Fitzroy Island + Snorkeling + Glass Bottom Boat

Duration | 7 Hours
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Sunlover Fitzroy Island Day Trip departs Daily from Cairns Marina. Enjoy over 6 hours on Fitzroy Island, just a 45 minute cruise from Cairns on the modern Sunlover catamaran. 

Snorkel & Glass Bottom Boat Package
Snorkel equipment including fins, mask, lycra suit, and a glass bottom boat tour is included in this package

Fitzroy Island is surrounded by a beautiful fringing Reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Sunlover Fitzroy Island Day Trip Includes:

  • Modern air-conditioned catamaran transfers
  • Snorkeling Gear for the day
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Free morning tea and coffee on boarding
  • Self-guided rainforest walks
  • Access to day visitor facilities​

Spend the day snorkelling the fringing coral reefs, strolling through the National Park rainforest walking tracks, or for the more adventurous hiker, discover breathtaking views of the island and surrounding reefs.

There are hiking trails and guided walks as well as numerous water sports options available.

Your Day on Fitzroy Island
Sunlover departs daily from Cairns Marina. 

  • 7:30am - Check in starts 
  • 8:30am - Check in closes
  • 8:45am - Depart Cairns Marina 
  • 9:30am - Arrive Fitzroy Island 
  • 4:00pm - Depart Fitzroy Island 
  • 4:45pm - Arrive back at Cairns Marina

Snorkeling & Activities
Snorkel Hire and Glass bottom boat tours can be prebooked at the time of booking. 

Fitzroy Island Sports Hub Activity & Hire Options

  • Snorkel, Mask, Fins, Stinger Suit
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Snorkel Safari
  • Intro / Refresher Dive
  • Certified Dive
  • Beach Snorkel Adventure
  • Night Coral Viewing
  • Wetsuits

Walking Trails at Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island National Park offers some amazing walking opportunities for visitors. Walking is one of the best ways to explore and experience the different rainforest flora and fauna on the Island.
There are five main walking trails in Fitzroy Island National Park that range from 30 minutes to 3 hours, each at varying fitness levels.

Secret Garden Track - 1km return (45 minutes)
The track takes you for a pleasant walk from the western edge of the jetty through tropical rainforest around huge granite boulders. Interpretive signs and a viewing platform overlooking the creek valley provide informative facts on the surrounding rainforest plants and animals.

Nudey Beach track – 1.2 km return (45 minutes)
A relatively easy walk from the western edge of the jetty through tropical rainforest and coast woodlands leading to the beautiful white coral beach. Nudey Beach is the most popular place for swimming and snorkelling on the Island.

Boulder Lookout - 300m return (30 minutes)
Heading east from the back of the jetty, you will find the boulder lookout trail. This short steep climb through the rainforest with its many steps is also the first section of the summit track. The Boulder lookout offers panoramic views towards Cape Grafton and Cairns. The walk returns along the same track back to the jetty.

Lighthouse Road - 3.6km return (2 hours) 
The lighthouse road trail is a very steep concrete road that leads from the north-eastern end of Welcome Bay climbing through rainforest towards the lighthouse. You will come across a lookout during your ascent with offers views of the Northern side of the island on a clear day.

The base of the lighthouse (open when a ranger is on duty), contains an informative display of the maritime history of Fitzroy Island and how the lighthouse was used during the World War II. From the lighthouse you will discover spectacular 360 degree views of Fitzroy Island and the surrounding ocean, which make the difficult walk worth the effort.

Summit Track - 2.6km return to resort (3 hours)
The Summit Track is recommended only for fit walkers as it is very steep. From behind the jetty, the track starts up the boulder lookout trail, and then continues to ascend steeply through open woodland to the summit of the island (269m). Views of the Island, the Coral Sea and the mountain ranges are the perfect spot to relax and take in the scenery. The trail then winds down amongst the boulders to join the lighthouse road.

Check in:
The Sunlover Fitzroy Island day trip departs daily from Cairns Marina. Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal Sunlover desk.

  • 7:30am - Check in starts.
  • 8:30am - Check in closes.



Kasey Garrison

A great experience!


Michelle Parker

Second time for our family of 7 to the reef with Sunlover Cruises and will be back again.
Staff are amazing and food is great, first trip food was individual lunch packs this time it was buffet and was a great selection to choose from.


Francesco Ruscio

great booking and trip experience


Debbie Christensen

Emily who sailed the glass bottom boat, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the reef. Made this experience special and memorable.


Sohini Bhattacharya

It was a great experience. Though the 2 hour ride to Moore Reef was very choppy and we all got sea sick but in the end it was all worth it!!


Marie Costello

We had a brilliant time on the Great Barrier Reef trip.I would recommend the Sunlover Cruise Company to anyone wishing to visit the reef whatever their swimming ability.

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Your Day on Fitzroy Island
Sunlover departs daily from Cairns Marina.

7:30am - Check in starts
8:30am - Check in closes
8:45am - Depart Cairns Marina
9:30am - Arrive Fitzroy Island
4:00pm - Depart Fitzroy Island
4:45pm - Arrive back at Cairns Marina