Ocean Rafting

An ideal way to appreciate the true beauty of the Whitsundays, Ocean Rafting allows you to spend more time exploring an amazing range of beautiful islands, snorkel the crystal waters and visit iconic Whitehaven Beach. Ocean Rafting is the only operator in the Whitsundays with a permit to land you right on the beach at Hill Inlet. This means more time to swim, snorkel and explore.

There are two distinct tours available with Ocean Rafting including Northern Exposure and the Southern Lights and these marine safaris offer a great blend of adventure and relaxation. The Ocean Rafting vessels are environmentally friendly and despite reaching a cruising speed of over 30 knots, their unique design reduces fuel usage ensuring the Whitsunday Islands remain beautiful. Add to a scenic flight to your tour with the favourite 'Fly and Raft Package' and you will experience this amazing destination both above and below the water.


Fly and Raft Package: Most Popular Tour! Experience the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef by Air, Land and Sea. A spectacular 60 minute Whitsundays scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and Islands including Heart Reef as well as your choice of the Southern Lights or Northern Exposure Tour by Raft. Package includes Lunch and sunsuit for the Raft portion of your tour. Great Value for the most memorable experience.

Northern Exposure: A favourite with snorkellers, this tour is the only Whitsundays experience which offers two different snorkelling destinations. It also includes a visit to the north end of stunning Whitehaven Beach in the restricted but stunning area of Hill Inlet and a guided walk through the National Park to the lookout. This tour offers more snorkelling time.

Southern Lights: Exploring the north and south ends of Whitehaven Beach, this tour offers two hours of bliss relaxing on the soft white sand before a guided walk takes you to the breathtaking views of the Whitsunday's crystal waters and Pentecost Island from the lookout. Snorkel beautiful Dumbell Island, Border Island or a 'secret' snorkelling spot and marvel at the amazing colourful hard and soft fringing coral reefs. This tour offers plenty of beach time.


  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Hill Inlet
  • National Park Walks
  • Snorkelling


  • Complimentary accommodation transfers
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Reef & island naturalist talks
  • Guided National Park Walk
  • Snorkel flotation devices
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch is included for departures from Daydream Island and in the Fly and Raft Package


Fly & Raft
Departs: 7.00am and 8.30am
Returns: 3.30pm and 4.30pm
Courtesy Pickups: Available from 6.10am

Northern Exposure
Departs: 8.45am daily from Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach
Returns: 3.30pm
Courtesy Pickups: Available from 7.45am

Departs: 9.00am daily from Daydream Island Resort
Returns: 3.15pm

Southern Lights
Departs: 10.00am daily from Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach
Returns: 4.30pm
Courtesy Pickups: Available from 8.45am

Departs: 10.15am daily from Daydream Island Resort
Returns: 4.00pm

Does not operate Christmas Day 25 December.

Additional Info

Children: 2 - 14 years child rates apply
Note: An Environmental Management Charge (EMC) required by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority of AU$7.00 per person is payable to the operator on the day of travel. ($8pp from 01Apr24)
Operated By: Ocean Rafting