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Sand Cay Experience: Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight, Gourmet Picnic & Snorkel

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    Pass By: Green Island, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

    Your tour begins with 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.

    Pass By: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

    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.

    Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

    Feel like a movie star as your pilot expertly brings the helicopter to land on your secluded sand cay. You've now touched 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 colourful 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, snorkelling and relaxing on the pristine white sands.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Heli Tours North Queensland, General Aviation Terminal, Royal Flying Doctors Street, Aeroglen QLD 4870, Australia

    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.
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    Departure Point
    Cairns Airport - General Aviation Terminal, Royal Flying Doctor St, Aeroglen QLD 4870, Australia

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up from all accommodation in Cairns City and Northern Beaches is included. Pickup from Palm Cove and Port Douglas available at an additional cost. Please contact us if your hotel is not included to arrange your transfers.

    Airports

    • Cairns Airport, Airport Ave, Aeroglen, Queensland 4870 Australia


    Ports
    Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Yorkeys Knob (pick-up at Yorkey's Knob Boating Club)
    Departure Time
    12:00 AM
    Duration
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Hotel transfers within Cairns and Northern Beaches
    • Use of Snorkelling equipment
    • Gourmet picnic
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Bottled water
    • Beach chairs
    • In-flight commentary from your expert pilot
    • Entry/Admission - Great Barrier Reef
    Exclusions
    • Hotel transfers from Palm Cove ($20 per person) and Port Douglas ($70 per person)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, all passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variance greater than 10% may incur 100% cancellation fee.
    • Sand Cay landing is subject to sand cay availability. Vlasoff Cay is a public sand cay and a very popular spot, especially during the weekends and holiday periods. If there is another helicopter, boat or people on the cay we cannot land. A landing on the cay is not possible with tides exceeding 1.8m and thus subject to tides on the day. In the event the sand cay is occupied, we fly to an alternative secluded beach nearby.
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    This is a must do trip if you are in Cairns, absolutely amazing. The guys at Helitours are awesome, very knowledgeable and happy to help where needed. Food and drinks supplied were awesome. Definitely a must do!!
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    Amazing experience today during the Sandy Cay 150min package. Our family of four was shuttled via the helicopter right on to the Sandy Cay on the GBR. We had this slice of heaven for 2 hours as we snorkled, ate, drank, and snorkled some more. Grant and team did a great job. It
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    Response from helitoursnq, General Manager at Sand Cay Experience: Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight, Gourmet Picnic & Snorkel
    Responded 26 Aug. 2019
    We really appreciate your feedback, thank you! Grant is a great pilot and I'm glad he made your experience a special one. We hope you had a great time in Cairns. Come back and visit soon! All the best, the team at Heli Tours NQ
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    Decided to do this very special trip to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. What a superb experience. Grant picked us up from our resort at Palm Cove and took care of all our needs. Our first time in a helicopter and it couldn't have been more special. Lovely smooth flight,
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    Response from helitoursnq, General Manager at Sand Cay Experience: Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight, Gourmet Picnic & Snorkel
    Responded 5 Aug. 2019
    Hi Steve, thank you for your feedback and for choosing this tour to celebrate your special milestone! We are so happy to hear you had an enjoyable experience. We hope to see you in the air again soon! All the best, Matt, Grant & the team at Heli Tours NQ
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    This was a true highlight of our trip to Australia and really my life. We traveled to Cairns specifically to do this trip. It was my first helicopter ride ever and it was fantastic. Matt really went beyond expectations to work around the weather and also flew us over the Captain
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    Response from helitoursnq, General Manager at Sand Cay Experience: Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight, Gourmet Picnic & Snorkel
    Responded 31 Jul. 2019
    Hi Jane, thank you so much for your feedback and photos! We are so glad to hear your expectations were exceeded and that you had a great experience despite the weather not being ideal. We hope to see you in the air again soon! All the best, Matt & the team at Heli Tours NQ
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    My partner and I booked the Ultimate Sand Cay Experience through the Heli Tours North Queensland website direct. When we spoke to Matt on the phone he was very helpful in answering our inquiries. On the day, we were taken by Grant to the Cay. Unfortunately the wind wasn’t on our
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    Response from HelitoursNQ, General Manager at Sand Cay Experience: Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight, Gourmet Picnic & Snorkel
    Responded 24 Jul. 2019
    Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We're sorry the weather wasn't more favourable, but so happy to hear you had an enjoyable experience nonetheless and enjoyed Turtle Bay. We hope to see you in the air again! :) Kind regards, Matt & the Heli Tours NQ Team
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    • Duration: 2h 30m
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    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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