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Barrier Reef Snorkeling with Helicopter, Cruise or Both

Barrier Reef Snorkeling with Helicopter, Cruise or Both

From US$ 295.96 per person

Experience the Great Barrier Reef from all angles on this great snorkeling tour. Enjoy either a helicopter flight with cruise back, vice versa or both ways by Helicopter.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 - 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Enjoy a spectacular 25-minute helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Marvel at the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef from the best vantage point
  • Snorkel and swim on a cruise of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Choose between taking a cruise to the reef with Helicopter return or Helicopter flights both ways
Full description
Choose from three options for your Great Barrier Reef experience. For those choosing to start the day off with the cruise out on Down Under Cruise and Dives vessel ‘Evolution’ to the reef, the boat visits one of the true Outer Great Barrier Reef locations (Saxon Reef or Norman Reef) in the morning, where you will enjoy a swim, snorkel or make use of a flotation device. A tasty Australian barbecue buffet lunch is served on the boat. The spread may include fresh fish, sausages, steak, salads, and pasta. Hastings Reef is the second reef location you will visit for those who choose to start the day with a cruise, for those who chose to fly this is where you will meet the boat. Enjoy approximately 1.5 hours at Hasting’s Reef where you can swim, snorkel, make use of a flotation device, or enjoy a Semi-Submarine Tour (at an additional cost and is bookable on the day of travel). For the departure of Hastings Reef either enjoy a cruise back to Cairns while enjoying the on-board entertainer for some live music together with a free glass of wine, cheese, and biscuits on the lower deck. For those flying back to Cairns soar over the reef, admiring the vastness of the reef systems and pristine sand cays.
  • 25-minute scenic flight over the reef to or from Hastings Reef
  • Boat transfer cruise to or from the reef
  • Return fast cruise with a complimentary glass of wine and cheese for those cruising back to Cairns
  • BBQ lunch
  • Scuba diving
  • Wetsuit/lycra suit hire
  • Underwater camera hire
  • Soft drink and alcohol
  • Semi-submersible tour
  • 20 fuel levy - to be paid on arrival to the boat
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Selfie sticks

Know before you go

  • Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry-on luggage/bag must be advised at the time of booking. The maximum single-seat weight is 130 kg, which includes any carry-on luggage/bags
  • For comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 130 kg are required to purchase an additional seat at 50% of the ticket price – this is payable to the local partner on the day of travel
  • Any dietary requirements need to be made known at the time of booking
  • $20 per person for EMC and fuel levy is to be paid on the boat on arrival
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 101 reviews

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Fantastic trip out to the reef with Matthew in the helicopter who dropped us off on the pontoon to be collected by the crew of Evolution. The sea was quite rough but despite this, we had a great day. Our daughter was not a confident swimmer but was taken on a guided snorkel by one of the crew. On the whole it was a terrific day and thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the money.

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May 24, 2021

This is the ultimate to-do in Cairns! Out of the world experience for sure. The pilot, the cruise crew were all excellent in their service and super friendly. I'd recommend taking the helicopter to the reef and returning via cruise- this makes for the best combo, you get both the Ariel view and the cruise view. You have to try this. The snorkelling experience was absolutely magical. If you're not very confident, there are crew members who can go out into the waters with you. So you're safe. I've seen anything so breathtaking-the colour of the water, the reef itself, the thousands of fishes. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you to the entire team who made this experience everything my past 11 year year old had dreamt of as a little girl. It was everything I had hoped for and more.

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May 11, 2021

Nautilus Aviation were great for the helicopter flight. We were rather cramped however as we booked for the 4 of us & had 2 others put in with us. Certainly not Covid safe as we were very compact. Trip itself with the views well worth it. Staff excellent & friendly Boat was good, again not Covid safe . Snorkelling equipment shared & n it what I would say were well sanitised. But what the heck . Suck it up or take your own snorkel. Again staff were excellent. As a first time snorkeling the guided assistance was greatly appreciated . Lunch might be better to be more finger food as it was hard to eat the salads & pasta . Do your self a favour & be changed into your swimmers before heading off as the toilets are tiny . Was stressful to change as no where to place your clothes. However , in giving you the full facts of our experience, it was still a good day You have to do yourself the indulgence of the helicopter to really appreciate the reef Enjoy the day

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March 13, 2021

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