Airlie Beach

Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots

Airlie Beach, Australia

From USD 117.69

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


Enjoy a full-day tour of the stunning Whitsunday Islands, traveling on a sturdy motorized raft to world-famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Beach. You get to choose from two tours that offer either more snorkeling or more beach time. Gain exclusive access to secluded spots where you can snorkel around pristine coral reefs, and take a walk with your guide in the national park to a lookout point with spectacular views. Your boat travels quickly across the ocean, giving you more time to enjoy the Whitsundays.
  • Day tour to Whitehaven Beach by motorized raft, from Airlie Beach
  • Enjoy an exhilarating ride by high-speed inflatable boat to Whitehaven Beach
  • Spend time in paradise at Whitehaven Beach, one of the most photographed beaches in Australia
  • Travel on boats that have permission to visit protected areas in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Enjoy snorkeling in secret spots with incredible marine life
  • Walk through the Whitsundays Islands National Park with your guide to reach incredible views
  • Includes all snorkeling gear, flotation devices, and instruction from experienced guides

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

The deluxe raft travels faster than the larger boats, meaning you get to your destination quicker.

What's Included

  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and guided National Park walks
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Reef and island naturalist talks by our Master Reef Guides,Eco Host and Marine Biologist
  • Courtesy bus transfers
  • Tropical lunch (AUD$20) payable direct. Please add in booking notes if you would like to add.
  • Hire sunsuits/wetsuits - $8pp to hire on check in (Students with ID, Senior & Children FREE))
  • Assorted Alcoholic and NON Alcoholic Drinks and snacks (available to purchase - Cash or Credit Card)
  • Prescription Mask hire Available - $15 pp on check in
  • 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

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

    North end village next to Sorrentos Restaurant.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Please reconfirm your pick up time with Ocean Rafting 24 hours prior to travel by calling

What To Expect

Choose from two tour options: the "Northern Exposure" for more snorkel time, or the " Southern Lights" for more beach time. Both include an informative guide who shares commentary about the ecology and wildlife of the reef and islands. Both tours start with pickup from your Airlie Beach hotel and transfer to the marina for check-in. Your guide welcomes you aboard the boat and provides a full safety briefing before departing for Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands.

Visit stunning Whitehaven Beach and great snorkeling spots at nearby islands. Beginning and expert snorkelers alike can observe colorful marine life along coral reefs, with provided equipment and personal instruction from your guide.

Indulge in a tasty buffet lunch on the beach (own expense), plus afternoon tea with cake. Ride in a sturdy raft equipped with a sunshade that covers much of the vessel, protecting you from the tropical sun. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.

Whitsunday Islands

Explore the Whitsunday Islands in one day, snorkelling at special fringing reef locations and the enjoying the ultimate access to Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

5 hours Admission Ticket Free

Ocean Rafting

Check in at Ocean Rafting's office at Coral Sea Marina or take advantage of a courtesy transfer from your accommodation.

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please back in a small bag swimwear, towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, refillable water bottle and comfortable walking shoes
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • 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
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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.

