• Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches and Palm Cove, Australia
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

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

Aerial View of Sand Cay

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.

Customer Reviews

Jennifer G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing!! It was once in a lifetime. Spend the money!

Xinwei R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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.

Jia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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.

anthony h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic way to see the reef!

Anthony B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Kathleen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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!

Scott M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

I definitely recommend this trip to anyone - great experience with a very friendly and knowledgable pilot.

Chris R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

The helicopter flight was wonderful, the staff, pilot and food provided were excellent. Unfortunately it was quite breezy on the day but you wouldn't have known it in the helicopter. Cannot rate the experience highly enough and will definitely do it again.

Brendan H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2008

we had a fantastic time. Our Pilot was very informative about the area and very easy going and friendly. We have been telling everyone about our trip. It was the best thing we've ever done!

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