If you only have limited time but still want to experience the magic of the Outer Great Barrier Reef, this half-day Great Barrier Reef highlights tour is the perfect option!
Departing Cairns, fly by scenic helicopter 25 minutes over the reef to meet superyacht, Evolution. Spend 1.5 hours at Hastings Reef with time for a quick snorkel followed by a late lunch and a complimentary glass of wine on the magical cruise back to Cairns.
Depart by helicopter flight: 12pm check-in at Nautilus Aviation office Marina Point, 2 Pier Point Road, Cairns City 4870
Return by reef cruise: 4.30pm Marlin Marina - 1 Spence Street, Cairns
Transfers: can be arranged with reservations for an additional cost.
Departing Cairns at 12.30pm, you will experience a 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Reef and Sand Cays before arriving at our exclusive helicopter pontoon.
Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight onboard a luxury 6-seater aircraft from Nautilus Aviation. 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 with us in the winter months there is even a chance of spotting whales.
Your scenic helicopter flight will take you to meet our boat, Evolution to join our reef tour for the afternoon and journey home. You will enjoy 1.5 hours at Hastings Reef. After your safety briefing, it's time to discover the underwater world of snorkelling with all of the colourful fish, coral and marine life. Take time to relax on three spacious deck levels or in the air-conditioned saloon. Snorkel the Outer Great Barrier Reef with all gear and tuition included.
Then, with a complimentary glass of wine in hand, enjoy a late lunch as you cruise back to Cairns arriving at approximately 4.30 pm.
Helicopter: 130kg weight restrictions apply for helicopter rides.
Diving: unfortunately as this is a half-day tour, there is no time to scuba dive. You will have time to snorkel and swim.