Far North Queensland
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Our most recommended Far North Queensland Speed & Jet Boat Tours

Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

1. Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

Take off on the ride of your life in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Ride, beach, snorkel, and bushwalk as you embark on the perfect Whitehaven Beach tour, visiting both ends of the world-famous beach. Climb aboard the fastest day boat in the Whitsundays as you depart from Airlie Beach. Experience a fun ride, adventure, and education on super fast semi-rigid inflatable vessels capable of speeds of up to 35 knots (65 kilometers per hour). Select the North Whitehaven option for an eco-adventure popular amongst avid snorkellers. This includes two different snorkel destinations, a visit to the stunning beach at Hill Inlet, and a guided National Park walk to the lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven. Select the South Whitehaven option for more beach time. Enjoy at least two hours relaxing on the white silica sand, and a guided walk to Hill Inlet for breathtaking views of the tropical waters. Snorkel for over an hour amid corals and fringing reefs. Either way, enjoy the only tour in the Whitsundays to have direct access to Hill Inlet beaches at Whitehaven. And have peace of mind by traveling with an advanced ecotourism-certified, climate change business and green travel leader.

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Airlie Beach: 30-Minute Jet Boat Ride

2. Airlie Beach: 30-Minute Jet Boat Ride

Blast your way through the bay on an exhilarating 30-minute jet boat experience. Whiz past the glitzy Coral Sea Marina, and get your adrenaline pumping through 360s, 180s, drift, power stops, and nosedives. With bucket loads of the best jet boating has to offer, each tour is crammed with enough action to really make your day and your stay. As you zoom around the stunning blue waters of Pioneer Bay, soak up magnificent views of the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach. Everything you need is provided, including a lockbox/small luggage storage, spray goggles, spray jackets (upon request), funny and informative commentary, and free GoPro photos to remember the experience.

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Airlie Beach: Jet Boat Ride and Banana Boat Combo

3. Airlie Beach: Jet Boat Ride and Banana Boat Combo

Enjoy the ultimate adrenaline experience, with this jet boat ride and banana boat trip combo tour. Explore the clear waters of the Whitsunday Islands and the tropical landscapes around Airlie Beach. Meet at the local partner's office to start your trip. Board the jet boat and power away from the Coral Sea Marina, to cruise around the stunning blue waters of Pioneer Bay. Perform turns, drifts, and power stops, while taking in magnificent views of the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach. Next up is the banana boat ride – an exhilarating experience around the bays of Airlie Beach onboard a banana boat. Building up speed behind a powerful jet ski, and make sure you're holding on tight. Your tour ends back at the meeting point.

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Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

4. Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

An exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. This half-day eco-tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The Ocean Safari vessel takes a maximum of 25 passengers allowing guests to experience tropical paradise and the pleasure of a small group. After a fast 25-minute ride, guests are ready to snorkel two fabulous locations at Mackay and Undine Reefs. On most days, the rainforest can be seen along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef alongside sea turtles, which are found in abundance swimming over reefs full of colourful coral, along with myriads of tropical fish, eagle rays, giant clams, and starfish. The vessel is based on the original design of a rescue craft and is a rigid inflatable boat driven by 700hp engines. The experienced Skipper and Eco Host ensure the trip is filled with fun and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef and the coastal rainforest of the Daintree, two world heritage areas side by side. Magical memories like these sometimes only happen once in a lifetime.

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Cairns: 35-Minute Jet Boating Ride

5. Cairns: 35-Minute Jet Boating Ride

Experience a thrilling jet boat adventure on the stunning Trinity Inlet in Cairns. Departing conveniently from the Cairns Marlin Marina, the ride takes you on a 35-minute exploration of the sublime waterway that sits behind Cairns. The boat is specially designed for extreme maneuverability. It can do spins, slides, high speed slides and stunts, so the adventure is a bit like being on a roller-coaster on the water.  The ride is not all about the stunts and tricks that jet boats are famous for. Your Cairns local Skipper will also share some interesting local knowledge with you about the Cairns region and surrounding. The Trinity Inlet is beautiful and is home to some amazing wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled while you are out exploring. When your Captain is not telling you cool info about Cairns, he will be pumping out some great tunes on the boat's amazing sound system, so get ready to enjoy the vibes. Wear sun-safe clothing that you are happy to get wet - it's part of the fun! A locker box is available at the Bad Fishy base to store all of your belongings while you are on the ride. Hats can blow off, so it is recommended to wear sunscreen. On board Bad Fishy there are some sublime cameras taking snaps of all the action - photos can be purchased at the conclusion of your ride.

