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Nautilus Aviation

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Address: Hangar 9 Bush Pilots Ave, General Aviation, Aeroglen, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Heli Charters)
Phone Number:
+61 7 4034 9000
This attraction is at Cairns Airport
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00

Luxury helicopter experiences and charters in Northern Queensland.

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USD 239.75*
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns
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Our first ever helicopter trip and from the Great Barrier Reef. What more could anyone ask?? We opted for the return to Cairns helicopter ride at the end of the day - possibly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 February 2017
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked Nautilus for a flight to Hastings reef where we would snorkel for our honeymoon. Although not a huge issue, I was expecting to sit next to my wife and we got mixed messages while walking to the plane, one Nautilus employee told us it was fine for us to sit next to each other another told my wife... More 

Thank Mav D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Our first ever helicopter trip and from the Great Barrier Reef. What more could anyone ask?? We opted for the return to Cairns helicopter ride at the end of the day - possibly a mistake as the boat ride in the way out was brilliant and if we had had a short trip overflying the reef we could have had... More 

Thank holintel
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Just took a 60 minute flight with Anthony in EC 120. First class helicopter and pilot. Reef and Rainforest, expert guide and narrative. We've been on flights all over the world, whole experience was excellent, I highly recommend them. L&K Portland, Oregon

Thank G21640
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went for the 30 min scenic flight today with our pilot Anthony and all staff were welcoming on arrival. The flight was a fantastic view of the turquoise clear water around Green Island, Oyster Reef, Vlasoff Sand Cay, Upolu Sand Cay and surrounding areas, as well as an awesome view of Cairns city on return. Anthony... More 

Thank Kellie C
Miami, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The overall experience was OK but the company could do a better job and there are some things to be aware of. To get started, the helicopter ride over the reef is OK. There are better heliopter adventures out there. Your basically just flying over open water and while you can see the reef, its not exactly spectacular. As far... More 

Thank sandsjas
Nautilus-Aviation, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Nautilus Aviation, responded to this review

Dear Sandsjas, Thank you for your feedback. Please know, we are disappointed the experience did not live up to your expectations – especially as this is a tour delivered daily. On your particular day of travel, we were affected by a weather event that required extra fuel to be carried as a safety precaution to ensure safe arrivals. Due to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We arranged for a helicopter transfer to the Evolution cruise vessel (run by Down Under Cruise and Dive), for a snorkelling and semi-submersible reef experience. This being set-up as a joint attraction by our hotel travel staff. The Nautilus Aviation team picked us up from outside out hotel without delay or problem, in a fully air conditioned minibus. The driver... More 

Thank G W
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Super fun! Very professional service. Lovely picnic and all snorkel gear provided. Good commentary and information. One of the better priced heli tours. Would book again next time we are in the area.

Thank Fluke101
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We flew out to the reef on Nautilus and they were fantastic, with friendly and professional staff. Safety was also taken seriously. The flight out to the reef was amazing! We were lucky enough to have Matt as our pilot. Very nice and friendly guy with great local knowledge. He pointed out various things along the way and made our... More 

Thank David W
Fakenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I booked the package where we went out on the Nautilus and then took a helicopter back to cairns for the family. The crew were very good and safety is important to them so we felt safe at all times. The lunch was more than sufficient and the swimming at two locations meant you never get bored. The views from... More 

Thank chris A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We took the package for a scenic helicopter flight to the reef to snorkel, and this company was fantastic! So professional but still in a relaxed Cairns way, and the choppers are new and clean. We were lucky enough to have Matt as our pilot, who is the best guy in town! It was a perfectly smooth flight and Matt... More 

Thank Ichindar

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