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Reef Cruise and Helicopter Package


Experience a Great Barrier Reef trip, plus a 10-minute heli flight! You can even add a dive for the full monty. An epic trip departing Cairns...

Reef Cruise and Helicopter Package

Experience the Great Barrier Reef PLUS a 10-minute Heli Flight!

All aboard luxury vessel “Evolution” and speed out to the Outer Great Barrier Reef from Cairns. During the cruise you will visit two Outer Reef sites, where you can explore the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy unlimited snorkeling over 5 hours reef time. Dial up the adventure and add an Introductory Scuba Dive to your day. This package includes one pre-booked scuba dive at a discounted rate. Additional 2nd and 3rd dives can be purchased directly with the tour operator prior to travel. Please be aware of peak times, dive availability can sell out.

Once you arrive at the second reef site, Hastings Reef, it is time to experience the Great Barrier Reef from the sky. You will board a state-of-the-art helicopter for an unforgettable 10-minute flight around the reef. Circle the Great Barrier Reef spotting marine life from the air and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Once back onboard the boat, you can jump back in the water for more snorkeling before cruising home to Cairns with a complimentary glass of wine to toast to a great day on the Great Barrier Reef!

Get High Up Top & Dive Down Under

Add an introductory or certified dive to your Get High package!

For First Time Divers; after an in-depth briefing from our expert dive staff, we gear you up and jump in the water for the thrill of a lifetime as we guide you through this amazing wonderland.

For Certified Divers; either buddy up with a friend or join our guides as we push the limits and explore the amazing ecology of the reef.

More about the trip:

Departing Cairns daily, Down Under Dive's "Evolution" offers a fast, comfortable and affordable cruise, with five hours spent visiting two pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef locations. This large modern vessel provides a superior ride in all weather conditions, exclusive protected Reef locations, and no big crowds. Professional, friendly and attentive staff ensure a safe and enjoyable fun filled experience

Evolution has exclusive moorings at several outer reef locations. Location decisions are made on the day based on weather conditions and water clarity so as to ensure the best experience for all activities.

The true outer reef locations, Norman Reef or Saxon Reef, are usually visited in the morning, before making our way to North Hastings Reef in the afternoon to conduct Helicopter Flights and our Semi-Submersible Tour.

Down Under Dive have selected their outer reef locations based on variety and bottom contours, so to provide the best experience for experienced snorkelers, beginners and children of all ages.

Snorkel supervisors are all experienced Divemasters and provide in-depth briefings on safety procedures and site orientation, so you know where to find all the 'cool stuff'. Staff will keep a constant watch over the snorkeling sites to ensure safety.

For the beginners, Down Under Dive offer one-on-one tuition on gear use and snorkeling techniques, a selection of buoyancy aids (foam noodles, life jackets and wetsuits).

Semi-Submersible tour

Experience the reef formations and the masses of sea life without getting wet! Full Great Barrier Reef commentary. A fantastic option for non-swimmers. $20 per Adult, $10 per Child, see on way to checkout

Helicopter scenic flight conditions:

  • Please be advised- 130kg weight restrictions apply for helicopter rides
  • Flights are dependent on weather conditions, the pilot will assess the weather on the determine suitable conditions. If for whatever reason the flight is unable to go ahead you will receive a refund for that portion of the booking
  • We are unable to refund your booking if you change your mind about flying on the day

Check in time: 7.15am – 7.45am, Reef Fleet Terminal Building, Cairns Marlin Marina. The boat departs at 8am sharp and returns at 4.30pm.

***Please Note: Standard prices below do not include $20 per person Pay On Board Reef Levy, this is still required to be paid on the day of travel directly to the operator***

Get High + Snorkel - Adult $328.00
Get High + Snorkel - Child $280.00
Get High + Dive - Adult $378.00
Get High + Dive - Child $330.00

What's included

  • Five hours of snorkeling or diving at two outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • 10 minute heli flight from the pontoon based on the reef
  • State of the art snorkel and dive equipment and flotation devices
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch including prawns, fish, steak, vegetarian and vegan options (upon request), tropical salads and bread
  • Exclusive, protected, sheltered reef locations



  • **Please Note: prices below do not include $20 per person admin/fuel levy. This is to be paid directly to the tour operator prior to travel.

    Child: 4 16 years. Infants (under 4 years): FREE

    Minimum age to scuba dive for children is 12 years old

  • All Tours are subject to the effect of weather or unforeseen circumstances. All dives are weather permitting and Captains discretion. No refund for in-complete dives or incomplete helicopter flights. Should a cruise not operate for any such reason passengers will be offered an alternative day or refund for days lost only. The operator reserves the right to cancel any tour, change vessel type or arrange an alternate carrier if the numbers in a group, or tour are insufficient..

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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Phyu from New Zealand wrote on 14 November 2016

Love it all

Great experience to Great Barrier Reefs. Great catamaran, great crews, great entertainment and great food. Very organised tour and run everything on time. There are some glitches aircon is super cold and water dripping on the floor, very uncomfortable. I would question photographer at helicopter ride actually is a service provider or not!! SUPER expensive photo prints service !!!!!

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sharone2 from Australia wrote on 30 March 2021

Get high package

Wow! What an absolutely mind blowing experience. To actually swim with the most outstanding fish and turtles on the Great Barrier Reef then to fly above it and see a birds eye view of it was just breathtaking. I’d highly recommend this adventure to anyone. Staff were so professional and the catamaran was top notch. Will defo be back and do it all again

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Courtney Lewis from Australia wrote on 26 April 2018


Absolutely incredible day out the reef with an incredible crew they were very friendly and helpful easy 10/10 our first ever scuba dive was well instructed and was amazing and the chipper flight over the reef was absolutely amazing ❤️ Will be back

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Mcbarzi from Philippines wrote on 31 March 2018

Best crews and great experience

The boat is clean,the crew is amazing, the food is very good and the experience is perfect.

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Aleksei Iunov from Russia wrote on 12 January 2018


Everything is good. One disadvantage is that hot tea or coffee available only at lunch time. 11.01.2018 it was rain, so all people was inside the ship (dry area). In this area was cold because of air conditioning. I got sick. So, hot tea duaring all trip will be helpful

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