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

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

7 hours Airlie Beach, Australia

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Visit three top destinations whilst having the ride of your life! Each Ocean Rafting day includes an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Beach and Lookout, 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 offers two different Whitehaven Beach tours to choose from, the Northern Exposure and the Southern Lights tour. The significant difference between the two tours is that the Northern Exposure offers more snorkelling time and the Southern Lights offers more Whitehaven beach time.

Ocean Rafting is the only tour operator to have direct access to the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach and secret snorkel sites around the Whitsundays ensuring a memorable underwater experience.

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Stop At: Whitsunday Islands, Southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Australia

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.

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Ocean Rafting, Shingley Drive Coral Sea Marina North Village, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802 Australia

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Whitehaven Beach, 4802 Australia

Experience world famous Whitehaven Beach and the beautiful swirling sands of Hill Inlet at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hill Inlet Hill Inlet Whitsunday Island National Park Whitehaven Beach, 4802 Australia

Ocean Rafting offers the ultimate access to Hill Inlet beaches and lookout. Enjoy a guided walk to Hill Inlet lookout for photo opportunities of the famous view!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Whitehaven Beach, 4802 Australia

Experience world famous Whitehaven Beach and the beautiful swirling sands of Hill Inlet at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Whitsunday Islands National Park, 4802 Australia

Multi award winning Ocean Rafting visits the “Wild Side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. There are two exciting tour options, the Northern Exposure and Southern Lights. Each Ocean Rafting day offers three days in one, including an exhilarating ride to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks. Ocean Rafting offers the ultimate access to the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach and special snorkel sites at Hook Island and Border Island ensure a memorable underwater experience.

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. 32 passengers at most allows for personal snorkelling lessons and the pleasure of a small group. A buffet style lunch is served at the beach with plenty of time to swim in the turquoise ocean or just relax on the silica white sand.

Ocean Rafting has been operating since 1997 and is proud to have special permits allowing its vessels to visit protected areas in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The Skipper and Eco Host will ensure guests have a fun filled adventure and personalised service with snorkel lessons and a guided National Park walk in the Whitsunday Islands. Tours depart from Coral Sea Marina North and courtesy coach pickups are included.


Northern Exposure

Explore the swirling sands of Hill Inlet beaches, lunch time in Hill Inlet, two snorkel destinations and Hill Inlet Lookout. This tour offers the ride of your life to experience unparalleled access to Hill Inlet Beaches at North Whitehaven where you will spend an hour relaxing on the beach. Join your guide on a bushwalk for breathtaking views at Hill Inlet Lookout. Snorkel two pristine fringing coral reefs around Hook Island, home to an array of tropical fish, turtles and other amazing marine life.

Southern Lights

Enjoy both ends and lunch time at world famous Whitehaven Beach, one snorkelling destination and Hill Inlet Lookout. Experience an exhilarating ride to the white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach, enjoying approximately two hours relaxing at South Whitehaven and a guided bush walk to Hill Inlet Lookout to view the spectacular shifting white silica sands. View pristine coral reefs at a top Whitsunday snorkel site, offering amazing marine life encounters in uncrowded locations.

Duration: 5 hours


  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Guided National Park walks
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Reef and island naturalist talks by our Master Reef Guides,Eco Host and Marine Biologist
  • Courtesy bus transfers


  • Tropical lunch (AU$16) 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

Departure Point

Coral Sea Marina, Shingley Dr, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia

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

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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 travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands


64 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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Carmel November 2020

Had a fantastic day. Check in was easy and all staff were very polite and helpful especially with the kids (ages from 14, 12,11, 4yrs and 18 months). Our boat trip was good even though a little bumpy. Thomas (crew member) was magnificent with the kids. He was informative and helpful to us all. Would recommend this everyone.

Hayden November 2020

Had the best time ever, great value for money. Saw some beautiful coral reefs, turtles, fish and the best beaches of course. Beer on board too!

Peter October 2020

The captain and crew were very helpful with the kids.
Lunch on the beach was great.
The lookout was a great walk even for the kids

Nelly September 2020

Brayden and Dani were terrific, had so much fun , really enjoyed snorkeling with the fish . Whitehaven beach was spectacular. Very well looked after

Charles September 2020

Fantastic day, Whitehaven beach is stunning. The fast ride on the raft was great fun and snorkeling was good lots of fish.

Chris August 2020

Thank you to the crew Care and Dani, excellent tour guides and very thoughtful. The boat is very good and smooth going even though it was a good swell and wind on way out, it was not rough at all.
The informative tour of the small group made it feel more personal, 2 snorkel locations were very good, and Whithaven Beach nothing more to say "spectacular " thanks again crew for cap rescue good job...
Chris and Jen of Brisbane.

