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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

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US$ 255.16
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Explore the Great Barrier Reef on a half-day or full-day excursion that travels by helicopter and boat so that you can make the most of your time. Choose from three options for your tour of one of the world’s best coral reefs and enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. Admire views of the Great Barrier Reef from your helicopter as you get a multi-angled perspective on one of the world’s top natural wonders.
  • Unforgettable views of the Great Barrier Reef by helicopter and boat
  • Marvel at the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Options for all: snorkeling, certified dives, or introductory dive course
  • Personalized experience: limited to six passengers per helicopter
What to Expect
Depending on the tour option selected, make your way to Cairns Airport or Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, and set out for the outer reefs by either boat or helicopter. While boats set sail in the morning, helicopter flights depart around midday and take around 25 minutes, affording spectacular views over Cairns as well as the reefs and islands of the Great Barrier Reef. On arrival at the Hastings Reef floating helicopter pad, transfer to the cruise ship, which has space for up to 100 passengers and is fully equipped for snorkelers, scuba divers, and nonswimmers. During your time onboard (1.5 to 4 hours, depending on the tour option selected), visit two different locations around the Saxon Reef, Norman Reef, or Hastings Reef, stopping at exclusive moorings. On the full-day excursion, scuba divers can enjoy up to three dives, either taking part in a beginner’s introductory course or exploring dive sites accessible only to certified divers. All tours offer swimming and snorkeling along the reefs, with floatation devices available for nonswimmers. After working up an appetite in the water, enjoy a delicious onboard buffet lunch, including fresh fish, barbecued meats, and a selection of salads and pastas. Finally, you are dropped back at the helipad for the return journey to Cairns, where your tour ends.
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Departure Point
1: Reef Fleet Terminal, LOT 996 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
2: Nautilus Aviation, Hangar 9 Bush Pilots Ave, General Aviation,, Aeroglen QLD 4870, Australia
Return Details
1: Nautilus Aviation, Hangar 9 Bush Pilots Ave, General Aviation,, Aeroglen QLD 4870, Australia
2: Reef Fleet Terminal, LOT 996 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
  • BBQ lunch
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Entry/Admission - Down Under Cruise and Dive
  • Optional introductory or certified dives, payable direct on travel date (morning cruise only)
  • AU$20per person Environmental Management Charge (EMC) and Fuel Levy is payable direct to the operator on the day of travel
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Weight Policy: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry on luggage MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variances greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130kg. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 130kg are required to purchase an additional seat at 50% of ticket price - this is non-commissionable and payable to Nautilus Aviation on day of travel.
  • There is a maximum of 6 to 7 passengers depending on aircraft availability. (subject to aircraft availability)
  • Evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive
  • Diving within 48 hours of flying is not recommended.(Please note: This does not include the helicopter flight). All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Child Policy: Children 3 years and above are charged adult rates. Subject to conditions, children under 3 years may travel free of charge when seated on a parents/guardians lap.
  • For the Fly/Cruise option you will have a compulsory 20 minute safety briefing before being allowed enter the water, this is part of your two hours out at the reef. It is recommended that you wear swimmers upon check in for this option
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Super trip, very professional, excellent staff, very good lunch. Best time in Australia! I would recommend to do cruise with flight back to everyone!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank IgorSos63
Reviewed 28 July 2019 via mobile

Helicopter over the Reef to the boat for snorkeling and lunch was amazing! Would definitely recommend to anyone! Plus the crew were all great!

Thank ashleycl1
Reviewed 3 July 2019 via mobile

The helicopter ride and snorkeling itself was great so let me put that out there. We participated in the afternoon Fly and Cruise. I assumed by the description that it was 25 minutes on the helicopter and approximately 2 hours on the reef. The entire...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Cjberberich
Reviewed 18 March 2019

After arriving at the heloport, we fille dout the safety paperwork after watching the video. We then boarded the helicopter and set off on our 20-30 minute ride to the catamaran in the reef. During the flight we flew over several picturesque keys, which made...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank rckgrnds
Reviewed 15 March 2019 via mobile

We had a great flight out to Moore Reef, our pilot had excellent local knowledge. Best to plan your own transfers to avoid any confusion.

Thank AUKTourist
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Bibiana C
1 March 2019|
Response from 94yol | Reviewed this property |
sorry i can t help you we had the helicopter tour
28 November 2018|
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Response from 94yol | Reviewed this property |
snorkeling is included we do not make scuba diving but we heard that it will cost extra
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