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“AMAZING!! Best DAY Tour!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ocean Rafting

Ocean Rafting
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$115.57*
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Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach
Ranked #1 of 79 Tours in Airlie Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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“AMAZING!! Best DAY Tour!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

WOW, what can i say. i booked ocean rafting at my hostel Base as they reccommended to me! THey picked me up at my hostel which is good for FREE. In cairns most tours you had to payfor transfers. I had the best day!! Whitehaven Beach was amazing it looks like the postcards! and the snorkeling was so good!! we saw a fish named albert!! he had 6 girlfriends!! lol we saw lemon sharks and stingrays!
Food was awesome - big buffet of cold meats and salads right on whitehaven beach!!
Sarah and Nathan rocked!! Just make sure sarah dose not have to much jucie!!! :) Thanks guys! I will make sure i tell all my friends to go ocean rafting!!
YOU MUST DO THIS TRIP!!

Visited September 2012
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“Great for young and old”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

Just got back from a trip with Ocean Rafting with Dillon and Karl rolling out a fantastic day. We chose this trip for four adults and four kids (aged 4-7) as it was fast, fun, included snorkeling, Whitehaven Beach, and because of the great value and reviews.

From pick-up to drop-off, a great day was had by all, even the youngest who fell asleep on the way back, only to be woken by the lads pulling a 360 to end the trip.

The kids got to experience Finding Nemo and saw characters like the turtle, dory, stingray, parrot fish, clown fish, zebra fish, and even a huge reef shark up close in the shallows on Whitehaven.

Natural attractions took centre stage and performed on cue but the ocean rafting boats offered superior access, and the crew are genuine characters who obviously love what they're doing.

There are plenty of options to get you out on the water from Airlie but Ocean Rafting ticked all the boxes for us and delivered great value.

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Brisbane, Australia
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“Great for young and old(ish)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

Just got back from a trip with Ocean Rafting with Dillon and Karl rolling out a fantastic day. We chose this trip for four adults and four kids (aged 4-7) as it was fast, fun, included snorkeling, Whitehaven Beach, and because of the great value and reviews.

From pick-up to drop-off, a great day was had by all, even the youngest who fell asleep on the way back, only to be woken by the lads pulling a 360 to end the trip.

The kids got to experience Finding Nemo and saw characters like the turtle, dory, parrot fish, clown fish, zebra fish, and even a huge reef shark up close in the shallows on Whitehaven.

Natural attractions took centre stage and performed on cue but the ocean rafting boats offered superior access, and the crew were genuine characters who obviously love what they're doing.

So, if you were concerned this was just an option for the backpackers, take it from me that it delivers the goods for all. We had a forecast 10-15 knots and 1.5m swell and this was not too hard on the young kids. Check the forecast and you should be fine however the crew will always give you an honest view an the option to bail if unsuitable.

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“Just another day in Paradiiiise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

We have used 'ocean rafting' twice in the last month. So we have done both southern and northern tour. Both amazing, and will never get boring. Staff are well organised, and friendly. The relaxed aproach of the staff make the trip that little bit better. We had Dylan both times and he was great. Highly recommend both trips :)

Visited September 2012
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Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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“A Great Day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

We did the Southern Lights tour with Ocean Rafting. It was awesome! We saw whales three times on our way to Border Island for snorkelling. We did use wetsuits, although some people did not. We stayed here for about an hour and saw lots of colourful fish and coral while snorkelling. Then we left for Whitsunday Island. We landed at Hill Inlet and went for a 15 minute bush walk to the Lookout. WOW!!!! What amazing views - just like the postcards! Next they took us to Whitehaven Beach where we had a nice lunch and had time to spend on the beautiful white silica sand beach. The beach is truly beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed our day. The boat ride was a little "wild" at times, but fun. The snorkelling was great and the beach was beautiful. It was a sunny day and about 25 C. The whole trip was well organized from pickup at our apartment to a lovely lunch to great snorkelling and beach time. We would definitely do this tour again.

Visited September 2012
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