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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns City, Australia
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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 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, stand-up paddleboarding, and glass-bottom boat cruise.
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, 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.
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Fitzroy Island Adventures with Raging Thunder
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.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Raging Thunder Adventures
Raging Thunder will get you to the island.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Fitzroy Island National Park
Enjoy snorkelling or walking at Fitzroy Island. Spend a full day or just half a day.
Duration: 7 hours 
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Great snorkeling spot!
, Feb 2020
Fitzroy island is absolutely beautiful! If you want to snorkel definitely go on either side of the pier to the big rocks on each side. We saw 4 turtles, a couple of blue spotted rays, and a vast array of fish. Even a couple of white tip reef sharks but they scare easily so don’t worry about them. Getting gear at the beach hut was easy and the staff of raging thunder were very nice and informative. The lunch they provide was delicious! I would say check out Nudey beach because it’s a great beach area and more secluded but if you want to snorkel don’t do it there because there isn’t much reef within the nudey beach section. My only bad review is that they need better snorkels, they tend to leak. So if you can bring your own snorkels, I’d say do that, at least until they upgrade.
Great day out on Fitzroy Island
, Jan 2020
Great experience. Everything included which was easy from start to finish. Snorkeling was difficult as there were rough water conditions the day we went but till able to see some coral and fish. Warning for families with young children or elderly - the '20 min walk' to Nudey beach is very steep and lots of steps/rock platforms.
Fun day trip
, Jan 2020
Very cool place, helpful staff! Just feels slightly overpriced for ferry transfer only. Several options to add excursions/activities at extra cost if you’re interested, which may be a better bang for your buck.
Perfect day trip
Georgina H
, Jan 2020
Thanks to the crew for a really great trip to beautiful Fitzroy Island. We really enjoyed the snorkelling and saw lots of fish and coral. So glad we chose this trip. The island is stunning and the turtle sanctuary well worth a visit too.
Worth the cost!
Kristen C
, Jan 2020
We had a great day at Fitzroy Island. There was plenty to do from snorkeling to hiking and the picnic lunch was great! Also, loved the glass bottom boat tour.
, Dec 2019
Gorgeous island! The beaches have coral so need shoes to walk around. Nice hikes available. Recommend snorkel safari - extra charge but a marine biologist will snorkel with your group to describe the types of coral and animals that you see. We snorkeled near nudey beach on other side of the island and there was a lot of coral variety- including an amazing blue one! Had to wear stinger suits due to the time of year. Liked the glass bottom boat as well! Turtle hospital unfortunately was closed the day we were there. Amazing drinks at Foxys with a nice view to relax.
Lovely Island
, Nov 2019
Very enjoyable experience. Would have given it top rating except for the exuberant information provided about the condition of the Reef in the glass bottom boat. Fact is it is not well.
Fitzroy Island Day Trip
, Nov 2019
Just a short ride from Cairns lies a beautiful Tropical paradise just waiting to be discovered. You can do as much or as little as you like, great food and beach bar with a view too die for. You must make the trek to Nudey Beach - unforgettable.
Great ecperience
, Nov 2019
I would definitely recommend this trip for everyone it has something for all age groups. Great staff and lovely island it can't go wrong.
, Oct 2019
Fitzroy Island is full of beauty, something amazing around every corner. We swam with 4 sea turtles and hundreds of tropical reef fish in the reefs just off the beach. Picnic was catered really well also.

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