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Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Flight | Cairns Sandy Cay Experience

Tour Code: 97

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

Exclusive Helicopter Flights
  • Experience spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of your luxury helicopter.  Relax and unwind on your very own private and secluded sand island cay in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Enjoy gourmet catering with a glass of sparkling wine or beer.  Snorkel the fringing coral gardens and colourful reefs surrounding the cay.  Learn about the reef and its unique eco system with in flight commentary on your flight.   
  • Our exclusive Great Barrier Reef helicopter flights depart from both Port Douglas and Cairns seasonally based on the annual migration of seabirds. Alternative locations are offered at various times of the year  
  • Our private charter helicopter flights from Cairns and Port Douglas are in high demand for weddings and wedding proposals as this experience is so unique and memorable  

Included In Price

  • Spectacular helicopter flight to and from the Sand Cay
  • Gourmet Picnic
  • Sparkling Wine or Beer
  • Orange Juice and Water
  • Courtsey Transfers from Cairns and Port Douglas
  • Beach chair, umbrellas and picnic blanket
  • Lycra Suits

Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight from Cairns or Port Douglas over the Great Barrier Reef before landing on your very own secluded sand cay. Snorkel the fringing reefs, sit back and relax on your very own beach chair with gourmet catering complete with a sparkling wine or beer

Imagine it now… landing by helicopter on the white sandy shores of your very own secluded sand cay in the heart of the iconic Great Barrier Reef. If you’re looking for the ultimate Tropical Far North Queensland experience, this is it!

Departing from Cairns or Port Douglas, you will enjoy a scenic helicopter flight above the world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, before landing on your very own private and pristine sand island cay.

Swim in the crystal clear waters, snorkel the fringing reefs, relax on a picnic rug or your very own beach chair and enjoy gourmet catering complete with a fresh tropical platter, refreshments and a glass of sparkling wine or beer.

A truly unforgettable and once in a lifetime Great Barrier Reef helicopter and reef combo experience!

This is the perfect tour for that unique wedding proposal or even as the helicopter arrival for your actual wedding to be held on the sand cay.

Cairns Helicopter Flight - Sandy Cay Escape

Reward yourself and a loved one with a return scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, before landing at the white sands, crystal clear waters and fringing coral reefs of Vlassoff Cay.

Enjoy 2 hours upon your secluded sand cay complete with your very own picnic rug, umbrella and beach chairs and a gourmet meal and refreshments. 

Your Coach Awaits

Your ultimate helicopter flight and Great Barrier Reef tour begins with a courtesy coach pick up from your accommodation in Cairns or Cairns Northern Beaches approximately 30 to 40 minutes prior to departure.

Pick up and departure times are flexible however early morning departures are recommended as you will have more chance to enjoy the sand cay all to yourselves.

If you are self driving, you can also check in to our Helicopter office at Marlin Marina by Cairns Esplanade prior to departure.

Arriving at the Cairns central helipad, you will be greeted by your friendly Pilot and Guide and provided with head set for in flight commentary.

Once strapped into the comfort of your luxury helicopter, have your camera ready for take off as you will be provided with many spectacular photo opportunities as you make your way to tropical paradise. 

Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Flight From Cairns

Getting to and from the private Coral Cay is half the fun with unbelievably beautiful views of Cairns, the surrounding golden beaches and of course the spectacular Great Barrier Reef from the seat of your helicopter.

Your journey to paradise will take around 15 minutes and your pilot will provide information about the Great Barrier Reef’s unique eco system and surrounding landmarks on the way.

As you make your way above the mighty Great Barrier Reef, be rewarded with stunning views of the swirling reef formations, colourful coral gardens and the sparkling aqua and deep blue waters below.

Your low level scenic flight will have you soaring past Upolu Cay, Michaelmas Cay, Green Island and the Arlington Reef System. The shallow lagoons of the Arlington Reef system are a popular location for marine life and your pilot will have you on the look out for large tropical fish, rays, reef sharks, turtles and if travelling in the winter months, you may be lucky enough to spot a Humpback Whale!

Soon your helicopter flight will arrive at your very own secluded sand island, Vlassof Cay. 

Great Barrier Reef Private Sandy Cay Escape

Prepare to be excited as your luxury helicopter lands upon the white sands of Vlasoff Cay where you will have just under two hours to explore, relax, unwind and take a swim in the gin clear waters around the sand cay.

The cay’s pristine water conditions provide the ultimate underwater experience that may have you swimming beside sea turtles, colourful tropical fish, rays and reef sharks.

You will be provided with a picnic blanket, beach chairs and a sun shade so that you can truly relax in tropical paradise.

You will then enjoy a gourmet picnic hamper with a fresh tropical platter, refreshments and glass of sparkling wine or beer.

The ultimate tropical paradise experience!

Please Note: Sand cay landings are tide and availability dependent. Tours may be amended to the destination of Castaway Beach south of Cairns, with double the time on your scenic helicopter flight.

Either way, you are in for a unique, unforgettable and once in a lifetime experience!  

Helicopter Flight to Cairns

After enjoying a few hours at your private sandy paradise, your return helicopter flight will then depart from Sand Cay and return you back to Cairns, where you circle back over the Great Barrier Reef and towards the picturesque shores and lush rainforest ranges of the mainland.

Upon arrival back to the Cairns central heli pad, you will then enjoy return transfers back to your accommodation in Cairns and Cairns Northern Beaches. 

