Have never tried Jet Boating before so I cannot compare to others, however I took my 13 year old son on this and we had a great time, it was his favourite of all the things we did on the Gold Coast (including all the theme parks).
The ride is an hour, and 30 minutes of this is spent getting out of the river into the broadwater where the boat can speed up and start doing the 360's and sharp turns etc. I'm think our driver was fairly new, but be was fantastic and did some commentary of the way out and the way back which was interesting, however he was in no way new to jet boats as he really new how to drive a jet boat.....
They do offer rain coats before boarding but I don't think it worth the effort as getting wet is half the fun, if you sit on the sides or anywhere in the back row you will get wet (not drenched but wet), if you sit in the middle you'll get a little wet. They also have a locker to put any valuables in before departing as you cannot take any bags or loose items.
Once on the broadwater the driver told everyone to hang on as he could turn at any time (he did wave his hand in the air before doing any 360's) and then your off for 20 minutes and turns, spins and high speed, really good fun.
They take photo's (extra cost $25 for both photos), one the on water before the action starts (taken from another boat) and one of the boat when doing a 360's.
The boat departed from the wharf at the Vibe Hotel which made it easy to get to.
We loved it and would do it again without hesitation.
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