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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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Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots

Make the most of your time exploring the Whitsunday Islands' Whitehaven Beach aboard a motorized raft on this full-day tour. Choose between tours that offer a snorkeling expedition or extended beach time at secluded spots you wouldn't be able to access on your own. Listen to your naturalist guide talk about the flora and fauna of the area during nature walks and guided snorkeling expeditions (use of snorkel equipment is included). Afternoon tea and cake, as well as hotel pickup and drop-off, make this tour a convenient option.
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A M wrote a review Today
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
Excellent staff and experience. We went on the Southern Lights Whitehaven trip as this was the only trip that would take a toddler for the full day. It was an excellent day out, made even more enjoyable by the friendly and accommodating crew. Mandy and the boat Captain (I've sadly forgotten his name) were both so warm and lovely, knowledgeable and timed the day to perfection. Whitehaven, Hill Inlet and the snorkelling spot were all stunning. There is zero wind break on the boat at top speed, so if you do take a little one then be sure to take a warm jumper to wrap them up in. Food was good too!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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StephenHeli wrote a review Yesterday
Townsville, Australia1 contribution
Great day out with the family. Our boat crew Toby and Mandy were awesome. Easy check in and a very relaxing fun filled day. Toby and Mandy were fantastic with the kids making their day and ours as fun as our original tour 12 years ago. Highly recommend purchasing lunch as well. We’ll definitely be back again, but we won’t leave it as long between trips. Thanks guys!
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Response from OceanRafting_Safari, Front Office Manager at Ocean Rafting
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We couldn’t be happier hearing you and the family had a fun filled, great day out from beginning to end! Thanks so much for coming back to visit us again after all this time!! Looking forward to the next visit! Team Ocean Rafting
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Vanessa pike wrote a review Yesterday
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Omg! Your tour guides are amazing!!!!!! Both Taylor and Thomas were just great! They both helped me oit and were very sincere when I became unwell..right in the middle of the tour. Thankyou again!! Vanessa
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from OceanRafting_Safari, Front Office Manager at Ocean Rafting
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We really do have an incredible team who help create amazing experiences for our guests!! Thanks so much for the great feedback Vanessa!! Team Ocean Rafting
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sammiegk wrote a review 24 Sep
Caboolture, Australia18 contributions8 helpful votes
Tommo and Toby were absolutely amazing guides. Full of facts and funny jokes. Very accommodating. this is the 2nd time I have done this tour but the first time my wife has been and it's a tour I could definitely do again. Thank you all for still running your businesses so we can holiday and explore.
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Response from OceanRafting_Safari, Front Office Manager at Ocean Rafting
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You can always count on the team for amazing facts and a good laugh throughout the day! Thanks so much for visiting us for a second time and the wonderful feedback on your day!! Hope to see you both again one day soon! Team Ocean Rafting
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AD27LD wrote a review 24 Sep
Sunshine Coast, Australia81 contributions27 helpful votes
Seamless process from pick-up until the bus ride home. James and Kate took us out on Thunderstruck, they were both great fun but also made us feel very safe (even when we were hooning around the water over the wake of the other boats), so professional. We had one 7 year old who was a little freaked out at first, by the time we headed back she was asking when we could come again. Also, had the veggie lunch, delicious. Coming back to Airlie ASAP and this is on our list…kids want to sit up the front.
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Response from OceanRafting_Safari, Front Office Manager at Ocean Rafting
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Thanks for the flat out fantastic feedback!! We couldn’t be happier knowing you had an incredible experience exploring with the team! Can’t wait to see you again soon for some front seat thrills! Team Ocean Rafting
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