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Enjoy incredible views of the Great Barrier Reef from the air during a 30-minute scenic flight from Cairns. See highlights such as Green Island, Upolu Cay, Oyster Reef, Arlington Reef, Vlassof Reef and Michaelmas Reef, taking in the sights as your guide points out the landmarks below. You also fly over Cape Grafton, False Cape, Double Island and Palm Cove and other Northern Beaches, with the route changing depending on the day’s conditions. Everyone has a window seat, allowing unobstructed viewing of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed natural wonder.

Highlights

  • 30-minute Great Barrier Reef scenic flight from Cairns
  • Enjoy clear views of the Great Barrier Reef from a fixed-wing plane
  • Fly over highlights such as Oyster Reef, Arlington Reef, Vlassof Reef, Michaelmas Reef, Green Island and Upolu Cay
  • Check out the Northern Beaches from the air
  • Pass over Cape Grafton, False Cape and Double Island
  • Hear informative commentary on the sights from the pilot
  • Get great photo ops with advice from the pilot on the optimum time of day to fly

What You Can Expect

30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flights!!

Customer Reviews

Helen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent trip. The best way to see the Great Barrier Reef. Would highly recommend.

Melissa I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great activity! Personal service from a small company. Much better than a helicopter tour and much better pricing. My husband and I loved this it was breathtaking. Would recommend this to anyone.

Daniele L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Beautiful flight over the great barrier reef. Although we did not see any whales, the colors of the ocean were awesome, the explanations very interesting and I enjoyed every second of the flight.

Debashis M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My wife and I booked a 30-minute scenic flight from Cairns to get an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef. We paid USD 220 through Viator.

This tour clearly exceeded our expectations. To begin with, we hadn't expected that there would only be the two of us in the small Cessna apart from the pilot. So this was like a private flight!

The lady at the counter at Daintree Air Services was very welcoming and helpful. The young pilot by name of Lochlan briefed us about the flight, flew the Cessna expertly and explained the aerial views of the Great Barrier Reef. He made a perfect landing at the end. At no point did my wife and I feel anything other than totally comfortable.

The GBR is HUGE and the only way one can get some perspective about it is by observing parts of it from the air. I strongly recommend this tour for all visitors to Cairns.

Patricia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Pilot was super and owner was so interesting with lots of Australian stories! Highly recommend . Flight was beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

Paul S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My wife and I really enjoyed this trip. We were picked up on time and the driver was one of the pilots who was not flying that day, he was really friendly and explained a lot about cairns and the reef before we even got on the flight. When we arrived at the hanger we were given a safety briefing the headed straight on to the plane. The pilot was very very good at explaining everything about the reef and the flight. It was amazing seeing the reef from 1000ft and all of the different colours and small islands..We have done a few tours and trips using Viator in different places around the arold and this was one of the best!!...Highly recommend this trip and this tour company!!

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