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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

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Cairns City, Australia

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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.
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Use of snorkel gear (if option selected)
Use of stinger suit (if option selected)
Glass-bottom boat tour (if option selected)
Use of Paddle skis (if option selected)
Picnic lunch (if option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
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Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Fitzroy Island National Park
Enjoy snorkelling or walking at Fitzroy Island. Spend a full day or just half a day.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • Covid Procedures: High levels of signage about distance and hygiene, we will have hand sanitizers around the vessel
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fitzroy Island Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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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
See all safety measures taken by Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns.
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
See all safety measures taken by Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns.
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
See all safety measures taken by Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns.
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
See all safety measures taken by Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns.

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  • "As other reviews suggest, beaches are all coral so wear shoes for this, though its not sharp, just uncomfortable." See review

Reviews

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Take me back to Fitzroy Island please
Roxy_Aila
, Jan 2021
Ohlala had a ball at Fitzroy Island. Thank you wonderful staff for taking care of us all! The team were hardworking, engaging and clearly loved the sea and island. Very well organised trip and well-equipped. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and didn't want to leave. I went snorkelling and paddleboarding and saw a turtle and beautiful fish! The coral beach was interesting and not what I am used to. I wish I stayed longer. I only went for a day trip.
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Fiztroy island is not bad
Benny
, Jan 2021
We paid for ocean trampoline and paddle ski pass, but there is no trampoline and not enough paddle boat, need to wait in queue and considered lucky to get one before 3pm. The island itself is pretty but would not go again.
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Great island getway-for-the-day!
Nicki_D
, Jan 2021
A simple to book and incredibly special day trip to Fitzroy Island for a family of four with two children aged 9 and 11. The ferry staff, hire staff and all crew and guides on the glass bottom boat and snorkel safari were incredible! We took the full package, which included a boxed lunch, which was nice - and they catered for our one food allergy with no issues. We booked the snorkel safari whilst on the way to the island on the ferry, and we also had the glass bottom boat...which ended up being quite a lot and didn’t leave much “free” time. So I think if there was one piece of feedback, it might be to advise passengers/customers not to book too many activities if they are wanting to chill out for a bit! Especially given the walk (mini hike!) to Nudey Beach takes a good 20 mins one-way and is definitely not suitable for a family with a pram! But fantastic all round and would highly recommend!
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Great trip, well run.
Snorkellearner
, Nov 2020
The tour ran smoothly, left and returned on time. The staff were lovely, thought it was great that there was a marine biologist present who was friendly and introduced herself on the trip over. She ran snorkelling tours for all different abilities. She also told us where to snorkel based on ability and what marine life we might see. I purchased the full day, all inclusive pack that had a glass bottom boat tour, snorkelling gear, stinger suit and lunch included. We didn't end up doing the glass bottom boat tour. The gear was good, the staff sized us correctly. Make sure you have a pair of shoes/sandals/reef shoes that can get wet as the beach is mostly dead coral and not sand. The lunch was very filling and tasted good. The island is beautiful, we saw some great fish however the water was a bit murky in some areas. There's also limited coral, if you really want to see a coral reef you should do a Great Barrier Reef tour instead. There are some good hiking tracks to have a look around. There's also a turtle rehab centre, although we didn't get a chance to go. I don't have a single negative thing to say about the trip. Very happy and would book using Fitzroy Island Adventures.
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Worth doing
Darryl_P
, Oct 2020
The day was really great the cruise people were helpful Fitzroy island is a beautiful place and the food and service were great staff helpful
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A Must Do when in Cairns
Sally_H
, Oct 2020
Had a fantastic time on my recent trip to Fitzroy Island. The Staff and crew were all lovely and knowledgeable. Highly recommend doing the summit hike first up (the view is stunning). I then swam with green sea turtles and spectacular sea life. Was quite windy, but still nice and warm, and water temperature was perfect, no stingers was a plus. A must do day trip when visiting Cairns!
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A good enjoyable day with good weather
Jason_C
, Oct 2020
With good sunny weather, it was a very good trip. We enjoyed snorkeling at the main beach as well as the Nudey Beach. At Nudey Beach, the water is not so clear and with current, but there is the fringe reefs with many different corals especially near to the big rocks. At the main beach with low tide, snorkeling could see many big fish. We walked up to the Light House (took about 1.5hr) and a few really steep sections along concrete drive path. There is the Foxy's Bar openning to day users with bar food and drink available. Toilet is free next to the Foxy's. So if you are not keen to use the other water equipment, just buy the boat transfer ticket, hire the snorkeling gears at the hire hut, and get a kid's meal (for $12 at large portion) to enjoy a good day trip there. There is also free storage available at the hire shop so that you can going walking more freely. Summing up, a good enjoyable day with good weather. Strongly recommend this trip.
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Day on the water...
Mark_D
, Sep 2020
Had a great day at Fitzroy, the trip over was entertaining with all the staff members, current music organised by Bradley was enjoyable & entertaining. Scott with the glass bottom boat was great and the information that marine biologist was very interesting and informative. Amazing work.... Highly recommend this day, do as little or as much as you want with all the water sports, also and the great walks around this lovely island. Thank you for the advice on wet shoes for the beach...never seen such beautiful coral beaches.
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terrible experience
Melanie_G
, Sep 2020
I will never use them again. Ruined our experience. Person on phone lied to us about inclusions. My wife kept saying we wanted to go out on boat to remote spots with a group. He kept skirting the question and gave runaround answers. We had to pay almost a hundred extra to the company actually doing the tour
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Toblerone cocktail
Jenny_B
, Aug 2020
Loved it. Day trip from cairns relaxing smooth trip over. Island was lovely. Took a walk over to Nudey beach well worth the 30 minute trip. Take take though some rocks and steps quite big so take your time safety wise Beach was beautiful lots of people swimming and snorkelling. Paid for the picnic lunch it was fresh and yummy large wrap small bun muesli bar mandarin juice popper and bottle of water made a nice change from a hot heavy lunch. Also went on glass bottom boat tour. Very informative and interesting even got to see some sea turtles. Plenty to see and do. Well worth the trip just disappointed that we couldnt stay for a few days. Was hard to leave. Great vibe staff friendly and accomodating. Make sure you try a toblerone cocktail at Foxys bar. Yum.
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