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2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef provided by Nautilus Aviation

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
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Nautilus Aviation has a comprehensive COVID plan in place.
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travelers
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Your first day takes in land-based highlights of Cairns, traveling out on the Kuranda Scenic Railway to the quaint town of Kuranda for the day. Admire cascading waterfalls, lush tropical rainforest and the charms of the township on your day out, before returning to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Have the option to upgrade to include admission to Rainforestation Nature Park, situated just a few minutes from Kuranda. There, you can take a 45-minute rain forest tour on an amphibious vehicle, learn about Aboriginal culture during a dance performance and Dreamtime Walk, and get close to Australian wildlife including koalas. Explore the Great Barrier Reef on your second day, taking a 5-hour cruise out to two top sites on the reef for snorkeling, scuba diving and other water-based activities. Return to Cairns on a scenic helicopter flight that offers a stunning aerial perspective on the Great Barrier Reef.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3262CNS_2DAYCOMBO
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Only on the day of the Cruise. • Use of Snorkelling equipment • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Cairns City) • Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Cableway • Great Barrier Reef Cruise • 25-minute helicopter one-way tour from Great Barrier Reef to Cairns • Entry/Admission - Cairns • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets • Entry/Admission - Kuranda • Entry/Admission - Cairns
Exclusions
Lunch not included on the Day with Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway • AUD $20per person for the Environmental Management Charge and Fuel Levy is payable direct to the operator on the day of travel • Accommodation • Scuba diving • Semi-submersible tour (payable direct on the day) • Transfers from Port Douglas hotels are additional cost
Duration
2 days
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Transfer from Cairns and Northern Beaches (up to and including Palm Cove) are included for all tours. Transfers to/from Port Douglas are $205 per car (up to 4 passengers)
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Only on the day of the Cruise. • Use of Snorkelling equipment • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Cairns City) • Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Cableway • Great Barrier Reef Cruise • 25-minute helicopter one-way tour from Great Barrier Reef to Cairns • Entry/Admission - Cairns • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets • Entry/Admission - Kuranda • Entry/Admission - Cairns
Exclusions
Lunch not included on the Day with Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway • AUD $20per person for the Environmental Management Charge and Fuel Levy is payable direct to the operator on the day of travel • Accommodation • Scuba diving • Semi-submersible tour (payable direct on the day) • Transfers from Port Douglas hotels are additional cost
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Transfer from Cairns and Northern Beaches (up to and including Palm Cove) are included for all tours. Transfers to/from Port Douglas are $205 per car (up to 4 passengers)
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
2 days
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Weight Policy: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry-on luggage MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variances greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130kg. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 130kg are required to purchase an additional seat of 50% of ticket price - this is non-commissionable and payable to Nautilus Aviation on day of travel.
There is a maximum of 6 to 7 passengers permitted per helicopter (depending on aircraft availability)
Evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive
Diving within 48 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
The Great Barrier Reef Cruise does not need to be taken on the second day, but within 7-days of the Kuranda Scenic Railway tour. You'll be required to reconfirm both tours at least 24-hours from the Kuranda Scenic Railway departure date
Not wheelchair accessible
Infants must sit on laps
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers

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Darren R
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Very pricey for what you get in this package
Jun 2018 • Solo
The first day that I went to Kuranda, I was a bit annoyed as I felt as though the guide that picked me up explained my itinerary in a hurry and dropped me off at the Kuranda Scenic Railway and didn't really explain what was included and what was not. It turns out that not a lot is included as this package seems as though it only really includes your fare on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail gondola down from the rainforest park (which I estimate can't be more than $150 CAD together based on an educated guess).

You get a "sticker" that you can wear to get a 20% discount in the park, but I was not told about this so I ended up paying full price. You need to pay for everything in the park on top (e.g. Birdworld Kuranda, Koala Gardens, River cruise, your own food, etc.), hence why I was a bit annoyed as to what exactly I paid for.

The second day was MUCH better as we went out into one of the reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef, lunch on the boat and the helicopter ride back into Cairns, but I had to pay for a wetsuit rental, glass boat tour, guided snorkelling tour on top.

Was the second day and its inclusions worth ~$500 (if you assume my estimate of the first day is correct) to justify this tour costing $650 or so? I doubt it.

Don't get me wrong, the experience itself of both days were great, but I just think this package costs way too much for what you get with it. That's just my opinion though.
Written July 6, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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Peppa F
Peppa F
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Highlight of our trip!
Staff were amazing. Unfortunately due to the weather we were unable to do a 45 minute flight - however, the staff w
emilyhP1754DD
emilyhP1754DD
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Very Disappointing
Unfortunately, I am unable to give feedback on this tour as we didn’t get to experience it. A massive day of disapp
Robertsonl1234
Robertsonl1234
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A once in a lifetime must do.
Snorkeling the reef was excellent the staff on board very friendly but the highlight was the helicopter ride back t
Getaway35447630742
Getaway35447630742
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Amazing!!
We were so impressed with the team at Nautilus. We booked the cruise out and fly back package to the Great Barrier
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S6106FYrichardw
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Great flight, smooth, good pilot, top experience
A beautiful 45-minute reef and rainforest flight. One of the smoothest and picturesque chopper flights we've ever b
rozc2021
rozc2021
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The only way to fly!
Nautilus Aviation go out of the way to make you feel confident, safe and so very special. Our pilots Matt & Glenn b
Jackosfive
Jackosfive
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Best way to travel!
Amazing flight from Orpheus Island to Mt Mulligan. The scenery was spectacular and so interesting to see the changi
CILKEL7
CILKEL7
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Best way to get a transfer
Nautilus pilots and staff are fantastic and made us feel safe and secure. We caught a chopper to Orpheus from The
871shaunb
871shaunb
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Experienced and competent
We used nautilus helicopter to transfer to Orpheus island lodge. They were prompt and made us feel safe, as I somet
Stocoroco
Stocoroco
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Return to cairns on the helicopter
What an amazing day! We cruised to Green island for a couple of hours before heading to the outer reef pontoon for
Borrack5
Borrack5
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Flight of a Lifetime
Wow what an amazing flight from Orpheus Island to Mt Mulligan! The scenery was spectacular and the pilot so knowled
Antonia L
Antonia L
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Fantastic trip to the great barrier reef
Senic view from helicopter was amazing. Professional team to make our experience great and ensure our safety. Guide
428phyllish
428phyllish
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Seeing the Reef and Rainforest by air is an experience you should not miss if you can
This scenic flight is a must. Gus our pilot was great. Very informative and friendly. The flight was a fantastic w
aaronj252
aaronj252
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GBR
Absolutely amazing. Already planning to do this again. Staff are very friendly and make the experience one to remem
Bradley N
Bradley N
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Excellent Customer Service
We booked the full day cruise including a dive. Also included was a 10 minute Helicopter flight over the reef. Unfo