SUP and Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the world’s most famous reef and let the waves rock you to sleep at night. 3 days, 2 nights

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SUP and Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the world’s most famous reef and let the waves rock you to sleep at night. 3 days, 2 nights

Get your adventure started right with a day of stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling at breathtaking Fitzroy Island. Continue the adventure with an overnight cruise through the pristine outer reefs. Alternate between snorkeling and time spent on the sundeck with a cold drink in hand. Your mini-adventure in paradise includes:

  • ½ day SUP and snorkeling around Fitzroy Island
  • 2 days snorkeling the outer reefs
  • 1 night accommodation in a bungalow on Fitzroy Island
  • 1 night accommodation aboard the Kangaroo Explorer liveaboard dive boat
  • Meals aboard the dive boat
  • All SUP and snorkel equipment
  • Hotel transfers

Perfect for:
Water-loving adventurers longing to escape the mainland for a few days of fun and relaxation. No previous experience needed.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive and SUP Fitzroy Island

Your host will pick you up at your hotel around 7 am and take you to the pier to board the ferry to Fitzroy Island.

Learn the basic of stand-up paddle boarding on land, then spend the morning skimming over pristine fringe reefs and playing in the crystal-clear water.

Paddle to otherwise inaccessible coves and reefs for incredible snorkeling.

Return to shore for snacks and a cold drink, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the beach or walking the lush forest of this tropical island.

Head to your bungalow for the night.

3 hours of SUP and snorkeling

Day 2: Snorkel and overnight on a liveaboard dive boat

Wake up in your island paradise and get ready for a full day of adventure on the water.

You’ll transfer to the Kangaroo Explorer, a liveaboard dive boat beyond Fitzroy Island among the outer reefs. The Kangaroo Explorer has exclusive access to 19 coveted snorkel sites.

Snorkel throughout the afternoon. You’ll see everything from colourful fish to majestic turtles, and, if you’re lucky, reef sharks.

Between snorkeling sessions you can sprawl out on the sun deck and relax with a refreshing drink. There’s nothing but sun, blue skies and sparkling water as far as the eye can see.

Dinner on board, then fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping at the boat.

3 snorkeling sessions

Day 3: Snorkel and departure

Wake up with a refreshing early morning snorkel, then climb back aboard for breakfast en route to the next site.

Each reef has its own little ecosystem, and there’s always something new to discover.

Lunch on board after your last snorkel, then enjoy the boat ride back to the mainland.

Your trip is over, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be dreaming of the sea for days.

3 snorkeling sessions

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

On the first night you’ll stay at Butterfly Bungalows on Fitzroy Island. Each bungalow sleeps 5 and has a small kitchen, a covered outdoor deck with a BBQ, AC, TV, and linens and towels. There’s a small convenience store nearby.

On the second night you’ll sleep on board the Kangaroo Explorer, a 25m catamaran kitted out as a top-notch liveaboard dive boat. There are 16 cabins on board, each with AC, carpeting, and ensuite facilities. There’s a spacious saloon for dining, a licensed bar, and a beautiful sundeck. Overall the boat sleeps 36 guests plus crew.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Sorry, no group trips are currently planned, book a private trip or get a quote.

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

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Location

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Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Reserve, Fitzroy Island is a paradise of narrow sand beaches, dense tropical rainforest, and sky-blue sea. The island itself is protected as a National Park, so the reefs are in excellent condition and you’ll likely see turtles in addition to myriad colourful reef fish.

Beyond Fitzroy Island lie the outer reefs. Your professional guides and skippers know exactly where to go to find the best possible snorkeling conditions. They have some of the oldest and most sought after permits in the region, giving you exclusive access to 19 coveted dive sites. You’ll see something new and incredible every time you get in the water.

Some examples of marine life you might encounter include angelfish, damselfish, sweetlips, butterflyfish, parrot fish, sea stars, sea cucumbers, rays, giant clams, nudibranchs, reef sharks and barracudas, and a wide range of hard and soft corals including sea fans, sea whips, tree and vase corals, and plate corals.

Start point?
On day1 you’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Cairns. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at the dock in Cairns at 16:30 on day-3. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Cairns Airport (CNS) is served by inexpensive, direct flights from most major hubs in Australia. Please schedule your flights to arrive by 12:35 on Friday, and to depart no earlier than 18:00 on Sunday. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.
- The Sun Palm shuttle travels between the airport and ferry port throughout the day ($4 one way, 15 minutes, not included).
- Take the Fitzroy Island Fastcat from Cairns Marlin Wharf (Berth 20) to Fitzroy Island. The Fastcat leaves at 08:00, 11:00 and 13:30, arriving at Fitzroy Island 45 minutes later.
- On the return journey you’ll take the Sunkist from the Kangaroo Explorer back to Cairns.
- All boat transfers are included in your cost.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Cairns
  • Airport shuttle bus ($4 each way)
  • Pre and post trip accommodation in Cairns
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Port fees on Saturday and Sunday ($20 per day)
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12. There will be a maximum of 12 people on the SUP adventure, and a maximum of 36 on board the dive boat.

Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

SUP, short for stand-up paddle boarding, is a fun and surprisingly peaceful activity. Balancing is easy on such large boards, so all you have to do is paddle yourself across the water and enjoy the unique perspective.

Professional guides will teach you how to enter and exit the water, how to stand and balance correctly, and how to propel yourself around with minimal effort. But most of all you’ll just have fun!

You’ll paddle to Shark Fin Bay, Little Fitzroy and Hidden beach, beyond the boundaries of normal hire groups. At each destination you’ll get in the water and snorkel with a huge array of reef fish, small reef sharks and green sea turtles.

You’ll be snorkeling the world-famous Great Barrier Reef in the heart of the marine reserve. From the fringe reefs on Fitzroy Island to the outer reefs, you’ll get to see a range of remarkable marine life.

If you’ve not snorkeled before you’ll probably find it easy, and guides are there to help you get comfortable.

No particular level of fitness is needed, and no previous experience is required for snorkeling or SUP.

Meals on board the Kangaroo Explorer are included from lunch on Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Meals are prepared fresh on board, and most dietary needs can be catered to.

Temperatures on Fitzroy Island average 24 – 31 °C in the summer and 19 – 25 °C in the winter. The climate is tropical, but cooling sea breezes make the weather more pleasant offshore than it is in Cairns.

Your host will provide all the gear for SUP (paddle board and paddle) and snorkeling (mask, snorkel, fins and stinger suit).

Your host recommends you pack:

  • Swimmers
  • 2 towels
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunblock)
  • Snacks
  • Long-sleeve top for breezy evenings
  • Dive card and dive log (if you’re diving)

Please limit your bags to carry-on size only. Large suitcases and backpacks cannot be taken on board.


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