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Daintree Air Services

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Address: Terminal 1, Tom McDonald Drive | Cairns Airport, Aeroglen, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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+61 7 4034 9300

Daintree Air, A Cairns based air charter company, offer day tours to Lizard...

Daintree Air, A Cairns based air charter company, offer day tours to Lizard Island and Cape York as well as scenic reef flights over the Great Barrier Reef. Daintree Air Services have been operating in Cairns for over 35 years and are the only operator to offer safe and affordable reef scenic flights in multi engine air-conditioned aircraft. We offer our clients the best flights in Queensland!

During the Lizard Island Day Tour clients experience several hundred kilometres of the Great Barrier Reef and world heritage rainforest of Far North Queensland as well as spending six hours on the ground to snorkel some of the world's most beautiful reef. Clients have the option of spending their time on the island snorkelling, exploring the island or simply relaxing under the Casuarina trees. The spectacular reef, the unspoilt island in the coral sea combined with the scenic flight over the reef and rainforest makes this a very special day.

General air charter is also offered by Daintree Air Services to mining, government and corporate clients.

During November of 2012 the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia approved the trainer to be used for the purpose of Licence Renewals, Pilot Training, and Pilot Recency for instrument approaches.We now have one of the very most advanced CASA approved Pilot Training Devices in Australia here in Cairns, to be used by Daintree Air Pilots as well as for the use of Pilots from other Companies whom wish to use the trainer for currency.

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Lizard Island Day Tour by Air from Cairns

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A great trip over the barrier reef. YOU'VE GOT TO DO IT!!

My wife and I organised a 30 minute trip over the reef with Daintree, but as we were arriving by cruise ship with timings seriously disrupted by Typhoon Debbie we had to change... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I organised a 30 minute trip over the reef with Daintree, but as we were arriving by cruise ship with timings seriously disrupted by Typhoon Debbie we had to change our arrival dates a number of times, none of which caused any problem to Greg the owner who is a really nice and genuine guy. We were... More 

Thank AlberScotland
Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Today we took the 30 min scenic flight over the reef. From the time of booking to the flight itself, it was a friendly and stress free experience. We were blown away with the professionalism and the banter from Billy our Pilot. What a guy! And the view - well the pics speak for themselves. This was definitely an experience... More 

Thank Hollie k
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trip included gorgeous views on the way over, short scenic hike to the island and then straight to the reef which was absolutely beautiful! We had the entire beach to ourselves (family of 5 with young kids) and really enjoyed the delicious picnic lunch and snacks that were packed for us. Greg the owner (who radiates warmth!) had to... More 

1 Thank texmexnoodle
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

We came to Cairns specifically to see the Great Barrier Reef and there is no better way to do it than by air. We were 3 people on board with the pilot and spent 30 minutes flying over parts of the reef. We were impressed with the safety measures taken before our flight including waiting for a quick shower to... More 

2 Thank ZZMimi
Miami Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

I took a 30 minute flight over the reef to see it from above. Overall it was enough to get a feel of the reef, but not too long or expensive. The price for the flight was less than half the helicopter tours that had the same view. They had a lot of other options if you want to do... More 

1 Thank BradEdwards
Brisbane Region, Australia
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

For the people that want to see the tip of australia without having to spend 2 weeks in a 4WD Daintree air services are the people to take you on this amazing experiance. The pilots Peter & Billy are true profressionals with amazing knowledge of the area for things to look out for on this once in a life time... More 

3 Thank wombatsdens
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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Our experience was similar to most people's. In brief, the Great Barrier Reef scenic flight was good and nothing to blame. I said "good" not "great" because I come from Sydney and have done similar flights before. The blue seas might have made me extremely excited if I came from an inland city and never did scenic flight. Apart from... More 

1 Thank Li B
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Our flight today was amazing. Read the reviews and booked in advance with Greg the owner. He set a time for pick up at our hotel and then dropped us off after the flight. The pilot and the flight were outstanding. Highly recommend this for an amazing view.

1 Thank aglick
Santa Clara, CA
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

If you want to get to really get away and spend your time there (wherever there is) rather than negotiating the highways, byways you can't beat the friendly and very professional folks at Daintree Air Services. We were in Cains this past month passing through to Lochart, Portlant Road and ultimately our live-aboard dive boat - Kilinda. We arrived bright... More 

3 Thank markencom
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Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Flying over the reef is a must do when you are at Cairns. With Daintree Air, we had a good scenic flight in a small Cessna for 3 passengers. No mass-tourism. Great it was a high wing plane so you have a great view. Super friendly staff.

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