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!
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7.30 am check-in for an 8.30 am departure
Departs at 8:30 am from Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns
January - December
Does not operate Christmas Day
Introductory or Certified Dives - Time permitting
Weight: Up to 120 Kg / 265 Lb
Scuba Diving Restrictions
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.