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Fitzroy Island Butterfly Bungalows

Hotel category

3 Star

Rooms

6

Wellness/Spa

NO

Internet

NO

5 star dive center

Onsite

House reef

NO

Resort Highlights

  • This is a stunning one-to-three night trip, departing from Cairns' Marlin Marina, to beautiful Fitzroy Island - just make your way to the marina and we'll do the rest
  • Feel independent from the hustle and bustle of the main resort while still being close to its fantastic beach and dive center
  • Plunge below the surface of the island's sheltered waters, exploring its fringing reef and abundant marine life
  • Non-divers can snorkel straight off the beach, paddle around in a kayak, or visit the onsite turtle rehabilitation center
  • After an exhilarating dive day, retreat to your bungalow for a BBQ under the stars

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Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 55% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 37 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 37 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

Fitzroy Island Butterfly Bungalows are a string of self-contained hideaways, set in a quiet rainforest just behind the beach.

Away from the main Fitzroy Island Resort, these bungalows are the perfect option for those looking for more seclusion, while still having the dive center, beach, hiking trails, restaurant and water-sports equipment rental all within easy reach.

Spend your days exploring the dream-like underwater worlds around the island and the Outer Great Barrier Reef, then retreat the your bungalow for a BBQ on the deck, watching plumes of smoke rise into the starlit skies, to the sounds of the ocean.

Please note: If you book a bungalow as a single person, you may be sharing with another person but you will have your own separate bedroom.


Explore diving around the Fitzroy Island Butterfly Bungalows

Best dive sites in Great Barrier Reef

Ribbon Reefs, Northern Great Barrier Reef – This area is known for a variety of pristine dive experiences. In late June and July, you have the chance to see dwarf Minke whales. At Cod Hole, you’ll see how the site got its name as giant potato cod surround you. Pixie Pinnacle is a wonderful example of a coral bommie that rises from a depth of 40 metres/130 feet. Also, Challenger Bay is a hotspot for cuttlefish encounters.

Osprey Reef – Only accessible via liveaboards departing from Cairns or Port Douglas, this exposed coral mesa sits in the middle of the Coral Sea far from anything. North Horn is perhaps its most famous dive site for its shark feed. Around the Bend displays colorful soft coral and offers the chance to see manta rays as they pass through this site.

SS Yongala – The Great Barrier Reef’s signature wreck is the SS Yongala, a 109-metre/357-foot luxury passenger ship that went down during a 1911 cyclone. On this wreck everything is supersized – sea snakes the size of your bicep and sea turtles so big they look prehistoric. Every single space on the wreck is covered in colorful life. It’s worth several dives to try and see it all.

The Whitsundays – Comprising 74 idyllic islands, the Whitsundays are perfect for divers looking to complement their diving with multiple activities, such as sailing, island exploring or just lying on top rated beaches. While scuba diving, expect colorful shallow coral gardens and a variety of marine life like passing green sea turtles, patrolling white tip reef sharks and striking Napoleon wrasse.

Heron Island – On the Great Barrier Reef’s southern reaches, this famed resort island is accessible via ferry or helicopter. Scuba dive on a bommie that serves as a manta ray cleaning station and also watch for crowds of jacks, barracuda, eels, sharks, eagle rays and very curious sea snakes. Other dive sites feature sea turtles and nudibranchs.

HMAS Brisbane – Off Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is the great wreck dive of the former HMAS Brisbane, a 133-metre/433-foot guided missile destroyer. This purpose-sunk artificial reef went down in 2005 and sits upright in 15-18 metres/50-60 feet of water. There’s a lot of ship to see and a lot of marine life that now call HMAS Brisbane home.

What to see

Everything from dwarf minke whales, sea turtles, manta rays, sharks, carpet sharks, sea snakes and cuttlefish.

And don't forget bumphead parrotfish, leopard moray eels, potato cod and macro life.

After all, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is the world's largest reef system so you can truly expect to see a bit of just about everything.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Surrounded by lush rainforest and a calm water beach with its own fringing reef, this dive center has it all
  • Enjoy the best of both worlds with dives around Fitzroy Island and the Outer Great Barrier Reef, and marvel at the abundant marine life and corals
  • Experience a magic night-time excursion in a glass-bottom boat, glide around in a double kayak, or improve your balancing skills on a stand up paddle board
  • Visit the turtle rehabilitation center to see the great work they do


Description

Fitzroy Island Dive Center offers personalized diving and snorkeling on the beautiful Fitzroy Island, only a lazy boat ride away from Cairns.

This PADI dive center offers some of the island's best snorkeling and diving. It is owned and run by one of Cairns’ pioneering reef operators, Cairns Dive Center, who have over 35 years of experience operating on the Great Barrier Reef and exclusive access to some superb dive sites. 

The center is based at an idyllic tropical getaway - you'll be amazed by this hidden gem from the moment you hit the wharf. A full range of water-based activities suitable for all ages and levels are available, from diving and snorkeling to glass-bottom boat rides that even run at night!




DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Instructor/Idc Course

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Island Hopping

Food & drink

  • Self-Catering
  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Massage Services

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Equipment For Kids

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kayaking

Amenities & services

  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there

Arrival

  • The best airport to fly to is Cairns Airport (CNS). 
  • From there, the journey to Marlin Marina will take around 10 minutes by taxi, costing roughly $20-$25. Having arrived at the marina, head to Gate E. 
  • The boat departs for Fitzroy Island at 8:00 am, though you must be at the marina for check in at 7:30 am. Therefore, it's advisable to arrive the night before and stay over in Cairns, ready for an early start the following morning.

Departure

  • You will arrive back in Cairns' Marlin Marina between 4:30 pm and 4:45 pm approximately. From there, you can catch a taxi back to the airport or to your next destination. 

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