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Ocean Rafting

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Shingley Drive | Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
+61 7 4946 6848
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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, and each Ocean Rafting day includes an exhilarating ride to Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks. Ocean Rafting is the only tour to have direct 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. The vessels were originally designed and built as rescue crafts and are driven by 450hp engines. 70% of the vessel is shaded, providing comfort from the tropical sun. Small groups allow guests to experience tropical paradise away from the crowds.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, from the courtesy bus pick up in the morning to snorkel lessons and a guided National Park walk in the Whitsunday Islands.
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Shingley Drive | Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
+61 7 4946 6848

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Reviewed 2 August 2017

Did the norther exposure. Fantastic. Would highly recomend. Sarah and Dee awsome hosts. Saw two pods of whales and their calves. Turtles . Heaps of fish and coral. Lunch great on Whithaven Beach. Did sailing whitsundayGBR no good. Far better value with OCEAN RAFTING. RIPTIDE...More

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1  Thank 455lyndong
Reviewed 2 August 2017

I took the southern Ocean Refting tour. Because the southern tour spends more time at Withehaven beach than the other tour. It is so nice I have never had this kind of experience. It is so me!

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Thank ybu01162
Reviewed 2 August 2017

👌👌👌 very nice People, good spot, beautiful day in the Beach. Funny and energetic driver, Great day ✔

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Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

We went with Ocean Rafting for the "Northern Exposure" tour and found this to be a good combination of high speed (comfortable) boating, visit to a beautiful beach and two nice snorkeling sites. The first one with lots of fish to see (attracted by food...More

Thank swissami19
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Amazing weather, good snorkeling and Whiteheaven beach visit, good lunch. Love the ride on the boat, and super friendly staff always making sure we had a great day. Will do it again with more friends!

Thank Kha V
OceanRafting_Safari, Manager at Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Thanks for taking the time and leaving us a review! We looking forward to seeing you again in the beautiful Whitsundays. Sounds like you had an amazing day! Be sure to share your pictures on social media by #oceanrafting - Thanks the Ocean Rafting

Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

We booked the tour that included more beach time. After the bush walk and being in the iconic lookout you head down to the most amazing beach (the swirling hill inlet) that you have been waiting for; they pressure you to board the boat and...More

Thank Lourdes R
OceanRafting_Safari, Owner at Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your snorkelling experience and saw some of our amazing marine life! You chose to book on our Southern Lights tour which we promote as spending more time on the beach at the south...More

Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

The tour guides were awesome, Todd and Claudia. Always made sure we were happy and comfortable. They really care about the people and their experience of the reef. They also care for the Reef and wildlife which is important too. The boat is really fun...More

Thank Jaay22
OceanRafting_Safari, Manager at Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Very kind words! We pride ourselves on ensuring that guest are comfortable, entertained and informed of the local area. Be sure to tell all your family and friends to come visit us in the beautiful Whitsundays. Thanks Ocean Rafting Team :)

Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

If you want to see the Whiteheaven Beach and other magic places, I recommend you the Ocean Rafting company. We spent an enjoyable and amazing day cruising in the diferents Whitsunday's islands, snorkelling, going for a walk and then relaxing in one of their fantastic...More

Thank Roger G
OceanRafting_Safari, Manager at Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Thank for leaving us an awesome review - we love getting feedback from our guest!! We pride ourselves ensuring the safety of our guest. Whitehaven Beach is truly amazing! Make sure you tell all your family and friends to come visit us and the "WILD...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017

We went on the Southern lights tour and loved every moment of it. The ride out was exhilarating and entertaining with the humour of our skipper Josh and his nautical skills leaving us speechless. We saw manta rays, a whale feeding her calf and beautiful...More

Thank zmcat
OceanRafting_Safari, Manager at Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

WOW - you had a fantastic day out with us! Very rare to see a mumma whale feeding her calf! very cool! We are sorry for the dad jokes from Josh (hahaha). Danni is one of our marine biologist that has so much information on...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017

We did the northern exposure tour, was a great day out, snorkelling, a little bushwalk to a lookout over hill inlet, laying on the Whitehaven beach, spotted a whale and calf, this is an amazing value tour considering all the things you get to do,...More

Thank JacknBeth
OceanRafting_Safari, Manager at Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Thanks guys for an awesome review! Having that direct access to Hill Inlet is very unique to Ocean Rafting. Owning 4 out of the 5 permits to the Hill Inlet give us the ulitmate access to Whitehaven Beach. You are correct in saying we have...More

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Response from ReneeAlesha | Reviewed this property |
We chose the southern highlights tour which is more beach time than snorkelling. We had one snorkel for about 40 mins, and then headed to the shallow south end of the beach to walk up to hill inlet. We had 30 mins for the... More
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Response from travelvirgin101 | Reviewed this property |
Loved Northern your
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Response from TinCanBayKitty | Reviewed this property |
They were saying they prefer you to book directly through them. As long as you have your dates etc they work with other operators and I'm assuming that includes PnO