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Traveller Tips

The two stops of snorkelling and the Whitehaven beach aren’t unforgettable.
The choice of places for the snorkeling is very good : a lot of fish, a good view of the reef.
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I did enjoy the ride...
Alvaro_R, Mar 2023
I did enjoy the ride through the islands and both Dan & Calista made a great job ensuring that everyone had fun. Both showed an enthusiasm that made the experience worthwhile and you could tell how much they care to make everyone’s experience worth to remember. Thumbs up!!
Amazing & fun day seeing the Whitsundays
Becca_R, Mar 2023
Had the most amazing day on this trip!! I was on Thrilla and all the crew were brilliant and made the day so fun. The boat trip itself was exhilarating and the music created a really fun vibe. Maisie was always checking that everyone was ok too. The snorkelling was amazing and the crew made sure we got to see some cool stuff, taking to us to a different spot when we couldn’t see anything at the second spot. Couldn’t have been better!!
Lots of activities encompassed into one day!
Laura_M, Mar 2023
The snorkelling was great, lots of things to see! The boat ride was fun and a got the adrenaline pumping. Oak and Kate were great guides and made the whole day a fun experience!
EVERYTHING about the trip...
Katherine_S, Mar 2023
EVERYTHING about the trip was fab! Decks and Kurt were great fun yet professional, super friendly and very funny.
Time of our Lives
Alison_M, Mar 2023
Great snorkeling spots, fun boat ride and awesome crew. Also Whitehaven beach was amazing. Thank you Oak and Shriek!
Had a very fun day ocean...
Kendall_R, Feb 2023
Had a very fun day ocean rafting! Scottie had the best music and made sure everyone was enjoying themselves!
Day to Remember!
Ronda_A, Feb 2023
Kate and Charlotte were outstanding as tour guides. They were approachable, competent and friendly. They took pictures of us and showed us fish and coal while snorkeling. The company was well organized from the pick up to the return. On time and nice snacks and lunch. It couldn't have been better! Thanks for memories to last a lifetime!!!
Monica_t, Feb 2023
This experience was amazing and definitely the highlight of our trip. You are taken out to Whitehaven beach where you can relax or swim, then to two snorkelling spots which were just beautiful. So worth it! Kurt and charlotte are great hosts and made sure everyone was comfortable and had fun. They made an awesome experience even more awesome!! I’d definitely book with tour again and I recommend it to anyone visiting Whitsundays
Fantastic Experience!!! Amazing!🤩👍
Sunny_C, Feb 2023
Absolutely amazing experience, snorkelling and beach time at Whitehaven beach, spectacular view at Whitsunday island National park fantastic tour and I would high recommend to anyone!!
Amazing experience!
Nicole_C, Jan 2023
What a great day! Started off with a pickup from my hostel, and my driver was oh so lovely. After a short drive we arrived at the marina and staff were very friendly and helpful. Our first stop was whitehaven beach which was incredible. We then visited 2 snorkel destinations. Charlotte and Kate were our guides and they were incredible. Made the day so much more enjoyable. Thank you girls for a great day! And thank you ocean raft for this incredible experience. I really hope to be back.
Exciting amazing awesome family day.
Ash_B, Jan 2023
Snorkeling Seeing white haven beach. Lunch on the beach. The views of white haven Boat trip adventure
Pedro_M, Jan 2023
Super fun excursion, with three energetic guides. Includes snorkeling, Hill Inlet, and Whitehaven beach. The ride was so much fun.
Better than expected
Ryan_O, Jan 2023
Our captain and crew member (Kurt) where so much fun. As my daughter was able to dive he took her down to see the nemo fish and took time to show/explain the reef to her.
Everlasting memory
Kenny_S, Jan 2023
Mez and Heath has made the day so much fun with everlasting memories for our family Thank you Sweeney family
Best boat experience
Ina_D, Dec 2022
Best boat experience ever! Super wild and fun, the crew made it extra enjoyable and took great care of us. The reef was amazing! Must do!
The weather Didn't Do it justice
Meme_Z, Dec 2022
I am 100% not against the skipper and our guide. But i Felt this tour Should have been cancelled for courtesy for customers. They were both amazing and easy going person and tried to make the trip as interesting as possible. The drawback was the terrible weather. My other friend's tour got cancelled due to the weather But mine Still carried on. Initially i thought i was being lucky. But not long after we went to the first and only snorkeling spot. I barely Saw anything underwater But bleached corals. I have been to many other less popular and famous places both in Australia and other countries. I have never seen corals like this in a tour. The wind was so strong that we were only able to do one snorkeling at this sheltered spot which is apparently not the best places to go to for coral watching. In the arvo we went to the hill inlet hike and again because of the poor weather condition and high tide, we didn't see much from the lookout, absolutely not what you see in the ad photos. We walked in the rain for 1hr. All drenched and then rode back to airlie beach in strong wind. Lots p Of People looked very cold as we wrapped our towels closely around us. I had a fever the next day. The ride was quite fun and wild. However be reminded that there is no toilet onboard and it will be very very cold as there is no shelter for wind onboard and the splashes Can get you very wet!
Thrilling boat ride with great snorkel
Brogan_S, Dec 2022
We had a great day despite the weather. Was a shame that it was high tide when we went to the look out so didn’t see the spectacle of the Whitehaven beach and hill inlet in all its glory. However the snorkel spots were amazing! The boat ride was also a great experience in itself Cash and Dex kept us entertained throughout!
Amazing day out!
Cynthia_S, Dec 2022
We wouldn’t have it any other way. It was absolutely splendid! Now, a little problem is that “danger zone” got stuck in our heads. 😁 Thank you for an amazing day out! 🙌🏽
Amazing 7 hours
Elena_A, Dec 2022
Snorkelling and the great service they provided. Always making sure your comfortable and okay. The bushwalking was really fun to see such a great view.
Awesome day out!
Renee_N, Dec 2022
Such an awesome time with Scotty and Emily! They were relaxed and informative, had lots of laughs and really enjoyed the whole day! Definitely recommend