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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns City, Australia
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Explore the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour to Fitzroy Island. After arriving from Cairns on a fast ferry, have free time to do what you choose: snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, lounge on the white-sand beach or see the coral from a glass-bottom boat. Upgrade to add the Activity Pass Plus Lunch, which provides a picnic lunch, snorkeling gear, stinger suit, a glass-bottom boat tour.
  • Full-day trip to Fitzroy Island, from Cairns
  • Take a scenic 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

Upgrade to include an Activity Pass with snorkeling and glass-bottom boat cruise.

What's Included

  • Use of snorkel gear (if option selected)
  • Use of stinger suit (if option selected)
  • Glass-bottom boat tour (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1 Spence St
    1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

    Please meet us at the vessel at Marlin Wharf as check-in will be there, check in at 8:00am, the boat will depart at 8.30am sharp. Half day customers check in from 10.15am, the boat will depart at 10.45am sharp.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your own way to check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal for the morning departure of the Fitzroy Island high-speed ferry crossing, which generally takes around 45 minutes.

Located only 18.5 miles (30 km) from Cairns, Fitzroy Island lies within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Its protected coral reef offers excellent snorkeling from the beach and is home to colorful hard and soft corals, tropical fish, sea turtles and other marine life.

Spend the day as you wish, with options that include snorkeling, swimming and kicking back on the beach. The underwater world offers the rainbow colors of the parrotfish, clown fish darting in and out of anemones, and many other marine critters. On land, you can follow hiking trails through the rainforest and along the coast.

Upgrade to the Activity Pass, a cost-effective option that includes the use of snorkel gear, a glass-bottom boat tour and a delicious picnic lunch. Depending on availability, you can use water floats and other gear for children, making this a family-friendly way option on the island.

At the end of the day, return on the ferry to Cairns where your tour ends.

Fitzroy Island Adventures

Enjoy Fitzroy Island with Raging Thunder. Relax on the beach or explore the island and walk to the summit. Glass bottom boat is available or snorkelling equipment.

7 hours Admission Ticket Included

Fitzroy Island National Park

Enjoy snorkelling or walking at Fitzroy Island. Spend a full day or just half a day.

7 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please bring sandals/reef shoes as beach is covered in old coral
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

