Betty J R Canada
This Cruise out and Heli back tour was everything we had hoped for. The staff and crew were all so helpful and attentive. The BBQ lunch was great and we recommend this full day tour to everyone.
russ United Kingdom
The boat is huge! And new. With 120 pasengers you would have thought it would be too big. Nope! The whole day was run with military precision. Everyone gets allocated their kit and a pigeon hole to put the stuff in. There are plenty of seats for all and lunch was really well organised and heaps of it.
The safety breifings were very good indeed: for novices, snorkellers, intro divers and certified divers. Each group was taken care of at the appropriate level. Whatever you could do, they did it!
For novices there were floating aids and the marine biologist tour allowed for them too. The back of the boat lowers for easy access in and out of the water.
The crew were smartly dressed and each of them very knowledgeable.
There is a professioanl photographer on board and you can buy pictures from their shop by the Reef Terminal later on. However you could take your own pictures - and this seemed to be encouraged.
There was a glass-bottomed boat tour but I opted for a transfer home by helicopter so couldn't fit it in.
The helicopter was actually a bit boring as the Reef from above isn't much to see that hasn't been seen on a postcard - the whole Reef thing is being there and doing it. So worth it only if you like helicopters.
Scuba or snorkel? I have to say the boat picked such good spots on the reef that just snorkelling gave you brilliant views and would be adequate. Diving just meant you could go deep and explore more. I think you can buy intro diving sessions on board.
I have done other Reef tours and this tour stands out to be the best by a long shot: reef views, organisation, friendliness, the food, the boat, the kit.
Definitely go for the longest stay option as you'll want to keep dropping in for another smorkel every few minutes.
Oh, and Australian money is waterproof which makes it so much easier to pay for things on board.
The Reef was amazing! The boat was extremely nice along with the staff, gear and snorkeling. Lunch was great. The ride home in the helicopter was not 25 minutes- more like 15 minutes. We arrived so early that we had to wait 15 minutes for our shuttles that were taking us back to our hotel to show up.
Great experience- The reef is amazing, the people were very professional and knowledgable.
mike United Kingdom
Definitely the best way to see the reef if you are restricted on time. This is an half day tour which starts around noon and finishes back at your hotel by 6pm. You get taken to the airport in Cairns where you get on your helicopter for a thirty minute flight out to and over a good area of the reef. You all get a good view and photo ops before setting down on a small pontoon next to the boat. A quick ride later and you are on the boat getting your snorkels and flippers for a 40 minutes swim around the surrounding reef. Then for a small extra fee got to do the same trip around the reef in the submersible which enabled us to take better photos of the reef up close. We then had lunch which could have been better because we only got the leftovers from the people who had done the boat trip both ways plenty of meat but my wife, who only eats fish, had to go without.
The boat trip back was enjoyable with plenty of cheese and biscuits and wine which made up slightly for the poor lunch. Even so it was a great trip and a very good 6 hour tour.
Would highly recommend this amazing tour. Everything ran smoothly, the tour guides were exceptional, the helicopter was exceptional, the reef just beautiful....loved every minute!
Best experience ever! Beautiful reefs, nice boatride, great snorkling equipment and friendly staff. The view from the helicopter is fantastic.
Very professional and friendly crew, both on the helicopter side and on the boat. Beautiful flight out to the reef. After a safety briefing on the boat we were in the water within 10 minutes. Great lunch on the way back on the boat. Highly recommend.
A once in a lifetime experience. It was incredible. Great value for money. Amazing knowledge from each member of the crew. Accessible for all abilities of swimmers. Brilliant food. Great entertainment. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
By far the best tour I have ever experienced. To Elvis and crew: Much thanks for your professionalism and hospitality.
The whole day was amazing, from the staff on the boat to the barrier reef and snorkeling.
And of course the helicopter return.
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....
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.
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
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
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 !!
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.
ASHOK M India
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
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. :)))
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.
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.