5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location:Port Douglas, Australia
  • Duration:Varies

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Port Douglas

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

Sharon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour, well organised.

Peter H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The trip out on the helicopter from Port Douglas was an experience of a lifetime. We had a beautifully clear and calm day and the pilot took us down to see turtles, sharks and rays. The reef are truly stunning and best appreciated some distance above them and underwater. If you don't want to get wet then there is a submersible which gives a guided tour and you can take good pics from. Lunch on board the catamaran was fine and the sail back was ok - but you don't appreciate the reefs this way - so if you do this once in your life book the helicopter trip.

Farhad M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A must

Rose C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent all around. We did the cruise to the reef, helicopter back. The overall experience was fantastic.

Yvonne B

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.

Wai Ping W

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

Jennifer M

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

Kaj N

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 !

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