Dive the Reef & Helicopter Scenic Flight

Starting from: $AU358.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Cruise on Evolution vessel including a Certified or Introductory dive + 10min helicopter flight
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for diving
  • Sutable for backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 150
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Norman, Saxon & Hastings Reefs
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Tour duration: 08:30am – 5:00pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 1hr 30min
  • Time exploring the reef: 5hrs
  • Vessel type and size: Motor Catamaran / 35 meters with 3 levels
  • Morning tea, afternoon tea & buffett lunch included
  • Free guided snorkelling tour


Dive the Reef & Helicopter Scenic Flight Package

Come and see the reef from the best way possible, from the top. In this exciting 10 minute helicopter flight clients will be able to see how big and beautiful the Great Barrier Reef is with all their different colours that only from the air can be noticed. This is also a great opportunity to take amazing photos of the area. This package also offers a free certified or introductory dive so the day is completed with all the most amazing activities.

Evolution is a brand new $5 million dollars catamaran. Their luxury vessel offers class, and style of a motor yacht. It is ultra-spacious and comfortable with decks over 3 levels with large well glazed interior spaces on the main and upper deck. Enjoy a choice of big outdoor seating areas fitted with comfortable lounges and well protected from the sun. Also the fold-down platforms at the end of the vessel provides comfortable and safe access to the water.

Visiting two spectacular outer reef sites in one day travelers will spend around 5 hours in the water and minimum time travelling. Free guided snorkelling tours, free scuba diving lesson, onboard entertainment and a barbecue lunch including a selection of prawns, fish, steak, sausages, vegetarian, tropical salads and pastas are all included in the main price.If you never snorkeled before this is not a problem, you can have a one-on-one tuition on gear use and snorkeling techniques. Also to help clients a selection of buoyancy aids (foam noodles, life jackets and wetsuits) are available.

Extra activities include:

  • 2nd Introductory diving
  • 2nd Certified diving
  • Semi-submersible submarine tour

For clients interested in this package but with the option to snorkel only please visit the link below.

» Please click here for further information on a 10 minute helicopter tour with Down Under Cruise & Dive.

What's included in the main price

  • Return Cruise on the luxury Evolution vessel to the outer reef
  • Spectacular 10 minute helicopter scenic flight over the reef
  • 1 certified or introductory dive
  • Five hours of snorkelling and diving at two outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Guided snorkelling tours
  • State of the art snorkel and dive equipment and flotation devices
  • Live musical entertainment.
  • Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including prawns, fish, steak, sausages, vegetarian, tropical salads and pastas
  • Exclusive, protected, sheltered reef locations
  • 2nd introductory or certified dive
  • Semi-submersible
  • Wetsuit or Stinger suit
  • Digital underwater camera hire
  • Hotel coach transfers

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
07:30-08:20 Check-in at the Down Under Cruise & Dive desk inside the Reef Terminal, Cairns
08:30 Boat departs Cairns Marina
Travel time is 1 hour & 30 minutes direct from Cairns on a fast stable motor catamaran
10:00 Boat arrives in the outer reef
Enjoy around 5 hours exploring the outer reef
Clients complete an introductory or certified dive
Spectacular 10 minute helicopter scenic flight over the reef
15:30 Boat departs the reef
17:00 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases
  • 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 Australian Diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving
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.
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.
Passenger Weight for Helicopter Flights: Please note that client’s body weight must be advised prior to the helicopter 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.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2019 - 2020 Rates Dates: 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020 Action
Package Price $358.00 per adult
$313.00 per child
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020
Return Coach Transfer (Cairns City) $16.00 per adult / $16.00 per child
Return Coach Transfer (Northern Beaches) $23.00 per adult / $23.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4 - 14 yrs old.
Reef Tax: $20.00 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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