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Ocean Rafting

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Airlie Beach, Australia
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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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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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$281.95 per adult
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!
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$185.44 per adult
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Combine two of the Whitsundays’ best day tours with a Tallship Derwent Hunter Whitsundays sailing adventure and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach tour on the Chill and Thrill package! Sail, raft, swim, snorkel and relax…you can do it all!
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$233.70 per adult
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Such an amazing day out! James and benny were the best and looked after us so much!! We all had such a great laugh and learnt loads about the islands and reef. The snorkelling was fun, whiteheaven was beautiful and the food was amazing! Really...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On our five week journey around Australia we did a number of tours but all of us agreed the Ocean rafting was the best! We started with the power and the Thundrestruck and arrived so quickly to the snorkelling destination. Pristine waters and some amazing...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank jagodab747
Reviewed 4 days ago

The ocean rafting was super fun we went snorkelling on the reef and we played on the beach .The boat is super fun because you go over the wake of the other boats and at the end you go around in a circle and the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jane C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were a small group of 5 looking to get out to Whitehaven beach and fabulous Genna in the tourist information office gave us wonderful advice by suggesting Ocean rafting. Our 8:15 pick up at our hotel was exactly on time and super friendly, the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank theforker13
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A memorable day with the family!! The view up from the flight is just amazing and breathtaking!! We had a lot of fun exploring Whitsundays area on the boat, beautiful islands and the staff was super friendly!!! We even got to see whales on the...More

Thank julianaaielo
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the Riptide tour which has more snorkeling than other tours.The trip to the destinations are just as fun as the destinations themselves because of the speed of the boat and the friendly crew. Lunch was fine and locations they took us to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Mark0vski
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The southern lights trip to Whitehaven Beach, including a short hike and amazing snorkelling, was a perfect day out. James and Ben made the day fun and informative, as well as making sure that everyone felt safe and well looked after.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jules255100
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came with my wife and 3 children aged 18,16 and 11. We were picked up and dropped off at our accommodation which was lovely. The speedboat was very fast and enjoyable with our excellent tour guides - James and Mim. They were extremely friendly. We...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Adil S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the Northern exposure tour. We were totally blown away by the experience! In addition to great staff, the rafts were unique and great fun! The snorkelling spots were amazing and we were able to see three turtles up close at our first...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank timbo35067
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything was organized perfectly: we were always the only vessel in each stop, the crew was very professional, but also entertaining. The time schedule was perfect: it allows us to see the whiteheaven beach during the tide changing. A special thank to Crystal and Pauli...More

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All-of-Creation
October 10, 2018|
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Response from Ian D | Reviewed this property |
Yes we would. We had 3 days in Airlie and this was the best day. Hope this helps :)
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travellerdianne
October 7, 2018|
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Response from OceanRafting_Safari | Property representative |
Hi There, Sorry for the delay in response. The youngest Ocean Rafter has been 3 months old and the Eldest has been 87!! So Ocean Rafting is suitable for all ages, provided the weather is not forecast a strong wind warning... More
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All-of-Creation
August 28, 2018|
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Response from yuris1009 | Reviewed this property |
It’s depend on how old is your kid but Ocean Rafting and also Cruise Whitsunday,these company provide you wet suit. As long as you are wearing fitted size, you don’t need to worry about stinger too much. Both company has... More
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