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  •  Great Barrier Reef Full Day Tour by Great Adventure Cruise:Fly/Cruise, depart from Cairns General Aviation

Great Barrier Reef Full Day Tour by Great Adventure Cruise:Fly/Cruise, depart from Cairns General Aviation

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • English
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Free Cancellation
  • 24 Working Hours Confirmation

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Approximate 25 minute scenic flight from Cairns to outer reef
  • 2. Air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise from outer reef
  • 3. Approximate 2.5 hours at the outer reef platform
  • 4. Snorkelling equipment
  • 5. Use of buoyancy vests & lycra/stinger suits
  • 6. Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • 7. Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • 8. Underwater Observatory
  • 9. Guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory
  • 10. Afternoon tea and coffee available whilst at the platform, cheese and biscuits on return journey.
From AUD
$504.00

1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. Approximate 25 minute scenic flight from Cairns to outer reef
  • 2. Air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise from outer reef
  • 3. Approximate 2.5 hours at the outer reef platform
  • 4. Snorkelling equipment
  • 5. Use of buoyancy vests & lycra/stinger suits
  • 6. Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • 7. Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • 8. Underwater Observatory
  • 9. Guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory
  • 10. Afternoon tea and coffee available whilst at the platform, cheese and biscuits on return journey.

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotels
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs
  • 4. Travel Insurance
Destination Great Barrier Reef
Depature point ● Departs: daily, all year round
● Departure Point: Cairns General Aviation (Address: Hangar 9 Bush Pilots Ave, Aeroglen)
● Helicopter Departure Time^: 12:30
^ Departure times are reference only and subject to availability.
● Arrive Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal at 17:30
Address Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St. Cairns, QLD 4870 Australia
How to get there ● By Car
- From Cairns CBD: head notrh-west on Esplanade towards Aplin St, keep left to continue on Florence St. At the roundabout, continue straight to stay on Florence St, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Lake St, at the roundabout, continue straight to stay on Lake St, turn right onto Airport Ave.
- Parking is available at Cairns Airport.
- Parking fees apply.

● By Public Transport
- Please check the Transport QLD timetables (https://translink.com.au/) for more details to plan your trip.

● Alternatively you can choose to book this product with return hotel transfer services.
Operating hours
Daily 12:30 - 17:30
Reconfirmation requirements Please be advised you are required to contact The Service Provider 24 hours prior to the travel date during business hours to reconfirm your booking, departure location and time, and boarding time with your confirmation number. Please adjust your travel plan according to the details given by The Service Provider at time of reconfirming.
Check-in requirements If you are making your own way to the boarding terminal, please arrive at the ticket office 45 minutes prior to the departure time to exchange for ticket/boarding pass before proceeding to the boarding terminal. Regrettably, failure to arrive before this time will most likely be classified as no-show and result in forfeiting the booking and it cannot be refunded or transferred.

If you are not familiar with the area or travelling on a weekend or local public holidays / school holidays, please make sure you've checked your timetable or driving route beforehand, and allow extra travelling time for unexpected delays to ensure you do not miss your check in.
What to bring/wear ● Motion-sickness medicine (if required)
● Swimwear, towel
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Comfortable shoes
● Light jacket / sweater for windy or cool days
● Camera (waterproof)
● Money / credit card for optional purchases
Other info ● With fluctuations in world oil prices, it may be necessary to apply a fuel surcharge to your ticket price. In such cases any charge will be collected on departure.

● Helicopter Policy
- Min passenger 2 pax and max passenger 6 pax per booking.
- One infant under their 3rd birthday may travel free of charge if seated on a guardian's lap. Maximum one infant per helicopter. Child 3 years and above pay full fare.
- Passenger Weight: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry on luggage MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variances greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 110kg. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 110kg are required to purchase an additional seat at 50% of the ticket price.

● Scuba dive not permitted on this tour.

2 Overview

Escape into a world of surprises to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. From the comfort of the stable reef activity platform, this is the perfect base for swimmers and non-swimmers to explore. Snorkel and dive, visit the underwater observatory and cruise in a semi-sub, or just relax on the sundeck with a delicious buffet lunch. With options to transfer to and from the platform by helicopter (and cruise the other) , you will have the best seat to witness this natural wonder.

Great Barrier Reef Full Day Tour by Great Adventure Cruise:Fly/Cruise, depart from Cairns General Aviation

The Great Barrier Reef is not one continuous reef, but made up of over 2900 reefs and 900 islands. It is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world. So large in fact that it is visible from the moon!

The Great Barrier Reef first began to grow about 18 million years ago. Since this time, various geological events such as Ice Ages and low seawater levels have interrupted reef growth. The reefs we see today have grown on top of older reef platforms during the last 8000 years.

 

Sample Itinerary*

*Reference Only. Subject to change without notice. Itineraries may operate in reverse order, in a different sequence, be swapped around, or in rare circumstances be replaced by other best suited items to suit tides, times & conditions.

Time Itinerary
12:30 Depart Cairns - Helicopter Scenic Flight  (approximate 25 minutes)
12:55
  • Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef platform
  • Reef activities commence…
    • Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with informative commentary departs every 30 minutes or as advised.
    • Snorkel directly from the platform. Collect your snorkel gear and buoyancy vests once on the platform.
    • Underwater observatory is open throughout the day for coral and fish viewing.
  • Pre-booked optional activities including introductory diving, Scuba-Doo and scenic helicopter flights commence as advised.
13:00 - 14:30
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch is served.
  • Time for more reef activities or just relax on the sundeck and take in the views!
  • Tea and coffee is available whilst at the platform
15:30 A blast on the ship's horn will signal the time when all passengers should return to the vessel ready for departure.
15:40 A passenger count is conducted before leaving the Reef. Crew will announce when this commences and we ask all passengers to co-operate during this very important procedure by not moving about the vessel.
15:45
  • Departure to Cairns via Green Island.
  • Complimentary cheese and biscuits served on homeward journey.
17:30 Arrive Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal

 

Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling

Snorkelling is a great way to explore the reef and see the marine life situated around the Great Adventures activity platform. Snorkel, mask, fins and flotation devices are included with your tour. Our crew will help fit you with the gear, give tips to first time snorkelers and our safety officers (lifeguard) patrol the snorkel area to make sure everyone is staying safe.

 

Semi-Submarine

Explore the vibrant reef from the comfort of the air-conditioned semi-submersible coral viewing tour with informative commentary. Our friendly crew are ready to share their knowledge and passion for the Great Barrier Reef with you. As the spacious semi-sub with wide viewing windows meanders slowly through beautiful coral gardens, you’ll experience the remarkable life below the surface.

The semi-sub tour takes approximately 25 minutes and departs every 30 minutes, or as announced, from the rear of the platform.

 

Underwater Observatory

From the underwater observatory you will be able to view corals, giant clams and be mesmerised by a myriad of colourful fish and marine life before your eyes. Here you can explore at your own pace or join the Eco Reef talk with the Marine Naturalist. Be sure to check out the extensive interpretive posters in the underwater observatory too. You’ll be identifying Nemos and parrotfish in no time!

 

Scenic Helicopter Flight

See the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Great Barrier Reef from a whole new angle by adding a scenic helicopter flight to the platform!

 

3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. If no show, no refund.

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