Cairns Helicopter Flight & Great Barrier Reef Tour - Half Day

Tour Code: 454

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Amazing Must Do Reef Tour!
  • The 25 minute heli flight from Cairns will take you past Green Island,over deserted sand cays and various reef formations.  In the winter months from May to September, keep your eyes peeleld for migratory whales.
  • Arriving into Cairns late or on a cruise ship?  The 12:40 pm departure will still let you fit in that fantastic day on the Great Barrier Reef.

Included In Price

  • Please note the below amendements currently applicable to this tour during COVID 19 times:
  • 25 minutes flying & 1.5 hours at the reef (approx.)
  • Two hours at an Outer Barrier Reef location
  • Guided Snorkel Tour
  • Snorkel Equipment
  • Light BBQ Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Return Cruise wih complimentary glass of wine/beer and live entertainment

Cairns best selling great value half day scenic helicopter flight and Great Barrier Reef tour. Take a scenic helicopter flight from Cairns to our new boat out on the reef. Spend 1.5 hours on the Great Barrier Reef.

A sensational half day Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns via a scenic helicopter flight to meet our brand new boat that is floating in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.

This Great Barrier Reef tour and helicopter scenic flight is sensational value not only for the money but for the experience that this reef trip combination offers.  

Be lifted to new excitment heights on this aerial and underwater tour!

Ascend the skies from Cairns General Aviation on a scenic helicopter flight.

Flying at low level you will see wonderful coral reef formations, tropical islands, remote coral sand cays and you may even spot some marine life like humpback whales during the cooler months of July to September.

After a 25 minute flight, you'll be taken to our brand new luxurious 35ft vessel that is waiting your arrival on the outer Great Barrier Reef.  

You’ll have an opportunity to see the reef from the closer perspective with a snorkel, or glide amongst marine life on an introductory or certified dive.

You’ll also enjoy a light BBQ lunch and complimentary cheese and wine in the afternoon.

This Great Barrier Reef tour provides entertainment not only with incredible reef activities, but likewise on-board live music.

For those who prefer to remain dry, enjoy a submarine tour of the reef, or simply laze on the deck soaking up the sun.

Scenic Helicopter Flight

Book Your Great Barrier Reef tour early as we only have 6 seats allocated per day for our half day helicopter scenic flight tours.   

Our helicopter will leave from Cairns General Aviation and take you on a 25 minute scenic flight to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.   

View the incredible vastness of the Great Barrier Reef from above.

Your helicopter pilot will provide you with commentary on the sites below and around you.

Be on the lookout for the vivid shapes of sea-turtles, and the winter months, lucky passengers may see some of the migrating Minke and Humpback whales.

See our other Great Barrier Reef snorkel and dive tour that includes a 10 minute scenic helicopter flight out on the reef.  

Snorkel on the Outer Great Barrier Reef

After the breathtaking beauty of your scenic helicopter flight, you'll arrive at a modern 35ft vessel, moored on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

On arrival, you will be given a safety briefing and then you'll be fitted with a snorkel and mask and fins to begin your underwater snorkelling adventure. 

View the large coral bommies, staghorn corals, giant clams and colourful anemones along the Great Barrier Reef shelf. 

Well known as home to the Parrotfish, Damsel Fish, Bat Fish and Maori Wrasse, you may also be lucky enough to encounter a sea turtle or reef shark.

Guided Snorkel Tour

Maybe it’s your very first time snorkelling, or perhaps you're an individual with a penchant to hear the Outer Great Barrier Reef's secrets revealed by a professional.

On a guided snorkelling tour, a friendly Marine Naturalist will not only assist you with some snorkelling tips, but likewise share the mystery of the inhabitants in the coral reef below.

As your group drifts along the coral that makes up this world renowned habitat, your guide will point out various marine life and perhaps even assist to handle some of the harmless creatures such as the Sea Cucumbers.

