Fly / Cruise - Half Day Trip



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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 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. 

Departs: daily

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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Depart by scenic flight, 25-minutes over the reef to meet the boat, Evolution

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 on the Outer Great Barrier Reef

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.

Enjoy a Reef Cruise back to Cairns

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.


What's included?

  • 25 min flight over the Great Barrier Reef to join Down Under Cruise & Dive's Evolution at Hastings Reef. 
  • Safety brief on arrival
  • Up to 1 hour of snorkelling time - all equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) & floatation devices provided
  • 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.

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