Cairns Helicopter Flight | Green Island & Pontoon | Nautilus & Great Adventures

Tour Code: 552

Departing: Cairns

Helicopter - Green Island & Outer Reef Tour
  • Experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef in a day with a helicopter scenic flight from Cairns and a visit to Green Island and an outer Barrier Reef pontoon
  • Snap a selfie from the comfort of your seat in a luxury helicopter as you soar above Arlington Reef, Upolu Cay and Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef scenic flight.
  • Enjoy a self-guided eco-walk through Green Island’s lush rainforest and relax on the pristine white sandy beaches
  • An amazing 2 in 1 Great Barrier Reef tour deal where you can add in scenic helicopter flights

Included In Price

  • In-flight commentary
  • Great Barrier Reef scenic helicopter flight
  • Access to Green Island and use of day visitor facilities
  • Self guided eco-walk on Green Island
  • Access to Norman Reef pontoon
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Semi-submersible submarine tour
  • Underwater observatory on the Norman Reef Platform
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Lycra suits
  • Bouyancy aids
  • Reef Education presentation

The ultimate Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns combines a reef trip to Green Island, a scenic helicopter flight to an Activity Platform at Norman Reef on the outer Great Barrier Reef and an unforgettable helicopter flight back to Cairns.

Choose your perfect Cairns helicopter flight packages and Great Barrier Reef tour options. We offer a variety of Great Barrier Reef tours and scenic helicopter flight packages that allow guests to fly over many picturesque coral reef systems, sand cays and Islands witnessing some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world.

This really is the perfect Cairns tour combination of a Cairns helicopter flight to Green Island and time out on an interactive pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Flying at a low level of 500 feet you will also experience a visual delight of turtles, manta rays, large fish and harmless reef sharks.

Choose one of our Great Barrier Reef tours from Cairns and a scenic helicopter flight combo package deal to ensure you see this world heritage icon in all its forms from all angles and dont' miss a thing!

Our helicopters fly to the Great Barrier Reef everyday from Cairns all year round showing our guests the reef from our low level scenic flights so they may see all the coral formations and even see the marine life down below.

Things become especially exciting with the whale watching season from July to September as we see humpback whales breaching from the waters and dwarf minke whales on their annual migration to the safe waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.   

Please note that all helicopter passenger departure numbers are capped at 6- 7 persons only - seats need to be booked very early due to very high demand - please enquire for group bookings in advance 

Cairns Scenic Helicopter Flights and Great Barrier Reef Tour Options - Option Tour 1

Boat Cruise to Green Island - Boat Cruise to Floating Pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef and Scenic Helicopter Flight Back to Cairns

8.30am High speed catamaran will ferry you over to Green Island with an arrival time of 9:15am.
Spend 2 hours exploring or snorkeling Green Island
11:15am High speed catamaran transfer will take you to the outer Great Barrier Reef interactive pontoon for 2.45 hours of reef viewing fun
3.15pm Spectacular 25 minute scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef returning you to Cairns city
3.40pm Arrive at Cairns Heliport 

Cairns Helicopter Flights - Option Tour 2.

Cairns Scenic Helicopter Flight to Green Island - Boat Cruise to Floating Pontoon on Great Barrier Reef - Boat Cruise to Cairns

10.00am Scenic helicopter departs Cairns for Green Island
10.20am Helicopter lands at Green Island
11.30am High speed catamaran departs Green Island heading to the outer Great Barrier Reef interactive platform   
12.30pm Arriveat the Great Barrier Reef platform
3.30pm High speed catamaran departs the reef to head back to Cairns city
5.30pm Arrive in Cairns 

Cairns Helicopter Flights - Option Tour 3.

