• Location: Cairns, Australia
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Explore beautiful Fitzroy Island by kayaking, snorkeling and other means during a full-day tour that includes both guided tours and free time to do as you please. Leave Cairns early to enjoy a morning kayak and snorkel tour around Fitzroy Island’s pristine coral reef. Have the afternoon at your leisure for more snorkeling and beach time, a walk in the rainforest or other island activities before returning to Cairns in the late afternoon.


  • Full-day trip to Fitzroy Island with morning 3-hour guided kayak and snorkeling tour
  • Learn from the guide about the marine ecology of Fitzroy Island and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Paddle in easy-to-maneuver kayaks that do not require prior experience
  • Enjoy free time in the afternoon for more snorkeling, hiking, beach activities or relaxing
  • Choose where to eat a provided packed lunch
  • Includes all kayak and snorkel gear, paddling instruction, round-trip ferry ticket and a delicious packed lunch

What You Can Expect

Fitzroy Island Sea Kayaking

Snorkel and kayak from Fitzroy Island

In the morning, make your own way to the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns to board your high-speed ferry to Fitzroy Island, a crossing that takes only 45 minutes.

Upon arrival, meet your guide at the activities hut near the ferry dock and get outfitted for your kayak tour. After a safety briefing and kayaking lesson, grab your provided snorkeling gear and paddle, pair up with a friend and hop in to your double kayak.

Launch off the beach into the pristine turquoise sea and follow your guide past white-sand beaches and pristine coastline. Your guide shares informative details about the ecology and marine life of Fitzroy Island and the Great Barrier Reef, along with its human history.

Enjoy plenty of opportunities to jump into the warm water and snorkel, observing an abundance of colorful fish, hard and soft corals, and other marine life. Your morning tour lasts approximately three hours before your guide leads you back to your starting point at the beach.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure and feel free to keep your snorkel gear until your departure. Options for the afternoon include more snorkeling at Nudey Beach, walking to the lookout point for sweeping views over the Coral Sea, or purchasing snacks and a cold drink at the bar.

After your kayak tour, your guide provides a picnic lunch to take with you, which includes a chicken wrap, a ham and cheese roll, fresh fruit, an energy bar, juice or other beverage and bottled water (a vegetarian option can be requested when booking).

Catch your ferry back to the mainland at the designated time in the late afternoon after a day in this tropical paradise.

Customer Reviews

Solveig V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Fitzroy Island has a bit of rain forest as well as fun on the water. We used our day to kayak and snorkel and spent only 30 min walking to the rain forest to nudey beach so named for a mollusk with external gills. There is a sea turtle rescue hospital as well with a separate ticketed entry. There is a choice of a glass bottomed boat for those who don't want to kayak, or if the sea is too choppy.

The guide for the kayak was gave up pointers about how to propel a sea kayak our first time and how to get back in if we flipped we didn't. He had to give us reminders how to steer as we tended to zig zag. He also knew some of the human and natural history of the place. I enjoy hearing about what plants I am looking at, changes in sea level, why the beach has so much coral on it.

The answer to the last question is because sea currents slow down around the island causing whatever is being carried to drop off on the beaches.Coral beaches are rare, and the seemingly smooth cylinders are hard on feet.

The snorkeling was unguided. the best place is just off the coast where the boulders line the beach. It is visible from the pier where the boat docks.

We kayaked in the morning, ate a boxed lunch, then snorkeled in the afternoon.

Max S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Great fun

David O United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Great trip from Fitzroy Island to Little Fitzroy Island. It was a small group and Dom was our tour guide. Dom is very easy going, and very knowledgeable and informative one of the best tour guides I've ever had. We especially enjoyed our little hike up to the light house and the snorkel afterwards. Great way to spend a day!

Kerry L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

had an awesome time

Bevan C

4 star rating: Recommended December 2016

Can't say sea kayaking was my calling in life but the guides were helpful, conscientious and polite. Of the day trip itself, I preferred the down time to swim and snorkel at my own leisure.

Ellen K

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

The tour itinerary looked great, but it was too windy to kayak to Little Fitzroy on the day we kayaked. Staff was enthusiastic, helpful, and entertaining!

Tong X

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

Staff are friendly! But could leave earlier so that we can have more time to enjoy the many activities in the island.

Mario M

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

I had fun kayaking around Fitzroy Island. The two guides were very good and they gave us a lot of information about the reef. We had enough time to do some snorkeling as well. Unfortunately, that day the wind was too strong to reach Little Fitzroy Island and we had to do the snorkeling from a small and very private nearby beach. Still good enough. I would recommend for those who like kayaking

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