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Inner Reef Explorer - 30 min Scenic Flight - ZOOM Helicopters


Experience stunning views over the islands, cays and coral jewels of the inner Great Barrier Reef with ZOOM Helicopters!


  • Take in magnificent views over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Experience the unique vantage point provided by our helicopter
  • Watch an incredible array of wildlife from above including dolphins, turtles and sharks!
  • Land on a tiny island to capture the ultimate insta-worthy photos

Join ZOOM Helicopters for the flight of a lifetime over the stunning inner Great Barrier Reef.

Take in the spectacular views as we fly over Cairns City, passing Mission Bay, Cape Grafton and False Cape where remnants of WWII defences can be seen.

Once we get to the inner edge of the reef you will see Green Island, made from coral sand and boasting its own native rainforest eco-system. Heading north to Arlington Reef you'll want to have your camera ready to spot some of the magnificent marine life including turtles, stingrays and sharks.

Continuing on we circle Vlasoff Cay, a tiny island only a few hundred meters in size at high tide. Let your pilot know if you'd like to land here to get your feet wet and sandy as you capture postcard-worthy pics for your socials!

Our return flight to Cairns is just as picturesque with views over Upolu Cay and the North Queensland coastline and the lush rainforest-covered Great Dividing Range.

Last minute deals

If you are lucky enough to pick up a last minute spare seat deal please note this is subject to the total weight load of all passengers. If the total weight is over the flight limit you will be given the option to shift to the next available stand by flight or offered a full refund.

Per person $389.00

What's included

  • 30 minute scenic helicopter flight


  • Allow approximately 45 minutes for the whole experience


  • 21 Bush Pilots Ave, Aeroglen QLD 4870, Australia


  • Maximum single seat weight limit of 136kgs..

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Minimum passenger numbers may apply.

    Passenger Weight Policy:

    Accurate individual passenger body and carry-on luggage weights MUST be advised at the point of booking and will be verified at check-in.

    It is a legal requirement that all passengers and their luggage be weighed at check-in.

    Weight variances greater than 10% of that advised at the time of booking may incur additional charges and/or luggage allowances being reduced. Zoom Helicopters reserves the right to refuse travel and charge a 100% cancellation fee.

    The maximum single seat weight limit/payload for Zoom Helicopters fleet of aircraft is 130kgs.

    Children and Infants Policy:

    Children 3 years and above are legally required to be seated in their own seat and are therefore required to pay the full ticket price.

    Children aged 3 years to 13 years must be accompanied by an adult on all flights.

    Children who have not yet reached their 3rd birthday are classified as infants and may travel free of charge (seated on a parent/guardians lap utilising a company provided infant seat belt restraint).

    Only one (1) infant is permitted to travel in an aircraft.

    Please notify us at the time of booking if you are travelling with infants.

  • Fuel Surcharge:

    With global oil price fluctuations, a fuel surcharge may be applied to any advertised ticket price. Where applicable, any surcharge will be payable at check-in.

    Cancellation Policy:

    Cancellations must be notified a minimum of 48 hrs in advance to receive a refund. Notifications between 24 and 48 hours in advance qualify for a 50% refund.

    Cancellations within 24 hours or no shows will not qualify for a refund.

    Sand Cay Use

    All helicopter operators are governed by Marine Park permits and the applicable restrictions.

    Sand Cay landings are only permitted when the Sand Cay is unoccupied and subject to weather and tides.

    Zoom Helicopters reserves the right to amend the itinerary and extend the scenic flight component.

    No refund shall apply.

    Conditions applicable to Sand Cay tours detailed here are discussed and confirmed with passengers prior to flight.

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Carly Molloy from Australia wrote on 04 June 2022


A must do if you visit Cairns! Johno was professional and so informative during the whole flight. We even stopped on Middle Cay Island.

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Ariyanti from Australia wrote on 18 January 2022

Awesome View !

It's a 9am flight. Great weather and clear water. Chris, the pilot was excellent and explained a few things about the flight.

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Hi Yanti - thank you so much!! It was great fun to have you on board!


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