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Spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef with this tour by helicopter and optional catamaran ride from Port Douglas. Your base for the day is a pontoon platform on Agincourt Reef on the outer reef, where you can explore this magical, World Heritage–listed underwater world by snorkeling, semi-submersible submarine or the underwater observatory. When booking, you have three transport options to mix and match the 35-minute helicopter ride and high-speed catamaran cruise to get to and from the reef. Lunch is included. 


  • Choose to fly by helicopter or cruise by catamaran to the Great Barrier from Port Douglas
  • Three hours on Agincourt Reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Swim and snorkel from a submerged platform with instructors on hand to help
  • Underwater observatory for coral and fish viewing
  • Fish feeding conducted from snorkeling platform

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What You Can Expect

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Port Douglas

Outer Barrier Reef Platform

Your Great Barrier Reef tour from Port Douglas starts with either a 90-minute boat ride by high-speed catamaran or a 35-minute flight that provides aerial views of the Daintree Rainforest and white-sand cays of Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed reef; make your transportation selection when booking.

You’ll arrive at your base for the day, a sheltered pontoon permanently anchored at Agincourt Reef on the edge of the Australian continental shelf. This ribbon reef is home to an array of tropical marine life and colorful coral. You have three hours on the pontoon to experience the reef however you wish, whether you want to get wet or stay dry, be active or just relax.

Snorkeling equipment is provided; you can go on your own or take a guided tour with an experienced marine biologist. If you’d like a few tips, the pontoon staff is happy to provide advice. Or, explore the reef on a semi-submersible submarine, which glides leisurely along the coral gardens, providing a water-surface view of multicolored fish and other sea life in enclosed comfort. You can also check out the underwater observatory to view the fish and coral.

A tropical buffet lunch is provided of hot and cold items like pasta, fresh prawns, salad, meats and fruit. You can purchase beverages from the full bar. When your time at Agincourt Reef is up, return to Port Douglas by catamaran or helicopter to end your tour. 

Customer Reviews

dawn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic trip great snorkeling at an amazing reef. The helicopter ride was well worth the extra cost - amazing

Dawn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was my favorite part of my Australia vacation. It was a nice boat ride out to the reef when I did a guided snorkeling activity. The guide was great and really helped me overcome my nervousness!! It was absolutely beautiful. I took a helicopter ride back to get the most amazing views in this world. I highly recommend this tour.

Tony A United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a wonderful day, blue skies and calm seas, to travel out to the Great Barrier Reef on the boat. There was plenty of staff to help and answer questions as well as advise which activities may suit. Once we arrived at the pontoon where all the activities are based, we did the underwater panoramic tour. For this you are sat in pairs behind other pairs of people in the bottom of a boat which has glass panel windows at either side. The guide for this trip was able to point out the various species of fish as well as turtles that were visible along the coral.
Lunch was served, which for all the people that were on this trip, was very good. A choice of salad with various meats and also a hot meal.
At the spot where those people who wished to go diving or snorkeling there is also an underwater viewing area, which is interesting watching the fish interact with all the people.
Our journey back to shore was by helicopter...this is definitely the way to see the great barrier reef. The view from above shows how beautiful it is and how vast an area it covers. The helicopter pilot was also very informative and willing to point out various amazing landmarks.
I would recommend this trip to family and friends.

steven w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

absolutely amazing, a great day out

Tracey P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent trip, would highly reccomend

Ashley S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic experience, well worth it!

Tong G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great experience with lots of activities available, the helicopter ride was the highlight of the trip.

Alison W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

It's was the highlight of our holiday as it was our daughters 18th birthday and it was a fantastic experience. Thank you.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

From beginning to end this was a fantastic trip that was well organised. We enjoyed the high speed catamaran trip out to the reef and while my husband did the snorkelling, which he said was out of this world, I took a trip on the semi-submersible which was brilliant. After a beautiful buffet lunch we then finished our day with a helicopter ride by to Port Douglas, during which our Pilot took us over part of the reef and along the coast, enabling us to see the beautiful coastline and beaches and the Daintree River. Would do it all again in a heartbeat. Brilliant

Sharon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour, well organised.

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