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Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour from Cairns

from $369.00

Customize your visit to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns with your selection from three travel options with a choice of snorkeling, scuba diving and a one-way or round-trip scenic helicopter tour. Admire views of the Great Barrier Reef from your helicopter as you get a multi-angled perspective on one of the world’s top natural wonders. Then enjoy a close experience of the coral reef by choosing to snorkel or enroll in an optional scuba diving course (additional expense). Half-day or full-day guided Great Barrier Reef tour by helicopter and boat Snorkel, swim or scuba dive with expert guides at exclusive locations on one of the most famous coral reefs in the world Marvel at aerial views of the Great Barrier Reef during a 25-minute helicopter flight Learn from informative commentary during your helicopter flight and boat cruise Maximum of 6 passengers permitted per helicopter.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Guided Tours, Short Breaks
  • Activity Level Moderate
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  • Group Size Small Group
    8
All about the Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour from Cairns.

Choose from three options for your Great Barrier Reef experience (please see details under Itinerary below). Helicopters land at Hastings Reef floating helicopter pad, with transfer from there to a high-speed 100-foot (30-meter) vessel that holds a maximum of 100 people. Eighteen expert guides lead activities, assist with snorkel or scuba diving equipment, and provide instruction to both newcomers and experienced participants. Even non-swimmers can get in the water with flotation devices and see the reef Optional activities include scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s top dive locations! A complimentary 10-minute SCUBA demonstration is provided before purchase of the introductory dive course. (Available only on the morning boat cruise). The full-day excursion has time for a total of three dives at two different locations for already certified scuba divers. The dives can be booked on the boat, and dive gear and dive computers are provided. Your guides choose from 12 exclusive moorings at six locations for the best possible experience on the day of your tour. Generally, the boat visits one of the true Outer Great Barrier Reef locations (Saxon Reef or Norman Reef) in the morning. The afternoon features North Hastings Reef for snorkeling and helicopter flight connections. A tasty Australian barbecue buffet lunch is served on the boat. The spread may include fresh fish, sausages, steak, salads and pastas. At the end of your tour, return to the mainland by boat or helicopter, depending on the tour you choose. Itinerary Helicopter-Cruise Reef Tour (4 hours) Fly by helicopter to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, have lunch and enjoy two hours at the reef, then cruise by boat back to Cairns. Departs Cairns at 12:40pm and return at approximately 4:45pm. Hotel pick-ups commence between 30-60 minutes prior to this time. Cruise-Helicopter Reef Tour (6.5 hours) – If you will be scuba diving, you MUST choose this option during the booking process This option gives you the most time on the Great Barrier Reef! Depart by boat from Cairns and enjoy four hours of snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming, plus the barbecue lunch. If you take the boat in the morning, when you arrive at the reef you stop at two prime locations to see multi-colored coral gardens and schools of fish. In the afternoon, transfer to the helicopter pad for your return flight to Cairns. Check-in at Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal at 7:30am, then cruise to the Great Barrier Reef and return by helicopter at arrving back to Cairns at approximately 2:15pm. Hotel pick-ups commence between 30-60 minutes prior to this time. Round-trip Helicopter Reef Tour (3 hours) Fly by helicopter to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, enjoy one and a half hours for lunch and your snorkeling, swimming then depart by helicopter for Cairns. Departs Cairns at 12:40pm and returns to Cairns at approximately 3pm. Hotel pick-ups commence between 30-60 minutes prior to this time.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • BBQ lunch
  • Use of snorkel equipment
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Optional video record of your tour, payable direct
  • Optional introductory or certified dives, payable direct on travel date (morning cruise only) AU$20per person
  • Environmental Management Charge (EMC) and Fuel Levy is payable direct to the operator on the day of travel
  • Transfers from Port Douglas hotels are at an additional cost of AU$77 per person with a minimum of 2 people needed for the transfer.

 

  1. 7:00 AM Arrival at Location

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  2. 8:00 AM Cultural Minglings

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  3. 9:00 AM Scenic Tour of City

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  4. 10:00 AM Get to Know Country

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  5. 11:00 AM Ride the Elephant

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  6. 12:00 PM Discover the Sectrets

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  7. 1:00 PM Wild Adventure Begins

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  8. 2:00 PM Leave with Memory

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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