Get High with Evolution – Reef Cruise and Heli Flight

Take advantage of the best value day trip and ultimate adventure package on the Great Barrier Reef. Savour all of the features of our full-day tour, such as snorkelling, lunch, and sunbathing, with this Reef Cruise and Heli flight onboard Evolution! Upgrade to include a certified dive or introductory dive to get the most out of your underwater experience. In the afternoon, take a 10-minute scenic ride in a luxurious Nautilus Aviation helicopter to witness the breathtaking colours of the reef from above!

About Evolution Reef Cruise

As you cruise from Cairns on your 35-metre luxury superyacht, you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery en route to two exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef sites. Your Reef Cruise and Heli flight onboard the Evolution tour includes five hours on the outer reef, visiting two unique and diverse reefs such as Norman, Saxon, and Hastings, renowned for their remarkable coral density and prolific marine life.

Not a fan of flying? Book this tour without the 10-minute scenic ride here.


Day on the Great Barrier Reef!

10-minute scenic flight to see the reef from the air!


Evolution Outer Reef Cruise Itinerary

7:15 am – 7:45 am: Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal
8.00 am:
Evolution departs Cairns
9.45 am: Arrive at reef location 1
11:30 am: Enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch onboard
1:00 pm:
Evolution arrives at the second reef location where you will take to the sky for your scenic helicopter flight
3:00 pm:
Evolution departs for Cairns
4:30 pm:
Evolution arrives back in Cairns


  • Cruise onboard luxury 35-metre superyacht, Evolution
  • 5 hours outer reef time
  • 2 unique outer reef locations
  • Unlimited snorkelling with all equipment
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch including fresh fish, prawns, steak and a variety of salads (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF, DF)
  • Tea, coffee and mini muffins
  • FREE lycra/sun-suit hire
  • FREE glass of wine and snack on return
  • PADI-qualified dive instructors and Master Reef Guide
  • Spacious air-conditioned lounges and upper deck to relax in comfort

Optional Extras

Evolution Outer Reef Cruise Optional Extras

Up to 3 Introductory or Certified Dives

  • Pre-booked 1st dive: $80
  • 2nd Dive: $60
  • 3rd Dive: $45
  • Marine Biologist Snorkel Tour $35pp
  • Semi-Submersible Tour $20 Adults, $10 Child
  • Return transfers – Cairns City $20pp, Northern Beaches $29pp, Port Douglas $99pp (min 2)
  • Wetsuits $10pp onboard

What to bring

  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Travel Voucher
  • Spare Clothes
  • Swimmers and a towel
  • Cash or Credit Card
  • Australian Standard Dive Medical (if required)

How to get there

Evolution Outer Reef Cruise departure details

Check-in is at Reef Fleet Terminal (a large building at the Marina). Please check in from 7.15 am – 7.45 am at the Down Under Cruise and Dive counter. The boat departs at 8 am sharp and returns at approximately 4.30 pm.

Important Information

Helicopter: 130kg weight restrictions apply for helicopter rides.

Diving: All divers must complete a Queensland Medical Questionnaire onboard. Certified divers must show an internationally recognised scuba card. Minimum age for Introductory divers and dive courses: 12+ years and Certified divers: 10+ years.

Semi-Sub: Please note that due to safety reasons, the Semi Submarine Tour is weather permitting.

Reef Levy: There’s a mandatory $20 per person that will be added at the time of checkout.

Tour Features

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Get High with Evolution – Reef Cruise and Heli Flight Tours

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