San August 2020

Very memorable, advantageous and wonderful tour. Taylor and Paul are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed enormously.

Skye August 2020

Had such an amazing time, the friendly crew made me feel so welcome and gave us so much freedom to explore and fully get our money’s worth. Definitely recommend this trip.

Russell M August 2020

Jazz and Ivan made this trip absolutely amazing! From the minute we were on board until we said goodbye; this trip was a memory I will treasure for ever. The snorkelling was out of the world, Whitehaven and the guided tour was outstanding.

Ivan and jazz couldn’t do enough to make sure that everyone was having a good time and looked after. The lunch we had was delicious and filling. The only issue was the price of the whole day... it was almost too cheap!

Outstanding value for money; outstanding natural beauty but most of all outstanding staff! I will most definitely be coming back for another trip in the very near future.

Congratulations to all involved and a huge shout out to Mother Nature!

PAUL August 2020

OMG what a fantastic day on Black Betty raft . We had Pauly and Taylor looking after my group of 5 and we all totally enjoyed the day.
Taylor was amazing finding Turtles , giant clams, colourful coral.
Whitehaven Beach was simple perfect, topped off with a nice lunch and walk to look out .
Loved my day ❤️

Ben July 2020

We had the absolute best time on board the boat Joyride with Josh and Jaz!
They kept everything on time and provided great light hearted humour and info about the places we visited. Jaz gave some good one on one time to answer any questions we had. Josh was a great help and made sure we all had a laugh.
The snorkelling was incredible seeing the reef and fish all close up. My husband and i were the only ones to even see a huge turtle resting on the sea floor under some coral.
We will definitely be back!

Meghan B June 2020

Absolutely loved it! Had the best day., the beach time was amazing. Can’t wait to go again. Thanks Nicole and James!

Claudea H March 2020

Wonderful experience!
We were greeted by friendly team, pick up was on time, order the buffet if you don’t want hassle.

Kimberley Y January 2020

Well organized, safe, plenty of fun and no shortage of beautiful views. My second experience with ocean rafting and they did not disappoint. Thanks Moxie and Nicole for a great day

Sara-Svea P December 2019

The trip to the Whitesundays was amazing!
The Guides Benni and James were super cool and funny.
The best moment was when we saw a turtle on the reef!

Savio D September 2019

Had a lovely day on the Thrilla, both the Skipper and Deck hand were really great, made the atmosphere so much fun. Will definitely come back and also spread the word of how great the experience was. The two stops of snorkelling and the Whitehaven beach aren’t unforgettable. Thanks Kerr and Tom! It was the best! You’ll were so friendly and fun to be with. You’ll went out of your way to show us the reef and made our time in Queensland amazing!!!

Alice Sverker July 2019

We had a beautiful trip and it was a really fun ride with the raft. The ones that held the trip was really nice and helpful as well.

Anne G July 2019

It's a good trip. The staff is really nice, the lunch is good. The stop at Whitehaven beach was amazing. The choice of places for the snorkeling is very good : a lot of fish, a good view of the reef. I past a very good day.

Joanne G December 2018

We went out ocean rafting after a lot of rain, high tides and wind so we were warned it would be rough. It was but such great fun. Whitehaven Beach and the guided walks lovely too. Unfortunately not clear enough to snorkel but still a fab tour

Justine R November 2018

Awesome day!

Ralitsa A April 2018

The tour was perfectly organised, good time keeping, the captain Josh and the other crew member nice British girl whose name I didn't catch were knowledgeable, attentive to everyone and fun people who apparently love their job. I went on the Southern tour, just one snorkelling spot, snorkelling was not impressive - due to the recent rain the water was not really transparent but nothing could be done about it The rest was great - the walk to the lookout, Whitehaven beach we spent around an hour and a half which for me was not enough but still gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful setting, the ride! The sea was rough, the raft was jumping up and down, lots of screaming and laughing maybe not good for people who are afraid or get sick in the sea but though I am not the bravest, I really enjoyed it. Overall, great fun and many new experiences, great way to see Whitehaven beach. Recommended!

Stacy M March 2018

This tour was fantastic! Highly recommend. Our guide Krystal and Captain Josh were “extra-ordinary”! They were committed to making sure we all had a blast!!!

Martine L January 2018

The ride in the raft is just exciting! Then discovering Whitehaven Beach is amazing! The Beach by itself is really great, white powder sand and turquoise waters!

Hoai Nam N November 2017

The staff is very friendly and helpful . Whitehavean Beach is amazingly stunning

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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