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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. 

Highlights

  • 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

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.

ecairns

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.

Peter H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The trip out on the helicopter from Port Douglas was an experience of a lifetime. We had a beautifully clear and calm day and the pilot took us down to see turtles, sharks and rays. The reef are truly stunning and best appreciated some distance above them and underwater. If you don't want to get wet then there is a submersible which gives a guided tour and you can take good pics from. Lunch on board the catamaran was fine and the sail back was ok - but you don't appreciate the reefs this way - so if you do this once in your life book the helicopter trip.

Farhad M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A must

Rose C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent all around. We did the cruise to the reef, helicopter back. The overall experience was fantastic.

Yvonne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an experience that will stay with me for life. All the people I dealt with were fantastic. The flight was amazing, seeing the majesty of the reef from the air. Then another first, snorkelling. Great fun. All in all something I am very glad I did.

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