As other reviews suggest, beaches are all coral so wear shoes for this, though its not sharp, just uncomfortable.
483 reviews
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Beautiful Beach day
Colin_W, Mar 2023
This was a ferry to Fitroy Island and back. Snorkelling and diving packages are available but you can take your own worth walking to Nudey Beach. Too hot for us to walk elsewhere. Cafe was great and served free iced water.
Sea Turtles
Veronica_G, Mar 2023
Was looking forward to this adventure to see the Sea Turtles. It was a success but the snorkelling equipment is subpar. The equipment I was given in the morning was broken but the boat had returned to Cairns so I was not able to snorkel until it returned at noon. When returning the equipment to the team they questioned that it was not something they would give to guests but they did! Additionally, this trip is recommended for those who are strong swimmers as there is no-one there to provide support if you find yourself swimming out into the ocean. Watershoes are also highly recommended to get to Nudey beach.
I really enjoyed the...
Anne_D, Mar 2023
I really enjoyed the glass bottom boat tour! You could see pretty well even though it was a rainy day.
Sarah_M, Mar 2023
Amazing coral reef the best one I have ever seen. Full if marine life, clean and fair price. Boat ride was smooth and no hassle. Felt very safe.
David_K, Feb 2023
Everything was on time, the ride was smooth, I was amazed by the skipper skill in parking the catamaran in Cairns harbor. I wish there was a later return so one could spend more time on the island.
How sick we were...
Amy_K, Feb 2023
How sick we were traveling to fitzroy… Didn’t get to take full advantage of our purchase trip due to weather conditions and health 🥹 but overall it was a beautiful island… lovely staff
1 traveler found this review helpful
Quick reef trip
Claire_B, Jan 2023
Loved the snorkelling and glass bottom boat. Ferry was comfortable. Staff accomodated our request to change return time when we decided we wanted to leave early
Above expectations
Brett_H, Jan 2023
Well organised and staff were friendly and helpful. What an amazing experience. Pictures do not do it justice. Must be experienced to believe the wonder of natures playground.
The highlight of our cairns trip!
Deanna_S, Jan 2023
An amazing day trip to Fitzroy island is a must when going to cairns!! We had a smooth sailing boat ride to and from the island and were amazed by beautiful scenery and tropical fish once we got in the water to snorkel, the glass bottom boat was a learning experience and the day was spent in the sun on the beautiful clear water!! We absolutely loved it, our highlight from our cairns trip!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Day!
Lauren_G, Jan 2023
Had a fantastic trip to Fitzroy! The island is beautiful—the crew was great, and it’s just a quick 45 minutes. We didn’t book any snorkel or goggles because we were doing the out reef the next day, so I can’t speak to the quality of the snorkeling. A few recommendations that I wish I knew: if you plan on doing the light house and summit hikes have sneakers (we hiked in flops — so it is a family friendly hike, just wish we had proper footwear). Nudey beach is super cute—you can bring your own cooler and picnic so we would have done that. We ate at Foxy’s bar and got a takeaway six pack. Our boats were on time and comfortably seated. Would definitely recommend this as a day excursion.
Relaxation and Snorkelling
Julie_K, Jan 2023
Snorkelling with the coral and turtles. The water was very clear and made it very easy to spot the many different coloured fish
1 traveler found this review helpful
Family Favourite
Donna_R, Dec 2022
We snorkelled around the reef of Fitzroy Island and saw turtles and vibrant coloured fish. A family favourite.
Fabulous experience
LeniFay_C, Dec 2022
Staff were great. We loved the island, the glass boat was fantastic. Will definitely do this trip again, and again. Highly recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Not worth the money
victoria_B, Dec 2022
Extremely overpriced for the experience. Snorkel gear was so old and not changeable when you get in the water and discover that most leak. Not that it really matter because there really is not much to see. Save your money and take a trip out to the reef.
Absolutely recommended
Nelli_B, Nov 2022
It was a great trip. Snorkeling from the beach was perfect, lot to see. Nice Glass-Bottom-Boat Tour.
Nice relaxing day
Linda_L, Nov 2022
Trip over was rough but that’s no one’s fault, we had low visibility due to weather conditions so we didn’t see anything much at all. Glass bottom boat was very short and like I said, not much visibility. The island was lovely to walk on the trail through the rainforest area. The cocktails were great at foxys, the tour guide on glass bottom boat was very knowledgeable, it was a nice day but we wouldn’t come back again.
Beautiful island but not a great experience.
Gaynor_M, Nov 2022
Out of the 3 face masks we were given 2 were broken. You had to pay extra to be given lessons in how to use the snorkel equipment. From the moment we checked on board it was chaos. We weren't sent to the front of the boat to check in for our snorkel equipment, along with everyone else (on a small boat with not a lot of room). Then I was sent to the back of the boat, along with everyone else, to actually pick up our equipment and guess the sizes needed for the 3 people using the equipment. There wasn't much room to try anything on so we didn't and all 3 of us could have sized down. If we had been able to snorkel properly I think it would have been a great experience. The island itself was gorgeous though.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Bad memories
ChanJin_K, Nov 2022
The Fizroy island was beautiful, however tour operator members were not kind, helpful, and professional. I won’t take this trip next time.
10.45-4pm cruise - great day
Gemma_C, Oct 2022
Easy way to travel across to Fitzroy island with option for snorkel gear. The ferry was delayed but still plenty of time on the island. I do recommend getting the 4pm ferry back if possible, as you have plenty of time! The island itself is stunning!
Top day
Aya_W, Oct 2022
Beautiful day out with my husband and 12 year old son...My boy will remember that day forever! We swam with so many Colourful fish 🐠


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