Cairns Helicopter Flight & Great Barrier Reef Tour | DUCD | Cruise Fly

Tour Code: 606

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches

Helicopter & Great Barrier Reef Combo
  • Learn about the Great Barrier Reef with in flight commentary from the helicopter pilot as they point out locations of interest as well as spotting the marine life below 
  • Explore the marine life, coral gardens and colourful reef formations of the outer reef as you dive and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. 
  • This Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns really has it all, a luxury boat that speeds you to two different reef sites in a day and a spectacular helicopter flight for approximately 25 minutes back to Cairns 
  • Inclusions on your Cairns helicopter flight and Great Barrier Reef boat tour include up to 5 hours on the outer reef, a barbeque lunch, 2 different reef locations, a 25 minute helicopter flight and optional upgrades to scuba diving. 

Included In Price

  • Cruise to two outer reef locations
  • Up to five hours snorkelling on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkeling equipment & flotation devices
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch including fresh fish, prawns, steak, vegetarian option and a variety of salads. Please advise in advance any special dietray needs.
  • 25 Minute Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns (Approx timing)
  • Use of lycra/sun-suit hire
  • Tea & Coffee provided
  • Glass of wine & a light snack on return toCairns
  • Experienced & professional dive instructors
  • Spacious air-conditioned modern lounges and stylish upper deck to relax

Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Fly Package from Cairns. New boat, 5 hours exploring 2 reefs, return to Cairns on a low level helicopter flight. This is an extraordinary way to see the Great Barrier Reef at its best.

Book Your Cairns Cruise and Fly Scenic Helicopter Flight Early As Only 6 Helicopter Seats are Allocated Daily.  

This is one of the most popular Cairns helicopter flights and Great Barrier Reef combo tours on offer year round in Cairns and Far North Queensland.

This Great Barrier Reef tour allows you to explore two spectacular reef sights from below the water and then see the immense beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from the seat on you brilliant 25 minute scenic helicopter flight back to Cairns all in the one day.  

In the morning board our beautiful boat and cruise to the outer Barrier Reef for a day of snorkelling and scuba diving. Return to Cairns on a 25 minute scenic helicopter flight and see the amazing lace like corals below and keep your eyes open for the marine life such as Humpback whales. (seasonal) 

With an early morning high speed boat departure from Cairns Marlin Marina in Spence Street at 8.00am, settle back into the comfortable seats in the air conditioned saloon and enjoy the ride and scenery as you cruise to the outer Great Barrier Reef for an exciting day of adventure and exploration.  

We spend up to 5 hours snorkelling and scuba diving two different reef sites for colourful corals, fish, sea turtles, giant clams and other marine life.

Each different coral outcrop supports a different type of marine life so you are sure to see a lot more variety from visiting two reef locations on the one day.

Enjoy a sumptious barbeque luncheon with salads and refreshments with alcoholic beverages available at the bar. 

Your return journey back to Cairns is on a 25 minute scenic helicopter flight where you will be flying low over the reefs, islands and sand cays enabling you to take in some sincerly spectacular scenery.  

This is one Great Barrier Reef tour experience at a great value price!  

Cairns Cruise and Fly Full Day Reef Tour

Departing from Cairns, your full day Great Barrier Reef tour will include a boat cruise to two outer reef locations, 5 hours to explore the outer Great Barrier Reef, use of snorkeling equipment, BBQ lunch and a 25 minute (approx) scenic helicopter flight return to Cairns. 

Whilst on the outer Great Barrier Reef you can also book in optional extras such as guided snorkel tours or scuba diving. 

Your Coach Awaits

Pick up and departure times will be provided when booking.

If you are self driving, you can check in at the DUCD office at Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns at 7:15am for an 8:00am departure. 

Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour & Helicopter Flight

Upon boarding our luxury vessel, we will begin our journey to the outer Great Barrier at 8:00am.

With 12 exclusive moorings at six reef locations, your outer reef destinations will be chosen by the skipper on the day dependent on weather conditions and water clarity to ensure that you have the best underwater experience on the day.

Generally, the first outer reef destination is Norman Reef or Saxon Reef, before travelling to North Hastings Reef in the afternoon.

Take a seat in the air conditioned cabin or head to the top deck for some fantastic photo opportunities as you cruise out to the reef.

Soon you will arrive at the first of your outer Great Barrier Reef locations. Onboard the vessel you will have plenty of time to relax.

Relax on a sun lounge on the top deck, enjoy a cheeky sunbake on the middle deck or take a seat outside on the front of the boat.

