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  • Location: Cairns, Australia
  • Duration:  8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Escape to Fitzroy Island, a tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef located only 45 minutes by high-speed ferry from Cairns. Spend your day doing as much or as little as you please; relax on the beach, swim and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, take a glass-bottom boat tour – the choice is yours. You have the option to include only the round-trip ferry from Cairns, or to make the most of your day on Fitzroy Island, select the Activity Pass option which includes snorkeling gear, stinger suit, a glass-bottom boat tour, the use of stand-up paddle boards, paddle skis, a floating trampoline and a delicious picnic lunch.


  • Full-day trip to Fitzroy Island, from Cairns
  • Take a scenic 45-minute ferry ride to the gorgeous island and enjoy a relaxing day away from the crowds
  • Snorkel over the Great Barrier Reef, lounge on the beach or take a glass-bottom boat tour
  • Select the Activity Pass option to enjoy a variety of fun water activities with all gear and lunch included
  • Hike along well-marked trails that lead you through the rain forest and beach
  • Includes round-trip ferry ticket from Cairns and plenty of time to soak up the island’s beauty

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you're looking to get closer to the abundant marine life on the Great Barrier Reef, definitely select the Activity Pass option. Or just sit back and relax beside the crystal-clear waters. A super value!

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What You Can Expect

Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island is one of the most unspoiled islands on the Great Barrier Reef, located only 18.5 miles (30 km) from Cairns. The ocean and reef surrounding the island are protected as Marine National Park and are teeming with turtles, clown fish, hard and soft corals allowing a great snorkeling experience right off the beach.

Your day begins with check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns from 8:15am for the Fitzroy Island high-speed ferry departing at 9am. Keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life during the 45-minute crossing or simply relax inside the cabin.

On Fitzroy Island, you can enjoy the day swimming and relaxing on the beach. If you like to explore on foot, the island features excellent hiking trails that wind through the rain forest and along the coast. The underwater world offers plenty of wonders as well, with multitudes of colorful fish and coral that can be spotted when snorkeling. Admire the rainbow colors of the parrotfish, watch clown fish darting in and out of anemones and see how many types of other marine critters you can spot in the wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef.

Upgrade to the Activity Pass that includes a glass-bottom boat tour, snorkel gear, the use of stand-up paddle boards, paddle skis and a floating ocean trampoline. A delicious picnic lunch is also included as part of the Activity Pass. You may be able to check out water floats and other gear for children depending on availability, making this a family-friendly way to enjoy your island experience.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Beautiful day out. Highly recommended for those who love water activities.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The lunch was delicious, so fresh and filling. A great day to do as little or as much as you like. The snorkeling was amazing. A really fun day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The email I received from Viator lacked information on which area of the jetty we were to catch the ferry from. We boarded a ferry to Fitzroy Island but it was the wrong ferry, the tour companu rang us to see why we hadnt turned up for the tour and we told them we were already on the island. All was good for the rest of the day thanks to the staff, couldnt praise them enough.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very lovely day w/ this company! Friendly and great sense of humor. Clean boat w/ plenty of seating. Very helpful staff when we inquired about activity pricing. "Out of Order" bathroom on boat...though I didn't need it I would have liked to know that it was option on the 45 minute ride to/from Fitzroy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Full day, snorkelling great, lunch fresh and tasty. Good value

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The crew was friendly and helpful. After we docked at the island the crew helped us get our gear and made sure we knew the times of when the glass bottom boat was departing to make sure we didn't miss it. Our packed lunch was simple but very good. The island was beautiful however the water was murky from the previous storms but it wasn't their fault. We did get to see many fish and the beautiful coral and a turtle.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The boat to the island wasn't busy which made the trip more relaxing than usual. The staff were very welcoming and had a good sense of humour! The island is stunning and there are multiple activities to do, although if you want to schedule other tours, you have limited time for snorkelling etc.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A Definite MUST do when visiting Cairns

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