Discover the Great Barrier Reef’s unique reef formations, tropical islands, marine life and sand cays with a 30 minute scenic helicopter flight. from Cairns. Fly at low level over islands, remote sand cays and coral atolls.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral formation on the planet with 2,900 individual reef systems, 900 tropical islands and 300 coral cays. It really is a wonder of the world and the ultimate way to truly experience its gigantic size and diverse landscape is from the sky.
Departing daily from Cairns, your 30 minute scenic helicopter flight will have you fliying above Cairns city and its surrounding beaches, over the blue waters of the Coral Sea, above an abundance of marine life, by tropical islands, over unique coral reef formations and stunning sand cays.
Complete with in flight commentary provided by your experience Pilot, this really is one experience to add to your Australian bucket list!
Experience the very best of the Great Barrier Reef on a 30 minute scenic helicopter flight from Cairns.
Begin your day with a courtesy pick up in an air conditioned coach from your accommodation in Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches or Palm Cove. Return coach transfers from Port Douglas can also be arranged at an additional cost. If you are self driving, you can check in at the Nautilus Aviation office at General Aviation in Cairns 30 minutes prior to departure. Pick up and departure times will be provided when booking. Upon arrival at the heli pad, you will be provided with a pre departure safety briefing before boarding the luxury helicopter. Each guest will receive a head to set to enjoy in flight commentary throughout the flight.
Taking off from the heli pad you will soon be greeted with panoramic views of Cairns city and its surrounds. Have your camera in hand as you fly above the palm tree lined beaches, inland mangroves and estuaries and surrounding rainforest greenery. Heading east, your journey will begin over the mighty Great Barrier Reef. The sparkling blue waters and swirling reef formations below are nothing less than magnificent! Soon your will arrive at Green Island, located around 27km from the coast of Cairns. The Green Island National Park is one of 300 coral cays that sit upon the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Of the 300 coral cays, it is the only island cay that boasts both stunning white sandy beaches and true rainforest. Continuing over the Arlington Reef system, you may be lucky to spot the many marine life that can commonly be spotted throughout the flight. Keep your eyes open for manta rays, turtles, reef sharks and larger tropical fish. If travelling through the winter months, you may even be lucky enough to spot a Humpback Whale. Soon your pilot will have you soaring above sand cays. Vlassoff Sand Cay and Upolu Sand Cay are naturally formed, un-vegetated sand island cays that are surrounded by fringing coral reefs and shallow, protected waters. You may spot some small white tip Reef sharks, Turtles and Blue Spotted Rays resting in the sand. From 500 feet above the water, you will have endless photo opportunities of these unique natural formations. From here your pilot will then guide you back to Cairns whilst providing information about the many natural landmarks and sights on the way. A truly once in a lifetime experience! Returning to Cairns, you will be greeted with beautiful views of Fitzroy Island in the distance followed by aerial views of the mainland.
To really add to this once in a lifetime experience, why not upgrade to a sand cay landing upon Vlasoff Cay or Upolu Cay? Imagine it now, landing by helicopter upon your own little piece of tropical paradise. You will have 20 minutes to explore the cay complete with a delicious glass of sparkling wine or beer. Cay landings are subject to conditions on the day. Ideal for those wanting to add a touch of luxury to their Great Barrier Reef experience or those eager to spoil a loved one.
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.
Departs from Hangar 9, Bush Pilots Avenue, General Aviation, Aeroglen, Cairns
January - December
Return accommodation transfers from Port Douglas - Min 2 Guests
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.
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.