Inner Reef Explorer - 30 minute Reef Scenic Flight

30 minutes
Free cancellation
1 - 3
Mobile ticket


This 30-minute scenic helicopter tour departs Cairns airport and tracks out from the mainland with views of the city of Cairns and Trinity inlet, passing False Cape where you can see the remnants of WWII defences, Mt Yarrabah, Mission Bay and Cape Grafton. From there we strike out to the inner edge of the Reef and Green Island, a 6, 000 year-old coral sand island that boasts its own native rainforest eco-system. Tracking to the north, we explore the western side of Arlington Reef, home to a diverse range of marine creatures – turtles, sharks and sting rays.

Continuing north we’ll circle Vlasoff Cay a tiny sand island in the middle of the reef that reduces to only a few hundred square metres in size at high tide. From Vlasoff Cay we head west, over Upolu Cay and back to Cairns taking in fantastic views of the North Queensland coastline framed by the lush rainforest-covered eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range.


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Pass By: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

This 30-minute Great Barrier Reef scenic flight takes in the highlights of the inner reef. There is simply no better way to appreciate the sheer size and scale of the Great Barrier Reef than from the air. Expect picture-postcard views of the reef and an abundance of wildlife - sharks, turtles, rays and even whales (July to Nov).


  • 30 minute reef scenic flight
  • Informative, in-flight commentary
  • All Fees and Taxes


  • Unique, collectable 'Zoomy' Merchandise - optional
  • Personalised 'in-flight' video - optional

Additional information

  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


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

April 2022

Great flight. Fun and Informative pilot. Can highly recommend. It was great to have a small helicopter and not have to share with others

March 2022

Great way to see the reef. Chris is a great pilot with lots of knowledge of the reef and surrounding areas.

January 2022

Can only be a 5 star experience when visiting a private Cay, with perfect flying conditions, with the best pilot, John. He was a delight from the moment we met him, knowledgeable with interesting facts as well as being an extremely competent pilot. Experience all topped off with bubbles on the pr...

January 2022

Flew with Chris & two sons aged 14 & 12. Flight was smooth and Chris was the consummate host! Helicopter seats 4 in total - safety briefing was easy to understand. The flight path took us over Green island and the Inner reef and was spectacular (even in the rainy season). Highly recommend purchas...

December 2021

This is such a beautiful and fun way to see the reef! Chris was an excellent and well informed pilot. We weren’t very lucky with the weather the week we were in cairns, but we were lucky to get a break in the rain to go up. Highly recommended! Next time I’d like to take the option of getting ou...

December 2021

Great pilot in Jonno and the views were incredible. Lots of interesting information, was a wonderful experience.

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from US$258.69 / per person