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Scenic Helicopter Flights

鱼鹰号Down Under Cruise & Dive




Nautilus Aviation have partnered with Down Under Cruise & Dive 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.

Down Under Cruise & Dive are a local family run business operating quality dive and snorkel trips from Cairns for over 30 years.

Delivering the perfect mix of professionalism, service and fun, guests travel aboard the luxurious 35-metre superyacht, Evolution, with up to 5 hours split over two unique Outer Reef locations chosen for their exceptional coral density and prolific marine life.

Snorkel, Scuba Dive, join a Semi-Submersible tour with live commentary from a marine expert or take advantage of Evolution’s extensive lounging areas to simply relax or soak up some tropical sun.

Your day includes a delicious freshly cooked Aussie BBQ lunch consisting of fish, steak, a variety of salads and tasty ocean prawns. On the return cruise to Cairns, sit back and relax with complimentary cheese, biscuits and a glass of wine topping off one of the regions premium reef experiences.


Upgrade the 90 minute catamaran transfer between Cairns and Hastings Reef to a spectacular 25 minute scenic flight, cutting travel time and delivering 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-Sep).


  • Cruise/Fly
  • Fly/Cruise (Half Day Tour)

Please note: guests travelling on our half day Fly/Cruise or Fly/Fly options join the remainder of Down Under Cruise & Dive guests at the second reef location only (Hastings Reef). Includes lunch on arrival.


“Get High” is the ultimate reef adventure package and one of the best value days on the Great Barrier Reef!

Get High Package – SNORKEL*

+  1 x 10 minute reef-scenic helicopter flight + Snorkelling Equipment

Get High Package – DIVE*

+ 1 x 10 minute reef-scenic helicopter flight + Introductory or Certified SCUBA dive (snorkel option available)

*Plus all of the standard Down Under Cruise & Dive full day tour inclusions.

Operating from a floating Helipad at Hastings Reef our 10 minute reef-scenic flights are visually spectacular and an experience you will never forget.

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!


  • Evolution fast catamaran ex Cairns to/from the Outer Reef
  • Up to 5 hours at the reef split over 2 reef locations
  • All snorkelling equipment including free use of lycra suits
  • Tropical BBQ lunch (vegetarian options available)
  • Tea & coffee provided
  • Complimentary glass of wine and a light snack on the cruise home (excluding Cruise/Fly package)
  • Spacious air-conditioned lounges and stylish outer decks to relax in comfort
  • Fresh water rinse showers onboard


  • All prices exclude the Down Under Cruise & Dive $20 levy payable on-board on travel day directly to Down Under Cruise & Dive staff, the Environmental Management Charge (EMC) is included in the Down Under Cruise & Dive $20 levy, and no additional funds will need to be collected by Nautilus Aviation.
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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 & 1.5 hours at the reef

Depart Cairns: 12:40
Arrive Cairns: 16:30

From $469pp

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Cruise to the Reef & Fly Return
25 minutes flying & 4.5 hours at the reef

Depart Cairns: 08:00
Arrive Cairns: 15:00

From $479pp

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Cruise + 10 minute Reef Scenic Flight
10 minutes flying & 5 hours at the reef

Depart Cairns: 08:00
Arrive Cairns: 16:30

From $308.00pp (Adult - 15 yrs+)

From $260pp (Child - 4-14 yrs):

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Cruise +10 minute Reef Scenic Flight + 1 x SCUBA dive
10 minutes flying & 5 hours at the reef

Depart Cairns: 08:00
Arrive Cairns: 16:30

From $378pp (Adult - 17 yrs+)

From $330pp (Child - 4-16 yrs):

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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 available for hire on the boat)
  • Sunglasses – polarised lens recommended
  • 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


  • The minimum age to dive is 12 years with parent/guardian permission.
  • All divers must complete a Queensland Medical Questionnaire onboard. Certain medical conditions (eg asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may prevent some people from diving.
  • Divers over 65 years old and anyone answering YES to any of the questions on the medical questionnaire will require a recreational dive medical prior to diving. If unsure please contact us prior to travel.
  • 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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