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Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter Tours

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    Stop At: GBR Helicopters, Hanger 10, Bush Pilots Avenue Opposite the Salt House Restaurant, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

    You'll be picked up from the cruise port and taken to the Cairns’ city-center heliport. A scenic flight is the best way to appreciate the scale and beauty of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef when you’re in port in Cairns.

    30-minute Green Island Helicopter Tour

    Choose the 30-minute scenic flight to fly above Mission Bay and False Cape to Green Island, a picture-perfect getaway island on the Great Barrier Reef. You might spot whales and dolphins swimming in the turquoise water below you as your flight continues to the white-sand outlines of Arlington Reef, Middle Cay and Upolo Reef before returning to land back in Cairns.

    40-minute Deluxe Outer Reef Helicopter Tour

    You’ll follow the same route on a 40-minute flight to the outer reef, flying above Mission Bay and False Cape to Green Island, Arlington Reef, Middle Cay and Upolo Reef, but have more time to enjoy the amazing sight of the Great Barrier Reef from the air. Trace the reef’s coral patterns and see the colors change through shades of brilliant azure as the water moves from the depths to the shallows.

    60-minute Reef and Rainforest Tour

    Select the hour-long reef and rainforest flight to combine Cairns’ most scenic attractions in one tour. Taking in more than 75 miles (120 km), and climbing to 2,500 feet (750 meters), you’ll fly right over central Cairns, its lagoon and marina. Zooming over the hinterland, you’ll see Copperlode Dam, the Redlynch Valley and Stoney Creek. Follow the outline of Barron Gorge to the hilltop market town of Kuranda before heading out over the water to the Great Barrier Reef. From the air, you’ll see the white-sand outline of Upolo Reef and fly over the snorkeling havens of Vlassoff Reef, Middle Cay and Arlington Reef. See the sand-ringed perfection of Green Island before returning over the ocean to land back in Cairns.

    Worry-free Shore Excursion:

    We will ensure your timely return to the Cairns cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

    View the colourful reef from above as you look for stingrays, turtles and other marine life from the air

    Pass By: Barron Gorge National Park, Queensland Australia

    Fly over dense rainforest and spot creeks, waterfalls and interesting flora.
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    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Returns to the original departure point, please look out for GBR Helicopters.

    Cairns Cruise Port
    Departure Time
    60-minute Reef & Rainforest
    4/1/2020 - 3/31/2021Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

    40-minute Deluxe Outer Reef
    4/1/2020 - 3/31/2021Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 30-, 40- or 60-minute scenic helicopter tour (depending on option selected)
    • Informative commentary during the flight
    • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
    • Transfers from Cruise Terminal to Heli Pad
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • For your safety, helicopters are weight dependent and subject to federal aviation law
    • All passengers will be weighed before flight to confirm weights in accordance with aviation laws
    • One infant 2 years and under may travel free of charge if seated on a guardian's lap. A maximum of 1 infant is allowed per helicopter
    • Adult pricing applies to all travelers aged 3 years and above
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 March 2019 via mobile

    Amazing experience that we had never tried before. We enjoyed a half-an-hour flight above the reef, only my husband, me and the pilot. I don’t give 5 points for the waiting: we acceded to our flight half an hour later than when we had booked.

    1  Thank Serena684
    Chris K, Manager at GBR Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2019

    Thanks Serena, We appreciate your reviews and feedback, apologies for the slight delay. Regards, Chris

    Reviewed 28 February 2019

    We had been planning this trip to the Sunshine State for 11 months, with the highlight of our trip being to snorkel and explore the Great Barrier Reef from the water and from the sky. However, what occurred across the day we were on the...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Stacey L
    Chris K, Manager at GBR Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2019

    Hi Stacey, I am very sorry to learn of your disappointment which I also acknowledged on your facebook post to our our platform last week. As I mentioned in my immediate response to you I would be happy to look into the details of why...More

    Reviewed 28 January 2019

    Treated my wife and I to the 30 minute tour over the reef. BRILLIANT is all I can say Professionally run and great fun. It’s an expensive 30 minutes at $400 Aussie each but worth every penny. A once in a lifetime not to be...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Norton999
    Reviewed 10 October 2018

    Well what can I say..... The staff at GBR are without adopt 5 stars and above, double it, triple it.... We wanted to do something for our Daughters birthday while her and her boyfriend were up in Cairns as they live in near Sydney and...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Keith O
    Chris K, Manager at GBR Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

    Hi Keith, Thank you so much for your kind review. We aim to please and we appreciate the importance of special occasions. Thanks for your 15 star Review :) All the best and regards, Chris

    Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

    The service was on the spot. Due to some reason they pushed our flight forward by 30 minutes. However Amy arranged another helicopter after learning that we may have to cancel since we had a flight back to Sydney. Great recovery and we got a...More

    Thank sdbhagat
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