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Private Helicopter Tour: Great Barrier Reef Island Snorkeling and Gourmet Picnic Lunch

Cairns, Australia
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2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English


Indulge yourself and your loved ones with a private helicopter tour that takes you out to a secluded island on the Great Barrier Reef. Admire the reef from above during your 25-minute scenic helicopter flight, then experience its natural beauty up close after your pilot gently lands on the gorgeous and remote Vlasoff Cay (or Turtle Beach if Vlasoff Cay is occupied). Enjoy a two-hour retreat in paradise with everything you need provided, including a picnic basket with champagne and nibbles, picnic blanket, deck chairs, beach umbrella and snorkeling equipment.
  • 2.5-hour private tour with scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef to Vlassof Cay (or Turtle Beach), from Cairns
  • Enjoy a stunning 25-minute helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Relax on the remote and gorgeous island of Vlassof Cay (or Turtle Beach)
  • Nibble on delicious eats from a gourmet picnic with champagne
  • Includes all supplies such as beach umbrella, blanket, deck chairs and snorkeling equipment
Spend a memorable morning discovering the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia's most renowned natural wonders. After pickup at your hotel in Cairns or the Northern Beaches, transfer to the heliport at Cairns Airport to board your state-of-the-art helicopter. Your expert pilot provides a short safety briefing and radio headset that allows 2-way communications during your flight over the Great Barrier Reef.

Marvel at the extent of the reef during your 25-minute scenic flight, and enjoy fantastic photo ops of the reef, the coastline and the islands of Far North Queensland. When your pilot touches down at the remote island of Vlasoff Cay (if the beach is occupied you will instead visit Turtle Beach), disembark and have two hours to soak up the scenery of this tropical wonderland. Your pilot provides you with the picnic blanket, beach chairs, umbrella and snorkeling gear, in addition to a picnic basket that contains champagne and tasty appetizers to nibble during your island retreat.

Feel free to do as much or as little as you like on the island. Snack on your gourmet picnic and sip champagne, snorkel and swim in pristine ocean waters, read a book or sunbathe on the white-sand beach. At the end of approximately two hours, your pilot returns you to Cairns to end your tour.

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This tour was amazing!! It was once in...
Jennifer G
, Jan 2017
This tour was amazing!! It was once in a lifetime. Spend the money!
It's really worth the money. The...
Xinwei R
, Nov 2016
It's really worth the money. The entire small island was completely for us only! How great was it! Everyone we met was friendly and very knowledgable. I definitely will recommond this tour to my friends.
The opportunity to visit idyllic...
Jason W
, Oct 2016
The opportunity to visit idyllic Vlasoff Cay is wonderful, however the reality of this happening seems incredibly slim. We booked this trip based on the plan fuelled by many lovely photos of visiting Vlasoff Cay, however we ended up on Turtle Beach. The tour company are thorough from every angle to ensure you understand that if Vlasoff Cay is occupied, then landing on Turtle Beach is the alternative - they make you sign numerous disclaimers agreeing you understand this. However, what they failed to do was advise from their experience, how unlikely it is that you will land there. We emailed quite a few times beforehand asking for the odds and even asked for photos of Turtle Beach so we could make an informed decision it's a lot of money! but didn't receive anything useful back. We even suggested leaving earlier in the morning to ensure we'd be able to land, but were told that we couldn't due to tides - our pilot on the day said the tides wouldn't have stopped us flying early. On the day we flew it seemed like they already knew we couldn't land there. This meant we flew out for 15mins over the reef and then landed on Turtle beach. The beach is lovely, but exactly like all the others along the coast. The 'champagne' was sparkling Jacobs Creek and the picnic was squashed sandwiches, they could do a much better job of this. It's also worth noting that the pilot stays with you, which isn't explained in the description. This trip has the promise of being amazing, but for us it didn't get anywhere close to that, and ended up being one VERY expensive helicopter ride and average picnic. We wouldn't recommend this trip.
I would give a three and a half star...
Elizabeth C
, Jun 2016
I would give a three and a half star review. The Nautilus Helicopter staff were fabulous. The only downside was the flight was quite short and although the trip did go to the reef we all thought it would be further out where the day trippers go. Having said that the snorkelling was enjoyable, the little island we landed on was lovely and we had a delicious lunch. So well worth doing.
Amazing!! We ended up on Turtle...
Jia H
, Nov 2015
Amazing!! We ended up on Turtle beach, had our breakfast there and went snorkeling a bit. It was super nice and relaxing. The pilot was great and amazing she took us for a tour around the reef, just beautiful.
Just do it 5 of 5 stars Pending...
Anthony B
, Oct 2015
Just do it 5 of 5 stars Pending review Nautilus helicopters excelelnt trip out to the reef, what else can I write, you own little part of the Great Barrier Reef for two and a half hours. Both ground staff and our pilot Jenna provided excellent no hassle service, from check-in, to both the out-bound and in-bound flights. The condition of the helicopter look new, fresh out of the box so to speak very clean. Jenna provided a running comentry concerning the reef on both the outbound and inbound flights and answered any questions. Being educated in England with we know little or nothing of Australians geography or history. Food hamper was again excellent, nice to sit back, eat and watch the world go by on your own little atoll. The helicopters arrival temporary disturbs the resident birds who return minutes latter. The snorkling was just enough, you have to go to the edge of the sand bar in order to see any local inhabitants. Well worth it, excellent staff unlike those I encounter at offshore check in's around the world. Get your money out, just do it you will not regret it.
The weather was the problem, the...
, Jul 2014
The weather was the problem, the pilot did all he could to make the most if it but we couldn't have the picnic. I was dissapointed but it couldn't be helped. Wish I had more days there so I could have rescheduled in better weather.
The people at the tour company were...
, Apr 2014
The people at the tour company were very friendly and comfortable to be around. The food was fantastic! We weren't exactly sure what we expected, but this experience far exceeded everything we could have imagined! Highly recommend it to anyone wanting a "private" experience on the Great Barrier Reef. Much better than riding 2 hours each way in a boat and having to spend 4hrs on a pontoon with numerous other vacationers.
For a special occasion, or even just...
Kathleen W
, Mar 2013
For a special occasion, or even just because, this is a sensational trip to do. On time, professional pick up from our hotel, followed by a required safety information session, but it wasn't long til we were in the sky. Landing on Middle Cay just as the tide was receding was fantastic. While we snorkelled, our pilot laid out a picnic rug and champagne brunch - a very generous offering compared to others we have experienced! Having two hours to snorkle, swim, lie in the sun and just enjoy the reef was wonderful. An experience we couldn't recommend more highly!
I definitely recommend this trip to...
Scott M
, Sep 2011
I definitely recommend this trip to anyone - great experience with a very friendly and knowledgable pilot.

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