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

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

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icon7 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
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Overview

Enjoy a full-day tour of the stunning Whitsunday Islands, traveling on a sturdy motorized raft to world-famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Beach. You get to choose from two tours that offer either more snorkeling or more beach time. Gain exclusive access to secluded spots where you can snorkel around pristine coral reefs, and take a walk with your guide in the national park to a lookout point with spectacular views. Your boat travels quickly across the ocean, giving you more time to enjoy the Whitsundays.
  • Day tour to Whitehaven Beach by motorized raft, from Airlie Beach
  • Enjoy an exhilarating ride by high-speed inflatable boat to Whitehaven Beach
  • Spend time in paradise at Whitehaven Beach, one of the most photographed beaches in Australia
  • Travel on boats that have permission to visit protected areas in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Enjoy snorkeling in secret spots with incredible marine life
  • Walk through the Whitsundays Islands National Park with your guide to reach incredible views
  • Includes all snorkeling gear, flotation devices, and instruction from experienced guides

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The deluxe raft travels faster than the larger boats, meaning you get to your destination quicker.
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Visit to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and guided National Park walks
Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
Reef and island naturalist talks by our Master Reef Guides,Eco Host and Marine Biologist
Courtesy bus transfers
Tropical lunch (AU$17) payable direct. Please add in booking notes if you would like to add.
Hire sunsuits/wetsuits - $8pp to hire on check in (Students with ID, Senior & Children FREE))
Assorted Alcoholic and NON Alcoholic Drinks and snacks (available to purchase - Cash or Credit Card)
Prescription Mask hire Available - $15 pp on check in
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Coral Sea Marina , 1-3 Shingley Dr, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia

North end village next to Sorrentos Restaurant.

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This activity will end right where it started.Please reconfirm your pick up time with Ocean Rafting 24 hours prior to travel by calling
Choose from two tour options: the "Northern Exposure" for more snorkel time, or the " Southern Lights" for more beach time. Both include an informative guide who shares commentary about the ecology and wildlife of the reef and islands. Both tours start with pickup from your Airlie Beach hotel and transfer to the marina for check-in. Your guide welcomes you aboard the boat and provides a full safety briefing before departing for Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands.

Visit stunning Whitehaven Beach and great snorkeling spots at nearby islands. Beginning and expert snorkelers alike can observe colorful marine life along coral reefs, with provided equipment and personal instruction from your guide.

Indulge in a tasty buffet lunch on the beach (own expense), plus afternoon tea with cake. Ride in a sturdy raft equipped with a sunshade that covers much of the vessel, protecting you from the tropical sun. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Whitsunday Islands
Explore the Whitsunday Islands in one day, snorkelling at special fringing reef locations and the enjoying the ultimate access to Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ocean Rafting
Check in at Ocean Rafting's office at Coral Sea Marina or take advantage of a courtesy transfer from your accommodation.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Whitehaven Beach
Experience world famous Whitehaven Beach and the beautiful swirling sands of Hill Inlet at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hill Inlet
Ocean Rafting offers the ultimate access to Hill Inlet beaches and lookout. Enjoy a guided walk to Hill Inlet lookout for photo opportunities of the famous view!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Whitehaven Beach
Experience world famous Whitehaven Beach and the beautiful swirling sands of Hill Inlet at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Multi award winning 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. Each Ocean Rafting day offers three days in one, including an exhilarating ride to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks. Ocean Rafting offers the ultimate 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. 32 passengers at most allows for personal snorkelling lessons and the pleasure of a small group. A buffet style lunch is served at the beach with plenty of time to swim in the turquoise ocean or just relax on the silica white sand. 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 with snorkel lessons and a guided National Park walk in the Whitsunday Islands. Tours depart from Coral Sea Marina North and courtesy coach pickups are included. -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- Northern Exposure Explore the swirling sands of Hill Inlet beaches, lunch time in Hill Inlet, two snorkel destinations and Hill Inlet Lookout. This tour offers the ride of your life to experience unparalleled access to Hill Inlet Beaches at North Whitehaven where you will spend an hour relaxing on the beach. Join your guide on a bushwalk for breathtaking views at Hill Inlet Lookout. Snorkel two pristine fringing coral reefs around Hook Island, home to an array of tropical fish, turtles and other amazing marine life. Southern Lights Enjoy both ends and lunch time at world famous Whitehaven Beach, one snorkelling destination and Hill Inlet Lookout. Experience an exhilarating ride to the white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach, enjoying approximately two hours relaxing at South Whitehaven and a guided bush walk to Hill Inlet Lookout to view the spectacular shifting white silica sands. View pristine coral reefs at a top Whitsunday snorkel site, offering amazing marine life encounters in uncrowded locations.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please back in a small bag swimwear, towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, refillable water bottle and comfortable walking shoes
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ocean Rafting
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots.

