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Sandy Cay Helicopter Excursion
- Private helicopter tour: Take off from Cairns heliport and fly over the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef to a pristine coral cay. Watch for marine life!
- Free time on a sand cay: You're free to explore the waters and reefs around the cay's sandy shores. Indulge in the ultimate beach picnic before your return flight.
- Luxury inclusions: Your sandy cay escape includes beach chair and umbrella, gourmet meal, snorkeling gear, and sparkling wine or beer. Just bring sunscreen!
About this Cairns Tour
Unobstructed views or underwater encounters? Here's your chance to experience the Great Barrier Reef from both perspectives. You'll thrill to larger-than-life vistas of mysterious reefs emerging from the Coral Sea's azure waters. Then enjoy a more intimate look at the world beneath the ocean's surface during a sojourn on an unspoiled cay.
The helicopter flight to and from our sandy cay destination delivers the big picture. On take off, enjoy grand views of Cairns and the coastline. During the 15-minute journey, you won't want to take your eyes off the scene below. Your pilot will make sure you get close enough to see GBR's amazing marine life. Be on the lookout for stingrays, reef sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, and, depending on the time of year, humpback whales.
After a gentle landing on an uninhabited sand cay, your pilot will help with snorkeling gear before you head out into the calm waters for a closer peek at the creatures who make the coral gardens their home. It's a mesmerizing sight, but a lavish tropical picnic is waiting, along with a refreshing Australian beer. Cheers, mate, you have found paradise!
Wild times on the reef
As you fly over reef formations, you may wonder how coral reproduce. (No? You'll change your mind after you read more!) Most coral are hermaphrodites, producing both eggs and sperm. Their annual mass spawning (aka "sex on the reef") is one of nature's most spectacular phenomena. It looks like an underwater snowstorm as gazillions of coral release their eggs in unison. It only happens at night. Hey, even coral need privacy!
Please make your own way to the Marlin Marina - Finger A and look for the tour signs.
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
This tour is suitable for travelers with limited mobility.
Scenic, Private Tour, Air Tour, Adventure
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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