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  • Location: Port Douglas, Australia
  • Duration:  Varies

Explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef from the air and the water! A scenic helicopter flight or high-speed catamaran cruise from Port Douglas will take you to the Outer Barrier Reef platform on Agincourt Reef, a sheltered base for a day on the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the reef snorkeling, from a semi-submersible submarine or from the underwater observatory. You can choose to travel by scenic helicopter one way and cruise by high-speed catamaran the other, or take the helicopter in both directions. The choice is yours!


  • Choose to fly by helicopter or cruise by catamaran to the Great Barrier from Port Douglas
  • Three hours on Agincourt Reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Swim and snorkel from a submerged platform with instructors on hand to help
  • Underwater observatory for coral and fish viewing
  • Fish feeding conducted from snorkeling platform

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What You Can Expect

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Port Douglas

Outer Barrier Reef Platform

The permanent pontoon moored at Agincourt Reef provides a sheltered base for a day on the Great Barrier Reef. Located on the very edge of Australia’s continental shelf, Agincourt is a magnificent ribbon reef teaming with a wide variety of fish life, both large and small, and a kaleidoscope of magnificent corals.

Departing from Port Douglas, the high-speed catamaran will take you directly to Agincourt Reef in 90 minutes. Or you can choose to travel by scenic helicopter and fly over the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and take in the views of the white sand cays and the magnificent colors as you fly over the Great Barrier Reef, arriving at Agincourt Reef in 35 minutes.

You'll have three hours to enjoy the reef at your leisure. Grab a snorkel and fins and hit the water on your own, or join an optional guided snorkeling tour with a qualified marine biologist. Snorkeling is a great way to explore the Great Barrier Reef, and there are friendly staff on hand to show you how.

Prefer to stay dry? You can explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible submarine. You'll take a leisurely cruise through colorful coral gardens, giving you a snorkeler's view of the marine life without getting wet.

A delicious hot and cold tropical buffet lunch is included, containing fresh prawns, pastas, meats, salads and fruit. There are full bar facilities available where you can purchase drinks.

You can choose to cruise back to Port Douglas by high-speed catamaran or by helicopter.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an experience that will stay with me for life. All the people I dealt with were fantastic. The flight was amazing, seeing the majesty of the reef from the air. Then another first, snorkelling. Great fun. All in all something I am very glad I did.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

We all had so much fun, both the cruise and the helicopter tour. Weather conditions were excellent. We saw lots of coral and fish in the semi-submerged boats. Food was delicious.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great Barrier Reef is absolutely beautiful! Would definitely do it again. I want to move to port douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

We did the jet foil out and the helicopter back which was a great combination. The jet foil was much larger than we anticipated and felt a bit like a cross channel ferry, but there were lots of different places to sit and we chose one of the open decks so could enjoy the sun, the scenery and the fresh air. The pontoon was a little crowded once everyone had disembarked but the lunch was very good and the semi-submersible was excellent. Didn't do diving so can't comment but the snorkelling area was rather small for the number of people.
The helicopter ride home made the day a wonderful experience instead of just very good and I would thoroughly recommend this option.

Gareth J
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

A great tour highly recommanded

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

In every aspect the best excursion during our long Australia trip. The cruise, the stay at the platform the lunch and in particular the hell trip back to paort Douglas. What a nice and informative pilot ! WOW !!!
A trip that was worth every penny !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Quicksilver is operated very well. After jumping on the catamaran, you are driving an hour and a half to the outer reef. During that time a marine biologist will give you a lesson in the animal life on the reef; if not, you can site inside near the coffee and biscuits or outside and soak up some sun. The platform on Agincourt reef easily accommodates the 100+ people on your catamaran.

The staff on at the dock, on the platform and on the boat are friendly and helpful. GET IN THE WATER IMMEDIATELY! After an hour or 2, the overabundance of suntan lotion and stirring up the waters, makes the water cloudy and reduces the visibility of the coral and fish. Rent a stingersuit (wetsuit) too- depending on the time of year you go, you can be surrounded by stingers. Don't worry about buying a rashie beforehand, the stinger suit is very affordable.
Spend the extra money on a helicopter ride too- you can do the 10 minute ride while you're there but I suggest taking the helicopter back to the mainland. There's nothing like the feeling of being swept away on a helicopter in front of everyone else--- you feel famous! LOL The pilot sweeps around several reefs and will help you spot turtles, rays, sharks, etc. Plus, it whisks you home in 35 minutes after a long day in the sun and water.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

Very good. I only wish the catering could have been more varied than totally of Chinese cuisine. ( I accept that ninety percent on board were Chinese.
special mention of the helicopter... The pilot, the land crew ... Excellent, polite and friendly

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

A very interesting and pleasant trip over the reef, followed by an enjoyable time on the pontoon. Everything included (except for drink) made it all the more pleasant, as there were no hidden charges to be hit with. I'd recommend this for a brief trip, although it would have been good to see more of the reef itself.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

Caught the catamaran out and helicopter back at the end of the day. Very well run and staff all very helpful and polite. Felt very rushed because we caught the helicopter back and it left for home 1 before the catamaran for the journey home. By the time you line up for lunch and for all the activities 2 o'clock and time to come home in the helicopter was upon us.

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