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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

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From $57.76

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  • 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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)
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • All Fees and Taxes

Departure & Return

Departure 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 8:15am, the boat will depart at 8.45am sharp. Half day customers check in from 10.15am, the boat will depart at 10.45am sharp.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

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
  • Stinger suits are included in the Activity Pass 2 and can be collected at the beach hire hut upon collection of your snorkel equipment. Suits must be returned to the beach hire hut prior to departure ex Fitzroy Island
  • 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
Operated by Fitzroy Island Adventures

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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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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.
384 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers
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Greta_F, Jun 2022
The boat was on time and fast the crew was helpful kind. The island is not very big so it is a cozy place to stay for a day
Love island
Peter_S, Jun 2022
Was a nice relaxing day in the beach finished off with a couple of cocktails with music at the Few people got sick on the boat in morning but was ok on the return
Happy place
Rosemary_C, Jun 2022
Good customer service, friendly, helpful. A lovely day out on the sea. Beautiful Island with much to see and do
1 traveler found this review helpful
Winter paradise
Kable_N, Jun 2022
Well organised tour. Fitzroy Island is really paradise. Went in mid June and water was still warm enough to enjoy snorkelling, summer would be better. glass bottom boat was brilliant and the guide was real informative, seen turtles.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful trip!...
Jessica_E, Jun 2022
Beautiful trip! Comfortable and scenic boat trio to the island. Friendly and helpful staff, with good equipment. We did thr glass bottom boat, which was great to find oit about about the reaf, especially for those not keen on water. I was lucky enough to swim with a Turtle! And there are plenty of fish to get close to in the shallow waters.
Beautiful day
Kim_W, Jun 2022
Great day on a beautiful island. Snorkelling with the pretty fish and turtle was the highlight of our day. Walking to the lighthouse was hard work, but accomplished. Hamburger for lunch at the restaurant bar was delicious and at pub rates.
Really good day
Ashley_H, Jun 2022
Islands beautiful and had fun snorkelling. Nudey beach is beautiful and we saw dome turtles, crew is super accomodating
1 traveler found this review helpful
Underwhelming experience
David_S, May 2022
Poor value for money. Dated and inadequate facilities for day trippers. One dirty and overused toilet block for hundreds of visitors. Overpriced bar/restaurant with unappealing food and loud blaring rock music. Not all visitors are young and need thumping bass to enjoy an otherwise beautiful location. Snorkeling opportunities are limited at best and water clarity poor. Overall, a shameful exercise in price gouging and greed. Perhaps invest some of your profit in improving facilities. Use the operator’s of Mossman gorge as an example of how a great tourist experience should be conducted.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Unfortunately very low...
sonya_t, May 2022
Unfortunately very low tide which made snorkelling difficult,especially getting across all the rocks and coral , visibility was poor, probably due to recent ,heavy rainfalls .
1 traveler found this review helpful
Rate to high
Mikell_I, Apr 2022
Fitzroy is a beautiful island. I wish there was more to do that was just snorkeling. Also the Glass Bottom Boat tour should be longer for the price of the entire experience.
Not good trip
HIEU_T, Apr 2022
The 1/2 day trip quite short, basically just have 2 hrs on the island which not enough time to discover the island, not worth it for $82 just for the entry and return fees (no gear or any activities included the description in the deal not clear).
1 traveler found this review helpful
Spectacular day out!
Daniel_P, Apr 2022
Amazing day out, would definitely recommend doing the snorkelling safari with marine biologist Will and Rebecca. So much to see, best coral seen here by far!
Joanne_M, Mar 2022
Glass bottom boat seeing the coral great lunch the boat trip was great fun walk to Nudey beach was enjoyable very pretty
1 traveler found this review helpful
Well worth it
Jade_F, Mar 2022
This trip was fantastic. Well organised, smooth and efficient. Everything was so well explained by the crew. A marine biologist on board explained all the best places to snorkel, including where to see turtles and it didn’t disappoint. My son was thrilled to swim with turtles. One of our snorkel masks being broken was a bit disappointing but we made do anyway. Plenty of things to do and the lunch provided was delicious.
Will Not Recommend
Marymon_B, Mar 2022
The operator had a mistake with my last name. They didn’t even check my first name and they give a hard time when it’s time for pick up. This is not full day activities we only stay for 3 hours in the island. They lady that guided us for snorkel told us that the pick is 3:45 pm but it’s actually at 2:00 pm. They coral reef are dead where the guide took us. It only lasted 30 mins. It was a disappointment.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Room for improvement.
Colleen_E, Mar 2022
This is one of three snorkelling trips we were lucky enough to do on the reefs surrounding cairns and it fell well short of tbe others. To start the first 20 minutes was spent supplying a majority of the group with fins as they hadnt been fitted before disembarking the ferry initially. Organisational skills perhaps need a review. Considering it was led by a marine biologist the information and time spent at the reef was far to brief and held very little value for money. The guide was difficult to engage with and could not answer many of our questions. We were also most shocked that she picked up a piece of coral to bring to the surface to simply drop back into the water afterward.
Horrible day
Karen_M, Mar 2022
Should have been canceled as weather turned very bad. Power outage on island and everyone stuck there for 4 hours until pick up - could not go walking or snorkeling
Don't go there
Garry_C, Feb 2022
Wet and miserable day to access facilities as they were outboards only to hotel guest were left to our own devices water close to the shore was dangerous waste of money and time don't go there
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amir_M, Jan 2022
The staff supplied broken snorkeling gears and when I realised that the ship was already left. So, I had to rent snorkeling gears from the island. I paid extra money and I lost 30 minutes from my time because the hire office was bussy. In addition, the staff promised $10 refund but, they didn't send that amount. The lunch meal was not good at all. There were too many people on the fairy and some of them didn't find seats to set down so they had to stand up 1 hour. Lack of organisation skills (unprofessional team).
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful & very enjoyable
Charlotte_T, Jan 2022
Incredible place with lots of activities to do throughout the day! Crew were very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend for a relaxing day or if you are looking for more of an adventurous one.
1 traveler found this review helpful


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