Barrier Reef Snorkeling with Helicopter, Cruise or Both

4.7 / 5

72 Reviews

Barrier Reef Snorkeling with Helicopter, Cruise or Both

From US$ 283.62 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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Small group
Limited to 15 participants
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Duration 3 - 6 hours
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  • 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
Departing from Cairns, take to the skies on a spectacular helicopter journey over the Great Barrier Reef or go by water depending on what option you select. Sweep over coral gardens and sand cays, and see marine life from high above or cruise across the sea by boat. Following either of these transfer options, you will arrive at Hastings Reef where you will meet your boat crew. The boat is fully equipped for snorkelers and scuba divers. On the boat, spend 1.5 hours at Hasting’s Reef. Swim, snorkel or make use of a flotation device. Then, enjoy a delicious Aussie BBQ lunch with fresh fish, barbecued meats, and a selection of salads and pasta. After your time out at Hastings Reef, return back to the helicopter or the boat for your return trip home. You may want to go by boat if you flew over or vice-versa. Soar over the reef, admiring the vastness of the reef systems and pristine sand cays or feel the ocean air as you take the boat back across.
  • 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
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get 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

  • Weight Policy: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry-on luggage MUST be advised at 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 the ticket price – this is payable to Nautilus Aviation on the day of travel
  • Any dietary requirements need to be made known at the time of booking
  • 20 dollars per person for EMC and fuel levy is to be paid to the boat on arrival
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 72 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9 / 5
  • Transportation
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Excellent and friendly staff, fantastic helicopter ride out to the reef. Such a beautiful way to get to the outer reef! The snorkeling was great, the boat was not overly crowded, and staff on the boat were excellent. The food was a bit average but overall a great experience I would definitely recommend!

November 3, 2020

I spent 3 weeks in New Zealand and Australia and did many excursions. This was my favorite by far. It was truly the only way to experience the miracle of the Great Barrier Reef. Experiencing it by water and air gave you the close up beauty and the vast expanse of it by air. The perfect, must do adventure.

February 23, 2020

One of the best things we have done in our lives. And we’ve done many things around the world. Alex was the best at piloting the airbus helicopter and landing on the float on the outside Great Barrier Reef. The transfer to the Calypso with the dingy was really fun. The staff of the Calypso was exceptional with one on one attention to getting us outfitted for the snorkeling. Snorkeling was the best and the food for lunch was surprisingly good. The Calypso was huge and really nice. The value was good for the price. 3.5 hours round trip. For those that know how far out the outer reef is you will understand our not wanting to ride the boat out and back. Round trip on the helicopter was fun, quick and moving, seeing the reef from the air.

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January 28, 2020

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