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Whitsundays: Ocean Rafting Tour with Snorkel & Scenic Flight

Activity provider: Ocean Rafting

Whitsundays: Ocean Rafting Tour with Snorkel & Scenic Flight

Activity provider: Ocean Rafting
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From US$ 309.73 per person

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Soar over the Great Barrier Reef on a stunning scenic flight. Then, visit Whitehaven beach on a thrilling, raft ride. Swim, relax, bushwalk to the Hill Inlet Lookout, and snorkel.

About this activity

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Courtesy coach pick-ups are available from local hotels, motels, caravan parks, and hostels from 745 AM - 815 AM for the Northern Exposure tour and from 845 AM - 930 AM for the Southern Lights tour. If you are making your own way to the office for check-in, please make sure that you arrive by 8 AM for the Northern Exposure tour and 9 AM for the Southern Lights tour. Courtesy coach pick-ups must be pre-booked 24 hours in advance. Please reconfirm the pickup time/location by calling Ocean Rafting. For scenic flights and Fly + Raft packages, courtesy coach pick-ups are available from 06:10 am-1:45 pm. Please reconfirm the pick-up time/location by calling Ocean Rafting. Please wait at the pickup location on the confirmation email from Ocean Rafting 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Should you have not received this confirmation email, please get in touch with Ocean Rafting. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience a bird’s eye view of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef
  • Ride past the islands on the fastest Whitsundays vessels
  • Visit pristine, exclusive snorkel sites
  • Bask in the sun on Whitehaven Beach
  • Protect the environment, this tour is ecotourism certified
Full description

Experience the best of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef in one day: from the water and the air. Visit the Whitsundays’ most iconic destinations. These include the famous Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and secret, exclusive snorkeling locations. Ride, beach, snorkel, and bush walk, all in one day. Visit both ends of the world-famous beach. Departing from Airlie Beach, take to the skies and experience a once-in-a-lifetime, 60-minute scenic flight.

Soar over the islands and Great Barrier Reef, including famous Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Guests will have a bird’s eye view of many of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, flying over Whitehaven Beach and picture postcard Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing one of the most photographed reef locations, Heart Reef. The comfortable fixed-wing aircraft offers big window viewing, pilot commentary, and the best views of the Whitsundays. Then, take off on the ride of your life in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Departing from Airlie Beach, climb aboard the fastest day boat in the Whitsundays. This means it is not only an adventurous ride, but distances are covered in a shorter time, leaving more time for activities. 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.

At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach, enjoy a guided bushwalk to spectacular Hill Inlet Lookout to view and capture photographs of the stunning swirling silica sands and aqua water. This operator is the only tour to have direct access to all areas of the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach to ensure you enjoy the most memorable experience of this special place. If you have selected the 'North Whitehaven' option: This eco-adventure is a favourite amongst avid snorkellers because it is the only Whitsunday adventure which includes two different snorkel destinations. Not only that, but it includes a visit to the stunning beach at Hill Inlet, north end of Whitehaven Beach, and a guided National Park walk to the lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven. Guests explore the restricted area of beautiful Hill Inlet at Whitehaven Beach. 

If you have selected the South Whitehaven Option: This tour visits both the northern and southern ends of Whitehaven Beach with more beach time. Enjoy at least two hours relaxing on the world famous white silica sand, a guided walk to Hill Inlet Lookout and experience the Southern Whitehaven Lookout, enjoying breathtaking views of Pentecost Island and the tropical waters of the Whitsundays. Snorkel for over an hour at Border Island, Dumbell Island or one of the “secret” snorkel spots, enjoying the amazing hard and soft corals of the fringing reefs.

Includes
  • Flight in a fixed-wing aircraft
  • Guaranteed window seat
  • Guided national park walk
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkeling
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tropical-style lunch on Whitehaven Beach
  • Sun suit/wetsuit and snorkeling gear
  • Tropical lunch
  • Alcoholic drinks, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks (available to purchase)
  • Hire sunsuits/wetsuits ($8 per person/children and seniors are free)
  • Queensland public holiday surcharge of $20 per adult, $10 per child, and $50 per family (2 adults and 2 children)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People over 287 lbs (130 kg)

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Jacket
  • Cash
  • Waterproof bag

Know before you go

  •  Only tour in the Whitsundays to have direct access to Hill Inlet beaches at Whitehaven.
  • Have peace of mind traveling with an Advanced Ecotourism Certified, Climate Change Innovator, and Green Travel Leader
  • The above tour itinerary is a guideline only and is subject to change depending on the tide, wind, and other weather conditions
  • Travel on semi-rigid inflatable vessels, traveling at speeds of up to 35 knots (65 km/hour)
  • The vessels are up to 12-meter semi-rigid inflatable vessels, originally designed and built as rescue crafts and are driven by 500hp engines, allowing you to experience a fun, high-speed ride amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsunday Islands
  • There is a weight allowance on the aircraft; the activity provider will contact you after the booking is made
  • Individual weights more that 240 lbs will incur an extra seat surcharge; the maximum per seat weight is 285 lbs
  • Beer, cider, wine, soft drinks, and water can be purchased with cards or cash on board
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 150 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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The whole experience was fantastic! Booking was easy, transfers were right on time, lunch was delicious, Jaki from customer service was lovely and so helpful, James, Tommy and Heath were awesome guides and took the time to engage with everyone on board. Their knowledge of the history of the Whitsundays was really insightful too! We got to see so much in one day without it feeling rushed. Would highly recommend!

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October 2, 2022

Right in front: Was a super cool trip. Everything went great with the pickup. The guide was very personable and enjoys his job. The flight is 1 hour and you have seen everything as promised. The rafting tour was also very exciting and very long. Let's get to the best part of the day. Whitehaven Beach is incredibly beautiful. You can also hike a little bit for a great view of the beach. Then you have about 1 hour free time to eat on the beach and go into the water. Last but not least, the snorkeling spots were unfortunately not directly in the Great Barrier Reef, but popular spots for snorkeling were still selected. Unfortunately we didn't see any turtles, but lots of fish and a coral reef. We can only recommend the tour to everyone, there is really a lot on offer.

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September 16, 2022

It was an unforgettable day! Wonderful flight, unparalleled rafting and snorkeling, punctual, very kind, helpful staff! We have only positive comments for this beautiful day! And do the flight, it's absolutely worth it! We have seen whales and dolphins from the air, and the reef from above is breathtaking! Truly a perfect day!

September 11, 2022

Product ID: 192765