Reef Cruise & Heli Scenic



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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, sun bathing, your choice of either an Introductory dive or Certified dive and in the afternoon, you will board a luxury Nautilus Aviation Helicopter for a 10-minute scenic flight to see the magical colours of the reef from the air!

Departs: daily
Check-in: 7.15am - 7.45am at the Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
Evolution Departs: 8.00am
Evolution Returns: 4.30pm

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Your day on the Great Barrier Reef - see the reef from above and below!

Cruise onboard the luxury superyacht, EVOLUTION, to the Outer Great Barrier Reef from Cairns. Over 5 hours of reef time, you will visit two exclusive reef sites, providing plenty of time to snorkel, relax and sunbathe on one of Evolution's three spacious deck levels.

Snorkelling is included in our base price however you can dial up the adventure and add an Introductory dive or Certified Scuba Dive. You can add up to 3 scuba dives at check-out for the full Great Barrier Reef Tour Experience!

At the second reef location, it is time to take to the sky from our exclusive helicopter pontoon at Hastings Reef and enjoy a spectacular reef scenic flight onboard one of Nautilus Aviation's luxury helicopters. Experience the sheer size and beauty of the World Heritage-listed 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 scenic flights and if you’re flying with us in the winter months there is even a chance of spotting whales.

With your feet back on the boat, you can squeeze in another snorkel or kick back on a beanbag and relax. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a snack as well as our bar facilities onboard as we cruise back to Cairns.

Day Tour Itinerary:

7:15am - 7.45am: Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal - 1 Spence St, Cairns
Evolution departs Cairns for the first reef location
Enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch onboard
Evolution arrives at the second reef location where you will take to the sky for your scenic helicopter flight
Evolution departs for Cairns
Evolution arrives back in Cairns


What's included?

  • Cruise onboard luxury 35-metre superyacht Evolution
  • 5 hours reef time at the outer reef
  • Snorkel at 2 unique outer reef locations
  • 10-minute Reef Helicopter Scenic Flight in a 6-seater luxury helicopter with Nautilus Aviation
  • All 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)
  • 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

Add optional extras:

  • Introductory or Certified Dives
  • Snorkelling tour with our Marine Biologist
  • Return transfers
  • Wetsuits $10pp onboard

What to bring

  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Travel Voucher
  • Spare Clothes
  • Swimmers and a towel
  • Cash or Credit Card
  • Australian Standard Dive Medical (if required)

Important information:

Helicopter: 130kg weight restrictions apply for helicopter rides. See all other helicopter FAQs on our website.

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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No experience necessary! Try scuba diving without any previous training or experience! That’s right, if you have never dived before, and have always wished to experience firsthand the beauty of the underwater world you can arrange an Introductory dive with one of our friendly and professional Instructors. ​ Through the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, you will be taught all the basic skills required to dive down up to 12 metres while accompanied by one of our experienced Instructors. Even people with limited swimming ability can enjoy the thrill of diving the Great Barrier Reef in perfect safety. ​ Requirements Participants must be at least 12 years of age All participants must complete a medical assessment on board to assess their fitness for diving.



Welcome to Tropical North Queensland where the Rainforest meets the Reef – and you have two stunning World Heritage areas to explore. With Down Under Cruise and Dive and Billy Tea Safaris, you can discover both the reef and rainforest with a local company that has been operating for over 30 years. Enjoy an exciting day on the Great Barrier Reef with Down Under Cruise & Dive aboard EVOLUTION, then explore the wonders of Cape Tribulation and the famous Daintree National Park.



Our professional and friendly instructors will provide attentive expert tuition on all Open Water dive courses.

  • Day 1 - Medical Checks, Paperwork, Classroom Training & Pool Sessions
  • Day 2 - Classroom Sessions, Exam
  • Day 3 - 2 Dive Sites on The Great Barrier Reef testing open water skills
  • Day 4 - Course completion at 2 Outer Reef locations



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