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40-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

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From $151.97

298 reviews   (4.97)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 40 minutes

Departs: Cairns, Cairns

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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The 40 minute Great Barrier Reef Flight is the perfect way to see and  gain a full appreciation of the immensity of the Great Barrier Reef.

The best time to fly is between 09:30 a.m. and 02:30 p.m. to see the wonderful colours of the Great Barrier Reef. The 30 minute flight is adequate to gain a feel for the size and structure of the Great Barrier Reef, the 40 minute flight adds that little bit more for those wanting to snap those extra few pics to their portfolio.

What's Included

Live commentary on board

Professional Pilot

What's Not Included

Food and drinks


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Passengers must advise actual weights in lbs or kilos at time of filling out the booking request. The Take Off Weights of Australian Air-craft are STRICTLY POLICED by Government Departments on a regular basis.It is an offence under Australian Law to fly A
  • Refunds must be organised through Viator. Notification of cancellations will be provided by Daintree Air to Viator.
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Flights will be cancelled if weather conditions are such that we are unable to provide our service as advertised.
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Minimum numbers apply.
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Daintree Air Services
Daintree Air have been showing clients the very best of the Great Barrier Reef for over 35 years. We know the best places to view from the air, snorkel from the surface and or dive from below the surface. It has taken us half a life time to learn just a little about the Great Barrier Reef. Let us pass this knowledge and information onto you. 

The experienced team will advise you on the optimum time for viewing and photographing the the magnificent aqua blue and opal like colors of the Great Barrier Reef. Flights organised between 9:30am and 2:30pm will always be premium times to fly due to the sun being at the best angle overhead the reef.

The route flown will usually take in Green Island, Upolu Cay, Oyster, Arlington, Vlassof and Michaelmas Reefs as well as views of Cape Grafton, False Cape, Double Island and the Northern Beaches of Cairns including Palm Cove.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Daintree Air Services highly recommend!
771kaitlins, 01-01-2023
Definitely recommend Daintree Air Services, the scenic flight was beautiful! Our pilot was Chris and he did an awesome job and provided some facts about the reef and islands
Amazing experience
Kristy_B, 31-12-2022
This was such an amazing experience would highly recommend and was great value for money. Stunning views.
Breathtaking views and great pilot
53cherryh, 31-12-2022
An amazing experience! We flew today and weren’t sure what we would see as it was overcast but as soon as we got over the reef the views where incredible. Clearest blue seas, turtles and more.
Chris was a fantastic pilot and the whole experience couldn’t have been better! Would highly recommend. We did the 40 minute flight and hope to come back to do the lizard island day trip!
Amazing experience
612dayles, 31-12-2022
Booked this as an experience for partner as she had a day in Cairns. She absolutely loved it and was beaming from ear to ear an experience she will never forget. The staff and the communication were first class.
Friendly and accommodating team. Experts.
jaciie, 23-12-2022
Very accommodating team. My scenic flight was scheduled for 11am as my domestic flight into Cairns landed at 8am and wanted time in between in case of flight delays. There were no flight delays. I called to ask whether there was a place to put our luggage while we embarked on the scenic tour. The owner was really accommodating and not only allowed us to store our luggage at the venue, but also rescheduled our flight to an earlier one so that we didn't have to linger in the airport for so long. The weather wasn't looking too good at around mid-day and the ideal weather was at 9am and we were reschedule for this time. When we arrived, we were immediately put onto the plane - no waiting around. The staff were all very friendly. The flight experience itself was amazing. This is my first time on a scenic flight and the experience wasn't too different from the larger jets. The views were stunning. The pilot (Chris) flew around Green Island and gave both sides of the plane the opportunity to take photos. I was grateful for the consideration of those sitting on opposite sides. He gave a few commentary on the reefs we flew over. It looks surreal. The weather was a bit misty and I couldn't distinguish between the clouds and skyline from the ocean sometimes. After our tour, there was a coach to the city for $5 per person. Was really grateful for this as well.