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About Private Helicopter Tour: Reef Island Snorkeling And Gourmet Picnic Lunch

Book Direct with the Owner at Private Helicopter Tour: Reef Island Snorkeling And Gourmet Picnic Lunch with Accommodation Rockhampton in Cairns, for all your Attraction and travel needs.

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Stop At: Nautilus Aviation, Hangar 9 Bush Pilots Ave, General Aviation, Aeroglen, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Check-in is 30 minutes prior to your departure for your pre-departure briefing.

You'll then board the helicopter to travel to Vlasoff Cay

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Great Barrier Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Fly over the magnificent Great Barrier Reef before landing on Vlasoff Cay.

Stop At: Vlasoff Cay, 4805, Australia

Spend approx. 2 hours at Vlasoff Cay.
Relax on the pure white sand, beach comb for treasures, lay in the shallow crystal waters or snorkel straight off the cay and discover the magic of the underwater world.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

On your return journey, enjoy admiring the views of the reef before heading back to Cairns.

  • Daily

  • 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • 2-hours on secluded Vlasoff Cay (or Turtle Beach)
  • Picnic basket including gourmet food and beverages
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Picnic blanket, beach umbrella and beach chairs
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef Tax)
  • Australia's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off Cairns
  • Entry/Admission - Nautilus Aviation
  • Private return transfers to/from Port Douglas are $205 per car (up to 4 passengers).
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Weight Policy: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry-on luggage MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variances greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130kg. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 130kg are required to purchase an additional seat at 50% of ticket price - this is non-commissionable and payable to Nautilus Aviation on day of travel.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Vlasoff Cay is a public sand cay and as such can not be reserved. On the rare occasion it is occupied on our arrival we will not be permitted to land and passengers will receive an extended reef scenic flight including views of Arlington Reef (one of the largest continuous reef system in the marine park) before landing at Green Island for snorkelling and lunch .no refund shall apply.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Child Policy: Children 3 years and above are legally required to be seated in their own seat and are therefore required to pay the full ticket price. Subject to conditions, children under 3 years may travel free of charge when seated on a parents/guardians lap. For bookings of more than one infant (under 3 years), conditions apply – please contact Reservations.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Nautilus Aviation has a comprehensive COVID plan in place.
2 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Transfer from Cairns and Northern Beaches (up to and including Palm Cove) are included for all
tours. Transfers to/from Port Douglas are $205 per car (up to 4 passengers)

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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4.0 based on 10 reviews

  • AudBoz3 5
    29 Nov 2021

    First time in a helicopter at 50 years of age and can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner. Pilot Michael was very reassuring- the trip was smooth and had beautiful views of the reef. We even saw a turtle and a stingray. Lovely picnic hamper. Very enjoyable experience and would definitely do it again.

  • 593rachaela 5
    08 Oct 2021

    One of the best experiences I’ve ever had!!! You cannot put a price on this outstanding trip. The day was absolutely perfect and the pilot was very knowledgeable and friendly. We forgot his name but he was such a great pilot. We were fortunate enough to land on the sandcay and have a beautiful picnic followed by snorkelling. The food in the picnic was absolutely awesome!!! We got given so much and it was delicious! The picturesque views were one of a kind and the snorkelling was fantastic. We got to see so much of the reef - it was the best!!! I would do this trip over and over again if I could. Thank you so much it was the best day ever!!! If I could give 10 stars I would.

  • Eric T 2
    22 Jul 2018

    We made a reservation for the day trip with flight over the coral reef, snorkelling around and lunching on the cay. This was for a special occasion and we were looking for it for a very long time. It was the main reason we came to Cairns actually. We were supposed to be picked up at the hotel at 0745. At 0815 since no one had shown up I called Nautilus and was told that there were some technical problems but that someone would pick us up at 0845. We walked around and were back at the hotel at 0845. At 0900 since no one had shown up I called again and was told that the pick up car was delayed due to traffic. Eventually the car showed up and we were driven to Nautilus Aviation. At that stage we were welcomed by a very embarrassed officer who explained that there had been a technical problem on an helicopter which could not be fixed. Hence the trip had to be cancelled. We were proposed instead either to postpone to the next day - which was not possible since this was when we had to leave - or a 30’ flight at no cost to us. This is what we did. We were not charged and the company apologised. The flight was nice but nothing to compare to the full day trip. We also regretted very much the fact that no one had called us at 0745 to explain the situation. In conclusion, the company behave properly in trying to address the issue but the information did not come on time and the overall experience a great disappointment.

