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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$ 293.59 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
Pickup included
Pickup is from central Airlie Beach accommodations. If your pickup location is not listed, please note your accommodation address and contact the activity provider the day prior to travel. You will receive a confirmation email from Ocean Rafting with the pickup time and location. 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 please get in touch with Ocean Rafting. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 11 participants


  • 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.

  • 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
  • Drinks (available for purchase board)
  • Tropical lunch menu - https://oceanrafting.com.au/lunch-menu/
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People over 287 lbs (130 kg)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

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 139 reviews

Review summary

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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

We had a very nice day. An early morning flight with a very enthusiastic pilot above the coral reef, then boarding with the fun team aboard the Whipeout, rafting to Whitehaven beach. Stroll to the lookout point and lunch on the beach before going snorkeling. Finally the way back where we were able to observe whales and mentas rays many times. Thanks to Scotty and Rose for this fun getaway!

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August 5, 2022

UNREAL EXPERIENCE!! This tour exceeded my expectations of the Whitsunday Islands. From the scenic flight to the ocean rafting & snorkelling - everything ran seamlessly to perfection. Highly recommend doing this tour when visiting the Whitsunday Islands. To top off the beautiful scenery & magical underwater world… crew members Taylor & Declan were fantastic. They were both very humorous & kind characters. But also ensured everyone was safe & had a good time along the way!

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August 2, 2022

Product ID: 192765