Fly to Green Island / Fly to Great Adventures Pontoon / Fly back to Cairns

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Fly to Green Island / Fly to Great Adventures Pontoon / Fly back to Cairns
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families & couples
  • Number of passengers: 400
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Green Island & Norman Reef
  • Tour duration: 10am – 3:45pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 80min by helicopter (20 + 30 + 30)
  • Time exploring the reef: 2hrs on Green Island / 2hrs 15min on Norman reef
  • Vessel type and size: Catamaran / 30m with 3 levels
  • Buffett Lunch included


Fly to Green Island / Fly to Great Adventures Pontoon / Fly back to Cairns

This is the ultimate Reef & Island experience combining a low helicopter scenic flight from Cairns to Green Island, then to the outer reef and then back to Cairns! All passengers will definitely feel like a VIP.

The first location, Green Island is a beautiful coral cay located on the Great Barrier Reef with tropical rainforests surrounded by white sandy beaches, beautiful coral reefs and extensive marine life.. Snorkelling equipment is provided to all clients so they can explore the island reef which is located just off the beach.

After exploring the island the helicopter journey continues to Great Adventures spacious floating platform in the outer reef. The pontoon is suitable for all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers as the platform offers activities for people who wants to get in the water and also for those one who prefers to stay dry.

The pontoon features undercover seating, tables to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, full bar facilities, sundeck, a swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with freshwater showers and scuba diving facilities with a semi-submerged platform. The main activities included are unlimited snorkelling, underwater observatory, semi-submersible coral viewing and reef education presentation.

Extra activities include:

  • Introductory diving (for clients who have never dived before)
  • Certified diving (up to 2 dives)
  • Guided snorkel tours (a snorkel tour where an experienced guide stays and assists clients during their snorkelling activity)
  • 'Scuba-Doo' Underwater Scooter (cruise the reef in an underwater scooter)
  • Sea Walker - Green Island (diving with a helmet on - the air comes from the surface)

And in the afternoon the return is again by helicopter from the reef to Cairns city where clients also get great views of the harbour and the CBD.

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What's included in the main price

  • Coach pick up & drop off from accommodation
  • Spectacular helicopter scenic flight from Cairns to Green Island
  • Spectacular helicopter scenic flight from Green Island to the outer reef
  • Spectacular helicopter scenic flight from the outer reef back to Cairns
  • Two hours on Green Island
  • Snorkelling equipment included at Green Island and outer reef platform
  • Marine Biology presentation
  • Semi-submersible tours with interactive commentary
  • Glass bottom boat tours with interactive commentary
  • Fish feeding and identification session with a Marine Biologist
  • Underwater observatory
  • Use of sundeck, fresh water showers and changing rooms
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Full hot and cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options
  • Tea, coffee and drinking water available throughout the day
  • German & French speaking crew are available to assist international visitors
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Scuba-doo scooter
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Helmet dive on Green Island

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
9:00- 9:30 Coach pick up from accommodation
10:00 Helicopter departs Cairns
Enjoy a spetacular scenic flight to Green Island. Travel time is about 20 minutes.
10:20 Helicopter arrives on Green Island
Enjoy 2 hours exploring Green Island
12:30 Helicopter departs Green Island to Norman Reef
Travel time is 30 minutes directly from Green Island to Great Adventures pontoon
13:00 Helicopter arrives at Great Adventures pontoon
Enjoy about 2 hours & 15 minutes in the outer reef with many activities available
15:15 Helicopter departs the pontoon to return to Cairns
Travel time is 30 minutes directly from Great Adventures pontoon to Cairns
15:45 Helicopter arrives back in Cairns
15:50 Coach transfer back to accommodation
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses, sun screen
  • Camera
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases including optional activities
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended to take 30 minutes prior to the boat departure
  • Dive card and log book for certified divers

Please Note:
All Divers: In accordance with the Australian diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving.
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office. Min. age to dive is 12 years.
Flying after Diving: If only one dive is undertaken then a minimum of 12 hours is recommended before flying. If more than one dive is conducted in the day, an interval of 24 hours is recommended. This is not applicable for low helicopter flights over the reef.
Helicopter Passengers: Weight Check: Please note that client’s body weight must be advised prior to the reservation being confirmed as per Australia's Aviation Policy. Should a client advise a weight variance of more than 10%, the right is reserved to charge a 100% cancellation fee.
Insurance: The helicopter operator carries full insurance including Public Liability Insurance of $50,000,000.00.
Scooba-doo Scooter & Sea Walker: Min age is 12 years old.

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Reef Tax: $6.50 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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