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Cairns: Snorkel & Dive a Secluded Great Barrier Reef Island

1. Cairns: Snorkel & Dive a Secluded Great Barrier Reef Island

Take a tropical island adventure and enjoy a leisurely 30-minute cruise down the colourful Mulgrave River. Soak up the beauty of the surrounding rainforest-clad hills from the cabin or shaded deck and admire the panoramic views. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles along the mangrove’s edge! After a short open water crossing, arrive at Frankland Islands National Park, your tropical destination for the day. A secluded and ancient marine environment, the Frankland Islands are home to thousands of plants and animals species, all waiting to be discovered. Spend 4.5 hours relaxing and exploring this secluded part of the Great Barrier Reef, that sees no more than 100 visitors each day. Snorkel straight from the pristine white sandy beach, where an expert marine naturalist guides you over colourful corals and tropical fish while explaining this unique and wonderful ecosystem. On the island, take part in our guided island walk, led by a resident Master Reef Guide or Marine Biologist, showcasing the amazing diversity of this protected national park. Across the day, choose from an array of optional activities such as the adventure snorkel safari, semi-submersible or glass-bottom boat tour, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding, sea kayaking, or even an underwater scooter.  You can bring your own food or opt-in for our delicious pre-packages lunch served on the island. The boat departs the island in the afternoon and there’s coffee, tea, and cake on board to enjoy while you sail back to Cairns.

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From Cairns: Premium Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling & Diving

2. From Cairns: Premium Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling & Diving

Depart Cairns in the morning for the outer reef on this 8-hour tour. Purpose built and award winning, the vessel boasts 3 large sun decks, 2 air-conditioned indoor saloons, a spacious dive deck, and a sunken platform for easy access in and out of the water.  Whether you are a snorkeler, first-time SCUBA diver, or already certified diver, join a once in a lifetime adventure aboard a luxury day trip to the great barrier reef. Enjoy a light morning tea and a delicious pre-packed picnic lunch. Complimentary tea, coffee and chilled water are served throughout the day (snacks, soft and alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase). Snorkeling is the easiest way to discover the Great Barrier Reef, it is as simple as breathing. If you have never snorkeled before, don't worry, a briefing is held on board, explaining how to put and use the snorkeling gear. All of the snorkeling equipment required is supplied as part of your trip, including a wetsuit or stinger suit. Prescription masks are also available upon request. Book your Great Barrier Reef snorkeling tour today. The private reef locations are approximately 70 kilometers (about 43 miles) offshore, these unique sites offer superb coral formations and an abundance of coral and marine life including inquisitive Nemos, Turtles, Stingrays and Wally the friendly Maori Wrasse. Visit 2 different reef locations daily, these are chosen en-route considering weather and sea conditions to ensure the best in-water experience. Visit either Normank, Saxon or Hastings Reef. This tour allows over 4 hours to explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef, offering quality diving and snorkeling experiences, value for money, and most importantly incredible memories that will last a lifetime.

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What people are saying about Palm Cove

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 116 reviews

Really enjoyed the day and the trip was a memorable one. The island has a lot of stunning views and the water was crystal clear. Snorkel safari was wonderful and it was a real joy to swim with beautiful fishes along the stunning reef. The tour operators were super friendly and they make you feel very comfortable. They are very passionate and have the willingness to show us the best of the island. Highly recommend this activity.

The staff were so friendly and laid back. Their knowledge of the area and the marine life was kn point. Safety was a priority, constantly checking eveyone was onboard after each dive. Would absolutely recommend and would absolutely go again.

Boat crew were amazing on Aqua Quest especially Crista and Lily. Kids had a fantastic time even though the weather was less than perfect. Snorkeling and introductory Scuba lesson which was so affordable. Highly recommend this tour.

I think overall we enjoyed however the lunch could have been better portions and dietary selections could have been more variety

Was the most amazing experience, highly recommend! All of the crew were so welcoming and just genuine people!