Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Getaway

Dreaming of a private sand cay in the warm tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef?

Let us get you living your dreams with our Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Getaway.

Your Journey Begins.

Imagine yourself and your loved one flying over the stunning reef. You’ll have a bird’s eye view of this natural wonder of the world. In addition to these picture-postcard views, sightings of manta rays, turtles and other marine life are not uncommon.

You will have your little piece of paradise when you reach Vlasoff Cay, a pristine sand cay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. No crowds. You’ll have it all to yourself.

For 2 hours, relax on the pure white sand and enjoy a gourmet picnic hamper and sparkling wine.

Snorkel off the cay on the fringing reefs and discover the beauty of the surrounding coral gardens.

Your Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Getaway can be booked for any day with a minimum of 2 passengers, subject to helicopter availability.

With a departure from Cairns General Aviation, courtesy return transfers from your Cairns City, northern beaches and Palm Cove hotel are included.


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Great Barrier Reef Helicopter tour Highlights

  • Private Helicopter Flight
  • 40 Minute Scenic Flight (20 Minutes each way)
  • 2 hours on Vlasoff Cay
  • Snorkelling on Vlasoff Cay
  • Fly over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Return Hotel Transfers


Great Barrier Reef Helicopter tour itinerary

  • Pickup from your hotel
  • Transfer to the Helipad at Cairns Marina
  • 20 Minute Scenic Heli Flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Beach landing on Vlasoff Cay
  • 2 hours on the Sandy Cay
  • 20 Minute Scenic Heli Flight back over the Reef as you return to Cairns.
  • Return transfer back to your accommodation.


Included in your Sand Cay tour
  • 30-minute scenic reef flight
  • 2 hours on the sand cay
  • Gourmet picnic including refreshments
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Beach chairs and umbrellas
  • Return transfers from your Cairns/Northern Beaches accommodation
  • In-flight commentary from your expert pilot

What to bring

What to bring for this Great Barrier Reef Helicopter tour

  • Swimwear and Towel
  • Sunglasses – Polarised are best to see the Reef without all the reflection!
  • Bottle of water
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+ is best!)
  • Camera
  • Spare change of dry clothes
  • Jacket for the cooler months

Because the storage space on the helicopter is limited, please make sure that you pack the above items into a soft-sided bag.

How to get there

Flights depart from our Cairns Heliport located: 2 Pier Point Road, Marina Point, Cairns

Important Information

It is important to note
  • Vlasoff Cay is a public sand cay and as such can not be reserved.On the rare occasion it is occupied on our arrival we will not be permitted to land. If this occurs passengers will receive an extended reef scenic flight back to the Pier Heliport  (total flying time 45 mins including initial 20 mins from Cairns to Vlasoff Cay).  Passengers will be able to keep their picnic lunch and our reservations team will advise and assist with any refunds applicable.
  • Please advise all passenger weights at the time of booking in the booking message section. If the weight variance is greater than 10% at the time of travel, additional fees may apply.
  • As this tour includes snorkelling, you will need to complete a snorkel safety questionnaire to share with your pilot. This will be shared with you at the time of booking and can be completed prior to travel, or on the day.

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