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“So much fun”
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 7 January 2017

The guys are great and made the day trip as best as possible. Loved sitting on the sides of the rafts even with high winds and not the best weather in the morning turned out to be an amazing day!!

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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Myself, my husband and our 2 boys aged 10 & 8 looked at a lot of boat trips in Airlie and opted for this. The company gives stinger suits (8 dollars adults and free for kids) snorkelling equipment, and look after you the whole time. Our two tour guides were enthusiastic and great fun throughout the day. It takes an hour to reach Whitehaven in a fast boat, which would be a lot longer on sailing boats, which would mean less time for activities such as snorkelling and visiting the beautiful beach. Having kids with us this quicker journey was a must. We first went on a short walk to the viewpoint of Whitehaven which was amazing! Back in the boat fir 5 mins to a snorkelling spot then on to the beach at a different spot for lunch, and chilling on the beach. We bought our own lunch as lunch was 15 dollars extra, but it did look really nice. Drinks are available to purchase and they had both beer and cider as well as soft drinks and water. There was also woggles (they call them toggles here) to keep the less confident buoyant in the water which was great for our youngest son. They also had life jackets if you wanted them to snorkel with. All in all a brilliant trip and would definitely recommend to all.

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

That's fabulous to hear that your family enjoyed your day out with us and even your youngest son had a fun snorkelling adventure! We really appreciate your detailed review and thank you for recommending us! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your Australian travels! :-)

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

the staff was wonderful and very memorable trip, diving, dolphins, turtles and walk to Ilnet Hill...wonderful

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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

What a way to see the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven. The snorkeling site off Dumbell Island was incredible and even though it was a rainy day our all female crew (Sam and Sarah) did an amazing job of keeping spirits up and ensuring we still had a fantastic time. The Whitehaven lookout and time on the beach was totally out of this world. We even saw a turtle and a stingray too. I would highly recommend Ocean Rafting if you are in Airlie Beach!

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Reviewed 5 January 2017

We were booked on a private charter with 16 other people from a cruise ship we were holidaying on. We were due to arrive at Abell Point marina. However we were taken to a different marina. Thankfully the staff at Ocean rafting realizing we weren't at Abell Point decided to come and look for us. Once found they quickly arranged transport to take us to their office.
We were all swiftly organised and on board our boat. We were given safety instructions and informed on the plan for the day.
Speeding across the ocean through the islands was amazing, something i will always remember. Once in position we were given instructions and guidance on snorkeling and we all diss embarked the boat to explore the nearby reef. Words can not describe this, it was awesome. Until an unfortunate incident happened which i will not go into detail on (no it was nothing to do with sharks or any kind of sting/ bite ) but we were all called back to the boat. All i can say is that the staff dealt with the problem amazingly well. they could not have done anymore.

Thank Lesley D
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