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Cairns: Private Sand Cay Experience with Scenic Reef Flight

Product ID: 233127
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Marvel at the incredible colours of the Great Barrier Reef from the air before landing on a sand cay to snorkel amongst beautiful coral below the azure waters. Sip champagne and enjoy a gourmet picnic while soaking up the sun on the pristine white sands.
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Duration: 2.5 hours
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Pickup included

Please be outside your hotel lobby 30 minutes prior to your flight departure time. You will be met by a Helitours NQ representative in a branded vehicle.

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  • Feel on cloud nine with birds-eye views of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Touch down on a coral sand cay in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel amongst world famous coral below the azure waters off the Cay
  • Enjoy a gourmet picnic with sparkling wine on a secluded beach
  • Relax in comfortable beach chairs as you spend two hours on the Cay
Full description
Your tour begins with a VIP hotel pick-up, where you'll be met at your accommodation and driven directly to our helipad. After a short safety briefing and helicopter orientation, you'll be flying sky high towards the spectacular ecosystem that is the Great Barrier Reef. You'll soon discover why people travel from all over the world to see it as we fly over the famous Green Island, the only Great Barrier Reef island to have true rainforest growing on it. During the flight your experienced pilot will be in constant communication, pointing out significant landmarks and providing expert commentary. Keep your eyes peeled for marine turtles that are often seen in the seagrass beds surrounding the island. Continuing north-east you'll enjoy dazzling views of the Outer Great Barrier Reef, comprised of thousands of individual coral reefs which when seen from above are bright patches sitting amongst the glittering blue waters of the Coral Sea. Home to an abundance of marine life, it's not uncommon to spot a manta ray or maybe even a migrating whale, depending on the time of your visit.

As your pilot expertly brings the helicopter to land on your secluded sand cay feel like a movie star. You will touch down in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, so why not go out and explore it! With quality stinger suits and snorkel equipment provided, it's time to dive into the crystal clear waters and be surrounded by tropical fish and colorful corals. Deck chairs, sparkling wine and a gourmet picnic hamper of fresh prawns and local cheeses are laid out for you to enjoy on your return. All dietary requirements can be easily catered for, just let the operator know before your tour. You will have two hours to spend on the Cay, snorkeling and relaxing on the pristine white sands.

Feel on cloud nine as you return once again over the spectacular Great Barrier Reef to Cairns, where you will be transferred back to your accommodation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. There's no doubt that this day will leave you with memories that will stay with you long after you return home.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within Cairns City/Northern Beaches
  • 30-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Gourmet picnic and alcoholic refreshments
  • Two hours downtime to relax on the Sand Cay
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Stinger suits (when needed)
  • Beach chairs
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Palm Cove/Port Douglas
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Hotel transfers are included for Cairns City and Northern Beaches accommodation
• Hotel transfers are available from Palm Cove for $20 per person and from Port Douglas for $70 per person
• This experience runs with a minimum of two and maximum of six people
• One infant under the age of three may travel on the lap of an adult free of charge, subject to passenger numbers
• Please advise weights of all passengers upon booking, as well as any dietary requirements and drink preferences
• You will be contacted with exact flight departure time once booked
• If the Sand Cay is occupied, you will fly to an alternative private beach nearby

From £405.48 per person

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Product ID: 233127