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“Amazing (Just make sure it's sunny)”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ocean Rafting

Ocean Rafting
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Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach
Ranked #1 of 80 Tours in Airlie Beach
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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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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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“Amazing (Just make sure it's sunny)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

We were unfortunate in that we had bad rain and cloud cover for the majority of the day, with a slight break in the rain when we arrived at Hill Inlet.

Despite this we had a fantastic day, snorkelling was great and Hill inlet was beautiful. The team that ran the excursion were great (Sarah and Will - you were awesome), and the unique way in which we were able to travel; on the high speed RIB, was just great.

Would recommend this to anyone wanting to do a day trip to the Whitsunday's (which you should do regardless), solid tour with a fun and really upbeat team. Thanks for making it great, even in the rain!

Visited December 2012
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“Must consider this trip as a good option to visit Hill Inlet!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

First of all, I researched a lot and read many reviews. I made a 12hr train trip from Cairns to Airlie Beach just to see the Hill Inlet with my own eyes. There were a few options, but I chose this company. I was not interested in super fast boat ride or snorkeling since I did plenty of it in Great Barrier Reef. Nevertheless, it was FUN riding on this modified boat which is very bumpy, fast and at times felt slightly risky. I understand why some of the reviews were poor who went on this trip when the weather was bad. Good weather is critical for this trip. This is why this company gives you the flexibility to cancel the morning of the trip. Since I made this trip just for visiting Hill Inlet I didn't care about the bad reviews, but I would have hated it because you will get splashed by the COLD water which would be 100X worse if weather is bad. Since this is a group trip there's no way for them to stop the trip in the middle and return back. Otherwise, the staffs are professional. I'm glad I made this trip. Just to clarify for those who want to know if there are other ways to get to Hill Inlet, the answer is yes. But this is the only company that can bring their boat around to pick people up on the Inlet side (opposite of where people are dropped off). I would have liked to stay longer to see the Hill Inlet after the water had receded more to see more contrast between water and the white sands.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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“It is the most amazing way to see the whitsundays.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

We went on a boat called "wild thing" the skipper was Sarah and the Eco host was Meri. We had the best day we swam with turtles all different kinds of fish and had lunch on white haven beach. But the highlight was at the end when Sarah really showed us what the boat can do. I was very impressed by all the staff at ocean rafting it was our Christmas gift to each other. Great memories.

Thank Damien G
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“great fun to begin with :-)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

WE did this one day tour on wednesday the 20th december, chose one day only because we only have 2.5 weeks for te whole east coast. It was perfect decision. We loved it. Our crew Dylan and Tristan were great. Thanks a lot guys. We did two times snorkeling, went to the lookout point over Whitheaven beach and thens went down and observed from a very close distance lemon sharks and sting rays. Really enjoyed the whole day. Day not to forget.

Visited December 2012
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“Brilliant fun and great day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

We did a day tour which included snokelling (wow, the currents in the Whitsundays are strong!) and whitehaven beach. The skipper and tour guide Tom and Brody were brilliant and made sure everyone was having a good time. Definately book this trip :)

Visited December 2012
Thank ilovewifi
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