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Ocean Rafting (Northern Exposure)

Take the ride of your life and explore the Whitsundays on an Ocean Rafting adventure!

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  • High-speed boat ride to Whitehaven Beach with a fun crew
  • More time snorkelling at pristine reefs with 2 snorkel locations
  • Experience breathtaking views of Hill Inlet with a guided walk

What we'll do

Have an epic day exploring the Whitsundays and snorkelling with Ocean Rafting's Northern Exposure tour!

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. This tour offers three days in one, including an exhilarating ride to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, two pristine snorkelling reef sites and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks.

This tour offers the ultimate access to the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach. Special snorkel sites at Hook Island and Border Island ensure a memorable underwater experience. If you want more snorkelling time, the Northern Exposure tour is the one for you!

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. 32 passengers at most allow 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.

Combine three activities in one with Ocean Rafting's Northern Exposure tour - book your spot today!

What to know

  • Tour days: Daily
  • Price includes:
    • Full-day Whitsunday tour 
    • Visit Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
    • Snorkel at 2 different locations
    • Guided National Park walks
    • Experienced captain and crew
    • Reef and island naturalist talks
    • Snorkel equipment and flotation device
    • Buffet-style lunch and cake for afternoon tea
    • Courtesy bus pick-up and drop off
    • Marine and National Park fees
  • Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English. 
  • Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of locals and travellers. 
  • Group size: 32 people
  • Age range: This tour attracts a mix of travellers, with most being in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
  • Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 6 days in advance.

About your guides

Award-winning 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.

Your Skipper and Eco Host will ensure you have a fun-filled adventure and personalised service with snorkel lessons and a guided National Park walk in the Whitsunday Islands.


  • What should I bring? We recommend a small soft bag containing your beach towel, bathing suit and sunhat, practical clothing, footwear and sunscreen (at least 30+ SPF). Don't forget your sense of fun and adventure! 
  • Where do we start and finish? Tours start and finish at Airlie Beach. Tours depart from Coral Sea Marina North (previously known as Abell Point Marina). Courtesy coach pick-ups are available - contact the operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location.
  • How long does the tour go for? Check-in is from 7:45 am. Tour departs at 8:45 am and returns at approximately 3:30 pm. 
  • What days does the tour operate? Tours depart daily.
  • What do we eat? Lunch is a tropical buffet which includes a range of large and small wraps and rolls, salami, chicken breast, seafood salad, potato salad, Asian noodle salad, coleslaw, fruit and lamingtons. Please note the menu is subject to change and amendments.
  • Do you cater for specific diets? The tour can cater for a range of dietary requirements, as well as medical conditions/food allergies. Please contact us when booking if you have any specific dietary needs.
  • Who can come? Everyone is welcome on this tour!

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations made more than 1 day before the activity starts will receive a full refund.
  • No cancellations can be made within 1 day of the activity. 
  • Tours are dependent on the weather, so once or twice a year there may be a cancellation by the operator due to extreme weather conditions. If your trip is cancelled for any reason by the operator, we will refund you 100% of your payment.