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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!

Emma T United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

We had a fantastic time on this trip and would definitely recommend it. Our pilot was excellent, really interesting and good fun and helped make the trip even more special. Please pass on our thanks! The food was also excellent and loads of it. Sitting drinking champagne at 10am on a deserted sand island surrounded by sea was a perfect way to spend my boyfriend's birthday!

Kirsten Z USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

I would highly recommend this tour to everyone. The picnic lunch was wonderful and the pilot was very personable. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Anil A USA

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2009

The Heli charter was awesome. My wife and I were on the Cay for a memorable mimosa and picnic. Water was a bit rough due to a storm, but you cant control a storm, can you. Great moments for our honeymoon! Food was OK, Mimosa was wonderful. Highly recommend. Note The pilot and the helicopter stay with you on the Cay. We did have some unwelcome boaters dock but left after 15 minutes. Also, if other people have arrived at the Cay before you, the helicopter cannot land and your package becomes a 1 hour great barrier reef and rainforest tour.

Elizabeth C

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 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.


3 star rating: Worth doing
July 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.

Jason W

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
November 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.

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