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Frankland Islands
Frankland Islands Treasure Hunt
Snorkeling off Normanby Island
Island Style Buffet Lunch
Journey through UNESCO rainforest

Embark on a family expedition to Frankland Islands, where you can hunt for Pirate’s Treasure and experience Island Paradise!

Did someone say treasure? Ahoy, little pirates! Get ready for a guided treasure hunt around the island, following clues and uncovering its unique natural features.

Escape to paradise by journeying through UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforest mountains followed by a leisurely trip down the Mulgrave River with a short 10km open water crossing to Frankland Islands – the shortest crossing of any Great Barrier Reef day trip!

Arrive in awe at the beauty of this archipelago, a natural haven for wildlife such as turtles, manta rays, dugong, colourful reef fish, and anemones. Enjoy pristine sandy beaches and vibrant fringing reefs, perfect for snorkeling right from the shore. Kids can also join in Snorkel Stars, a half-hour snorkelling tutorial and receive a take-home certificate to commemorate their snorkel achievements.⭐

With four and a half hours on the island, you can explore at your own pace, participate in various activities, and delve into the island’s ecosystem with a marine biologist and Master Reef Guide.  Embark on the exclusive Frankland Islands Reef Cruise—an intimate adventure amidst the stunning Great Barrier Reef, designed for creating unforgettable family memories.

The Frankland Islands Group National Park is part of the traditional sea country of the Mandingalby Yindinji and Gunganji Aboriginal peoples, who continue to use these waters for fishing, hunting, and gathering food.

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7-7.45am – Hotel Pickups Cairns CBD
8.15am – Check in Deeral
8.30am – Depart Deeral
9am – Morning Tea
9.30-9.45am – Arrive Normanby Island
10am – 15 minute Snorkel + Island Safety Briefing
11am – Adventure Snorkel + Semi-Submersible
12pm – Lunch on Normanby Island
1pm – Kids Treasure Hunt / Island Walk with Marine Biologists
2.15pm – Transfer from Island to Boat
2.30pm – Depart Normanby Island
3pm – Afternoon Tea
3.30-4pm – Arrival Deeral
4.30-5.30pm – Return Cairns Hotel Drop Offs

Other activities include snorkeling, a submersible tour, and stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Included as part of your tour, enjoy a delicious beachside buffet lunch, featuring a range of fresh sweet and savoury options for everyone to savour! Lunch is served on the shady beachside of Normanby Island, so there’s no need to return to the boat before you dine.

Sample Menu 

Selection of fresh tropical fruits (vg), White and wholemeal bread rolls (vg), Tomato pasta with capsicum and red onion (v), Classic coleslaw (v) (gf), Roasted veggie salad with mustard dressing (vg) (gf), Fresh prawns with cocktail sauce (gf), Cajun chicken drumsticks (gf), Selection of sliced meats (salami, ham, roast beef) (gf), Lemon poppyseed cake (v), Chocolate mud cake (v), Carrot cake (v), Marble cake (v).

Russell Island Camping Transfers
Transfers are available from Normanby Island to Russell Island for guests wishing to camp their overnight. Click here to learn more about camping on Russell Island.


Frankland Islands Reef Cruises, Draper Street, Parramatta Park QLD, Australia


  1. What to Bring: Swimsuit, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and shoes that can get wet and sandy, and a refillable water bottle.
  2. Accessibility: Vessel and island not suitable for wheelchair users. Passengers must be able to walk up and down stairs and at least 100metres on sand.
  3. Family Facilities: Prams are welcome, however you will need to be comfortable pushing or carrying them over sand.
  4. Dietary Requirements: Advise of any dietary requirements in your Booking Notes.

