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Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter Tours provided by GBR Helicopters

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    GBR Helicopters
    Stop: 60 minutes -
    You'll be picked up from the cruise port and taken to the Cairns’ city-center heliport. A scenic flight is the best way to appreciate the scale and beauty of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef when you’re in port in Cairns. 30-minute Green Island Helicopter Tour Choose the 30-minute scenic flight to fly above Mission Bay and False Cape to Green Island, a picture-perfect getaway island on the Great Barrier Reef. You might spot whales and dolphins swimming in the turquoise water below you as your flight continues to the white-sand outlines of Arlington Reef, Middle Cay and Upolo Reef before returning to land back in Cairns. 40-minute Deluxe Outer Reef Helicopter Tour You’ll follow the same route on a 40-minute flight to the outer reef, flying above Mission Bay and False Cape to Green Island, Arlington Reef, Middle Cay and Upolo Reef, but have more time to enjoy the amazing sight of the Great Barrier Reef from the air. Trace the reef’s coral patterns and see the colors change through shades of brilliant azure as the water moves from the depths to the shallows. 60-minute Reef and Rainforest Tour Select the hour-long reef and rainforest flight to combine Cairns’ most scenic attractions in one tour. Taking in more than 75 miles (120 km), and climbing to 2,500 feet (750 meters), you’ll fly right over central Cairns, its lagoon and marina. Zooming over the hinterland, you’ll see Copperlode Dam, the Redlynch Valley and Stoney Creek. Follow the outline of Barron Gorge to the hilltop market town of Kuranda before heading out over the water to the Great Barrier Reef. From the air, you’ll see the white-sand outline of Upolo Reef and fly over the snorkeling havens of Vlassoff Reef, Middle Cay and Arlington Reef. See the sand-ringed perfection of Green Island before returning over the ocean to land back in Cairns. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Cairns cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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    Pass by Barron Gorge National Park
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Duration
1h
Inclusions
  • 30-, 40- or 60-minute scenic helicopter tour (depending on option selected)
  • Informative commentary during the flight
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Transfers from Cruise Terminal to Heli Pad
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • For your safety, helicopters are weight dependent and subject to federal aviation law
  • All passengers will be weighed before flight to confirm weights in accordance with aviation laws
  • One infant 2 years and under may travel free of charge if seated on a guardian's lap. A maximum of 1 infant is allowed per helicopter
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers aged 3 years and above
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Habitacion101 wrote a review Jan 2020
Hertfordshire20 contributions13 helpful votes
We booked the 30 minute flight over the GBR. It was a brilliant experience, we loved the flight from take off to landing. Our pilot gave us an interesting commentary but I found that the sound quality made it difficult to hear at times, and a young passenger making noises for
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sere.boba wrote a review Mar 2019
Peschiera Borromeo, Italy719 contributions181 helpful votes
Amazing experience that we had never tried before. We enjoyed a half-an-hour flight above the reef, only my husband, me and the pilot. I don’t give 5 points for the waiting: we acceded to our flight half an hour later than when we had booked.
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Response from Chris K, Manager at Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter Tours
Responded 6 Mar 2019
Thanks Serena, We appreciate your reviews and feedback, apologies for the slight delay. Regards, Chris
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Stacey L wrote a review Feb 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We had been planning this trip to the Sunshine State for 11 months, with the highlight of our trip being to snorkel and explore the Great Barrier Reef from the water and from the sky. However, what occurred across the day we were on the cruise and pontoon at the GBR put a sad
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Response from Chris K, Manager at Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter Tours
Responded 6 Mar 2019
Hi Stacey, I am very sorry to learn of your disappointment which I also acknowledged on your facebook post to our our platform last week. As I mentioned in my immediate response to you I would be happy to look into the details of why the cancellation occured and some of the other points you mention if you can please email me your booking details, date of travel etc.. to date I have received nothing from you except seeing the above. I truly am sorry to read of your comments about our staff and attitude, it is surprising to read when you see the majority of our passengers have given us 5 star ratings. Again, I'd be more than happy to follow up the above concerns if you can pass on your booking details as we would like to show we are a long standing company that has successfully operated heli flights to the reef for a large number of years and don't wish to be portrayed badly. If you can please email c.koscielny@experienceco.com and I'll happily find out the cause of this incident and get back to you as promised in my earlier response on facebook last week. Thanks, Chris
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Norton999 wrote a review Jan 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom116 contributions21 helpful votes
Treated my wife and I to the 30 minute tour over the reef. BRILLIANT is all I can say Professionally run and great fun. It’s an expensive 30 minutes at $400 Aussie each but worth every penny. A once in a lifetime not to be missed opportunity. The pilot made us feel safe and was
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Keith O wrote a review Oct 2018
Ivybridge, United Kingdom4 contributions
Well what can I say..... The staff at GBR are without adopt 5 stars and above, double it, triple it.... We wanted to do something for our Daughters birthday while her and her boyfriend were up in Cairns as they live in near Sydney and we live in the UK, so we decided on a
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from Chris K, Manager at Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter Tours
Responded 21 Oct 2018
Hi Keith, Thank you so much for your kind review. We aim to please and we appreciate the importance of special occasions. Thanks for your 15 star Review :) All the best and regards, Chris
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sointoplanning
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Great views
The company was very professional and so was the pilot. Seeing the Great Barrier Reef from the sky is a must-do, a
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adam1111_11
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Amazing experience
I guess life is all about experience and not so much material things. This is one experience I will not forget. Th
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882craigb
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Spectacular experience
So when did Reef magic on Tuesday Gbr Helicopter were doing 10 minute flight over the Reef, i asked about flying ba
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Stewart_Julie
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One Week Behind The Stick
I’ve been privileged to have seen Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Glaciers in NZ, and now the Great Barrier Reef from a helicopte
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Lolamillie
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Helicopter flight over Green Island and reef
A fantastic 30 minute flight with our pilot Ian. Super smooth, amazing views. I can't recommend it enough! We walke
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B737Classic
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Discovering 1 of The 7 Wonders of the World
Best experience ever! To see the reef in the water is one thing but to see it from the sky gives you new perspectiv
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cliveyl
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Amazing Flight Over The Reef
We had a 40 minute scenic flight over the reef to celebrate our 30th wedding and it was amazing. We flew from Port
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JannJones001
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Great flight
My husband and I flew out to the Great Barrier Reef to see what it looked like from the air. The sights are amazing
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naren p
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mesmerising experience
Seeing the reef from the sky is a great experience. 30 minute flight was wonderful and it was the highlight of our
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bluesharp2018
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Wowwwwwww- must do Chopper Trip over the Reef
A femily of four had an absolute ripper trip over the reef in the GBR chopper - fantastic trip - well worth it - ju
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Mark C
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A great way to see a section of the Great Barrier Reef.
We received really good service from the staff at GBR. Just after we booked our flights an offer came out which was
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523juneb
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The best experience I’ve ever had.
Amazing flight fantastic experience. Just the most amazing thing to do. Would do it again and again and again. Neve
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Katharinax00
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WOW
a MUST DO when you are o the Great Barrier Reef!! was on the reef and took the Heli flight from the plattform on th
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Indy075
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Not to be missed!
This was amazing. We flew from Cairns out to Green Island, with the pilot banking to allow us to take some great sh
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KHillery
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Outstanding!!!
The Staff at GBR went above and beyond to help our family fulfill a personal pilgrimage with the aid of a private c
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