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“A great day well worth it”
Review of Ocean Rafting

Ocean Rafting
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Owner description: 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, and each Ocean Rafting day includes an exhilarating ride to Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks. Ocean Rafting is the only tour to have direct 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. The vessels were originally designed and built as rescue crafts and are driven by 450hp engines. 70% of the vessel is shaded, providing comfort from the tropical sun. Small groups allow guests to experience tropical paradise away from the crowds.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, from the courtesy bus pick up in the morning to snorkel lessons and a guided National Park walk in the Whitsunday Islands.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 13 May 2014

We loved the day the crew where great only thing we didn't like was having to walk our lunch back through the water to be able to eat on the beach would be great if lunch could have been served on the beach instead of on the boat

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

I went ocean rafting, Northern Exposure, with my 60 year old mum last week, in May. It was a relatively cool day, 23 degrees, with a brief stint of rain, and wind speeds of up to 31-35kmph. It was a 30 minute wait between being dropped off by the courtesy bus and getting on a boat. We had the usual crew members, one was good, one was absolutely fantastic. The ride out to the Whitsunday island was great and we were greeted on the shore by about 100 tourists who we were advised had come from sailing boats moored nearby. A pleasant hike to Hill Inlet Lookout was next, and the actual lookout was crammed with people. There must have been another 100 at the lookout. A bit of jostling got me a brief rail-side spot, enough to get that classic blue sea and white sand photo. A stroll down to the boat, a very nice lunch and a coolish swim followed by a ride out to Hook Island, two snorkelling spots. Both were significantly less colourful than I had expected, although teeming with a huge array of fish, from tiny 2cm things to huge 1 metre long Maori Wrasse that I got to touch, twice! The ride back was great and you can tailor your "soakage" by the seat you chose. In summary, a great day in average weather, made fantastic by one enthusiastic crew member. Thanks Will.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We had a great day on the water even though the weather was pretty ordinary it was still a great day out.

Loved the team very knowledgeable and very happy to have a chat so really made it good fun!!

Definitely recommend this tour to any one just make sure the weathers nice haha

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Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

Pretty big let down after all the hype.
if you didnt buy a $40 media package, you were non exsistant to the two crew.
Snorkeling was below average.
Laying on white haven beach was the best part.
wouldnt do again.

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OceanRafting_Safari, Owner at Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2014

Thank you for your review. We are very disappointed to hear that your day out with Ocean Rafting did not meet your expectations. There are many guests every day who choose not to purchase the optional media pack and this is no way a reason for our crew to direct their attention to specific guests. Customer service and satisfaction is a priority for the crew of Ocean Rafting so we are very sorry to hear that you felt way, as we aim to ensure all of our guests enjoy the best experience possible. The Whitsundays has recently had some strong winds and rain which is unusual for this time of year, and when combined with large tides, may sometimes affect visibility when snorkelling. We are pleased you enjoyed Whitehaven Beach, however, and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the Whitsundays.

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Reviewed 12 May 2014

I just had one spare day in Airlie Beach so picked the Southern Lights Ocean Rafting trip as a way to shoot round and see some of the islands and reef in one day, and it worked a treat. In small groups we were whisked out on fast RIB boats with host Murray and skipper Tim providing amusing and insightful commentary along the way. They pointed out sights, wildlife such as manta rays and tropical fish, and were fun and professional, both full of knowledge about the local coastline and wildlife. Getting to snorkel over the reef was pretty phenomenal, as was the view out over Whitsunday's perfect white sands of Whitehaven beach. Lunch was great, the weather was cracking, all round a great day. I didn't get the chance to thank them personally as they were away tying up boats at the end, but Tim and Murray really made the trip. Cheers guys!

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