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Helicopter and Cruise Packages with Great Adventures

By Nautilus Aviation
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Ages 3-99, max of 7 per group
Duration: 3–5 hours
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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  • Fly/Cruise or Cruise/Fly: Approx. 25 minute scenic flight
  • Approx. 2.5 hours at the outer reef platform
  • Reef presentation
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • snorkelling instruction provided
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch, including prawns
  • semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour with commentary
  • underwater Observatory and Eco Reef Talk
  • buoyancy vests and flotation noodles
  • Lycra suits
  • Entry/Admission - Great Barrier Reef
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Doo underwater scooter
  • guided snorkelling tour


Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
    For those doing the Cruise and Fly option check-in will be at the Great Adventures desk.
  • Option 2
    2 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
    For those doing the Fly and Cruise or the Fly and Fly option check-in at Nautilus Aviation
End:
  • Option 1
    2 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
    For those doing the Cruise and Fly or the Fly and Fly option this will be your endpoint.
  • Option 2
    1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
    For those doing the Fly and Cruise option this will be your end point.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3262P40

  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 at 50% of ticket price
  • Child Policy: Children 3 years and above are legally required to be seated in their own seat and are therefore required to pay the full ticket price. Subject to conditions, children under 3 years may travel free of charge when seated on a parents/guardians lap. For bookings of more than one infant (under 3 years), conditions apply – please contact Reservations.
  • Tour and aircraft substitutions are subject to Management and/or pilot discretion, weather, air traffic control and availability
  • Refunds: Cancellation notice of 48 hours 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.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3262P40

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  • You’ll have 2 starting options
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  • 1
    1 Spence St
    Stop: 60 minutes
    For those doing the Cruise and Fly option, this will your starting point. Check-in is at the Great Adventures desk, check-in opens at 09.30 am. For those doing the fly and cruise or the fly and fly. Check-in will be at Nautilus Aviation half an hour before the departure time. Take to the skies and enjoy the view of the Great Barrier Reef from above, where you will then land on a floating pontoon in the middle of the reef.
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About the operator
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  • Nautilus Aviation
    246
    Australia
    Joined in June 2011
  • Jet61984058365
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a morning.
    Terrific flight and the sights were impressive despite being windy and a bit cloudy. Pilot did his best to find and point out marine life with some background information on the condition of the reef.
    Written April 18, 2024
  • DonnaC798
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The great barrier reef from above
    There was low clouds this day so we were not able to go to the rain forest. The pilot added that time to flying over the great barrier reef. The pilot flew in between the clouds so we could get a good view. He made sure everyone on the helicopter could see what he was pointing out. He even found some sea turtles for us to view from the sky.
    Written April 13, 2024
  • JILL C
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Barrier Reef excursion
    Husband was scuba diving. Visibility was only 12-15 feet. But other than that, it was a great trip. Crew at Divers Den were amazing!
    Written February 28, 2024
  • masonf415
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad I did this instead of a boat
    So glad I picked to do a helicopter rather than the boat. To see it from above and all the formations is worth spending that money. However the reef itself pretty much has no colour or life. But we had the whole pontoon just for us when we got here because we went in a helicopter and it was worth it
    Written February 27, 2024
  • NaomiKnight16
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant barrier reef helicopter tour
    We had a fantastic experience .. the pilot and staff were very professional & despite the rain we had a wonderful time and the views were incredible .. well worth it!
    Written February 24, 2024
  • Charles M
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to experience the Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest in an hour
    The flight over the Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest was beautiful and smooth. We were able to get a close look at several reefs, sand cays and islands, mountains, waterfalls and the city and surroundings. The pilot was friendly, knowledgable and narrated the tour very well. The office and heliport staff were friendly and efficient. There was an approximate 15 minute delay before the flight started due to operational issues and waiting for air traffic control. We were not able to visit Lake Morris and the dam (air traffic control wouldn’t allow) so the tour ended up being 50 minutes instead of an hour. We were given a partial refund to compensate us for this unavoidable change.
    Written January 19, 2024
  • billie66
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reef & rainforest
    Amazing experience, our pilot's were very informative of the reef & rainforest. Worth every penny & would highly recommend to everyone
    Written January 16, 2024
  • delfias
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    The experience was incredible. Just wish for more time at the pontoon as we had to miss the submersible tour with the many activities scheduled.
    Written December 31, 2023
  • Lifeisfordancing
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most Wonderful Experience Ever!!
    Unbelievable Experience! Took the 40 minute flight. Well worth the money! The Great Barrier Reef is definitely something to see from the air!! HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!! Niels, our pilot was awesome❤️‼️❤️
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Mickel79
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An incredible way to get to Green Island
    It was an amazing trip out to Green Island with great commentary and humour from our pilot. All the staff were very helpful from start to finish, even organising a tour for us as we landed at Green Island
    Written November 29, 2023
  • juliecL4239AZ
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    Absolutely amazing experience and staff from start to finsh were great would highly recommend loved that my son and myself were able to sit up front
    Written November 21, 2023
  • noradA8483CW
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely incredible!
    Incredible experience with stunning views of both the reef and rainforest with very friendly staff before and after along with a brilliant pilot! I highly recommend this tour!
    Written October 4, 2023
  • L359DOjamesm
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth every dollar
    Was an amazing view of the reef and rainforest that you couldn’t get any other way. Highly recommended!
    Written October 4, 2023
  • RJAdams2018
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    We added the 10 minute scenic flight to our Great Barrier Reef cruise just a few days beforehand and it was well worth it. Took off from beside the pontoon and the reef and circled for 10 minutes - absolutely stunning views and a completely different perspective than from the pontoon. Took many photos Well organised and shout out to Michael, our pilot for the experience. Sorry, I don't know the name of the person on the boat that ferried us to the floating helipad and back, but he was also polite and professional. If anyone is thinking whether to take a helicopter flight over the reef, then I would whole heartedly recommend this one - you're up above the reef straight away.
    Written October 1, 2023
  • jenniferbZ4034BP
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing reef and forest views.
    Amazing experience. 45 minute helicopter ride went to reef via Green island and returned over rainforest with views of waterfalls. I am afraid of heights but felt safe and secure. Beautiful experience and well worth the cost
    Written August 23, 2023
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Stocoroco
Eleebana, Australia218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
What an amazing day! We cruised to Green island for a couple of hours before heading to the outer reef pontoon for lunch and snorkeling before a 25 minute helicopter ride over the reef and returning to Cairns.

The staff were very friendly and created a relaxed environment, they made sure we knew what the plan was for us and clearly explained what we could expect, first class!!

Don't catch the boat back to cairns, splurge and get the helicopter despite the fact that it is an amazing experience it takes 25 minutes instead of 1 hour and 45 minutes...
Written March 18, 2021
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178maxp
Manchester, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Amazing views, amazing experience. Beautiful memories. Would definitely recommend. We would definitely come back and hopefully see the GBR again.
Written July 31, 2023
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Hi 178maxp Thanks for taking the time to leave this review, it is very much appreciated. We love to hear when customers have such a fantastic experience as it is our wish for every person we have the pleasure to show the beautifulk sights of FNQ. Thanks Kel
Written August 21, 2023
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