Whitsundays: Ocean Rafting Tour with Snorkel & Scenic Flight

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Whitsundays: Ocean Rafting Tour with Snorkel & Scenic Flight

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Soar over the Great Barrier Reef with a stunning 60-minute scenic flight. Then visit Whitehaven beach on a thrilling, raft ride. Swim, relax, bushwalk to the Hill Inlet Lookout, and snorkel.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Small group
Limited to 15 participants
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup from central Airlie Beach accommodation. Please note your accommodation address. Scenic flight departure is at 8:30 AM, returning at 9:30 AM.

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 snorkelling 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
  • 60-Minute Scenic Flight in Fixed-Wing Aircraft
  • Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Visitand Hill Inlet
  • Guided National Park walk
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkeling
  • Personalized snorkel instruction
  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Reef and island naturalist talks
  • Courtesy bus pickup and drop-off
  • Tropical style lunch on Whitehaven Beach
  • Sunsuit/wetsuit
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with back problems
    • People with mobility impairments
    COVID-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers must fill out a travel information form

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Camera

    Know before you go

    •  Only tour in the Whitsundays to have direct access to Hill Inlet beaches at Whitehaven.
    • Have peace of mind travel with an Advanced Ecotourism Certified, Climate Change Innovator and Green Travel Leader
    • Please note: The above tour itinerary is a guideline only and is subject to change depending on tide, wind and other weather conditions
    • Travel on semi-rigid inflatable vessels, travelling at speeds of up to 35 knots (65 km/hour).
    • The vessels are up to 12 metre 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 Whitsundays
    • Subject to weight allowance on aircraft. Local supplier will contact you after the booking is made.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 / 5

    based on 50 reviews

    Review summary

    • Service
      4.7 / 5
    • Organization
      4.9 / 5
    • Value for money
      4.7 / 5
    • Safety
      5 / 5
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    It was an incredible day with ocean rafting! The start to the day was smooth with a free pick up service by the company. We then headed to the airport along the water at Airlie beach. The team here were efficient in getting everything organised to take us up into the air! There had been some people “no-show”, so we all sat with a window seat and got a great view! The pilot was considerate enough to do multiple laps of the Heart Reef, to ensure that everyone got a good look! The ride was smooth and professional with some guided information from the pilot about different islands! We were transported by coach to the port and quickly checked in before hopping on board the raft. The staff again were professional and helpful. If you are looking for relaxing ride to the beach, this boat probably isn’t best for you. It was very windy and also bumpy at the front and all loose items needed to be put away. The boat ride was more of an experience rather than just transport

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    November 15, 2020

    This tour was a highlight from our trip. First flying over the Great Barrier Reef was truly incredible. Definitely a must see from above. Then the bout tour that included a small snorkelling, a small hike and lunch at Whitehaven beach was one hundred percent our favourite. The staff were awesome, great knowledge about the area along with an awesome lunch to end the day. Highly recommend this entire day to everyone and anyone visiting the whitsundays.

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    February 20, 2020

    One of my best days in Australia. The team does its best to make you live a special day. They have an extraordinary fishery. The flight is sublime and you can admire the islands with the best views. Then the snorkeling is superb we see very large fish and a varied coral. Then the island lookout ride is a must. The breakfast buffet is fresh and rich. thank you for everything

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    January 16, 2020

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