Frankland Islands


Frankland Island Tour departs at Deeral at 8:30 am. Guests check in at 8:15 am. Tour spends four hours on  Normanby Island. The day includes guided island walks and snorkelling. Prices start at $205 for an adult, $124 for a child, and $534 for a family with 0-4  free infants.


Frankland Islands

Frankland Islands, Uninhabited and unspoilt, boast beautiful beaches and brilliant coral gardens.

With a short open water crossing of only 30 minutes, these untouched islands are the perfect location to escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful day exploring the crystal waters of the reef.

Normanby Island is the largest of the islands and the destination for this Tour. The Frankland Island Reef Cruise is the ONLY operator permitted to visit this area commercially, departing from Deeral, approximately 40 minutes south of Cairns.

Starting with a cruise along the Mulgrave River, learn about the biodiversity of the surrounding rainforest.

Along the Mulgrave River is a good place to spot crocodiles in their natural habitat.

The five islands are covered in lush vegetation, hosting many plant and wildlife species.


  • Snorkelling
  • Adventure Snorkel Safari
  • Guided Island Walk Free
  • Scuba diving starts from $99
  • Kayaks $20
  • Standup Paddleboards $20

Snorkelling is done directly off the beach and there is a great abundance of pretty coral and marine life to see.

The marine life is incredibly diverse here, with various coral, octopus, manta rays and sea turtles.

Once on the island, you can either relax on the sand or make a splash with one of the many water activities.

When you are on the island,  you may join the boat’s Marine Biologist on a guided snorkelling tour to their favourite spots or go scuba diving in the pristine waters.

Take part in a guided island walk and learn a little extra about the local ecosystem.

The Tour includes a delicious tropical lunch on the beach and morning and afternoon tea.

The Frankland Islands are indeed Cairns’ best-kept secret.

Next, see more beautiful Islands and find out about our floating hotel on the Great Barrier Reef.