Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling at Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island is the closest Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling location to Cairns, and is outstanding value at $108 includes cruise, snorkeling gear and lunch.

Unlike tiny sand cays such as Green Island, Fitzroy Island National Park is huge, with its own mountains and rainforest walking tracks to explore.

Learn to snorkel from right off the beach over the fringing coral reefs in both Welcome Bay and Nudey Beach, with hard and soft corals only meters from the shore.

Uncrowded, untouched, unbelievable and only 45 minutes from Cairns aboard our fast catamaran.


  • Fast catamaran transfer to Fitzroy Island
  • Ocean trampoline
  • Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling gear with mask and flippers
  • Beach hire equipment such as paddle skis and stand up paddle boards
  • Packed picnic lunch

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Bonus Beach Hire

More than just amazing Great Barrier Reef snorkeling , Fitzroy Island also has some awesome water sports to try in Welcome Bay. Our snorkeling package gives you use of our beach hire equipment, saving you up to $18 per person.

  • try stand up paddle boarding
  • grab a single or double paddle ski
  • jump on and off the ocean trampoline

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Price

Adult $114
Child 4-14 years $74
Family prices for 2 adults and 2 children are available. Prices valid to 31st March 2019. Total price includes a levy of $5 per person for recovery of Fitzroy Island facilities licence fees, admin costs & charges.

Departs Daily From

  • Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal 9.00am located in the heart of the city at the end of Spence Street.
  • Fitzroy Island 4.30pm returning to Cairns at approximately 5:15pm

Packed Picnic Lunch

Lunch includes a piece of seasonal fruit, muesli fruit bar, juice and bottle of water.

Choose from the following picnic lunches:
• Cold option – chicken salad wrap + ham cheese roll
• Hot option – Japanese beef and potato curry
• Dietary options vegetarian, celiac, gluten, pork free

  • You can also book this package WITHOUT lunch, and either bring your own or purchase from Foxy’s bar on Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island Special Booking Conditions

To keep your day as safe as possible there are a few restrictions you should be aware before making your booking :

  • We highly recommend having your own travel insurance
  • Those under 16 must travel with a guardian or parent
  • You must check-in at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal located at 1 Spence Street no later than 20 minutes before your departure
  • The beaches on Fitzroy Island are not patrolled by surf life savers
  • Marine stingers are present in tropical waters from November – May. Lycra suits are available for use during this period
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