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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
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

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$16) 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

Departure Point

Shingley Dr, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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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Fun and knowledgeable tour guides
Monika_P
, Jun 2021
Music while skipping and guides sense of humour and of course reef and sealife!!! Great food and choice of drinks on the boat.
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Great Experience
Reuben_W
, Apr 2021
Memorable experiences we had included the boat ride, seeing the reef and walking the island and beaches. Witnessing the fish come up close to feed was incredible! The team was so friendly and enthusiastic and it was lovely that they genuinely wanted to know a little bit about all the guests.
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A MUST DO!
Alex_L
, Apr 2021
Fantastic day! lovely scenery and wild life. can’t say anything negative! and that’s something coming from me ! 5 stars hands down!
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A great way to visit Whitehaven and good value
Nathan_B
, Apr 2021
The ocean rafting tour was a good way to visit Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday island while doing some snorkeling on the way. As the boat wasn't too big it was a lot more personal and more efficient than being on a large boat. The boat crew and shuttle bus drivers were very friendly. A very good value for money given what was included for the day.
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A memorable and awesome trip
Sonia_V
, Apr 2021
We enjoyed the whole trip which included great music, friendly and fun tour guides and a fast and memorable boat trip. The snorkelling stood out most because you had the opportunity to see what beautiful things are hidden under the water which you may not get to see everyday. The tour guys “ Kevin and josh” took exclusive photos from under the water so we could look back on the experience and remember the exceptional time we enjoyed. After the snorkeling we arrived at the unbelievable Whitehaven beach which is honestly worth visiting. We all agreed Whitehaven has the BEST sand and ocean you could ever find. At Whitehaven we could relax, swim in the cool and clear ocean, go for walks along the beach and hang in the boat if you weren’t a fan of the sun. We would highly recommend ocean rafting for all family’s and couples who want to experience the time of there lives!
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Great vibes, people and experience
Monalifa_A
, Apr 2021
We were blessed with perfect weather and a great bunch of people. Kevin and Josh were awesome. They really went above and beyond to make our experience unforgettable. Best day.
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Best day ever
Karyn_W
, Apr 2021
The whole day was fantastic. AJ, Bree and Keith made it that much more special. They were fantastic with our grandchildren.
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What a wholesome experience!!!
Larissa_P
, Feb 2021
The experience was absolutely fantastic! The crew (Paul and Shelly) made the trip awesome, and even though I was by myself, I didn’t feel alone or excluded at any time!! I will certainly do it again, but bring my friends next time. I recommend it 100 times!!! Amazing 🤘😍
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Hill Inlet
Viviana_M
, Jan 2021
Great experience with knowledgeable professional staff. It was the perfect day. Highly recommend Ocean Rafting as they can stop where no one else can go which was on our list to experience and we were not disappointed. We opted for the beach time not the extended snorkelling tour as we had already done that on a previous trip a few months ago.
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Amazing
Chloe_M
, Jan 2021
Amazing experience! Saw loads of beautiful sea life and the water was still so clear even with the bad weather
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