The Cairns helicopter company and the Great Barrier Reef tour company work in unison to provide a breath taking combo heli reef experience for their guests that offers a 20-25 minute scenic flight across the reef and out to the floating pontoon at Moore Reef.
During the helicopter flight from Cairns enjoy the views of the spectacular patterns of the Great Barrier Reef system, spot coral cays and an array of larger marine life swimming in the clear lagoon waters.
The Marine World pontoon is located 45km from Cairns Marlin Marina on Moore Reef. A day at Marine World consists of many fantastic reef viewing options including snorkelling, scuba and helmet diving, semi-submersible submarine tours, glass bottom boat tours and scenic helicopter flights.
Experience a whole other perspective of the Great Barrier Reef when joining a low level scenic helicopter flight, take in the enormity that is one of the seven wonders of the world with the chance to view some of the larger marine life residents like turtles, reef sharks and even whales (seasonal) in the shallow lagoons.
Book a 10 minute scenic flight that departs from Marine World helicopter pontoon. The helicopter crew will greet you once you have boarded the transfer vessel. Crew will provide flight times and safety information and can also help you plan your day to ensure you experience all activities on offer whilst out diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. Once at the pontoon and your helicopter flight time has arrived, the crew will assist you onto the transfer boat and ferry you over to the helicopter pontoon.
Here you will meet your pilot who is ready to whisk you up into the sky. As you are already on the Great Barrier Reef, the spectacular views are immediate and you’ll be treated with panoramic perspective of the surrounding reef system. Helicopter landings and take-off's are just as exciting as the flight, once completed the boat crew will collect you from the Helicopter pontoon and return you to Marine World for the rest of you fun-filled day to continue snorkeling and diving the Great Barrier Reef.
Cruise from Cairns on a high speed boat to Marine World in the comfort of the wide body catamaran and return on a spectacular 25 minute scenic flight landing back in Cairns. Check in is at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal at approximately 8.15am (hotel transfers are included in package). The boat cruise takes 90 minutes to reach Marine World and on the way the on board helicopter crew member will greet you and conduct a helicopter safety briefing to get you ready for your sceninc flight.
Enjoy your day of reef viewing activities on the Great Barrier Reef. Before the transfer vessel gets ready to depart back to Cairns the crew will ferry you with all your belongings over to the helicopter pontoon for the 25 minute scenic return flight. The helicopter will fly up and over Moore Reef with views of neighbouring Sudbury Reef before returning over the mountainous Fitzroy Island and arriving back in Cairns at around 3.30pm.
The helicopter may land at the Cairns General Aviation for operational reasons; if this is the case a transfer will be provided back to your accommodation.
Fly from Cairns to Marine World on a 25 minute scenic helicopter flight and return in the comfort of the wide body fast catamaran. Hotel transfers are included in the heicopter fly/cruise package and pick-up times are generally between 9.30-10am depending on accommodation location. Take off from Cairns approx. 10.25am and fly over the luscious green mountains of Cape Grafton and Fitzroy Island.
Witness the ocean’s colour change as you approach the shallow reef systems and keep an eye out for marine life like turtles and small reef sharks. Arrive and land on the helicopter pontoon at Moore Reef where the professional boat crew will come and collect you in their transfer tender. Once at Marine World enjoy all the reef viewing activities before departing by catamaran at 3.30pm for 5pm ETA to Cairns.
Flying via helicopter 25 minutes each way eliminates the boat cruise and is a spectacular way to begin and end your day on the Great Barrier Reef. There is so much to take in and explore so flying both ways you will capture more lifelong memories. Helicopters are great for those who suffer from sea sickness also, and this is the perfect tour for non-swimmers.
See more Cairns and Great Barrier Reef helicopter scenic flight options.
Please note all timings are approximate and may be affected by weather or airport operations.
January - December
Reef time 4.5 hours approx.
Weight: Up to 130 Kg / 287 Lb
Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions
Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions
Minimum of 2 passengers are required for the scenic helicopter flight aspect of the tour
Ramp access to pier helipad,Scenic flights have no mobility restrictions (assistance from carer required for passengers with little or no mobility).
Approx. 2 steps 1 foot (30cm) into aircraft
No Wheelchair access from the Heli platform to the vessel
Audio information available in English and Chinese with headsets
Visual information provided; safety/local area/facts.
1 x wheelchair accessible toilet located at the Cairns Heli Centre,Cargo storage for collapsible wheelchairs (size and dimensions dependant on helicopter
Chair lift available on the saloon stairs between the upper and lower deck (must be able to move from wheelchair onto seat),900mm wide boarding gangway at the Cairns Marina (can be quite steep depending on the tides, may need assistance),Pontoon has wide aisles between picnic tables and flooring is suitable for wheelchairs.
Wheelchair accessible toilet and shower available on lower rear deck.
Tarago x 1 regular step
Hiace x 2 regular steps
Disabled parking at both office sites
You must arrange your own local transport in advance.
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.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 553