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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$ 311.21 per person

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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup is from central Airlie Beach accommodations. If your pickup location is not listed, please note your accommodation address and contact the local supplier the day prior to travel.
Small group
Limited to 11 participants

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 Fixed-Wing Aircraft
  • Guided National Park walk
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkeling
  • Personalized snorkel instruction
  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Reef and island naturalist talks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tropical style lunch on Whitehaven Beach
  • Sunsuit/wetsuit
  • Drinks (available for purchase oboard)
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 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 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 Whitsundays
  • Subject to weight allowance on aircraft. The local supplier will contact you after the booking is made
  • Individual weights in excess of 110kg will incur an extra seat surcharge. The maximum per seat weight is 130 kgs
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 120 reviews

Review summary

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

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Great day out on the water. Unfortunately, the weather was windy & raining for the whole day so didn’t get to enjoy the sunshine but didn’t stop the fun. Our guides were experienced and a ball of jokes! You’ll start off on a raft ride to then go check out the lookout first, which on a rainy day you couldn’t see a lot but still beautiful, then head to Whitehaven beach for lunch & a swim/walk whatever you like. We chose the northern trip so we then went to the two snorkel spots and they were awesome!! Lots and lots of fish and colourful coral. Very enjoyable!!

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April 20, 2022

Incredible! - if you’re in Airlie for a short time this is a good way to see many attractions all in one day, well worth the price in my opinion. For ocean rafting We had James and Maddie on the thunder-struck they were amazing tour guide hosts! really genuine people, funny and made the experience that much better. I would recommend this 10292773 times. We will book again when we’re back. Thank you guys for the amazing day! You guys really made our trip enjoyable. - Palace & Josh

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April 3, 2022

Incredible experience! Starting with the scenic flight was amazing - the pilot (chill guy with long hair) was very professional and friendly. Did a great job getting us good views of the reefs and Whitehaven. Also very knowledgeable. The transition to the rafting was seamless, and it was good that they allowed us to order breakfast before the flight. The rafting excursion was awesome. Taylor and Kevin were great guides (Thunderstruck!!). Awesome playlist of all the hits and Taylor was a great skipper driving out to the reef. Both were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable - many cool facts and answered all our questions. Small reef shark, turtle, rays all spotted during the excursion. Would definitely book again!

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March 9, 2022

Product ID: 192765