Experience the ultimate adventure package, and best value day on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy all our full day tour inclusions including snorkelling, lunch, sunbathing or you can choose one of our optional activities such as an Introductory Scuba Dive or Certified Dive. At Hastings Reef, you will board a luxury Nautilus Aviation Helicopter for a 25-minute scenic flight to see the magical colours of the reef & Sand Cays from the air while travelling back to Cairns.
Depart by reef cruise: Check-in from 7.15am - 7.45am daily at the Reef fleet Terminal, for an 8am departure
Return by scenic helicopter flight: 3.30pm arrival at Marina Point, 2 Pier Point Road, Cairns City 4870
Transfers: additional cost of $18 for the Cairns City or $25 for the Northern Beaches and can be purchased at the time of booking.
Experience the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip from Cairns. Down Under Cruise and Dive has been voted one of the Top 5 Best Day Cruises in the World by Tripadvisor 2020, so you know you will be in GREAT hands! Whether you are a snorkeller, first-time scuba diver, certified diver or a non-swimmer, our Cairns Reef Tour has something for everyone.
Departing Cairns, the 35-metre superyacht Evolution takes only 80-minutes to reach the first outer reef location - one of the fastest Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tours. You will visit two exclusive outer reef locations over 5 hours, with plenty of time to snorkel, relax and sunbathe on three deck levels.
Love to scuba dive? Add introductory or certified dives at checkout for even more adventure! We cater for both beginner divers and PADI certified divers and have a specialised dive deck for a comfortable entry into the water.
From Hastings Reef, you will board a luxury 6-seater helicopter where you will enjoy a 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Reef and Sand Cays back to Cairns.
Take to the air from our helicopter pontoon at Hastings Reef and enjoy a spectacular scenic flight onboard a luxury 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.
7:30am Checkin at Reef Fleet Terminal
8:00am Evolution departs Marlin Marina, Cairns
11:30am 3 hours snorkelling at 1st reef location and BBQ Lunch
1:00pm Evolution arrives at 2nd reef location for you to enjoy up to 2 hours snorkelling
2:45pm Depart reef on helicopter flight back to Cairns
3:15pm Arrive back in Cairns approx.
Helicopter: 130kg weight restrictions apply for helicopter rides.
Diving: All divers must complete a Queensland Medical Questionnaire onboard. Download it here: Divers waiver.pdf
Please be aware that certain medical conditions (eg asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may prevent some people from diving. Divers over 65 years old and anyone who answers YES to any of the questions on the medical questionnaire will require a recreational dive medical prior to diving. You will not be allowed to dive until you are declared medically fit to dive. For advice please contact our office directly.