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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


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!

Karen E L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic glass bottom boat tour - we saw tortoises. A wrap, foccacia sandwich, apple, snack bar, water and juice for lunch. Great rainforest walks and several beaches available. Knowledgeable, friendly staff who love their jobs. 200 people on board but spread out over the island, so you were not over crowded. Skip Green Island Fitzroy is better.

Diane P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great island, really nice people working on the island

Ivo F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fitzroy Island is amazing! It was really nice to spend a day walking around, enjoying the water, enjoying the beautiful scenery and taking a glass bottom boat tour so I could take some pictures of the reef, too.
Nudy beach is beautiful, but difficult to walk on if you have no shoes, because of the coral. The secret garden hike is nice and quiet, and gets you away from the crowd so you can relax at the end point with just the sound of the birds, the waterfall and the wind through the trees.
Near the beach though, you can relax with a cocktail or go for a swim.

Jo G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Wonderful!!! Great staff on the boat, wonderful island and great snorkelling!

Anna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Beautiful little island with some good patches for snorkeling. Make sure to bring water shoes, coral beaches only. Great for hiking. Not crowded, you can find plenty quiet spots to relax. Wish I stayed overnight.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Was great! Really need to spend more then a day there if want to do everything available, walks, snorkeling, paddle board, kayaking. Crew was nice a friendly. Still a good day even in the rain.

Sachie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I prefer this island to Green Isl.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Raging Thunder provided a fantastic day for us! The crew was fantastic super energetic and down-to-earth guys that were very friendly. The boat itself was roomy and comfortable for the trip to/from the island. On the island, I'd recommend wearing water shoes as the beach is all old coral and isn't comfortable to walk on. It was a nice relaxing island that wasn't busy at all, which was great! Underwater coral wasn't as bright and colorful as expected but we saw a good variety of fish, starfish, squid, rays, etc. while snorkeling and got views of brighter coral and turtles on the glass-bottom boat tour. The picnic lunch was more than expected but is just a couple of sandwiches, apple, and a granola bar so bring your own food if you aren't interested in that. The bar on the island has delicious drinks and mocktails, however, to suit your fancy when you need a break from the sun! Great value trip and we had a wonderful day with this tour!

Bridget C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Whilst the trip is a bit slow to get started we had to sit in the sun for a while before the boat got going and had once you got to the island you had to wait again for equipment to be all set out, patience is a virtue. Fitzroy Island was absolutely stunning. The water was clear, the reef was great for beginner snorkelling and we saw many varieties of fish and turtles! We chose the upgraded tour which provided us with all gear which was lots of fun and lunch which was yummy and healthy! We also got the glass bottom boat tour which is educational, you get to have a quick little tour around one side of the island and you get to feed fish! Definitely worth the money we paid for this tour! Staff are fun and easy going, very professional!

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