Enjoy the ultimate Cairns and Great Barrier Reef experience with a scenic helicopter flight to your own private sand cay where you will snorkel the fringing reefs, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and relax on the white sandy shores of paradise
Ultimate Cairns helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Scenic helicopter flight to your own private sand cay where you will snorkel the fringing reefs, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and relax on the white sandy beach
Experience the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns in pure luxury on a private helicopter flight!
Our Great Barrier Reef sand cay flight is the pinnacle of helicopter and reef packages for those looking for a taste of adventure or those simply seeking to spoil a loved one with a very special treat.
Enjoy a return scenic helicopter flight from Cairns to an exclusive sand cay in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. This shimmering sand cay is called Vlasoff Sand Cay.
Your helicopter scenic flight will have you soaring above Cairns, Palm Cove, the northern beaches, Green Island, Arlington Reef, Upolu Cay and Vlasoff Cay. Landing directly upon the milky white shores of Vlasoff Cay.
Here you will then have two hours to relax, explore and unwind on your own private piece of tropical paradise.
Enjoy snorkeling amongst the fringing reef, a gourmet picnic hamper with sparkling wine and relax upon the white sandy beach before once again enjoying your return scenic helicopter flight back to Cairns.
Life simply does not get much better than this unique Great Barrier Reef helicopter tour experience!
Departing from Cairns on a private charter helicopter flight, your luxurious Great Barrier Reef experience will take around three hours with variable departure times on offer.
Begin your day with a courtesy pick up in an air conditioned coach from your accommodation in Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches or Palm Cove.
Return coach transfers from Port Douglas can also be arranged at an additional cost.
If you are self driving, you can check in at the office at General Aviation in Cairns 30 minutes prior to departure. Pick up and departure times will be provided when booking.
Upon arrival at the helicopter pad, you will be provided with a pre departure safety briefing before boarding your private charter luxury helicopter.
Each guest will receive a head to set to enjoy in flight commentary throughout the flight.
Taking off from the heli pad you will soon be greeted with breath taking aerial views of Cairns city and its surrounds.
Have your camera in hand as you fly above the palm tree lined beaches, inland mangroves and estuaries and surrounding coastline.
Heading east, your journey will begin over the mighty Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. The sparkling blue waters and swirling reef formations below are nothing less than magnificent!
As you venture closer to your secluded sand cay, you will soon find yourself flying above the Arlington Reef System, This unique reef system is located 30km from the shore and is home to abundance of coral cays and marine life.
The shallow lagoons are a popular location for marine life and your pilot will help you spot for rays, turtles, reef sharks, large tropical fish and if you are travelling in the winter months, Humpback Whales.
Your helicopter flight will glide past Upolu Cay, Michaelmas Cay and Green Island, the only coral cay that boasts white sandy beaches and lush rainforest.
From above, the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef really is a natural wonder best experienced from the sky!
Soon your helicopter will land on the pristine shores of Vlasoff Cay, your exclusive slice of tropical paradise.
Here you will have two hours to enjoy the crystal clear waters and white sands as you relax, unwind and immerse yourself in absolute serenity.
You will be provided with snorkeling equipment to explore the fringing coral reefs, marine life and underwater wonders that surround you.
Vlasoff Cay is home to many marine life so you may find yourself swimming beside curious Sea Turtles, Reef Sharks or Blue Spotted Rays.
Relax upon the beach on your very own picnic blanket, take a dip in the aqua blue and green waters and enjoy a gourmet picnic hamper including a glass of sparkling wine.
Where else would you rather be?
After relaxing on the sand cay for two hours, you will then board your private charter helicopter for you’re your return flight back to Cairns.
Taking off, enjoy the stunning views of Vlasoff Cay as you make your way back to the mainland. Your flight will take approximately 20 minutes before returning to the Cairns central heli pad.
Arriving back to Cairns, you will then enjoy return coach transfers to your accommodation in Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches or Palm Cove.
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Departure times are flexible
Departs from Hangar 9, Bush Pilots Avenue, General Aviation, Aeroglen, Cairns
January - December
On demand, tide and availability dependent
Approx 3 hours
Port Douglas return transfers additional cost
Weight: Up to 130 Kg / 287 Lb
One (1) infant under their 3rd birthday may travel free of charge if seated on a guardian’s lap. A maximum of one infant per helicopter may travel as per CASA regulations. Children 3 years and above pay full fare.
All cancellations must be in writing.
Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.
Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Please be aware:- Vlassoff Sandy Cay is a public cay which cannot be reserved as such. If it is already occupied on the day of travel, either by another aviation operator or passengers from a vessel, due to safety regulations we are not permitted to land. Our alternative beach landing site is Turtle Beach which is an idyllic beach backed by rainforest, but without reef (& therefore not a snorkelling spot), on the mainland just south of Cairns. Please be advised no refund will be issued if the sites are occupied. We prefer to offer early morning departures (around 8:00am) as this decreases the chance of the cay already being occupied. Weekends, Public and School Holiday’s increase the chance of others occupying the cay & are recommended avoiding if possible.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 250