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Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Scenic Helicopter Flight

6. Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Scenic Helicopter Flight

Join this fast, comfortable cruise, with five hours spent visiting two spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations. Travel on 'Evolution'- a brand new, purpose-built, state of the art, 35-meter (120ft) catamaran for a maximum of 124 passengers during COVID restrictions and 180 during usual operations. The computer-stabilized vessel provides a superior ride in all weather conditions and cruises at high speeds of up to 30 knots, providing comfort and safety. Visit exclusive, protected locations on the pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef with superior reef quality. Professional, friendly and attentive staff ensure a safe and enjoyable fun-filled experience. This vessel is the most stylish and luxurious reef vessel available in Cairns. Depart the marina at 8.15am and travel to the true outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. There are Several exclusive mooring locations to be chosen from, depending on the day's conditions. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey. Choose from an abundance of seating inside air-conditioned, modern lounges or outside on full-length sundecks for sunbathing. Spend 5 hours snorkelling on the reef and enjoy the free guided snorkelling tour which will take you all around the best snorkel and visibility locations. Spot diverse marine wildlife below, coral gardens and much more. Take to the skies for your 10-minute Scenic Helicopter Flight to and from the exclusive Heli-Pontoon on the Outer Reef. Have your camera ready as you lift off from the heli pad for an incredible scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Appreciate from the air, the sheer size of the reef system as you search for marine life in their natural habitat. Be amazed at the colors and beauty of the coral gardens before touching back down to re-join the crew on board the vessel. For lunch, enjoy a delicious Aussie BBQ including steak, fish, prawns, and tropical salads (vegetarians are catered for.) A complimentary glass of wine and a light snack are served on the return journey back to Cairns. Book a marine biologist tour onboard the boat. Return to Cairns at 4:30 PM.

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Airlie Beach: Banana Boat Ride

7. Airlie Beach: Banana Boat Ride

Jump on board, hold on tight, and prepare to get wet on this adrenaline-pumping adventure. Get all of your mates together for an epic and exhilarating experience around the bays of Airlie Beach onboard our banana boat. Make sure you hold on tight as you build up some awesome speed behind a powerful jet ski. This 20-minute experience will allow you to take in amazing views of Airlie from the water.

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Broome: Cape Leveque, Indigenous Communities and Sea Safari

8. Broome: Cape Leveque, Indigenous Communities and Sea Safari

After pickup from your hotel in Broome, head north on Cape Leveque Road. Travelling over rugged terrain on the unsealed sections of the road, your first stop will be the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community. Visit the famous Sacred Heart Church, with its exquisite Pearl Shell Altar, built in 1918 by the Pallottine Monks. Heading further north to One Arm Point, also known as Ardyaloon, visit another remote indigenous community, with amazing views of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Here you will enjoy a guided visit of the Trochus Shell Hatchery & Aquaculture Centre. Get an insight into aquaculture and the strong connection the Bardi Jawi have to their country as saltwater people. Marvel at the diverse range of locally-crafted products and beautiful polished shells, which are also available to buy as a souvenir. Next stop is Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm ,where you will tuck into a chef-prepared lunch, followed by a tour of the farm, which is Australia’s oldest operating pearl farm. Following the tour, take the opportunity to visit their showroom to see where some of the finest South Sea Pearls are grown and harvested. Finally, head out on an adventurous and exhilarating 2-hour sea safari on the Buccaneer Archipelago, famous for its enormous tidal rushes, standing waves and intense whirlpools.

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Cygnet Bay Giant Whirlpool Tidal Boat Experience

9. Cygnet Bay Giant Whirlpool Tidal Boat Experience

Your sea safari departs from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on an amphibious sea vessel. Transfer to the tour vessel, a 12-seater rib with twin 250-horsepower engines, ideally suited for the tides in the area. Feel the power of the world’s largest tropical tides as you cruise among the giant whirlpools and standing tidal waves. Venture into Escape Passage, recently described by scientists as having the fastest ocean currents in the world. The tides on this section of the Kimberley Coast are particularly large due to the area’s geography. When the sun and moon align on a spring tide, the ocean is pulled towards the north-west of WA and Indonesia, gathering speed as it reaches the shallow continental shelf and bottle-necking as it passes between Australia and Indonesia. This creates the exhilarating whirlpools and standing waves you will see on the tour. With turquoise blue water and white sand beaches largely untouched by human interference, the region around Cygnet Bay is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia. Extend your stay for a night or longer and experience life on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula with a million star view.

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What people are saying about Far North Queensland

heaps of fun, absolutely loved it & matt was really nice, unfortunately we were unable to do the banana boat as there were no other bookings therefore not enough people & matt was very informative & made sure to tell us the day before so we were able to change any plans and things like that definitely would recommend this brilliant experience, fun for all ages !!

Very lovely crew ( James, Nicole and Jesse- can’t believe that Jesse was a trainee as she seemed in control of everything- well done Jess:)). They took care of everything including photo taking so that everyone can have perfect photos of Whitehaven Beach.

Scotty and Jaki were awesome, we had a great laugh and they were very down to earth. Snorkeling was incredible and we had a fantastic day!! Whitehaven was spectacular and we would highly recommend this tour to anyone!

Perfect day out! We researched a lot to select ocean rafting, so i hope this helps the next person in not having to do that :)

We had a great time. The places we went were stunning and the boat and the crew where very friendly and fun.