Airlie Beach

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Day Trip

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From USD 299.46

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Combine two popular Australia destinations in one day: the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Following a scenic flight by fixed-wing aircraft, embark on an ocean rafting adventure to Whitehaven Beach. The bird’s-eye views, including Heart Reef, are unparalleled. A buffet lunch and snorkeling on the coral reef are included. Opt for more beach time with the Southern Lights tour or extra snorkeling with the Northern Exposure itinerary.
  • Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands scenic flight with large viewing windows
  • Exhilarating ocean raft takes you to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Fringe coral reef offers pristine snorkeling with personalized instruction
  • Naturalist guides lead Whitsunday Island national park walks, with buffet lunch

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • 60 minute reef and island scenic flight
  • Tour to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Guided National Park walks
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling and sunsuit/wetsuit
  • Assorted Alcoholic and NON Alcoholic Drinks and snacks (available to purchase - Cash or Credit Card)
  • Prescription Mask Hire - AUD$15 payable direct on day of travel
  • A QLD public holiday surcharge of $20 per adult, $10 per child and $50 per family (2ad,2ch)

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Whitsunday Airport (Shute Harbour) - Airlie Beach
    12 Air Whitsunday Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia

    Courtesy coach transfers are included from Airlie Beach accommodation or you may choose to meet at Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour. Transfers are also included from the airport to Coral Sea Marina for the vessel.

Pickup points

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End point

  • Coral Sea Marina
    1-3 Shingley Dr, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia

    Courtesy transfers are included from the airport to the marina and also return to your accommodation on completion of the boat tour.

