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Cairns: Outer Edges of The Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

4.9 / 5

70 reviews

Activity provider: Air Tours Australia

Cairns: Outer Edges of The Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

Activity provider: Air Tours Australia
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From US$ 119.72 per person

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Glide over the Great Barrier Reef on a scenic flight from Cairns with picture-postcard views of Green Island, Arlington Reef, Middle Cay, and more, with an informative commentary from the pilot.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 7 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the thrill of swooping over the iconic Great Barrier Reef on a flight
  • Fly over Green Island, Arlington Reef, Middle Cay, Oyster Reef, and more
  • Take in views of the coral reef in air-conditioned comfort from a large window
  • Get a better perspective of the grand size and sheer beauty of the reef
  • Keep a look out for marine life and spot humpback whales during July to August
Full description

Take in the full spectacle of the Great Barrier Reef from the sky during a scenic flight from Cairns. Onboard a fixed-wing plane, see up to 140 kilometers of the Outer Barrier as well as many inner islands, reefs, and sand isles.

Within 10 minutes of departing Cairns, the real adventure begins, as you get wonderful photo opportunities over Green Island, Oyster Reef, Vlasoff Cay, Upolo Reef, Pixie Reef, and Arlington Reef.

Sit back in air-conditioned comfort as you glide through the sky. Take in the spectacular hues of green and blue from your window seat while listening to the pilot's informative commentary about the sights below.

Get a chance to spot marine life with manta rays, green turtles, dugongs, sharks, and, if in season, whales, in clear view from the aircraft. Once your journey comes to an end, fly right back to Cairns.

Includes
  • 40-minute flight
  • Pilot
  • Headsets
  • Window seat
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People over 254 lbs (115 kg)
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet at Daintree Air Services. Look for the "Daintree Air Services" sign. Free parking is available outside the terminal.

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Important information

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  • The tour is subject to weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 70 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5

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It was an amazing tour, being able to see how the barrier reef is off Cairns and learn how the smaller outcrops eventually turn into larger coral reefs which in turn could eventually become a small island. I was lucky enough to to have undertaken this on on very clear day.

August 18, 2022

I was alone, but I felt safe and enjoyed myself. It happened to be a seat next to the pilot, and it was a very good experience. I was a little worried that there was no Japanese impression here, but I can enjoy it enough! The explanation is in English, but the meeting place is also just outside the city by Uber.

August 17, 2022

With a brand new aircraft designed specifically for viewing the reefs, a friendly and capable team and of course the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef, this tour is a no brainer!! They even have a shuttle to the main airport if you squeeze this in prior to your flight home, like I did! Highly recommend!!

August 15, 2022

Product ID: 411026