Cairns: Scenic Reef Plane Flight and Green Island Cruise

4.3 / 5

25 Reviews

Cairns: Scenic Reef Plane Flight and Green Island Cruise

From US$ 253.42 per person

See the Great Barrier Reef from above during a 40-minute scenic flight over Cairns, Green Island, Double Island, and Palm Cove. Then, spend the afternoon at Green Island with a buffet lunch and your choice of snorkel equipment or a glass bottom boat tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 9 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
Once purchased, you’ll receive booking confirmation from the tour operator.
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Coach pick-up from your CBD accommodation and coach drop to the Reef Fleet Terminal for the cruise is included. Those located in southern Cairns, the outer suburbs and northern beaches are required to make own way to GSL Aviation. Address: Unit 3, 97 Tom McDonald Drive, Cairns. Check in at GSL aviation is between 08:00 AM and 08:15 AM.


  • Soar over the reef on a 40-minute scenic flight
  • Cruise to Green Island on a modern catamaran
  • Snorkel and explore the reef's marine life
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at Green Island
Full description
This ultimate Cairns experience gives you the opportunity to view the spectacular reef from both above and below all in the one day. It includes a 40-minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, 4-hours at Green Island, lunch in air-conditioned comfort, and snorkel equipment for the day or a glass bottom boat tour. Start your day with a birds-eye view of Cairns, Green Island, and the Great Barrier Reef. Soar overhead aboard a high-wing aircraft, with guaranteed window seats for everyone. The 40-minute reef hopper flight departs Cairns Airport and gives you an appreciation of the region that you can only understand from the air. A coach will then transfer you back to the Cairns Marina in time for your 11:00 AM departure aboard Reef Rocket, a modern, comfortable, air-conditioned catamaran. Green Island is a Marine National Park that has a rainforest and is surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs, with abundant marine life. Your visit allows 4 hours at Green Island and included is the choice of the use of snorkeling gear or a glass bottom boat tour. Reef Rocket is a modern comfortable air-conditioned high-speed catamaran with a relaxed atmosphere. Travel time to Green Island is 45 minutes from Cairns. On the island, passengers can take part in the many activities available or simply relax on the beach. The friendly crew will help to organize your activities to make the most of your time on Green Island. You will return to Cairns at approximately 5:00 PM.
  • Morning transfer which includes a pick-up from Cairns city accommodations
  • 40-minute scenic flight over Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Cruise to Green Island aboard the modern Reef Rocket catamaran
  • Buffet lunch at Green Island
  • Choice of snorkel equipment or glass bottom boat tour on Green Island
  • Drop off back to your accommodation after the tour
  • Optional extras/activities on Green Island
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Prepare for the activity

Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The coach pick-up is available from Cairns CBD hotels. Those located in southern Cairns, the outer suburbs, and northern beaches are required to make their own way to GSL Aviation
  • The cruise to Green Island departs at 11:00 AM and returns at 5:00 PM
  • Due to aviation law, 3 year old’s and above are required to have their own seat, hence a child price would be applicable for infants at 3 years of age for this particular tour
  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. Due to this single passenger bookings will need to reconfirm 24-hours before departure
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Super organization of both coordinated tours. Hotel pick-up service, very nice and charming tour guide. Flight over the reef unique and highlight of the day. Handover at the port to the catamaran perfectly timed. Rich buffet. Green Island tropical graceful and beautiful. For snorkeling you should go somewhere else; we hadn't found a nice job. Maybe better with a guide.

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January 16, 2020

The plane ride was excellent! Beautiful views of the reef! It was a partly cloudy day but the views were still great! Our pilot, Brandon was very good. Very smooth flight. Cruise was relatively good. Food could be better. Snorkeling was not as great as we thought, but we had a great day anyway.

December 21, 2019

Quantity before quality

+ Shuttle service was great + well organized + could not take our sightseeing flight due to the weather. The money was transferred back without any problems. - Island is totally overcrowded (off-season) - mass tourism - buffet food was absolutely bad + crew extremely friendly and nice + lots of time to snorkel (could even swim with a giant turtle) - sanitary areas extremely dirty

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August 1, 2019

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