  • Jennifer G 5
    23 Jan 2017

    This tour was amazing!! It was once in a lifetime. Spend the money!

  • Xinwei R 5
    06 Nov 2016

    It's really worth the money. The entire small island was completely for us only! How great was it! Everyone we met was friendly and very knowledgable. I definitely will recommond this tour to my friends.

  • Jason W 2
    21 Oct 2016

    The opportunity to visit idyllic Vlasoff Cay is wonderful, however the reality of this happening seems incredibly slim.

    We booked this trip based on the plan fuelled by many lovely photos of visiting Vlasoff Cay, however we ended up on Turtle Beach. The tour company are thorough from every angle to ensure you understand that if Vlasoff Cay is occupied, then landing on Turtle Beach is the alternative - they make you sign numerous disclaimers agreeing you understand this. However, what they failed to do was advise from their experience, how unlikely it is that you will land there. We emailed quite a few times beforehand asking for the odds and even asked for photos of Turtle Beach so we could make an informed decision it's a lot of money! but didn't receive anything useful back. We even suggested leaving earlier in the morning to ensure we'd be able to land, but were told that we couldn't due to tides - our pilot on the day said the tides wouldn't have stopped us flying early.

    On the day we flew it seemed like they already knew we couldn't land there. This meant we flew out for 15mins over the reef and then landed on Turtle beach. The beach is lovely, but exactly like all the others along the coast. The 'champagne' was sparkling Jacobs Creek and the picnic was squashed sandwiches, they could do a much better job of this. It's also worth noting that the pilot stays with you, which isn't explained in the description.

    This trip has the promise of being amazing, but for us it didn't get anywhere close to that, and ended up being one VERY expensive helicopter ride and average picnic.

    We wouldn't recommend this trip.

  • Julianne_C 3
    12 Jun 2016

    I would give a three and a half star review. The Nautilus Helicopter staff were fabulous. The only downside was the flight was quite short and although the trip did go to the reef we all thought it would be further out where the day trippers go. Having said that the snorkelling was enjoyable, the little island we landed on was lovely and we had a delicious lunch. So well worth doing.

  • Jia H 5
    10 Nov 2015

    Amazing!! We ended up on Turtle beach, had our breakfast there and went snorkeling a bit.

    It was super nice and relaxing. The pilot was great and amazing she took us for a tour around the reef, just beautiful.

  • Anthony B 5
    11 Oct 2015

    Just do it
    5 of 5 stars Pending review
    Nautilus helicopters excelelnt trip out to the reef, what else can I write, you own little part of the Great Barrier Reef for two and a half hours.
    Both ground staff and our pilot Jenna provided excellent no hassle service, from check-in, to both the out-bound and in-bound flights.
    The condition of the helicopter look new, fresh out of the box so to speak very clean.
    Jenna provided a running comentry concerning the reef on both the outbound and inbound flights and answered any questions.
    Being educated in England with we know little or nothing of Australians geography or history.
    Food hamper was again excellent, nice to sit back, eat and watch the world go by on your own little atoll.
    The helicopters arrival temporary disturbs the resident birds who return minutes latter.
    The snorkling was just enough, you have to go to the edge of the sand bar in order to see any local inhabitants.

    Well worth it, excellent staff unlike those I encounter at offshore check in's around the world.
    Get your money out, just do it you will not regret it.

  • amanda_geloven 3
    09 Jul 2014

    The weather was the problem, the pilot did all he could to make the most if it but we couldn't have the picnic. I was dissapointed but it couldn't be helped. Wish I had more days there so I could have rescheduled in better weather.


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