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“One for the bucket list!”
Review of GBR Helicopters

GBR Helicopters
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Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and...
Ranked #64 of 174 Tours in Cairns
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Owner description: From Great Barrier Reef packages to World Heritage Rainforest wonders, GBR Helicopters really does have something for everyone. Our full day reef experiences, half day tours and amazing scenic flights have all been created with one thing in mind - the complete satisfaction of every customer who flies with us. With exclusive landing locations, our flights lift from Cairns and Port Douglas downtown, where clients can fly to Green Island, Norman or St. Crispin reefs, just a few in the wide range of GBR locations and experiences available. Looking for more? Private charters to conference groups, weddings and luxury experiences - memories for a lifetime.
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Our first trip out in the helicopter was to see the barrier reef in all its majesty - and we weren't disappointed. This was an extraordinary experience - and even more amazing when we landed on a deserted spit on sand in the middle of the reef itself to enjoy a glass of champagne! What utter decadence! We were so wowed by this first experience that we later asked the GBR office if they could take us somewhere truly special... somewhere unique... a bucket-list destination. The very next day, that's exactly what they did - taking us out again and flying us deep into the unexplored rainforest! After a short flight, we started descending into the forest itself... but where were we going? Suddenly, an utterly magnificent waterfall came into view - and to our utter amazement, that's where we landed. Right on top of the waterfall in the middle of uncharted rainforest! We then spent the next hour swimming in the beautiful clear waters and enjoying a wonderful luncheon! Needless to say, it wasn't cheap. But it was one of the most memorable things I've ever done and worth every penny. Truly, a bucket-list experience! Thank you GBR!

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Peter L
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

We took GBR helicopter out to the reef and took the boat back. The flight out was breath taking. We were very eased with the service and professionalism of the GBR staff.

The big advantage was we spent 4 hours on the reef instead of 8 that most people with boat trips did. With limited time in Cairns we tried to pack in as much as we could.

I recommend GBR.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Jack1247
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

Spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef on our way to Green Island! We did this tour while on honeymoon in Australia, thanks to our guests who contributed to this fantastic experience. We chose GBR based on great reviews and certainly made the right choice. We booked in advance online and found communication was excellent throughout the lead up to the big day. We were picked up from our hotel in Palm Cove, our driver arrived spot on time and was very friendly, she made us feel comfortable and valued. The GBR team were amazing, very professional and informative. We arrived with another couple who shared our flight, which was a great pleasure! They were an Australian couple who loved the fact we were on honeymoon and happy to share our experience. After being kitted up we were taken through the safety procedures before climbing aboard. I was lucky enough to sit in the front alongside the pilot who was also very friendly. The weather seemed a little disappointing, it was hazy and rained for the first few minutes of our journey, but this didn't spoil it in any way. The flight was very smooth & views of the outer reef were simply breathtaking! The pilot took us around Green Island before landing on the helipad, which was also very smooth. The whole trip was comfortable and the most amazing experience. We definitely plan on doing it again one day but next time we would like to venture to the inner reef to see even more of one of the amazing wonders of the world.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Tracey H
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Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I did two different tours with GBR. (Great barrier reef and rainforest) the staff and the pilot were friendly and helpful. The tours themselves were wonderful with one MAJOR exception- the headset audio was not working properly. Initially all you could hear was static. The pilot told us to close the windows which helped a little but then the helicopter was REALLY hot. Even with the windows close we could only hear about half of what the pilot was saying. Disappointing.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Absolutely brilliant. The pilot and groynd crew were excellent. We had a ball. Would definitely do again the next time l'm in Cairns

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Surf_Steve
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