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Reef Island Day Trip - Return Ferry Transfer and River Cruise - Frankland Island Ferry

Discover the untouched Frankland Islands, a hidden gem so close to Cairns, on an exclusive tour with Frankland Islands Cruise and Dive. This Ferry Transfer Only option is the perfect way to have a tropical Island day out without having to pay for all the extras!


  • Enjoy the a day on Frankland Island!
  • Save money with a transfer option only, bring your own picnic lunch and option to upgrade to hire snorkel equipment
  • Scenic drive past a Rainforest and river cruise down the beautiful Mulgrave River to the Coral Sea

Your day starts by meeting us at our departure location at Deeral, just 45 minutes south of Cairns. We make our way down the calm waters of the Mulgrave River and then a short 10km trip from the mouth of the river to the Frankland Islands. A coach pick up option is available for $25 per person, giving you transport from your Cairns CBD accomodation or meeting point in the city.

The Frankland Islands is a natural wildlife haven and a protected national park surrounded by pristine sandy beaches, with rock pools and healthy fringing reefs which can be snorkelled from the beach. You will have up to 4 hours to relax and enjoy, without the crowds.

Tours are currently restricted to just 50 passengers per day. Enjoy the opportunity to have this hidden gem all to yourself!

Your ticket includes:

  • Return Ferry transfer to the Frankland Islands on a modern boat
  • Coach transfer from Cairns CBD accomodation or Self Drive
  • Spectacular 30-minute river cruise
  • Up to 4 hours on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Island walk
  • Free car parking at the Deeral Jetty

This is a Ferry Transfer Only Option

This gives you the day on the Frankland Islands, self catering for your own needs at a fraction of the full tour price. This just includes your boat ticket to the Islands and excludes all the extras. Bring your own food and the option to pay direct and upgrade to snorkel equipment/diving is available on the day. However you can still join the Island eco walk! If you are interested in the all inclusive option, check out our other tours by clicking on the Frankland Islands Cruise and Dive company listing at the top of the page

Coach transfer option:

There is an optional couch pick up taking you to the boat from Cairns CBD accomodation and designated meeting points in Cairns. This is at a cost of $25 per person which can be added on at checkout.

Self Drive option to departure point:

Tours depart Deeral at 8.30am and return at 3.30pm. Deeral is an easy 45-minute drive from Cairns – please allow time for the drive and check in at the vessel by 8.10am.

Enjoy outstanding customer service throughout the day, and plenty of time to explore a pristine Great Barrier Reef National Park island.

Optional Extras:(Payable on the day)

Wetsuit hire - $15 each

Snorkel gear $20

Kayaks/SUP $20

Prescription masks - $15

Self Drive Meeting point: Meet at Deeral jetty for check in. 45 minutes’ drive south of Cairns.


  • Complimentary accomodation pick up for Cairns CBD area commences or meet us at Deeral Jetty
  • 8.30am - boat departs Deeral Jetty
  • Cruise down the Musgrave River to the Coral Sea
  • Short journey to Frankland Island
  • Enjoy 4 hours on Frankland Island, hire snorkel gear and other equipment if you wish
  • 3.30pm Return to Deeral Jetty
  • Complimentary accomodation drop off in Cairns CBD
Adult $89.00
Child $45.00 (4-14 years)

What's included

  • Ferry transfer and river cruise


  • The duration of this experience is 1 days



Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Coach Pick Up option is only available up until the late afternoon the day prior to departure. If booking after this point you will need to take advantage of 'self drive' deal..

  • Child: Age 4-16 years old. Ages 0-3 years go free..

Available Bookings from December 10 to December 16

Change Dates

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  • Adult$69.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00

  • Adult$69.00
  • Child$35.00

  • Adult$69.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00

  • Adult$69.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00

  • Adult$69.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


28 reviews

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Steph from New Zealand wrote on 16 March 2021

The best sea life and so many turtles

I got the transfer only option which was great value when being picked up from Cairns. Informative staff that were friendly. The snorkelling here was the best I’ve seen yet, there was a lot of activity, highly recommend.

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michelem1 from Australia wrote on 14 February 2021

Just a wonderful day out

We had a brilliant day. Just remember to take lots of cold water, a shade tent, some snacks and sunscreen :)

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Melony heaver from Australia wrote on 28 November 2021


The staff are amazing. Very friendly and go out of there way to makes sure you have an amazing day

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melissam10 from Australia wrote on 31 October 2021

Franklin Islands

Absolutely beautiful day. Crew were amazing. Reef was beautiful. Highlight was clownfish. Walk around Island was gorgeous. Rock pools were full if sea creatures.

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Mark Ogilvie from Australia wrote on 28 September 2021

Good day out

Pretty good. Saw 2 turtles, 2 giant clams, clown fish, parrot fish, good coral and fish

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