Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Scenic Helicopter Flight

4.7 / 5

90 reviews

Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Scenic Helicopter Flight

From US$ 274.78 per person

Embark on this full-day Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise from Cairns with scenic helicopter flight from the reef's helipad. 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, with five hours spent visiting two spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations. Travel on 'Evolution'- a brand new, purpose-built, state of the art, 35-meter (120ft) catamaran for a maximum of 124 passengers during COVID restrictions and 180 during usual operations. The computer-stabilized vessel provides a superior ride in all weather conditions and cruises at high speeds of up to 30 knots, providing comfort and safety. 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 at 8.15am and travel to the true outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. There are Several exclusive mooring locations to be chosen from, depending on the day's conditions. 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 5 hours snorkelling on the reef and enjoy the free guided snorkelling tour which will take you all around the best snorkel and visibility locations. Spot diverse marine wildlife below, coral gardens and much more. Take to the skies for your 10-minute Scenic Helicopter Flight to and from the exclusive Heli-Pontoon on the Outer Reef. Have your camera ready as you lift off from the heli pad 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 colors and beauty of the coral gardens before touching back down to re-join the crew on board the vessel. For lunch, enjoy a delicious Aussie BBQ including steak, fish, prawns, and tropical salads (vegetarians are catered for.) A complimentary glass of wine and a light snack are served on the return journey back to Cairns. Book a marine biologist tour onboard the boat. Return to Cairns at 4:30 PM.
  • 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
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the local partner's dive counter in the Reef Fleet Terminal at 1 Spense St. This is a quick 5-10 mins walk from the shops in the main center of 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 90 reviews

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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

The deep dive team are absolute professionals and very happy to assist in any way required. i was traveling alome, met some very nice people and had an excellent adventure. The onboard costs for additional services were pre notified and very competitive. In summary, I would go with the same company again

February 6, 2020

The tour itself was well planned. The staff friendly and the boat well equipped. The food was mediocre. The Great Barrier Reef is unfortunately very pale at the point where you go with this company. The corals are healthy, but none of the beautiful colors can be seen, which are always advertised in videos. All in all it was a nice day, but we were also on a comparable tour in Airlie Beach and overall we liked it better. The boat was not so luxurious and the sightseeing flight was missing, but instead we were on a wonderful island (on the tour in Cairns you anchor in the open sea) and saw beautiful corals up close (corals are supposedly never as colorful as on Pictures shown, but here you saw some color and variety).

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December 7, 2019

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