Full Day Reef Tour with Down Under Cruise & Dive

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches

Combo Deal $$$ Saver
  • Learn about the Great Barrier Reef with in flight commentary from the pilot
  • Explore the marine life, coral gardens and colourful reef formations of the outer reef on an upgrade to a semi-submersible submarine  boat tour 

This is an extraordinary way to see the Great Barrier Reef at its best. In the morning board our brand new boat and cruise to the reef for a day of snorkelling and diving. Return to Cairns on a 25 minute scenic helicopter flight

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

With an early morning departure from Cairns Marlin Marina in Spence Street at 7.30am settle back into the comfortable seats in the air conditioned saloon and enjoy the ride and scenery as you cruise to the outer 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 refreshements 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 day at a great value price!  

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 scenic flight return to Cairns. 

You can also join in on optional extras such as guided snorkel tours, ride in a semi-submersible submarine boat, 

Your Coach Awaits

Begin your day with a courtesy pick up in an air conditioned coach from your accommodation in Cairns.

Pick up and departure times will be provided when booking. If you are self driving, you can check in at the Down Under Cruise & Dive office at Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns at 7:30am for an 8:15am departure. 

The Great Barrier Reef Tour

Upon boarding our new luxury vessel, we will begin our journey to the outer Great Barrier at 8:15am.

With 12 exclusive moorings at six reef locations, your outer reef destinations will be chosen 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 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.

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 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. 

Return to Cairns

Returning to the Cairns heli pad, you will farewell your friendly pilot before enjoying return coach transfers to your accommodation in Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches or Palm Cove. 

See our Half Day Great Barrier Reef Tour and Helicopter Scenic Flight Combo Tour. 

Included In Price

  • Cruise to two outer reef locations
  • Up to Five hours on the reef
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • BBQ Lunch
  • 25 Minute Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Reef to Cairns
  • Courtesy coach transfers to/from Cairns Accommodation
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time

Departs 8:30am - Returns 3:05pm

Departure Instructions

Departs at 8:30 am from Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Courtesy return transfers from your accommodation in Cairns are included. Pick up times and location will be provided at time of booking.
  • Norman Reef
  • Hastings Reef
  • Saxon Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Does not operate Christmas Day

Available for Purchase / Hire

Introductory or Certified Dives - Time permitting

Fitness Level Required


  • 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 but preferably 24 hours, if doing 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
  • Minimum of 2 passengers are required for the scenic helicopter flight aspect of the tour
  • All tours include a $20 levy payable onboard to Down Under Dive & Cruise
  • 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

  • One infant under 3 years of age 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.


  • 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

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches

Combo Deal $$$ Saver



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

Child: au$419.00
Family: au$1,676.00

Tour Code: 606



15 yrs & over

3 - 14 yrs

0 - 2 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
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+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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