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Sunlover Aerial with H130
Scenic Helicopter Flights





Nautilus Aviation have partnered with Sunlover Reef Cruises to deliver you the complete Great Barrier Reef experience, from above and below the water.

Upgrade your cruise to or from the reef to a scenic helicopter flight providing reduced travel time and a unique aerial perspective that showcases the vibrant hues and sheer expanse of the reefs thriving coral gardens – an opportunity not to be missed!  See below for all flight options.

The Sunlover fast catamaran operates from Cairns Marlin Marina to their private, state-of-the art Outer Reef pontoon located on spectacular Moore Reef.

With up to 4 hours at the reef, guests can enjoy an extensive range of in-water and dry activities with something for all ages, activity levels and swimming abilities.  

Snorkel, Scuba Dive, visit the Underwater Observatory, witness the lively fish feeding demonstration or learn more about this intricate ecosystem on an informative Glass Bottom Boat or Semi-Submersible tour.   

Pontoon facilities include ample undercover seating, fresh water rinse showers, changing rooms and a spacious sundeck with lounges.  This family friendly day ticks all the boxes and also includes the only theme park style waterslide at the reef – the popular Sunlover Sunslide!  


The 25 minute scenic flight between Cairns and Moore Reef delivers stunning panoramic views extending from the tropical rainforest clad coastline, across the azure waters of the Coral Sea and into the very heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  

Your highly skilled pilot will share their local knowledge of the region while on the lookout for Turtles, Dolphins, Manta Rays, large schools of pelagic fish and even majestic Humpback Whales (Jul to Sep).   


  • Fly/Cruise
  • Cruise/Fly 
  • Fly/Fly


Operating from a floating Helipad alongside the Sunlover Pontoon our 10 minute reef-scenic flights are visually spectacular adding an exciting new perspective to your overall reef experience.   

From the second you lift off, enjoy sweeping views of this World Heritage Listed icon – the colours and sheer scale of the reef will amaze. Do not forget your camera! 


  • Cruise + 10 Minute Scenic Flight  – pre-book and save

10 min reef-scenic flights can be purchased on-board on the day however seats are  limited and can fill fast so we suggest pre-booking to avoid disappointment.


  • Fast catamaran ex Cairns to/from the Sunlover Outer Reef pontoon
  • Up to 4 hours at the reef (dependant on package booked)
  • Tropical lunch
  • All snorkelling equipment including free use of lycra suits
  • Glass Bottom Boat coral viewing tour with commentary
  • Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with commentary
  • Underwater Observatory with lively fish feeding presentation
  • Marine life touch tank experience
  • Designated snorkelling area with lifeguard and rest stations
  • Fully enclosed kids pool
  • Sunlover Sunslide – theme park style waterslide
  • Freshwater showers and change rooms


  • All day trips with Sunlover Reef Cruises to the Great Barrier Reef that begin with FLY, exclude the Environmental Management Charge (EMC), and Nautilus Aviation will be required to collect an additional $7.00pp upon check for your flight to the Sunlover pontoon. The EMC payment is not applicable for any day trips that begin with Cruise.
Scenic Helicopter Flights
Scenic Helicopter Flights
Scenic Helicopter Flights
Scenic Helicopter Flights
Scenic Helicopter Flights
Scenic Helicopter Flights

Please note: actual flight path may differ on the day due to adverse weather conditions and/or air traffic control.    



Fly to the Reef & Cruise Return
25 minutes flying time & 3.5 hours at the reef

Depart Cairns: 12:00
Arrive Cairns: 17:30

From $632pp (Adult - 16 yrs +)

From $522pp (Child - 4-15 yrs)

From $2,152 (Family -2 ADT / 2 CHD)

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Cruise to the Reef & Fly Return
25 minutes flying time & 3.5 hours at the reef

Depart Cairns: 10:00
Arrive Cairns: 15:55

From $632pp Adult (16 yrs +)

From $522pp Child (4-15 yrs)

From $2,152 Family (2 ADT / 2 CHD)

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Fly to the Reef & Fly Return
50 minutes flying time & 3 hours at the reef

Depart Cairns: 12:00
Arrive Cairns: 15:55

From $998pp (Adult -16 yrs +)

From $888pp (Child 4-15 yrs)

From $3,618 Family (2 ADT / 2 CHD)

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Cruise and 10 minute Reef Scenic Flight
10 minutes flying time & 4 hours at the reef

Depart Cairns: 10:00
Arrive Cairns: 17:30

From $441pp (Adult -16 yrs+)

From $331pp (Child - 4-15 yrs)

From $1,389 (Family - 2 ADT / 2 CHD)

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Add a 10 Minute Reef Scenic Flight to your day

From $199pp

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We suggest packing a small soft sided bag as if you were going to the beach for the day, including:

  • Camera (underwater digital cameras also available for hire on the boat)
  • Swimming costume 
  • Hat, towel, sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
  • A dry change of clothes including a jumper in winter
  • Cash or Card for any onboard purchases



  • All helicopter pricing is per seat, independent of age. 
  • Infants aged 0-2 years can fly free of charge on the lap of a parent or guardian with a maximum of 1 infant per flight (as per CASA regulations).
  • Passengers 3 years and older must occupy their own seat. 
  • When booking a cruise and scenic flight package a child aged 3 years will be charged for the helicopter component only and travel free of charge on the cruise. 
  • Child pricing on Sunlover Reef Cruises applies to guests 4-15 years.
  • Payload limits apply to all aircraft. Accurate individual passenger body weights are required at time of booking. 
  • Maximum individual seat weight limit of 130kg applies. 


  • The minimum age to dive is 12 years with parent/guardian permission.
  • All divers must complete a medical questionnaire/declaration on-board. 
  • Certain medical conditions (eg asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may prevent some people from diving. 
  • After diving, intervals of 12-24 hours are recommended before you travel to more than 300m (or 1000ft), depending on the number, depths and duration of dives.


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