the reef, there are also other fun optional activities to choose from. Take to the water on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). The Kona boards are easy to use, and the islands' waters are relatively calm, making them the perfect location to try it out. Alternatively, two-seater kayaks are available for use during the day, so you can glide over the clear tropical waters enjoying fabulous views over the corals, fish and marine life below.
On land, you can also join a guided island walk. The pristine Frankland Islands are a place of exceptional natural beauty, from their fringing reefs and rock pools to their white sandy beaches, lined with pandanus and other native species, and shaded green interior. Join a marine biologist and Master Reef Guide for an informative and fascinating exploration of the island.
This all-inclusive tour also includes morning tea served on board the boat; a beach buffet lunch, including fresh salads, bread, meats, and fruit; and afternoon tea.