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After an unexpected 2 hour layover in Brisbane, we took off at 2:10pm and arrived in Cairns approximately 2 hours later at 4:25pm on the dot.

 

 

We then collected our bags from baggage claims and promptly hailed Ubers 6 minutes over to Daintree Air in Building 97 at the General Aviation Airport. There we got a quick 5 min safety intro into how life jackets work before boarding our Cessna.

According to them, we would be the latest departing flight out to see the Great Barrier Reef in their 40 year history!

 

 

Within 10 minutes we were in the air above Cairns.

 

 

And just another 5 minutes away from Cairns lies the one and only Great Barrier Reef.

 

 

We spent about 30 minutes in the air, taking turns at the reef at different angles.

 

 

Our pilot even let Taylan fly us on the way back to Cairns!

 

 

Now we’re checked into our charming little hostel at Calypso Backpackers. To give credit where it’s due, the staff at this particular hostel were kind and efficient enough to organize a last minute combo involving today’s flight above the Great Barrier Reef and both an introductory and certified diving the next morning for a total of $300 AUD per person! Normally at this time of year, everything would be sold out, especially for a group our size.

That said, tomorrow morning we’ll be doing the Great Barrier Reef from below!

– At time of posting in Cairns, Australia, it was 84.2 °F – Humidity: 77% | Wind Speed: 13km/hr | Cloud Cover: mostly cloudy