Great Barrier Reef
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Our most recommended Great Barrier Reef Air & Helicopter Tours

Cairns: Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

1. Cairns: Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

Enjoy a spectacular view of Cairns city as you take off towards the world's largest coral reef system. Experience the sheer size and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and gain a true appreciation of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Sightings of manta rays, turtles and other marine life are not uncommon on the reef scenic flight and if you’re flying in the winter months there is even a chance of spotting whales. However, as the marine life are wild animals, this cannot be guaranteed. Your pilot will speak to you throughout the duration of the flight about the wildlife, view below and the aircraft. After a whole 30 minutes in the air, you will return to Cairns for the end of the tour.

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Green Island Fly & Cruise Package

2. Green Island Fly & Cruise Package

Experience the best of both worlds with this Fly and Cruise package. GSL Aviation have partnered with Big Cat Green Island to offer an amazing full-day experience. Start your day with a birds-eye view of Cairns, Green Island, and the Great Barrier Reef. Soar overhead with GSL Aviation aboard a high-wing aircraft, with guaranteed window seats for everyone on-board. The 40 minute ‘Reef Hopper’ flight departs Cairns Airport and gives you an appreciation of the region that you can only get from the air. Following the flight and your complimentary bus transfer, you’ll find yourself at the Cairns Reef Terminal ready to depart on a full day adventure cruise to Green Island with Big Cat on board Reef Rocket. Your full day cruise includes everything you need for the day, with a range of extras and activities available for no extra charge. Included in your cruise is a buffet lunch, and glass bottom boat coral viewing tour or snorkel equipment hire. On top of your tour inclusions are other activities on Green Island such as self-guided walks and fish feeding. After your entertaining afternoon, cruise back to the Cairns Reef Terminal where your tour concludes. *Please note that a return transfer is extra and can be booked with Big Cat on your day of travel if required.

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What people are saying about Great Barrier Reef

A successful package. Super scenic flight with a super nice pilot, followed by a boat trip and lunch on Greenisland. The flight time was not too short, the staff super friendly and easy. You had enough time to snorkel and run around on Green Island. Only if you are unlucky you will meet a large horde of Asian tourists at the lunch buffet who simply do not understand any rules and sneak past on all sides

Well organized and everything went off smoothly. We were handed off nicely and picked right on time. Transportation was clean and comfortable. We had only one full day in GBR and it worked out great.

First time in a helicopter, loved every minute of it, highly recommend it, great staff and pilot

Really beautiful! The best way to see the reef and for some great lifelong memories :)

Was a great flight, got to see some beautiful reef