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Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Scenic Helicopter Flight

Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Scenic Helicopter Flight

Activity provider: Down Under Cruise and Dive
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From US$ 240.92 per person

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Embark on this full-day Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns with a scenic helicopter flight. Travel on a large, state-of-the-art vessel and choose just snorkelling or add diving.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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  • Travel on one of the fastest and largest commercial vessels
  • Visit 2 spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef locations and snorkel for 5 hours
  • Soar over the reef on a short scenic helicopter flight
  • Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and light snack on the way back
  • Relax on the full-length sun lounge or on one of the three spacious deck levels
Full description

Join this fast, comfortable cruise to visit two spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations. Travel on 'Evolution'- a brand new, purpose-built, state of the art, 35-meter (120ft) superyacht, providing a superior ride in all weather conditions.

Visit exclusive, protected locations on the pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef with superior reef quality. Professional, friendly and attentive staff ensure a safe and enjoyable fun-filled experience. This vessel is the most stylish and luxurious reef vessel available in Cairns. Depart the marina and travel to the true outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey. Choose from an abundance of seating inside air-conditioned, modern lounges or outside on full-length sundecks for sunbathing.

Spend time snorkeling and spotting diverse marine wildlife, coral gardens, and much more below the surface. For lunch, enjoy a delicious Aussie BBQ including steak, fish, prawns, and tropical salads (vegetarians are catered for.) At the second reef site, take to the skies for your 10-minute Scenic Helicopter Flight to and from the exclusive Heli-Pontoon. Have your camera ready as you lift off from the helipad for an incredible scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef.

Appreciate from the air, the sheer size of the reef system as you search for marine life in their natural habitat. Be amazed at the colours and beauty of the coral gardens before touching back down to re-join the crew onboard the vessel. A complimentary glass of wine and a light snack is served on the return journey back to Cairns.

  • 5 hours reef time snorkeling with professional snorkel equipment
  • 10-minute scenic flight
  • Visit 2 outer reef locations
  • Full BBQ lunch including prawns, fish, steak, and vegetarian options
  • Complimentary glass of wine and light snack on return
  • 20 admin/fuel levy to be paid prior to travel direct to the local partner
Not suitable for
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with diabetes

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Meeting point

Meet at the check-in desk from 7.15am - 7.45am at the Reef Fleet Terminal at Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street, Cairns.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  •  Please note: the above tour itinerary is a guideline only and is subject to change depending on the tide, wind, and other weather conditions.
  •  Please note: check-in between 7:15 AM and 8:00 AM at Reef Fleet Terminal. Tour departs at 8:15 AM.
  •  There is a $20 per person fuel levy and administration cost that must be paid prior to travel direct to the local partner.
  • All divers must complete a Medical Questionnaire. Please be aware that certain medical conditions (eg asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may preclude some people from diving
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 124 reviews

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we had a super fun day! got all of the equipment - stinger suits, mask pool noodles & other flotation devices given to us & instructions on how to use it as well. food was pretty good - steak, prawns & fish. went to 2 locations for a few hours, last location you get to go on the helicopter - the pilot was super cool & you definitely will see a few turtles around whilst in the sky!

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December 10, 2022

Wow, what an amazing day. Hubby and I could not fault anything about this tour and would highly recommend this company to anyone considering a reef tour It was easy to book, and everything on board was super organised and ran smoothly. The boat was great, with 3 levels to choose from to relax and enjoy the views. The crew were fabulous, friendly, funny and so helpful. I can’t swim and have had a fear of water since a childhood, but have always wanted to try snorkelling. The staff were so understanding and made me feel safe and supported, assisting me to do something I never thought I would have the courage to do. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and had a totally incredible experience. We had a beautiful day visiting 2 reefs, and added the helicopter ride to our experience, Something I would highly recommend Also did the glass bottom boat as a little extra. The food was great too

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September 11, 2022

This was definitely the highlight of my trip to Cairns this year. Everything was superb - the vessel was brilliant, the crew fantastic - very attentive and professional whilst also entertaining, after all its meant to be fun and it delivered in buckets. The catering on the trip was also fabulous, plenty of yummy fresh salad, hot cooked meats and also tea, coffee and fresh fruit. A bar is also open for other beverages. The helli ride was great I realised the conditions for landing were tricky with a western breeze so kudos to the pilot who made the trip seamless. Experiencing the reef was magical - seeing the different beautiful fish species, meeting Wally (I later realised is friendly!), a sea turtle and a little shark. I was lucky with the weather on this day which was perfect with a slight breeze (thanks to Mother Nature / God)! I’d like to thank the crew for a fantastic day and I really hope to come back to do this again with my family one day!

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February 22, 2020

Product ID: 191066