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“Ocean rafting ” 5 of 5 stars
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Ocean Rafting
Shingley Drive | Abell Point Marina North (Next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar), Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
+61 7 4946 6848
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Ranked #6 of 62 Activities in Airlie Beach
Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: 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 ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Fantastic day out ...! Thankyou to our driver sarah & tour guide willy !
Helpful, informative & lovely people

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“High on fun, low on facts”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

The whitsundays are beautiful and everything you see advertised. But, no matter your choice of tour company they all show you these fab islands in one way or another. So this review focuses on the service of ocean rafting.

It is certainly a fun day with enthusiastic, entertaining guides. Snorkeling is limited on the southern tour - but this suites us as weak swimmers. They have good equipment & monitoring of weak swimmers so much so that even if u can not swim at all, you should be able to get in the water.

However, the tour is very light on facts. Very limited commentary is provided on the islands, their background, layout etc so much so that when queried on some of the islands names the guide had no idea.

This tour gets you to hill inlet, unlike their competitor Big Fury which is one of the highlights of the trip. Then you spend about 2-2.5 hrs on white haven beach on an area isolated from other tour companies as only these type of rafts can enter this particular area due to the shallow waters.

Lunch is limited to a cold buffet at aud15 per person extra and is not worth it. Being your own if you can. Soft drinks can be bought for Aud3 each and they do not sell alcohol on board

Overall it's a fun day out. You see the key highlights briefly and the snorkeling is well managed. Just don't expect to come back with a lot of knowledge about what you have just seen!

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OceanRafting_Safari, Owner at Ocean Rafting, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Thank you for your review and we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Whitsundays and Whitehaven Beach. We promote the Southern Lights as the tour that offers more beach time and the Northern Exposure as the tour that offers more snorkelling time. We are very sorry to hear that you found the onboard commentary limited. We endeavour to ensure our staff are well trained before their first solo shift and have a very detailed training program including in house training, Eye On The Reef program and workshops, and the GBRMPA manual. We circumnavigate a big area of the Whitsundays and aim to ensure all staff are fully trained...most of our staff are long term, some who have been with us for 10 years, with our newest member being with us for 6 months. In regards to alcohol, we made a choice some time ago not to supply alcohol purely in regards to guest safety, particularly as guests partake in snorkelling activities, as well as onboard safety. Once again we are pleased to hear that you had a fun day out and we hope you visit the Whitsundays again one day in the future! In the meantime, if there is any specific information you would like us to send to you on any of the islands or the region in general, please just email us at oceanrafting@airlie.net.au and we can send it to you!
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Tom Price, Western Australia, Australia
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“An Amazing Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This is definitely the way to see the Whitsundays!! Awesome snorkelling, a great little Trek to the one of the most amazing views you will ever see - Whitehaven Beach and our Ocean Reef Guys - Willis and Karl!! You guys topped the day off and definitely kept us entertained! And book the lunch with the guys too - it was lovely!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Proffetionell, funny, nice, beautiful, interesting! Loved it! I am not good to write in english, but everything about this rafting was good! You are great!

Visited October 2013
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“Awesome Day Ocean Rafting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Just make a day to enjoy this thrilling adventure, snorkelling and swimming in the beauty of the waters in the Whitsundays before trekking up Hill Inlet to have your breath taken away by the ah-may-zing views and then when your relaxing on Whitehaven beach enjoy a delicious lunch whilst sitting on the shoreline watching the fish come to have a little bite of lunch with you too!

Visited October 2013

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