Cairns & the Tropical North

Helicopter and Cruise Packages with Great Adventures

Cairns City, Australia

From USD 372.96

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 to 5 hours (approx.)
  • Flight time: 25 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See the natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef from various angles on this combined helicopter and cruise package deal. Fly to the outer reef on a helicopter, enjoying the sea views from above and seeing the reef from a unique perspective. After landing, spend more than two hours at the reef platform, where you can snorkel, view the reef from a semi-submersible, and learn about the reef’s biodiversity.
  • Be amazed by the views from a 25-minute helicopter flight
  • Snorkels, lycra suits, buoyancy vests, and flotation noodles are provided
  • A buffet lunch, including prawns, is included
  • Learn about the reef at a presentation

What's Included

  • Fly/Cruise or Cruise/Fly: Approx. 25 minute scenic flight
  • Approx. 2.5 hours at the outer reef platform
  • Reef presentation
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • snorkelling instruction provided
  • Lunch
  • semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour with commentary
  • underwater Observatory and Eco Reef Talk
  • buoyancy vests and flotation noodles
  • Lycra suits
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Doo underwater scooter
  • guided snorkelling tour

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What To Expect

1 Spence St

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Great Barrier Reef

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Total weight per passenger: 130 kg
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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
  • Child Policy: Children 3 years and above are legally required to be seated in their own seat and are therefore required to pay the full ticket price. Subject to conditions, children under 3 years may travel free of charge when seated on a parents/guardians lap. For bookings of more than one infant (under 3 years), conditions apply – please contact Reservations.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Tour and aircraft substitutions are subject to Management and/or pilot discretion, weather, air traffic control and availability
  • Refunds: Cancellation notice of 48 hours is required for a full refund claim and 24 -48 hours, for a 50% refund claim. No refund applies if booking is cancelled inside 24 hours.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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10 reviews
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Loved the scenic helicopter ride!
Jolene_B, Feb 2023
We absolutely loved our helicopter ride out to the boat at the reef! Because of the rainy season, the water was quite murky so we were a bit disappointed about clearly seeing underwater.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Jolene Thank you for leaving this lovely review regarding our Scenic Helicopter flight. At this time of year the weather can be certainly challenging at times, and the visibility unpredictable. I will pass this feedback on to Great Adventures, as I think it is important for future planning sessions. Kind regards Kel Nautilus Aviation
Wow! You have to see the reef from the air!
Jon_O, Dec 2022
My wife and i came to Cairns to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We thought we would spoil ourselves with a heli ride back from the reef snorkeling trip. It was incredible! I personally always wanted to fly in a chopper and was fortunate enough to be able to sit in the front as there were other passengers on our flight. It lived up to expectations and exceeded them. The pilot was so knowledgeable of the reef as he took is on a guided tour from the sky. A big thank you to the whole team for their professionalism and care making this a lifetime memory my wife and I will never forget.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hi Jon Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary, what a way to celebrate! I was thrilled to read your view this morning, what a lovely way to start my day. Thank you for taking the time to write this, we really do appreciate it. Kind regards Kel
Absolutely breathtaking and picturesque
Vanessa_S, Oct 2022
This was the most amazing experience!! We took the helicopter both to and from the reef and it was the best way to see it. The Great Barrier Reef is a site for sore eyes!! It is spectacular, beautiful and picturesque. The best view of it is from above!! Well worth spending that little bit extra. We will be doing this again when we return in 6 months
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi Vanessa, Thank you for taking the time to leave this 5* review, I adored reading it. We look forward to welcoming you back in 6 months time for your next Heli adventure Kind regards Kel
Great experience
Chris_D, June 2022
Flying over the beautiful great barrier reef to see sea turtles swimming ontop of the reef and passing over scenic coast lines and islands
Get to the Chopper.....
TRACY_D, Mar 2022
Listening and learning about the flight paths and airport requirements. The whole experience was awesome. Johno our pilot was very knowledgeable and experienced, we felt safe the whole trip.
Reef and Helicopter were amazing
Jenny_T, June 2021
The Helicopter and the reef were amazing and the staff were really good. Did feel quite rushed to do everything on the reef and the food was not the best.