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1 Day Off the Beaten Track Whitsundays

The super fast way to get to the wild side of the Whitsundays Islands

Ocean Rafting visits the ‘Wild Side’ of the Whitsundays, offering exhilarating tours to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine reef snorkelling and guided bush walks. The fast semi-rigid inflatable vessels allow guests to experience a fun ride amongst the ...

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.

The Northern Exposure is a favourite amongst avid snorkellers, including 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. 

The main difference between Ocean Rafting’s two tours is that the Northern Exposure offers more snorkelling time and the Southern Lights has more beach time.

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: Minimum 2 Years

Fitness Requirement: N/A

What's included

  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Guided National Park walks
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Reef and island naturalist talks
  • Courtesy bus transfers
  • Cake for afternoon tea

What To Bring

  • Swimmers
  • A beach bag including a towel, hat and shoes
  • A jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkelling
  • Cameras in a waterproof case or Tupperware
  • Cash for water, soft drinks, beer, fruit juices and chocolates for sale on board
  • Lunch (if not chosen Ocean Rafting lunch)

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Day Trip - Northern ExposureTour
The Northern Exposure tour offers three days in one, including an exhilarating ride to Whitehaven Beach, 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 ensure a memorable underwater experience. The Northern Exposure is a favourite amongst avid snorkellers, including 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. The main difference between Ocean Rafting’s two tours is that the Northern Exposure offers more snorkelling time and the Southern Lights has more beach time.
Meals :None

Pickups

Departs 7 days per week

Departs: 8.45am, Abell Point Marina North (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar), Airlie Beach.

Returns: 3.30pm

Courtesy coach pick ups from 7.45am - 8.30am

 

 

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Cruise
  • Snorkelling
  • Scenic Tour / Sightseeing

Available Extras

Buffet style lunch $16 per person.

Drinks, snacks and sunsuit/wetsuit hire are optional extras.

No Credit Card or Booking Fees!!

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Recent Independent Reviews

  • By Carla @ Real Aussie
    On Real Aussie Adventures

    Ocean rafting are the yellow boats that whizz past other sailing boats in Airlie Beach leaving them in a cloud of frothy waves..get to the best bits faster on this boat!