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Joan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Heli ride over reef amazing!

Carolern14

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Spend the money - best experience ever!

Joshlynn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Beautiful! Great staff! Everyone was helpful informative engaging and pleasant. Just enough time to see and enjoy the reef. Helicopter view was spectacular. A day trip wasn't available when we booked so a longer day may have been nice but we were happy.

gregory m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Helicopter there, snorkel, boat back. Great time amazing sites, boat was new and clean, little crowded on/off loading so many snorkel and scubas but fun

Kevin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Great tour! Very enjoyable, well organized and fun to go on. Defiantly go for the helicopter option as it added an extra special moment to end the day.

Melissa N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Amazing! Nothing will compare to arriving at the Great Barrier Reef by Helicopter, it was breathtaking! We had a fantastic time snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. The Cruise is super relaxing and all of the staff were extremely friendly.

Jordan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

The beginning of the day started out rocky, as our bus forgot to pick us up be sure to watch the clock and have reception call if they are more than 5 minutes late!, and boarding the ship was jumbled, unorganized, and rushed.
Before boarding we were told there were cookies and coffee aboard for us, but as soon as we stepped foot on the ship we were hurried up to the top into a lonely VIP room for those who chose the helicopter option. It was cold, stinky, and it was a small room of 6 of us with no idea what was going on. They told us nothing as the other decks were getting briefed. About 10 minutes later I finally decided to leave the room and look around, apparently they were all out of cookies by that time which was frustrating since I had not had breakfast and figured there would be enough especially for us who paid extra to opt for the heli experience. I also felt that there were SO MANY crew members everywhere, as if half the ship was just crew and it was pretty crowded.
BUT the lovely sea life, snorkeling, and helicopter ride over the reef made up for it ALL. I was able to see a reef shark, a ton of beautiful coral, and a whale on the ride back up from the heli. It was an amazing experience I'll treasure a lifetime.
Side note: Wish they didn't pack the helicopter so full. I was able to enjoy the window and view, but my husband was sandwiched in the middle of a few of us in the back seat with no true window view.

louise l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Boat was comfortable. Food was great. Helicopter over the reef was amazing.

Mark Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

most expensive tour for our trip but worth doing it, great fun, program well covered from the sun to the sea, signature tour for short stay in Cairns

Cynthia S T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

I would recommend the Helicopter Tour to everyone!! It was the most amazing experience to see the reef from the air. In retrospect, the catamaran return was nice but would have preferred to return on the helicopter because the view was so amazing.

Maria D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

This tour was amazing and very well organized! Will recomend this to everyone who wants to do a tour of the GBR. Boat was big and new, bbq lunch was very decent. The reefs that we went to were beautiful! And all staff were professional, helpful and friendy. No hassles at all.

Travis C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

The helicopter ride over the reef was incredible. It was well-guided, very smooth ride, and the landing on the wooden dock near the reefs was exciting.

The views from the reef are magnificent. The water was unusually choppy the day I went, which made swimming and accessing the reef fully a challenging proposition. I also felt the water was a tad overcrowded, which meant frequent collisions with nearby snorkelers. All in all, for what I paid and making the most of the challenging weather, it was a great experience to see the famed reef

The boat ride back was comfy, and the staff were excellent

chris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone. The whole trip from loading on the helicopter to the safety briefing and snorkelling on the boat to the boat ride back to the reef terminal was run very professionally and by a group of pleasant and friendly people

Christine S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Well organised tour. Fantastic experience from the helicopter to snorkelling to food and the boat ride back. I would recommend this tour to family and friends

Betty J R Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

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 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

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.

Candace J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

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.

Chris D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Great experience- The reef is amazing, the people were very professional and knowledgable.

mike United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

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.

sharrlea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

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!

H G D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Best experience ever! Beautiful reefs, nice boatride, great snorkling equipment and friendly staff. The view from the helicopter is fantastic.

Naomi D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

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.

Imogen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

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.

Nicola J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Mdlyn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

By far the best tour I have ever experienced. To Elvis and crew: Much thanks for your professionalism and hospitality.

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