For those eager to explore the unique coral gardens, marine life and reef formations below, free snorkeling equipment and demonstrations are provided throughout the day.

For those who wish to try scuba diving, the onboard divemasters will provide in depth briefings and tips on where to find the cool stuff on each coral reef location we visit.

Wetsuits, flotation noodles and life jackets are also available.

Enjoy a guided snorkeling tour whilst onboard to really experience the best of the many reef sites.

A delicious BBQ lunch will be served onboard including prawns, fish, steak, sausages, vegetarian options, tropical salads and pastas.

After soaking in the pristine and spectacular underwater sights of your first reef location, you will then cruise out to your next outer reef location. 

Upgrade to an Introductory or Certified Scuba Dive

There’s no better way to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef than by a guided scuba dive.

With 12 exclusive moorings located at six reef locations, your boat cruise will journey to the best sites on the day depended on weather and water clarity, which means you will be greeted with the best possible visibility and pristine conditions on the day.

Your diving experience will be led by a team of experienced PADI professionals who will lead you through colourful coral gardens and unique marine life direct from the onboard diving platform.

For introductory divers, no experience is necessary and your experienced guides will be with you every step of the way.

For certified divers, you will have the option to enjoy up to 3 divers per day. 

All scuba divers will be required to fill out a Medical Questionairre form before being permitted to dive.

25 Minute Scenic Helicopter Flight to Cairns

After enjoying a relaxing and exciting 5 hours on the outer Great Barrier Reef, you will then enjoy a 25 minute scenic helicopter flight back to Cairns.

Please note helicopter flight time and path is approximate.

Before boarding your luxury helicopter, you will meet your experienced and friendly Pilot guide for a pre departure briefing.

Once seated in the comfort of the helicopter, your flight will then take off from the outer reef heli pad.

Prepare to be amazed as your flight begins its journey over the many wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Soon you will be greeted with spectacular views of Hastings Reef, Saxon Reef and Norman Reef as you begin your once in a life time scenic helicopter flight adventure.

Listen as you pilot provides inflight commentary and information about the many reef formations, sand cays and islands throughout the flight.

Continuing west you will soon be welcomed by beautiful views of the Arlington Reef System.

Your pilot will have you spotting for marine life including turtles, rays, sharks and large tropical fish.

From here you will glide past Vlasoff Cay and Upolu Cay, white sand islands that majestically sit upon the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Soon you will be greeted by beautiful views of Green Island and its white sands, fringing reefs and lush rainforest.

As you continue towards to the mainland, you may be lucky to spot Humpback Whales if you are travelling throughout the winter months of July to August.

Have your camera in hand as the sparkling azure waters of the reef soon transform into the stunning stretch of coastline on the mainland.

Be rewarded with breath taking views of Palm Cove, Cairns Northern Beaches and Cairns city. 

See more helicopter flights and reef trip tour combos here

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time

Check in time 7.15am to 7.45am Departs 8:00am - Returns approx 3:05pm

Departure Instructions

Check in times 7.15am to 7.45am. Departs at 8:00 am from Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Check pick up transfer costs
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Norman Reef
  • Hastings Reef
  • Saxon Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Does not operate Christmas Day


Times are approximate

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory or Certified Dives - Time permitting
  • Return accommodation transfers
Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active

  • Weights of individual passengers and accompanying carryon luggage (max 5 kg) MUST be advised at time of booking. A weight variance greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130kg.
  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12

Weight: Up to 130 Kg / 287 Lb


Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • All product requires a minimum number of passengers to proceed
  • All tours include a $20 levy payable onboard to DUDC
  • Departure times are subject to availability and weather conditions
  • Tours and aircraft substitutions are subject to Management and/or Pilots discretion, weather, air traffic control and availability.
Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (charged)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Change of dry clothes
  • Cash or credit card

  • Children 3 years and older are legally required to occupy their own seat and therefore must pay the per seat price
  • Children 0-2 years travel FOC on the lap of a parent / guardian (max 1 per flight).

All cancellations must be in writing.

We understand things may change, so we have made cancellations very easy.

In every instance we always recommend you purchase travel insurance for life’s last-minute hiccups.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operators policy:

  • Cancellation notice of 48hours 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.
  • Weights of individual passengers and accompanying carryon luggage (max 5 kg) MUST be advised at time of booking. A weight variance greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130kg.

Cairns Helicopter Flight & Great Barrier Reef Tour | DUCD | Cruise Fly

Tour Code: 606

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches

Helicopter & Great Barrier Reef Combo



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$550.00
Family: au$2,200.00

Tour Code: 606



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1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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