Port Douglas Helicopter Flight - Sand Cay Escape

Enjoy spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef with a return scenic helicopter flight from Port Douglas, followed by a landing at your very own secluded paradise, Undine Cay.

Enjoy 2 hours upon your secluded sand cay complete with your very own picnic rug, umbrella and beach chairs and a gourmet meal and refreshments.

As Undine Cay attracts a large migration of sea birds each year, this tour is only available from April through to August. 

Your Coach Awaits

Your ultimate Helicopter and Great Barrier Reef flight  experience begins with a courtesy pick up from your accommodation in Port Douglas.

Pick ups will take place approximately 30 to 40 minutes prior to departure. Pick up and departure times are flexible however early morning departures are recommended as you will have more chance to enjoy the sand cay all to yourselves.

Arriving at the Port Douglas helipad, you will be greeted by your friendly Pilot and Guide and provided with head set for in flight commentary.

Once strapped into the comfort of your luxury helicopter, have your camera ready for take off as you will be provided with many spectacular photo opportunities as you make your way to tropical paradise. 

Scenic Reef Helicopter Flight From Port Douglas

Departing from Port Douglas, your helicopter flight will take around 15 minutes before arriving on the sandy shores of Undine Cay.

As your flight takes off from Port Douglas you will be greeted with beautiful views of the blue waters and golden sands of Cow Bay and the lush rainforest ranges of the Daintree Rainforest in the distance.

As you fly above the Great Barrier Reef, marvel at the colourful reef and coral formations below as your Pilot provides information about the region’s unique eco system. Here you will gain a true understanding of the Great Barrier Reef’s sheer size from above!

Soon you will find yourself flying above Batt Reef. With shallow lagoons this is the perfect opportunity to spot for marine life. Keep your eyes open for reef sharks, large tropical fish, rays and turtles.

Heading north you will soon arrive at the northern tip of Tongue Reef, home to abundance of swirling coral formations, large coral bommies and descending coral walls.

If travelling between July and September, your Pilot may even spot a Humpback Whale or Dwarf Minke Whale cruising in the ocean.

Our flight will then continue north above Undine Reef and direct to your tropical cay destination. 

Your Private Sandy Cay Escape

Prepare to have your breath taken away as your helicopter arrives on the squeaky white sand of Undine Cay, where you will have just under two hours to explore, relax and unwind.

You will be provided with beach chairs, an umbrella and a picnic blanket so that you can really sit back and soak in this tropical paradise.

Your experience will then be topped off with a gourmet picnic hamper with a fresh tropical platter, refreshments and glass of sparkling wine or beer.

Cay landings are tide and availability dependent, tours may be amended to the destination of Castaway Beach South of Cairns extending the scenic flight over the reef to double the helicopter time.

Regardless, this truly is a memorable and once in a lifetime experience! 

Return Helicopter Flight to Port Douglas

As you farewell your very own tropical paradise, you will board your luxury helicopter before making your return flight back to Port Douglas.

As you cruise above the Great Barrier Reef, have your camera ready because the views are absolutely breath taking!

Making our way back to the mainland, your pilot will point out the lush green rainforest canopies and towering peaks of the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree.

Marvel at the northern palm tree lined beaches and golden sands of the coastline as you make your way back to the Port Douglas helipad.

Upon arrival, you will then enjoy return transfers back to your Port Douglas accommodation. 

See more spectacular helicopter flights over the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns and Port Douglas

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time

Departs on Demand - Tide and availability dependent

Departure Instructions

Pick up times and location will be provided at time of booking

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Port Douglas
  • Return transfers from your accommodation in Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas
Destinations
  • Cairns
  • Port Douglas
  • From Port Douglas Undine Cay
  • From Cairns Vlassof Cay
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Flight departure times and availability are affected by tide conditions.

Duration

2 hours (approx)

Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

Restrictions
  • Guests body and luggage weight must be advised prior to the reservation being confirmed. Should a client advise a weight variance of more than 10%, the right is reserved to charge a 100% cancellation fee
  • Minimum of 2 passengers are required. Please contact us if you are a sole traveler
  • Undine Sand Cay & Vlasoff Sand Cay are public cays 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 in Port Douglas is Castaways Beach and in Cairns is Turtle Beach. Both are idyllic beaches backed by rainforest, but without reef (& therefore not a snorkelling spot). Please be advised no refund will be issued if the sites are occupied. We prefer to offer early morning departures (around 7:30am) 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
  • We require sea tides to be below 2.1m in order to land on the sandy cay.

Weight: Up to 110 Kg / 243 Lb

Additional Information

Minimum 2 passengers

Eco Certifications
Ecotourism Certified
  • Snorkel Equipment
  • Towel
  • Swimmers
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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.

 

  • The pilot makes the final decision regarding the continuation of any flight and may terminate the flight at any time if he/she deems it unsafe to proceed
  • Subject to weather, tides or the cay being occupied – we reserve the right to visit an alternative site.
  • Cancellations must be advised at least 24 hours prior to flight to receive a full refund
  • Cancellations made within 24 hours of flight will incur a 100% cancellation fee

Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Flight | Cairns Sandy Cay Experience

Tour Code: 97

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

Exclusive Helicopter Flights

From

au$899.00

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

Child: au$899.00
Family: au$3,596.00

Tour Code: 97

From

au$899.00

14 yrs & over

3 - 13 yrs

0 - 2 yrs

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(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
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Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
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