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  • "The two stops of snorkelling and the Whitehaven beach aren’t unforgettable." See review
  • "The choice of places for the snorkeling is very good : a lot of fish, a good view of the reef." See review

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star-5
Awesomely great
stephen_m
, May 2022
Everything was great hosts lunch and scenery got to snorkel with a friendly turtle awesome day highly recommend
star-5
A great experience, and way to see the busty of the islands.
Antho_B
, May 2022
How fantastic the guides where on Thunderstruck. The tour around the island is truly spectacular, with a little bit of circle work in the boats at the end to add the thrill. 🤗👍
star-5
Wicked experience!
Marie_T
, May 2022
Amazing day Snorkeling with the turtles and fish! Thank you to our awesome guides Scotty & Kate they were absolutely gold!
star-5
Amazing Crew amazing Experience
Jasmine_G
, May 2022
Awesome day, Alex and Kurt are absolute legends and made our day full of fun and laughter! Whole experience is a must do while you're here!
star-5
We had a great day out...
Rebecca_D
, Apr 2022
We had a great day out yesterday. The boys Kurt & Scotty were excellent & made it a fun day out with lots of laughs.
star-5
Must do Airlie Beach
Anonymous
, Apr 2022
Perfect way to spend the day for a family wanting a bit of adventure. Mez and Erica were amazing, even though the water was a bit choppy they made sure everyone was feeling comfortable. Kids want to do it all again.
star-5
Epic experience!...
Shannon_B
, Apr 2022
Epic experience! Charlotte and Scotty were awesome and made the tour a whole lot of extra fun! Highly recommend!
star-5
Awesome day out🤙🏼
Cassandra_F
, Mar 2022
Snorkelling was just awesome and would do again. Scotty and Erica were great entertaining on the boat and touring us up the look out.
star-5
Everything!!! A special...
valelia_b
, Mar 2022
Everything!!! A special shout-out to the AMAZING crew, Erica & skipper Scotty. The absolute best these two!!
star-5
Day trip to remember!
Ricky_B
, Mar 2022
Having in mind a short break away up north to escape the wet weather in Sydney I certainly found a tropical hideaway in the Whitsundays. Complementing the trip was the Ocean rafting tour which I chose from several other day trips on offer. I'm so glad I did as the experience was nothing short of amazing. The cruise out to the reef, the fantastic snorkeling sites and of course the absolute highlight Whitehaven Beach. I've seen some eye catching natural beauty in my travels but this certainly takes the cake. The trip was exceptionally well organized with time for the snorkeling and the beach perfect. The lunch package was fresh, tasty and enjoyable. Last but not least our guides Taylor and Kate were simply sensational. They attended to our needs, provided valuable information on each of our stops and generally made the day one to remember! Highly recommend to have this trip on top of your list when holidaying the Whitsundays.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Riptide whitehaven trip
Leanne_W
, Mar 2022
We had the best time with Mez and Erica, they were great fun with loads of local knowledge. We would definitely go again and will highly recommend a trip on Riptide with these girls.
star-5
Great crew and great locations
Nicholas_B
, Mar 2022
Really enjoyed the company of the Riptide crew. They kept the mood positive throughout the day and were very enthusiastic. The tour itself took us to visually stunning locations, and time spent at each place was just right.
star-5
Great day out
Amber_U
, Feb 2022
Really fun day out. Alex and Charlotte the guides made for a really enjoyable and memorable day. Will be back next time we visit
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best day of our lives!
Tianne_A
, Feb 2022
My kids kept saying it was the best thing they’ve ever done! The crew were amazing and made it so fun. My son was very worried about going in the water and Charlotte was so patient with him. In the end he didn’t want to get out! The snorkelling was a massive highlight for us. The fish and the reef, spectacular! Alex’s energy made the day feel like a party and my son was buzzing, after have a go steering the boat. Thank you so much Charlotte and Alex for the best day ever! We will never forget it :)
star-5
Just amazing!
Caitlin_B
, Jan 2022
We had Sabrina and Rory as our guides, they both are absolutely amazing at their job! Made the whole tour memorable for a life time! They were both great with our little kids too, seen heaps of wild life and got some amazing photos.
star-5
TOBY & KATE, EXCEPTIONAL TOURGUIDES !!
Adam_P
, Jan 2022
Best experience of our holiday. Will be highly recommending to our friends and family for southern expsosure tour. Toby and Kate our hosts were full of energy and it was lovely to see their passion for the marina and marine life pour out through the commentary of the tour and even just in general conversation with them . Our adventure wouldn’t have been the same without them, they really made our experience the best it could possibly be & ensured everyone was safe and had a go at whatever comfort was ideal to us. On the trip our hosts made sure to plan around the best time when the tide and sea was in perfect condition for us to take some beautiful photos following up on the trail to the lookout. Here we saw white sand and glistening water , that looked even better than a postcard. We even saw some turtles while snorkeling and we especially loved some alone time on Whitehaven beach where we could eat lunch and swim in the water. The only bad thing I can say is that I wish it lasted longer!!!
star-5
Whitsundays adventure
Sam_R
, Jan 2022
We had such a fantastic time Ocean Rafting with Toby and Carlson. They were both so knowledgeable and had so much information to share. Seeing the reef and all the fish and turtles was awesome. The kids had a blast and would have done it everyday of our holiday if they could. If recommend this experience to anyone, amazing, we’ll be back for sure!
star-5
Absolutely fantastic!!
Shane_M
, Jan 2022
The swim at Champagne Bay at Whitehaven beach then the snorkel. The hosts Maddie and Taylor were also fantastic.
star-5
Best day tour out!!
Karen_G
, Jan 2022
Brilliant day out with an enthusiastic crew was amazing worth the walk to view Whitehaven beach from the top
star-5
Very adventurous, fantastic tour.
Syed_R
, Dec 2021
The tour was incredible and very adventurous. Crew members were very friendly and professional. It is strongly recommended for people of all ages from 5 to 75. Views were amazing. It is definitely value for money.

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