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Ocean Rafting

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Airlie Beach, Australia
About Ocean Rafting
Ocean Rafting visits the “Wild Side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. There are two exciting tour options, the Northern Exposure and Southern Lights, and each Ocean Rafting day includes an exhilarating ride to Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks. Ocean Rafting is the only tour to have direct access to the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach, and special snorkel sites at Hook Island and Border Island ensure a memorable underwater experience.The semi rigid inflatable vessels are super fast allowing guests to experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays. The vessels were originally designed and built as rescue crafts and are driven by 450hp engines. 70% of the vessel is shaded, providing comfort from the tropical sun. Small groups allow guests to experience tropical paradise away from the crowds.Ocean Rafting has been operating since 1997 and is proud to have special permits allowing its vessels to visit protected areas in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The Skipper and Eco Host will ensure guests have a fun filled adventure and personalised service, from the courtesy bus pick up in the morning to snorkel lessons and a guided National Park walk in the Whitsunday Islands.
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Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots

Make the most of your time exploring the Whitsunday Islands' Whitehaven Beach aboard a motorized raft on this full-day tour. Choose between tours that offer a snorkeling expedition or extended beach time at secluded spots you wouldn't be able to access on your own. Listen to your naturalist guide talk about the flora and fauna of the area during nature walks and guided snorkeling expeditions (use of snorkel equipment is included). Afternoon tea and cake, as well as hotel pickup and drop-off, make this tour a convenient option.
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7 hours
from US$132.32

Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet!

Enjoy a 60 minute scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, including Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet!

See the Whitsundays from above with a stunning Whitsunday 60 minute scenic flight over the islands and Great Barrier Reef, including famous Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach.

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of many of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, fly over Whitehaven Beach and picture postcard Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing one of the most photographed reef locations, Heart Reef. The comfortable fixed wing aircraft offers big window viewing, pilot commentary and the best views of the Whitsundays!

Ocean Rafting’s scenic flights depart from Whitsunday Airport, located at 12 Air Whitsunday Drive, Flame Tree, between the popular tourist destinations of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands and just 9 minutes drive from the main street of Airlie Beach.

Departs daily at 7am, 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm
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1 hour
from US$237.19

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Day Trip

Combine two popular Australia destinations in one day: the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Following a scenic flight by fixed-wing aircraft, embark on an ocean rafting adventure to Whitehaven Beach. The bird’s-eye views, including Heart Reef, are unparalleled. A buffet lunch and snorkeling on the coral reef are included. Opt for more beach time with the Southern Lights tour or extra snorkeling with the Northern Exposure itinerary.
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8 hours
from US$358.28
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JAZMINE P wrote a review Yesterday
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My first time at the Whitsundays and I’m so glad that I chose ocean rafting. The tour service from start to finish was remarkable! Special thanks to Sabrina and Pauly who made the experience more especial and comfortable. The highlight of the tour was the sail back to Airlie Beach. If you want to experience Whitsundays with fun and action pack then I highly suggest to go with Ocean Rafting.
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Date of experience: April 2021
Julie wrote a review Yesterday
1 contribution
We took the Southern tour today and it was spectacular. We had an amazing team with James and Jazz who were very knowledgeable and overall very fun and enjoyable to be around. Great tour team.
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Date of experience: April 2021
Ben and Sarah wrote a review Yesterday
Legana, Australia3 contributions
Had an absolute ball, with our awesome hosts Jas and James, they showed us the best day, and thoroughly entertained us. Such an amazing location, sooooo beautiful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them any time, but if you get Jas and James as your guides, your day will be even that much better again. Thanks guys, you made our day..
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Date of experience: April 2021
pintopeak wrote a review Yesterday
Launceston, Australia1 contribution
This trip was easily one of the highlights of our tropical holiday! My face actually hurt from smiling so much, our hosts Jaz and James were outstanding, fun, attentive and basically just wonderful!
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Date of experience: April 2021
Juliette B wrote a review Yesterday
Gold Coast, Australia2 contributions
What an amazing day! Thank you to Sabrina and Merran who made our day absolute perfection! The girls looked after us, created an awesome atmosphere with great music, and ensured we all (family with two young kids) felt secure both on the boat (The Riptide) and in the water. We saw amazing fish and coral, did a short hike up to the lookouts, then relaxed on Whitehaven. A truly fabulous trip, we can’t wait to go on the flight this weekend to see everything from above! I definitely recommend this tour company!
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Date of experience: April 2021