Guidelines, Cancellation, Terms

  • All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.
  • Child fares apply for ages 4-16. There is no charge for infants (age 0-3) but they must be pre-booked.
  • All bookings must be fully paid for at time of booking (or secured with a credit card).
  • Bookings may be cancelled, or dates changed up to 48 hours prior to departure with no cancellation or change fee (subject to seat availability). After this time cancellation or failure to board will incur 100% cancellation fee.
  • Introductory Dive Cancellation Policy is a 100% cancellation fee for any cancellations that are not due to operational decision (i.e. weather disruptions). No refund will be provided for pre-booked Intro Dive experiences for failed medical clearance or changes of mind.
  • Group Cancellation Policy applies to bookings of 15 or more people. Group cancellations within 30 days and more than 7 days’ notice incur a 20% cancellation fee. Group cancellations within 7 days incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Changes to booking details including re-scheduling to another date should be done via calling our office on +61 74046 7333. Some penalties may apply.
  • If the itinerary is changed or the tour is cancelled after departure due to circumstances beyond our control, we shall not be required to refund any portion of the fare, make any compensation or be liable for any other consequential damage, loss, expense, loss of time or inconvenience. We recommend all guests take out adequate insurance for their intended travel.

Booking Conditions

  • By booking with Frankland Islands Reef Cruises passengers agree to be bound to the following conditions of travel:
    • We reserve the right to change fares or itineraries to suit prevailing conditions.
    • We reserve the right to refuse to board any passenger and/or goods at our discretion.
    • We cannot guarantee weather conditions on the date of travel this includes in water visibility. Tours are operated in wet weather. However, where flooding and associated dangers occur preventing access to tour routes, management may refuse the right to conduct tours at its discretion.
    • Travelling on the open water carries an inherent risk and we will not be liable for any loss or damage which may arise to any passenger and/or belongings whether because of our negligence or otherwise.

Snorkelling Policy

  • It should be acknowledged that snorkelling can be a strenuous activity. We request passengers to always advise our crew of any medical conditions and use caution while in the water. All passengers will be requested to complete a medical declaration prior to entering the water and where required wear a flotation device. See safety information sheet for more details.

Scuba Diving Policy

  • Our tours are subject to the risks and perils of scuba diving in changeable conditions in an open water environment. We reserve the right, for our customer’s safety and/ or the safety of our crew or other scuba divers, to prevent any customer’s participation in scuba diving if they are deemed physically or medically unfit to do so or in our sole discretion.
  • No compensation is offered if you should be unable to complete a pre-booked intro dive.
  • We strongly recommend a wait of 24 hours before flying after diving.
  • You must not participate in scuba diving or snorkelling whilst under the influence of alcohol or any drugs. We shall have no liability to any customer should they participate in diving or snorkelling whilst under the influence of alcohol or any drugs. We may refuse entry to the water in the event we have reasonable grounds to expect a customer has consumed alcohol or drugs within a timeframe that could, in any way, affect their ability to scuba dive/snorkel safely. Any decision made in this regard will be at the absolute discretion of the Dive Supervisor aboard the vessel.
  • If any equipment or property belonging to us is damaged or lost we reserve the right to charge the customer responsible to make good the damage or loss.
  • To participate in scuba diving/snorkelling, ALL customers are required to agree to, and sign, our liability forms relevant to the activity they will be undertaking.
  • Dive equipment used is BCD, Regulator with 1st Stage, Primary and alternate 2nd Stage, Gauges with Dive Computer, emergency signalling equipment, including a high visibility signalling device, for example, a safety sausage; and an audible signalling device (e.g. a whistle).

Medical Conditions

  • Some medical conditions may preclude a person from diving. Please check the medical conditions on our website or contact us for further details.
  • Please note that any medical clearance required should be completed well before the day of departure. If in any doubt please contact us before your trip departure.
  • Upon arriving at our vessel, and before commencing any dive activities, we will require all customers to complete our liability forms. All information provided must be strictly accurate.
  • If during the tour it becomes apparent that a form has been completed incorrectly, by omission or by false statement, we reserve the right to prevent any customer from undertaking any introductory scuba diving / snorkelling activities while on board our vessel. Any decision made in this regard will be at the absolute discretion of the Dive Supervisor aboard the vessel.
  • Medical clearance is not mandatory for Introductory Scuba Diving but may be deemed necessary upon completion of the self-assessment form.
  • If a medical evaluation is required, please print and take the Diver Medical Examiner’s Evaluation Form with you to your physician.


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