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  • Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches and Palm Cove, Australia
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Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

We booked this trip for my son's 21st literally 12 hours before we flew to Cairns for a 24 hour round trip. the booking was so easy and the staff helpful when our first option wasn't available. I cannot recommend and rate this trip option highly enough and would use viator again in the future.
The booking team were awesome, the aviation team in Cairns really worked with us to make sure we got to our outbound flight. the staff on the cruise were fantastic, they helped to make my son's first experience on the reef and his 21st one to never forget. excellent crew all very friendly and the food was actually good, great kitchen hands. very well organised, the day just ran so smoothly with lots of laughs along the way. very knowledgeable staff. we will see you again sometime soon....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Helicopter ride was excellent great picture taking opportunity. Boat ride was very nice. Service very good staff very attentive. If u aren't a snorkel not sure you want to do. But overall very pleasant day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Had a great day :-),the staff were very good and helpful,food was very good but not for some!!! and for the reef well all i will say is if you are over there you have to swim over the reef its Amazing it is like you see it on TV full of colour and so many fish,the ride back by chopper will give you a sense of how big and beautiful the reef is,we got back the to the airport abit before our cab so a very kind member of staff gave us a lift to our hotel in her own car so we didnt have to wait,very nice thing to do

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Was not sure about this one as I cant swim! However, that was not a problem - they supplied floatation jackets and whilst I got some confidence in the water, I was towed out by rubber-ring to a reef to have my first glance at fish with my head under water! After that, I was hooked and cant wait to go again! Went on the glass bottom sub and returned by helicopter - felt like royalty! Well recommended trip and good value for money - food good and plentyful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

What do you do, if you want to snorkel in The Great Barrier Reef, but you can't swim?? You seek the help from crew member Max from the company Down Under Cruise and Dive, who is my new hero. He helped me not only to get into the water, but took me on an amazing journey, where we swam with a tiny little shark, saw lots of turtles and colourful fish - big and small. I'm happy to report we even found Nemo!!! I flew back to Cairns by helicopter...as you do ;-) The weather wasn't brilliant, as we had the left over rain from the cyclone. Still a day I'll cherish for the rest of my days !!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

We went out on a very lovely sunny and calm day so we enjoyed the trip very much. Snorkeling on two different spot was great. It was a bit crowded, as they try to get everyone in the water, even non-swimmers, who tend to stand on the corals (what is definitely very bad, espacially with fins) and keep hold on them etc. Food was nice, enough changing rooms etc. Really georgeous was our helicopter flight was, I really recommend this combination of cruise out and fly in.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

We had a super day- the arrangements were perfect; the staff on the tour was cheerful and very supportive as we went snorkeling- appreciate their patience and concern for our safety. On-board lunch was outstanding- we had a memorable day and recommend this highly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

I booked this tour for my bf's birthday. It was a surprise for him. He really loved it. We had 20-25 minutes helicopter tour over Great Barrier Reef then around 1 hour of snorkeling in middle of Great Barrier Reef. He was so happy and me too. Awesome day and awesome staff. Staff were great too. :)))

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Outstanding trip. The group was also VERY accommodating of my poor swimming and snorkelling skills - I was dragged around. They made sure that I experienced the reef. 5/5 stars.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

What better way to view the beautiful Great Barrier reef from far above and deep below the water surface! Though snorkeling is as good as diving at the Great Barrier Reef. Staff are well organized, professional and fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

The Helicopter tour was outstanding. The Heli Tour group, Tom, Dave, and Brad , made all aspects of the tour amazing! It was a great experience for my wife and myself. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Cairns area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

Fabulous trip. The staff is funny, friendly and so accommodating. I did not know how to swim and although I think I could have done the snorkeling, I was too scared, so there was an option where one of the staff pulled you around on a life preserver donut. I got great pictures and the feeling of security. The food was fabulous, the helicopter ride was such fun and beautiful. Can't say enough about this!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

We booked out tour with Viator (this being the first time). The whole day was perfect. We were picked up on time and brought to the marina for our reef snorkelling. What a awesome day and the highlight was being able to hire a underwater camera and have those photos put onto a cd to take home. The buffet lunch was very tasty and lots of food to go around. Morning and afternoon tea was also provided and that was very nice also. You did have to pay for stinger suits though which we highly recommend. The helicopter ride back was very nice and once landed we were brought back to our accomodation. The whole day was perfect and I could not have asked for anymore. Well done to all and highly recommend using Viator for your next booking. Happy travelling.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2012

Absolutely incredible! I'd recommend the helicopter over the reef and you also have to snorkel. We were well looked after on this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2012

The helicopter ride was breathtaking and a memory I will cherish forever! Seeing the reef from the sky was just amazing. We had the perfect amount of time to snorkel and enjoyed a beautiful boat ride back to Cairns. I highly recommend this tour.

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