 The purple giant clams you'll see could be over 120 years old, likewise some of the sea-turtles!

Among the anemone you’ll spot on your travels you will also find the now famous orange clownfish Nemo.

Optional Introductory Scuba Diving

Due to this being a Half Day Great Barrier Reef tour, it is a must to pre-book any scuba diving prior to travel on the boat.

On arrival at the vessel, you will be provided with the basic skills and communication signs you will need to enjoy your first scuba dive experience safely. 

Ascend with a small group of fellow introductory scuba divers and your experienced instructor and refresh these skills underwter before being led on a dive for up to 30 minutes.  

Optional Certified Scuba Diving

The revelation of the Outer Great Barrier Reef is on almost every certified diver’s priority must explore travel list.

Divers come from the furthest regions to discover its mythical World Heritage listed formations.

The sheer magnificence of vivid branch thickets, heavenly pale gardens, and giant clam-encrusted coral mountains has left more than one diver spellbound.

Others have been astonished by the sight of a glorious sunfish, three times their size, and the vast array of marine life on offer.

While some scuba divers adore a cute visitation from a Blue Tang (Dory), others are drawn to the spectacular Clown fish (Nemo) colonies.

And among the vivid sea-stars, blue, greens, and startling yellows of Surgeon, Mandarin and Butterflyfish, you’ll find it difficult to choose a favourite with so many fantastical species in full view.

Optional Semi-Submersible Submarine Tour

It's a unique concept to imagine that you could view amazing coloured fish and coral on the Great Barrier Reef, from only inches away, without getting wet!

Yet on the semi-submerged submarine tour, you can most certainly discover the reef in dry comfort!

While you’re seated beside showcasing glass windows, your submarine will glide by towering pinnacles of coral and an extravaganza of fish in every shape and hue imaginable.

You might even find a striking giant cod, or dazzling Parrotfish peering back at you!

This vivid tour is as much a treat for the eyes as well as the ears.

With an interactive presentation, you'll learn how the underwater jungle surrounding you is a few million years old, and how the breathtaking coral provides an essential habitat and energy in this wondrous ecosystem.

Your eyes will be delighted by a rainbow of activity and your ears riveted by a tale of natural wonder. 

Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time


Departure Instructions

Check in at 12:00pm

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Hastings Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Excludes Christmas & New Years Day


4.5 Hours
25 Minute Scenic Flight
Please note you have limited time to spend in the water (1.5 hours at the reef including snorkelling safety briefing and gearing up)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Semi-submersible submarine tour - please prebook (weather permitting, bookable on the boat, cannot be pre booked)
  • Stinger / Wetsuit Hire
  • Coach Transfers
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

  • Please be advised of 100kgs weight restriction per person.
  • Guests over 100kg will be charged an additional fee, payable direct on day of travel.
  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12

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.

Eco Certifications
Ecotourism Certified
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (charged)
  • Cash or credit card

  • One infant under 3 travelilng on gaurdians lap in accordance with aviation restrictions
  • No child rate applicable.

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.

Pricing: Adult age: 17yrs+; Child age: 4-16yrs; Infants up to 3yrs. Children up to 15yrs must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers under 18yrs will require parental guardian signature. Safety: Divers 65yrs+ must provide a current ‘AS4005.1’ dive medical prior to travel. Please consider weather and wind strength before booking. Semi-submersible tours are weather permitting. Cancellations/Alterations/Refunds: No refunds for cancellations within 18 hours of departure time; 24 hours for dive courses and packaged products. Re booking fees apply for alterations made within these times. The operator reserves the right to cancel the tour, change vessel type or arrange an alternative carrier in the event of bad weather or mechanical problems. No refunds for voluntary uncompleted dives.

Cairns Helicopter Flight & Great Barrier Reef Tour - Half Day

Tour Code: 454

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Amazing Must Do Reef Tour!



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

Child: au$509.00
Family: au$2,036.00

Tour Code: 454



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

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