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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
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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$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

Departure Point

Shingley Dr, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia

North end village next to Sorrentos Restaurant.

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
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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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

Reviews

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star-5
Amazing day
emma_w
, Oct 2021
Mandy and paul were amazing. Fun, engaging and fantastic representation for the company. Both showed a great knowledge and passion for their work. Amazing with my daughter too 🥰🥰
star-5
Highly recommend!!!
Margarita_M
, Oct 2021
My partner and I went on this tour and absolutely loved it! The lookout was breathtaking, the snorkelling spots were amazing, so much beautiful life in the reef, there were even a couple turtles! The crew shared really interesting historic information about the places we were visiting and lunch was great. We even got afternoon tea! Plenty of drinks and chocky bars on board to purchase also! The day overall was perfect!!! Thank you Rory and Sabrina!!! Highly recommend!
star-5
Fantastic day out!
Andrea_B
, Sep 2021
Our family really enjoyed this day out, our girls are 13 and 11. We went bush walking Hill inlet then lunch at Whitehaven, just stunning and onto two snorkel spots, where at one we spotted a turtle. Plenty of cool fish and coral to see, highly recommended!
star-5
Top tour experience!
Amanda_C
, Sep 2021
Pauly and Sarina were amazing host, they were both extremely funny and knowledgeable about the islands and snorkelling spots. It was an amazing day. We will be back again.
star-5
Amazing tour ! Friendly...
Natasha_C
, Sep 2021
Amazing tour ! Friendly staff, everything provided. Good for kids of all ages great all round experience!
star-5
A must!!
Simone_S
, Aug 2021
Snorkeling, the reef, the fish, Whitehaven. Nicole and Rory are very knowledgeable and friendly, they truly made the trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
awesome, a must do experience
Neale
, Aug 2021
White haven beach is awesome ( photos don't do it justice ) and the view from Hill Inlet is terrific. Snorkeling was great. Merran and Shelly sure made for a great experience. Highly recommend.
star-5
Memorable Whitsundays Experience!
Jade_H
, Aug 2021
Great professional crew! They went above and beyond to make sure everyone was comfortable and having a great time! Lunch was also fresh and tasty and a great range of drinks for purchase! Honestly could not fault the whole experience!
star-5
Memorable and beautiful team
Cecile_C
, Aug 2021
James, Shelly, and the young girl with gorgeous blue eyes were fantastic and so funny. beautiful spots to visit , swim and chill on the beach . Thanks so much you made this experience a joyful and memorable one.
star-5
This is the best
David_P
, Aug 2021
This trip was a 10 . We couldn't fault it everything ran like clockwork. All the equipment was perfect, the attention to detail was spot on. Our hosts capt Scotty and first mate Nicole were entertaining charming and always attentive to our every need. If you do anything in airlie beach this is it.

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