Fitzroy Island Sea Kayaking

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Sea Kayaking around Fitzroy Island
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for backpackers, couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 8 per group
  • Number of sites visited in a day: Fitzroy Island
  • Tour duration: 09:00am – 5:15pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 45min to the Island / 3 hrs kayaking
  • Min age is 14 yrs old
  • No previous experience needed
  • Picnic lunch included


Fitzroy Island Sea Kayaking

The Sea Kayaking tour is quite special because it combines kayaking around beautiful tropical islands and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. Also, visitors have free time in the afternoon to explore Fitzroy Island or do extra activities. This is a day full of great adventure activities.

The locations chosen for the sea kayaking are stunning, Fitzroy Island and Little Fitzroy Island. Clients depart the main Fitzroy Island beach (jetty area) and kayak to Little Fitzroy Island where they have a chance to get in the water and snorkel around the area. Then the adventure continues with the group kayaking around the main Fitzroy Island (weather dependent).

To be able to join the Sea Kayaking tour visitors need to travel to Fitzroy Island which is located only 45 minutes from Cairns on a ferry. There is daily departures and the Sea Kayaking price is inclusive of the boat transfer.

Fitzroy Island is a continental island 29 km south-east of Cairns. Fitzroy is a tropical island covered in tropical rainforest surrounded by a reef system that forms the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The island has a total area of 339 hectares and the highest point of the island is 375 metres above sea level.

There are so much to do and explore around Fitzroy Island. Visitors can walk through the rainforest, swim in the calm waters of Welcome Bay, see the fish swarm underneath the jetty or build sandcastles at Nudey Beach. Also, it is a great place for hiking with four walking tracks established on the island.

Included for the day is: half day guided sea kayaking tour, return ferry transfers to Fitzroy Island, snorkeling equipment for the whole day, usage of the ocean trampoline and a picnic lunch. Extra activities available on the island are: glass bottom boat tour, hire of paddle skis and stand up paddle boards; or relax in the afternoon and have a drink at the beach bar.

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What's included in the main price

  • Return fast catamaran transfer to Fitzroy Island
  • Exclusive access to Little Fitzroy Island
  • Half day guided sea kayak tour
  • Snorkelling gear with mask and flippers for the whole day
  • Packed picnic lunch
  • Half day at leisure to explore Fitzroy Island
  • Complimentary use of the ocean trampoline
  • Stinger suits during stinger season
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Padles skis
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Hiking
  • Purchase of extra snacks & drinks from the restaurant, cafe or bar

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
8:00-8:50 Check-in at the Fitzroy island desk Inside the Reef Terminal, Cairns
09:00 Boat departs Cairns Marina
Travel time is 45 minutes to Fitzroy Island on a fast stable motor catamaran
09:45 Boat arrives on Fitzroy Island
Spend 30 minutes exploring the island
10:15 Sea Kayakers meet the guide at the Beach Hire Hut and get prepared for their tour
Enjoy around 3 hours of Sea Kayaking around Fitzroy Island
13:15 – 13:30 Kayakers arrive back on Fitzroy Island
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring the island or relaxing
16:30 Boat departs the island
17:15 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any purchases

Please Note:
Beaches: The beaches on Fitzroy Island are not patrolled by surf life savers. Marine stingers are present in tropical waters from November – May and clients will be provided with a stinger suit for use while snorkelling during this period.

Age: Adult age: 14 yrs +
Reef Tax: $10.00 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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