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Fly / Cruise - Half Day Trip



per adult

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Great Barrier Reef 'Highlights' Tour. This tour is perfect for those with limited time and who still want to experience the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. Departing Cairns, enjoy a 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over the reef to meet superyacht, Evolution. Spend 1.5 hours at Hastings Reef snorkelling before cruising back to Cairns whilst enjoying a late lunch and a complimentary glass of wine.

Departs: Various days, please enquire now to book

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.

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Limited time? This half day reef tour is for you!

If you only have limited time but still want to experience the magic of the Outer Great Barrier Reef, this half-day tour is the perfect option!

25-minute Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Flight 

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.

Snorkelling at Hastings Reef & Reef Cruise back to Cairns:

Once you have arrived at Hastings Reef, you will join Down Under Cruise and Dive's Reef Tour, boarding luxury superyacht, Evolution, for your afternoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

You will enjoy 1.5 hours at Hastings Reef. After your safety briefing, it's time to discover the underwater marine world 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 approximately 4.30pm.


What's included?

  • 25 min flight over the Great Barrier Reef to join Down Under Cruise & Dive's Evolution at lunchtime
  • 1.5 hours snorkelling and safety briefing at the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkelling equipment & floatation devices
  • Free lycra/sun-suit hire
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch including fresh fish, prawns, steak, vegetarian option and a variety of fresh salads. (special dietary catered for - contact reservations prior to travel)
  • Tea & coffee provided
  • Complimentary glass of wine and a light snack on return
  • Experienced & professional dive instructors
  • Spacious air-conditioned modern lounges and stylish upper deck to relax in comfort

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Spare Clothes
  • Swimmers and a towel
  • Cash or Credit Card


Important Information:

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.