Boat Cruise to Green Island - Scenic Helicopter Flight to Great Barrier Reef Pontoon - Boat Cruise to Cairns

8:30am Depart Cairns on a high speed catamran to Green Island
9.15am Arrive at Green Island
12.30pm Take a spectacular scenic helicopter flight from Green Island to the outer Great Barrier Reef interactive pontoon
12.55pm Arrive at the floating pontoon 
3.30pm High speed catamaran departs for the journey back to Cairns
5.30pm Arrive in Cairns

Green Island Activities

  • Snorkeling equipment provided to exlpore the fringing reef corals
  • Take a scenic walk around Green Island
  • Upgrade to the optional extra in-water activities on Green Island if time premitted
  • Upgrade to explore Marineland Melanesia
  • Dine in the restaurants, go shopping

Great Barrier Reef Tour Pontoon Activities

  • Ride around the reef in a semi-submersible submarine on a coral viewing tour  
  • Snorkeling equipment and flotation devices
  • Underwater observatroy for fish and coral viewing
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Marine Eco Great Barrier Reef presentation
  • Upgrade to optional extras time permitted on the reef tour 

See more Great Barrier Reef tours and scenic helicopter flights from Cairns and Port Douglas

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Cruise/Cruise/Fly: departs Cairns 8:30pm - departs Green Island 11:30am - departs Pontoon/platform 3:15pm
  • Fly/Cruise/Cruise: departs Cairns 10:00am - departs Green Island 11:30am - departs Pontoon/platform 3:15pm
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Norman Reef
  • Green Island
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Tours beginning with a cruise to Green Island depart at 8.30am from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal after coach pick up at 7.00-7.30am
Tours beginning with a scenic helicopter flight depart Cairns City Heliport at 10.00amafter a coach pick up at 9.00-9.30am


Full Day (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory Dive
  • Certified Dive
  • Scuba Doo Underwater Scooter
  • Guided Snorkel Tour
  • Return Accommodation Transfer
Fitness Level Required


  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
  • Guided Snorkel Tour – minimum age is 12 years

Weight: Up to 130 Kg / 287 Lb


Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo.
  • Participation is subject to medical questionnaires completed on board with the tour operator.
  • Minimum age for scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Intro Dive Medical Advanced Dive Medical Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • Certified Divers must produce their certification card
  • All Diving is subject to successful completion of an on-board medical questionnaire
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Cash or Credit Card for additional purchases
  • Change of clothes

Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the visually impairedContaines notes for the hearing impaired
Wheelchair Accessibility

Ramp access to pier helipad

Scenic flights have no mobility restrictions (assistance from carer required for passengers with little or no mobility)

Number of Steps

Approx. 2 steps 1 foot (30cm) into aircraft

Boarding Access

No wheelchair access from the Helipad to the vessel

Onboard Access

Maximum wheelchair width 600mm on boarding ramps, possible stairs to negotiate, tide dependent

Visually Impaired Notes

Audio information available in English and Chinese with headsets

Hearing Impaired Information

Visual information provided: safety, local area, facts


1 x wheelchair accessible toilet located at the Cairns Heli Centre

Ramp access to pier helipad

Wheelchair storage at office for scenic flights

Additional Information

All activities require the use of stairs. Crew are largely unable to assist due legal restraints

6 – 8 steps to snorkel platform and in-water bench (buoyancy jackets available)

6 – 8 steep steps to semi-submersible

Only available for passengers who are able to negotiate 3 stairs and have a collapsible wheelchair. The first step is approx. 300mm high.

Wheelchair taxis are available for pre-booking.

Pre-order Local Transport

You must arrange your own local transport in advance.

  • Children 3 years and older are legally required to occupy their own seat and therefore must pay the per seat price
  • Children 0-2 years travel FOC on the lap of a parent / guardian (max 1 per flight).

This is a booking request only not a confirmed booking. Booking confirmation will be advised or please call 1300 761 612 to confirm.

All cancellations must be in writing.

Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for details prior to booking.

  • Cancellation notice of 48hours is required for a full refund claim and 24-48 hours, for a 50% refund claim. No refund applies if booking is cancelled inside 24 hours.
  • Weights of individual passengers and accompanying carryon luggage (max 5 kg) MUST be advised at time of booking. A weight variance greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130kg.

Cairns Helicopter Flight | Green Island & Pontoon | Nautilus & Great Adventures

Tour Code: 552

Departing: Cairns

Helicopter - Green Island & Outer Reef Tour



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$588.00
Family: au$2,352.00

Tour Code: 552



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1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745
1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745

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