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Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

Product ID: 192783
Embark on an exciting, eco-adventure tour from Airlie Beach. With a maximum 32 people, enjoy all the perks of a small group. Fly over the ocean on a thrilling rafting ride, relax on the beach, snorkel, and bush walk — all in one day.
About this activity
Duration: 6.5 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

Pickup from central Airlie Beach accommodation.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • Enjoy an exhilarating ride on the fastest Whitsundays vessels
  • Wonder at the iconic Hill Inlet's breathtaking view
  • Visit pristine, exclusive snorkel sites of Hook and Border Island
  • Bask in the sun on Whitehaven Beach
  • Protect the environment, this tour is ecotourism certified
Full description
The first option, North Whitehaven, is perfect for snorkellers, visit 2 different snorkel destinations. The South Whitehaven option is ideal for relaxing, this option allows for more beach time. Visit 1 snorkel location and spend more time on Whitehaven Beach.

Take off on the ride of your life in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Ride, beach, snorkel and bush walk… all in one day. Enjoy the perfect Whitehaven Beach tour, visiting both ends of the world famous beach and enjoying approximately two hours relaxing at the southern end of the 7km stretch of Whitehaven Beach. 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 and guided walk to Hill Inlet Lookout enjoying breathtaking views of 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.
  • Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Visitand Hill Inlet
  • Guided National Park walk
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Personalized snorkel instruction
  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Reef and island naturalist talks
  • Courtesy bus pickup and drop-off
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch buffet ($16 lunch is payable direct to local operator on the day)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Reusable water bottle
Know before you go
• This is the 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 Business and Green Travel Leader
• Please note: The above tour itinerary is a guideline only and is subject to change depending on tide, wind and other weather conditions
• Travel on semi-rigid inflatable vessels, travelling at speeds of up to 35 knots (65 km/hour) • The vessels are up to 12 metre 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 200 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Brilliant tour, fun boat, very fast, there were high tides so snorkelling didn’t see much unless u could dive down. Whitehaven beach was amazing and then the views at the top of the walk were just as they are in the pictures. Guides Sarah and Ivan were very informative and made the trip .

February 12, 2020

We have booked the Whitehaven Noth option. The boat trip went faster than expected, the crew was very nice and gave us a lot of interesting information. The time on the beach was sufficient and the lunch was very good for the price. The first snorkeling spot was a bit disappointing as there were only a few fish to see and no corals. There were also a lot of jellyfish, which is why we preferred to end our snorkeling early. The second spot was all the more beautiful for that. All in all, the second snorkeling trip could have been a bit longer. We still had a nice day with ocean rafting and would definitely recommend the tour.

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January 10, 2020

Such a great day spent in and on the water! Our skipper Braydon was great and made sure we had an adventure filled ride the whole time. He was able to get us into the shallows of Whitehaven Beach where we could check out the rays and baby lemon sharks or just relax on our own private beach for a bit. We also visited some amazing snorkel spots where we all had the chance to me George the Maori Wrasse. To finish the day we hiked up to three amazing lookouts where we could see almost all of Whitehaven Beach. Nicole was also part of the crew that day and took some awesome pictures of everyone as well as the marine life in the water, she was also very informative of the area and shared some fun facts about the islands. Overall a great day and would definitely travel with Ocean Rafting again!

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December 22, 2019

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Product ID: 192783