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Ocean Rafting

Ocean Rafting

Whitsunday underwater adventure!

Each Ocean Rafting day includes an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks, all in one day! The semi rigid inflatable vessels are super fast allowing you to experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays. Ocean Rafting has operated since 1997 and is proud to have special permits allowing them to visit protected areas in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Ocean Rafting are the only tour operator 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. Ocean Rafting visits the "Wild Side" of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life.

Ocean Rafting's fleet of five vessels are 11 metre semi-rigid inflatables, originally designed and built as rescue crafts and are driven by 500hp engines. Each vessel takes a maximum of 25-32 passengers, with small groups allowing you to experience tropical paradise away from the crowds and 70% of the vessel is shaded, providing comfort from the tropical sun.  Your Skipper and Eco Host will ensure you 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.

Things to do

Northern Exposure

The Northern Exposure tour 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. 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.

Southern Lights

The Southern Lights tour visits both the northern and southern ends of Whitehaven Beach. 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. The main difference between Ocean Rafting’s two tours is that the Southern Lights has more beach time and the Northern Exposure offers more snorkelling time.

Double Deal

Ocean Rafting offers a double deal for guests wanting to choose both cruises and experience more adventure for less, travelling on both the Northern Exposure and Southern Lights tours over two days (need not be consecutive).

2 Trips Deal

Ocean Rafting offers a special package with sister company, Ocean Safari, including one day on Ocean Rafting in the Whitsundays and another day experiencing Ocean Safari in Cape Tribulation. Ocean Safari offers an exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. This half day eco tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. After a fast 25 minute ride, guests are ready to snorkel two fabulous locations at Mackay and Undine Reefs. On most days the rainforest can be seen along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, home to an abundance of marine life as well as beautiful hard and soft corals.

Ticket Information

Pass Option

Ticket Type

Price

Ocean Rafting

Ocean Rafting Double deal/ 2 trips Deal Rate – Adult

$268.00

Ocean Rafting Double deal/ 2 trips Deal Rate – Child (2-14yrs)

$172.00

Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure Tour – Adult

$149.00

Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure Tour – Child (2-14yrs)

$96.00

Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure Tour – Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

$446.00

Ocean Rafting Southern Light Tour – Adult

$149.00

Ocean Rafting Southern Light Tour – Child (2-14yrs)

$96.00

Ocean Rafting Southern Light Tour – Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

$446.00

Visitor Information

Operating Hours

Ocean Rafting tours depart Abell Point Marina North (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar) in Airlie Beach daily. The Northern Exposure tour departs at 8:45am and returns at 3:30pm (check in 8:00am) with courtesy coach pick ups from 8:00am - 8:30am. The Southern Lights tour departs at 10:00am and returns at 4:30pm (check in 9:00am) with courtesy coach pick ups from 8:45am - 9:30am.

Location

Abell Point Marina North (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar), Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802

How to get there

  • Car/Walk
    At the top of the main street of Airlie Beach, turn into Broadwater Avenue and continue along the boardwalk until you reach Abell Point Marina. If travelling by car, turn into Shingley Drive to Abell Point Marina North. The Ocean Rafting check in office is next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar.
  • Courtesy Coach
    Courtesy coach pick ups are available from all local accommodation houses.

Additional Information

All tickets purchased at MyFun must make a booking at 07 4946 6848. Please quote your MyFun barcode number when making your booking.
Please print out and take along with you to the attraction. Tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Ride Guide: 0-10 knots: Fun, fast ride, 15 knots: Fun, surfing ride, 20 knots: Wild surfing ride, 25+ knots: Exhilarating wild ride. In the case of rough weather, Ocean Rafting must be told of any pre existing medical conditions. A signed release will be required from all participants on departure. Although good health and a positive attitude are essential, you do not need any prior experience to partake in any of Ocean Rafting's activities.

All fares are inclusive of Marine Park fees, National Park fees and GST. Sites are weather and tide permitting and Ocean Rafting reserves the right to arrange alternative itinerary when necessary.

Tours depart Abell Point Marina North (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar), Airlie Beach daily. Courtesy coach pick ups are available from local accommodation houses between 08:00-9:30am. Please reconfirm pick up time 24 hours prior with your accommodation or call Ocean Rafting on 07 4946 6848.

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