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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, which provides a picnic lunch, snorkeling gear, stinger suit, a glass-bottom boat tour, the use of stand-up paddle boards, paddle skis and a floating trampoline.


  • 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

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 takes 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, stand-up paddle boards, paddle skis and a floating ocean trampoline, plus 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.

Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a great tour. Be sure to wear plenty sun block.

Alan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Broken coral replace sand and huge boulders in the water. Beach was gorgeous, hiked up to the summit and got 360 views of the island

Chinyere N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great day at the beach. Well planned, friendly staff, and we even managed to get in some hiking to the summit.

David Alan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

What a brilliant day out. We had the inclusive trip. That meant we had use of all the facilities available. Nothing was to much trouble for the guys on site, they were superb, An excellent day out, not to be missed.

Kristina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had an awesome time on Fitzroy Island. We just rode the ferry over for the day and that was more than enough time for us to explore and enjoy the island. We started with the hike to the Summit, which took us just under 2 hours to complete roundtrip with several stops to catch our breath and take in the views. The 90 degree weather and insane humidity definitely tested us but the hike was worth it for the vistas that you were rewarded with at the top. We spent the rest of our day enjoying the extras that were included with our passes -- glass-bottom boat tour, paddle boards, and snorkel gear -- and just relaxing on the beach. Great little day trip and the ferry crossing is beautiful!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016


Melissa N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Friendly staff and amazing experience

Sarah O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Beautiful island, lots of things to do, equipment in good shape, helpful staff, good lunch snacks


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My partner and I had a great day on Fitzroy ! It is a nice little island with one resort, crystal clear water and reef beaches. Ferry trip is not too long and very nice when sunny, we have been lucky enough to see a whale ! I strongly recommend booking the activity pass as we noticed that people who paid for the ferry trip only ended up hiring equipment on the island where it seems more expensive. We have been able to use all the snorkeling equipment we needed and took the paddleboards out to go around the island you can use kayaks if preferred. We had a glass bottom boat tour which enabled us to see a turtle, the reef and a lot of fishes. A lunch box was included in the pass, it was really good and fresh! Anyways if you don't want to pay for the pass I am 100 sure you can have a lovely day and you can still relax, do the lighthouse walk or go to different beaches, walks are from 45 minutes to 3 hours return. We also thought the team on the boat was really nice and fun so thanks guys for a good day !


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a very nice tour! The glass-bottom boat was wonderful! The island is beautiful! The staff members were friendly. I recommend this tour!

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