Islands & Sand Cays

Great Barrier Reef Islands & Sand Cays

Cairns has easy access to four main islands, Green Island, Fitzroy Island, Michaelmas Cay and the Frankland Islands.

Day trips to the Islands from Cairns are a comfortable and a relaxing experience. Usually, only a short boat crossing from the mainland to the Islands, you can experience very good snorkeling directly from the beach at Michaelmas Cay. With easy access in and out of the water visiting one of the Islands is great with children or people who do not swim.

Still confused?  Let us help you find the perfect reef tour for you and your family.

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Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef.Green Island $103.00

Includes snorkel equipment or a glass bottom boat tour.

Half Day or Full Day!

Frankland Island Boat CairnsFrankland Islands $199.00

Secluded private Islands, Cairns best-kept secret!

Great for Families

Wavedancer Boat Low IslesLow Isles Port Douglas $188.00

A Great Barrier Reef Island near Port Douglas.

Sail to Low Isles!

Ocean Spirit Cruises Cairns Australia.Ocean Spirit $206.00

Visit Michaelmas Cay, tropical sand cay with beautiful beaches.

Beautiful Sandy Cay Luxury!

Fitzroy Island FerryFitzroy Island $78.00

3 Ferry Departure times a day. Relax on the closest Island to Cairns!

40 Minute Ferry Ride

Great Adventures PontoonGreen Island + Outer Barrier Reef $252.00

Visit Green Island + The Outer Barrier Reef!

Green Island + Reef!

Quicksilver Cruises Port DouglasQuicksilver $273.00

Departing from Port Douglas, please make your own way

The Ultimate Reef Tour!

Lizard Island AustraliaLizard Island Private Charter $1490.00

Private Charter Fly to Lizard Island.

5-Star Privacy!

Silversonic reef cruisesSilversonic $240.00

Silversonic visits 3 outer reef locations from Port Douglas. Excellent Dives!

Dive Agincourt Reef!

Islands of The Great Barrier Reef

Islands of The Great Barrier Reef

Did you know the Great Barrier Reef has over 900 Islands & sand cays? They are a collection of raised sandy cays and tropical islands, some colonized with thick tropical rainforest. Many different species of animals live amongst the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. On land, you can find goannas, lizards, mainland birds and many different species of seabird. In the water, Islands are a popular hangout for sea turtles, dugongs, stingrays, giant clams, anemonefish, many species of soft and hard corals.

What Animals live on the Islands
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