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Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight

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Cairns City, Australia
Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight

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Experience the Great Barrier Reef from the air and sea with a helicopter flight and cruise from Cairns. Depending on the tides and weather, head to either Norman or Saxon Reef where you'll be able to snorkel, relax on the sun deck, and enjoy an Aussie BBQ lunch. Following that, you'll get the chance to soar over picturesque reef systems before returning to the boat.
  • Experience two outer locations of the Great Barrier Reef
  • See the natural beauty from both the air and the sea
  • Enjoy a entertainment on the return trip to Cairns
  • Activities such as scuba diving are available at an extra cost
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Visit to 2 outer reef locations
5 hours reef time
Use of Snorkeling equipment
10 Minute Helicopter Scenic Flight
a glass of wine and cheese & fruit platter on cruise back to Cairns
Live Entertainment on cruise back to Cairns
Hotel pickup and drop off
Marine Biology Snorkel Lesson/Tour
AU$20per person EMC and Fuel Levy is payable direct to the operator on the day of travel
Scub Diving
1 Spence St , 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Check-in will be at the Down Under Cruise and Dive desk at the Reef Fleet Terminal.

7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Child Policy: Children 3 years and above are legally required to be seated in their own seat and are therefore required to pay the full ticket price. Subject to conditions, children under 3 years may travel free of charge when seated on a parents/guardians lap. For bookings of more than one infant (under 3 years), conditions apply – please contact Reservations.
  • Weight Policy: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carryon luggage MUST be advised at the time of booking. Weight variances greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130KG. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 130KG are required to purchase an additional seat at 50% of ticket price – this is non-commissionable and payable to Nautilus Aviation on day of travel.
  • Bad Weather: In the event of bad weather, providing there is availability, date changes are welcome or in the worst case scenario, cancellations. Please note, if half the paid tour was possible e.g. the helicopter portion or cruise portion of the Fly/Cruise, Cruise/Fly or Cruise/Cruise without the package scenic flight, the relevant refund will be made.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • There is a maximum of 6 to 7 passengers in the aircraft at one time (subject to aircraft availability)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nautilus Aviation
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "A little too crowded whilst snorkeling ***TIP bring your own towel." See review


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Fantastic day!
, Jun 2022
We are glad that we picked this one out of many options. The boat was new and cleaned also staffs are helpful and professional. Food was well prepared and yummy so when we came back to the boat that we can quickly fill our stomach before explore the second spot. The snorkeling spots were really good, a lot to see and wonder around. The flight is a must do after wondering around under the sea and to see the big picture of everything from the sky. The scene was one of the beathtaking beauty! There also a couple add on guided tours on the boat. It worth the money! Phil is very knowledgeable. The crew was super on top with safety and keep eyes out of every details to make sure everyone enjoy the trip. Thank you so much the team on that day to create such a wonderful trip!
Snorkeling on the reef...
, May 2022
Snorkeling on the reef was amazing.. The whole day was very well planned and the crew on board was amazing
Please limit number of passengers per ride
, Apr 2022
The helicopter ride was good experience except they should just limit it to 2 passengers per ride at the back seat because I found it hard to see everything
Five stars cruise
, Apr 2022
It was a great experience with super friendly staffs. My friend and I enjoyed a lot. Everything was perfect on the cruise even food and drinks. They created a good memory for us. Thank you guys
Excellent crew and helpful guides
, Apr 2022
The crews were excellent and very helpful in every the step. They helped a lot in our first snorkeling in the ocean. Overall trip was really enjoyable. I highly recommend the trip. Took out 1 star because of 1 thing mainly: Food options were very limited in the trip with the main dish having only steak and cold shrimp. Wish there were more choices for people like my kid who has shrimp intolerance. Understandably the fish onboard that day was not good quality, so that were not served. Complimentary tea/coffee options were available only for a very short time during the entire trip.
Amazing big tick
, Apr 2022
Helicopter ride was amazing and seeing Great Barrier Reef the staff were the best lunch was delicious there was no complaints at all awesome day
Recommended this to anyone to do!
, Apr 2022
Beers were good price, all crew onboard was amazing, great customer service, helicopter tour was one of the memorable amazing experience would do it again for sure !
Must do trip to see the Reef!
, Mar 2022
Such an amazing experience! Would highly recommend. The crew were also fantastic and the day ran very smoothly. A must do!
The cruise and the crew...
, Mar 2022
The cruise and the crew were phenomenal, loved the snorkelling experience and seeing the reef! Very disappointed with helicopter flight, was only 4 mins (not 10mins) like advertised Was a lot of extra money for very little experience
It was a wet day, rained...
, Dec 2021
It was a wet day, rained all day, helicopter was cancelled but the boat, staff and food was amazing, and the fish were still there in the rain so it was a great day
1 traveler found this review helpful
Such an amazing...
, Oct 2021
Such an amazing experience. Thanks to all the staff for helping keep the helicopter a surprise for my friend up until the helicopter landed! Thanks for such a great day
Outstanding Experience
, Dec 2020
What an amazing experience myself and my family had. Seeing the reef by sea helicopter is sescond to none and is an absolute must. The staff were amazing with our older members and made sure everyone was well look after. We would highly recommend this experience to anyone wanting value for money and exceptional service.
Awesome time......just a little crowded
, Mar 2020
Awesome time. PROS: the boat was very large so it provided smooth transportation. There were plenty of clean bathrooms. Went to 2 different snorkeling locations. Helicopter ride was a quick 10 minutes that was awesome. Lunch was provided and there was plenty of food with a wide variety. All the necessary equipment was provided including sun screen. The people running it were very friendly and helpful CONS: there were over 100 people snorkeling in each area. A little too crowded whilst snorkeling ***TIP bring your own towel. None were provided
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