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Review of Ocean Rafting

Ocean Rafting
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USD 119.76*
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Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach
Ranked #1 of 82 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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This was an outstanding experience. We were in a raft boat ("Riptide") that started out fast from the get go. Sit on the edges (where you hold on to a belt) for a fun ride. We took the Southern Lights trip where there is less snorkeling (just one stop, where it was nice) but more hiking/beach time. Note that the first stop - snorkeling - is right off the boat, so it's best to be dressed so can jump right in to the water. After the snorkeling, we hiked to the view point where you see Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach. This is one of the most breathtaking views I have ever had! I am not sure the other tour gives you this hike / rewarding view. After the hike, we had lunch on the southern end of Whitehaven Beach (costs extra, order ahead if you have special needs like Vegetarian - which we did). The weather was a bit warm, but the sand was as cool as advertised. Whitehaven Beach is the finest beach in the world (as advertised). Finally, the crew was a LOT of fun. They made the boat ride a real joy ride, and also got in the water to help us out (and show things) during snorkeling / beach time.

Highly recommend this tour!!

1  Thank Vidya S
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Amazing day out visiting the beautiful islands. Great hosts that kept us entertained and great lunch buffet

Thank Ian R
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Went on a shore tour with Ocean Rafting when our P&O cruise the Pacific Aria docked at Airlie beach. It was an amazing experience the crew were absolutely fantastic. The crew were so much fun and their knowledge of the reef was exceptional.

Thank Luke H
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Easily the highlight of mine and my girlfriends trip. Did the northern exposure tour and was blown away with the sights and snorkelling. Got to swim with the fish and even turtles. Dani and Ross were our deckie/skiipper and they made the trip that much better.
10/10 would recommend.

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Thank Nic S
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

it is a lovely day but i cannot swim, so i can not snorkeling, which was pissed me off.i think you guys can provide more tools to help people who cannot swim,rather than yelling at me.

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Thank April L
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OceanRafting_Safari, Owner at Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2017

We are pleased you had a lovely day but sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your snorkelling experience. We do provide various flotation devices including swimming noodles and life rings for guests to hold on to if they are not so confident in the water. Our apologies that part of your day was disappointing but hope you enjoyed the rest of your Ocean Rafting experience!

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