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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

  • 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
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns
From US$266.52
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Cruise and Fly Reef TourMost Popular
Check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal at 7:30am Cruise to Hastings Reef & either Norman or Saxon Reef. 4-hours on the Great Barrier Reef. 25-min helicopter flight to Cairns. Includes: lunch, snorkel gear
Fly and Cruise Reef Tour
Depart Cairns at 12:40pm for 25-min helicopter flight to Great Barrier Reef; 2 hrs on the Great Barrier Reef and swimming; cruise to Cairns. Includes: lunch, snorkel gear
Fly/Fly Reef Tour
Depart Cairns at 12:40pm for 25-min helicopter flight to Great Barrier Reef; 1.5 hrs in the Great Barrier Reef and swimming; helicopter to Cairns. Includes: lunch, snorkel gear

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most visited attractions, and the UNESCO-listed landscapes are home to an incredible variety of marine life. With this tour, choose to experience the natural wonder from all angles—flying overhead in a helicopter, taking a boat cruise to the outer reefs, then jumping in to swim, snorkel, or scuba dive along the reef.

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.

Reviews (172)
1 - 5 of 16 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
The most memorable experience in Cairns.

The most memorable experience in Cairns.The side of the sea is like the piece of Hemingway's pen. It is not included in the depiction of the seabed coral and clownfish Nemo. Hey, the helicopter driver, he may be the happiest person in the city.

2  Thank Neo-Shenzhen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Had an experience I'll always remember

I ended up doing everything; tour of the reef with a marine biologist, glass bottom boat, helicopter home. It was an amazing day with super friendly and helpful people who made the experience incredible. Left the day with memories that will last a lifetime.

1  Thank James G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Taking the helicopter to/over the reed is a must!

This was such an amazing highlight for us! We did the Fly and Fly so we didn't have to spend time on a packed boat to just get to the reef. We had an amazing flight out and back as the pilot was very professional...More

Thank RussDizzle
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile
Poor service and Dead Reefs

We took the helicopter out and were only given an hour to snorkel. The briefing took 10 minutes, then we were left alone with nobody helping us finding wet suit. When somebody finally got time to attend to us, they asked for $10 extra for...More

1  Thank Ang L
Reviewed 5 September 2018
Amazing Reef Experience!

My partner and I booked the half day Flight- Cruise tour and we couldn't have been happier with everything about this day. From the pick up fro our hotel in Palm Cove (driver arrived early and provided us with friendly conversation all the way to...More

Thank Angela P
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22 June 2018|
Response from Elizabeth M | Reviewed this property |
It is - the guide is very nice! She was knowledgeable and it was super interesting! Love the whole day! Great crew!
Clark W
6 April 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth M | Reviewed this property |
Cruise first, fly back versus the other way. Totally fun!