Pickup details

Courtesy coach transfers are included from Airlie Beach accommodation or you may choose to meet at Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please bring: swimmers, a beach bag with a towel, hat and shoes, a jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkelling, camera in a waterproof case or Tupperware, cash for water, soft drinks, fruit juices and chocolates for sale on board, everything you need for the day as you will not return to your accommodation between tours.
  • Please note: For legal and safety reasons all passengers are weighed prior to boarding. Maximum per seat weight is 125 kgs. Full names and exact weights per passenger must be advised when booking due to flight weight availability.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Air con Airport Lounge, Cafe, Charging Port and secure lockers
  • Guaranteed window seats with big window viewing
  • Whitsunday Airport only 8 mins drive from main street of Airlie Beach
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Just incredible!
Ally_S, Dec 2022
Thank you so much to the wonderful Ocean Rafting team for this spectacular day. They knew I was travelling solo, so made an extra effort to look after me and quite simply gave me the best time. Everything was wonderful - from the sky tour to the scuba diving and guided walk. Thank you again!
Gorgeous beach and lookout, fun ocean rafting ride, but not so good tour guide and transfer
Pieng_L, Dec 2022
Fun ocean rafting ride, but my mom said it was dangerous for the captain to party and take his hand off the steering wheel when zipping in and out at high speed near rocky coast at times. She said we could have died if anything had gone wrong. The other thing we didn’t like was one of the tour guides, Tommy. He made us feel rushed several times. I wanted to use the bathroom on the boat before we got off and he said there were bathrooms at the top of Hill Inlet Lookout and it would take 10 minutes, but it probably took us 30 minutes or more by the time everyone took pictures at 2 different lookouts and the other tour guide talked in a very loud voice (which was not necessary because we were all very close, but he’s probably used to talking so loud because you have to when the ocean raft is running and the wind is blowing) for well over 10 minutes about information that we didn’t even really care about. We just wanted to enjoy the mesmerizing colors and beauty of the inlet in peace. By the time we got to the bathrooms, he said we could use the bathroom on the boat and that the bathrooms were only cleaned once a year. They were decent and not as terrible as he made it sound. Most everybody used the bathroom there. Tommy wanted us to sit down as soon as we got on the boat, but everyone was still trying to settle down and put things back because they are all under the seats. He also wanted me to invert the stinger suit and wash out the sand when I had my book bag, towel, and sandals in my hand. I told him I would do it once I put all of my stuff down, but by the time I did it, they did rinse it off. There are 2 tour guides and they were both just monitoring everyone to get back on the raft. I feel like since we are customers one of them could at least help us out especially since they were not doing anything. The ocean rafting was fun, the lunch was delicious, the beach was incredibly pretty, we all had a wonderful time. One the way back, the van that was supposed to take us back to the hotel told us to wait because all 3 vans already had 8 people and we were a party of 4. We waited and all the vans left. We went to the office and asked and they said they’ll come back. We did see 2 vans come back, but they were parking and not picking anyone else up. Then they told us it would’ve been faster for us to walk 10 minutes back to the hotel, which they did not tell us. I had to walk to the other side of the parking lot and flag down the driver and she drove us back. She was nice. There were also another party of 4 that were left behind and they took another van behind us. The places we went to were wonderful, but the tour guide and transfer on the way home was not.
Amazing experience! ☀️
Yash_K, Sept 2022
My partner and I had the most amazing day out. The flight portion was awesome! Beautiful scenes everywhere we looked. Whitehaven beach was a highlight! We were with Mez and Callista for the ocean rafting. I am learning to swim so I was a bit nervous for the snorkeling! Callista was so lovely and pulled me along the water as I held on to a buoy! Thanks to her I was able to see the Great Barrier Reef!! We saw whales from the flight and when on the boar! 100% recommend this tour to anyone!
Weather wasn’t perfect but tours were 👌🏼
JasonM, May 2022
Our tour guides on the boat were Scotty and Kate, the experience would not have been as good as it was without them, they were fantastic. Snorkelling was amazing, Whitehaven was beautiful. Thanks Scotty and Kate, we will be back. Plane ride over the Barrier Reef was breathtaking, how lucky we are to live in this amazing country! Thanks Angela, learnt a lot about the history of the Whitsundays, highly recommended!
Alex and his colleague...
Sreshti_N, Mar 2022
Alex and his colleague were commendable. Really sporty and very caring! The trip was very well executed.
Awesome day out!
Kylie_P, Mar 2022
Great day with Ocean Rafting and Whitsunday air crew! We had a wonderful day seeing some amazing sites.
Unforgettable Experience!!!
Eden_T, Feb 2022
Absolutely wonderful experience! 10/10 would do this again! The flight over the islands and Great Barrier Reef is amazing, the views from hill inlet are insane and Whitehaven beach is spectacular! The raft ride was super fun, and the snorkelling was incredible! Awesome friendly team as well! Really enjoyable adventure packed experience! 🙌🏼☺️
Fun fun fun
Anna_A, Apr 2021
We had the most wonderful and enjoyable day - rafting, bush walking and snorkelling. Luke, Ivan, and Thomas were most helpful. I can say that the whole group had fun!!! ☺️☺️☺️
Great day trip
Isaac_W, Dec 2020
The flight was the best of the day and we got the opportunity to see the heart of the reef. The pilot was sweet to allow both sides of the passengers to take nice pics. Majority of the time is the rafting. There was one bushwalk and beach swimming, following by two snorkeling. They provided wetsuits when people are in the water. There are also noodles available for people who can't swim. Overall a well organised day trip.
Great experience
Mathieu_G, Mar 2020
The trip was really nice, even if the weather was not amazing, our guide on the Jamain were awesome and makes us having a great time
More speed boat ride than tour
Laura_T, Sept 2019
they are making a decision to book. The first portion of the tour is a scenic flight over thI was a bit disappointed in this tour for reasons I will list. for some this may be a perfect tour. It all depends e reef with advertised emphasis on heart reef. Heart reef is small, but you literally get a countdown to be prepared for the less than 10 seconds you have to see it and take a photo. The pilot will rotate so the other side can do the same, but the frustrating part is most people want to see the heart reef and it is disappointing that they won't spend more time giving people this opportunity. Part two is the rafting experience. If you are looking for a high speed boat ride then this will be the perfect tour for you. The majority of it is whisking through the waters being jarred left and right. If you have a bad back, etc this might be too much for you. I was definitely sore the next few days without a bad back. What bothered me on this tour is once you get to the tour locations you are rushed through like cattle. You are rushed off the boat, even told to jump off the side rather than climb down the thin stairs that go partway into the water. You are rushed to not take photos stating that you need to get to the inlet because there won't be much time until you have to get back on the boat for lunch. Theon what you are looking for. I will be as honest as possible in order to help someone like me when re are naturally multiple tours there and it becomes an assembly line of standing in front of the inlet before being whisked back to the boat. Once arriving at Whitehaven beach were were barely off the boat before told to load once again to eat on board. A section of the seating was used for food display which left less space for sitting and people were crowding onto each other to eat. We had the misfortune of a windy day so food was flying off plates and the birds were eagerly waiting for a treat. We were once again whisked to the snorkeling locations another 40 minutes away. If you are not an independent strong swimmer I DO NOT recommend the tour. THe staff does not get in the water to help or assist, despite my asking a guide earlier who said she would. The time spend at the snorkeling areas was slight which I guess was ok considering the current. The focus was not on making sure everyone was prepared to go in the water and more on expecting prior experience. Another guest was an experienced swimmer, but new to snorkeling and told me she was scared.
Auch nach Tagen noch beeindruckt
Markus_K, Oct 2022
Fantastische Organisation freundliches Personal und Guides, absolut bemüht und natürlich das malerische Heartreef und der Fun mit dem Raftingboot am Schluss - daneben noch der Aufenthalt am Whitehaven Beach
Ein toller Tag!!!
Journey14929201401, Nov 2019
Ein traumhafter Flug neben dem Piloten... tolle Sicht mit Erklärungen. Anschließende Bootstour mit Schnorcheln hervorragend. Mittagessen sehr lecker!