Cruise / Fly - Full Day Trip



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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.

Departs: Various days, please enquire now to book

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.

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Full-Day Reef Cruise onboard EVOLUTION

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.

25-minute Scenic Flight over The Great Barrier Reef

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 6-seater 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.

Day Tour Itinerary:

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.


From 17 December 2021 - COVID-19:

From 17 December 2021, all guests 16 years and over, must be fully vaccinated when attending our tour and must provide Proof of Vaccination before boarding as per the QLD State Government Health Guidelines via the QLD check-in app or digital/printed vaccination certificate with photo ID or copy of your Immunisation history statement with photo ID. If proof of vaccination is not provided, you will be unable to participate in our tours. Please see more information about our COVID-19 Safe Plan here.


What's included?

  • 5 hours snorkelling at the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • 25 min flight over the Great Barrier Reef and sand cays back home to Cairns
  • Snorkelling equipment & floatation devices
  • 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
  • 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: All divers must complete a Queensland Medical Questionnaire onboard. Certified divers must show an internationally recognised scuba card. Minimum age for Introductory divers and dive courses: 12+ years and Certified divers: 10+ years. Please read the important diving safety information prior to booking.

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