Many visitors claim Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet are the most beautiful places they've ever seen. Whitehaven Beach is a pristine, seven-kilometre stretch of brilliant white silica sand. Situated on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday group, Whitehaven’s sand is among the purest, and attracts visitors from all over the world. Step out on the soft sand into the crystal-clear aqua ocean and you’ll know you’ve arrived in paradise.
Hill Inlet, located at the northern end of world-famous Whitehaven Beach is a magical spot where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a wondrous, swirling blend of colours. Guided bushwalks give visitors a glimpse into this magnificent area's history, flora, and fauna. A climb to the lookout will reap the reward of incredible views. You might also be lucky to spot marine life including turtles and stingrays.
The Whitsunday Islands are world-famous for beautiful beaches and sparkling clear oceans. This spectacular area is also home to some of the most incredible marine life in Australia, and the most accessible spots to view them.
An Ocean Rafting Whitsundays Tour is an exhilarating way to visit the most remarkable spots in the area including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Their custom-built fleet of eight vessels are 12-metre semi-rigid inflatables, originally designed and built as rescue crafts. They’re driven by 700 hp engines reaching speeds of up to 30 knots, so you’re in for the ride of your life and a thrilling way to explore this fascinating area. Onboard Ocean Rafting, the Skipper and Eco Host provide fascinating commentary about this amazing piece of paradise.
Moving quickly between the islands saves time so you’ll spend more of your day relaxing on pristine Whitehaven Beach, taking a guided bushwalk through Whitsunday Island National Park to Hill Inlet and having a memorable experience snorkelling the warm, clear waters of the reef.
This locally owned tour operator is the only one in the Whitsundays with special permits to visit protected areas of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park offering a highly unique experience. Tour the ‘wild side’ of the Whitsundays - some of the uninhabited islands brimming with birds, animals, and marine life.
Take a look at our tours that include Ocean Rafting Whitsundays and enjoy the natural beauty of the Whitsundays on a fun-filled adventure.
Yes! Visitors on the tour have direct access to special ‘secret’ snorkel sites at Hook Island and Border Island. Snorkelling above the amazing underwater world of the Whitsundays is an unforgettable experience. You’ll explore hidden coves, glide above stunning coral reefs and watch the antics of an amazing display of marine life. If you’re a first-time snorkeller, you’ll be shown how to easily and safely float above the ocean viewing its natural wonders.
If you go for a snorkel, look out for colourful clownfish, huge Māori Wrasse, giant stingrays, and majestic sea turtles. When above water, you may even be lucky enough to see dolphins playing alongside your boat.
The best time to do an Ocean Raft tour is during the dry season, between May and September. This period generally has the most favourable weather and sea conditions for an enjoyable tour experience. This is also outside of stinger season, making it safer for snorkelling and swimming.
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