Frankland Islands Reef & River Cruise



Frankland Island Cruises is the exclusive commercial operator licensed to visit the untouched beauty of the uninhabited Frankland Islands. Departing south of Cairns in Deeral, experience a calm water river cruise along the scenic Mulgrave River, perfect way to begin your day!  From the mouth of the river it is just a short 35 minute boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef.  Our destination is Normanby Island in the beautiful Frankland Islands National Park Island Group where you have up to 4 hours to explore and enjoy this natural paradise, above and below the water.

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Adult $229.00
Child $129.00
Family $587.00
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Rates are valid until 31st March 2025.  Child: 4-16 years.  Family: 2 adults & 2 children.

24 Hour Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received within 24 hours prior to departure and no shows are subject to 100% cancellation fee.  Cancellations received with greater than 24 hours notice are entitled to a full refund or travel credit.


Your day includes coach transfers from Cairns CBD accommodation, a guided Great Barrier Reef snorkel tour, guided island walk and a fresh tropical lunch.  We’re the only commercial operator with a permit to visit these pristine, uninhabited islands. Relax and explore with no crowds and plenty of space and time to maximise your Great Barrier Reef experience.



  • Modern boat
  • Spectacular 30-minute river cruise
  • Up to 4 hours on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Semi submersible reef tour
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Island walk with marine biologist
  • Tropical lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Protection suits (seasonal)
  • Flotation devices
  • Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding
  • Coach transfers from Cairns (limited seats available)
  • Depart Cairns: Bus transfers commence from 7am – transfer your from hotel to Deeral
  • Self Drivers:  Please meet at Deeral for an 8.15am check in (approx 45 minute drive south of Cairns)
  • Boat Departs Deeral: 8.30am
  • Boat Returns Deeral:  3.30pm-4pm (subject to tides)
  • Return Cairns:  Bus transfers from Deeral back to Cairns hotel approx 5pm-5.30pm

Your tropical island adventure begins as you board our air-conditioned coach from Cairns and travel south through World Heritage listed rainforest mountains, fields of sugar cane and the iconic Walsh’s Pyramid which is the highest freestanding natural pyramid in the world.

Step on board our 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.

The Frankland Islands archipelago is a natural wildlife haven and a protected national park. 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 All Inclusive Day tour package includes guided snorkelling from the beach, with equipment and instruction. It also includes our popular adventure snorkel safari, snorkelling from the boat along the island’s western reefs. A buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea are also included in your tour. After lunch, join our marine biologist and Master Reef guide for a walk around the island, discovering the diverse wildlife that flourishes under the water, in rocky pools and in the rainforest.

After a fun filled day we cruise back to Deeral, where your bus transfers will be waiting to take you back to Cairns.