Ocean Rafting

Whitehaven Beach Northern Exposure Tour

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  • Explore stunning Whitehaven Beach
  • All snorkel equipment provided
  • Snorkelling & beach tour
  • Visit the Northern part of Whitehaven Beach
  • Walk to Hill Inlet and enjoy the views
  • Visit 2 great snorkelling sites
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This tour aims to provide some quality snorkelling experiences while also giving guests the chance to experience the incredible Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island! Departing from Airlie Beach at 8.45am, you'll be taken to a pristine inner fringing coral reef where you'll receive some personalised snorkelling instruction before being able to hit the water and witness a wonderful array of stunning soft and hard corals as well as a range of incredibly colourful fish. All snorkelling and safety equipment is provided, so even beginners will be able to make the most of their time in the water - you'll visit two separate stunning snorkel sites in total around lovely Hook Island.

Follow it up with a landing on Whitehaven Beach itself - widely considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - where you'll get to witness its famously white sand firsthand. Join your guides for a walk to the lookout at the top of Hill Inlet for an unmatched panorama of the beach and its surrounds - be sure to bring your camera as it's a scene you'll want to treasure forever! Guests are welcome to bring their own food along for the trip, or for the reasonable extra fee of $17 an optional upgrade to enjoy a delicious tropical style lunch is available. Two great snorkelling sites, wonderful Whitehaven Beach, a cruise through vibrant waters - what more could one want in a tour?


  • Cruise
  • Hotel transfers
  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • All snorkelling equipment and flotation devices
  • Reef and island naturalist talks
  • Guided national park walks
  • Cake for afternoon tea


  • Lunch - Tropical Style Lunch is available for $17 per person on the day
  • Sunsuit/wetsuits hire is available for $8 per person on the day - free for students and pensioners
  • Prescription mask hire is available for $15 per person on the day


  • Northern Exposure Eco-Adventure is a favourite among avid snorkellers because it is the only Whitsunday adventure which includes two DIFFERENT snorkel destinations
  • Not only that, but it includes a visit to the stunning beach at Hill Inlet, North end of Whitehaven Beach, and a guided National Park walk to the lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven. More of the Whitsundays in one day
  • Explore the restricted area off Hill Inlet at Whitehaven Beach. Join our guided walk to the stunning views at Hill Inlet lookout, Whitsunday Island


  • Tours depart daily at 8.45am and returns at 3.30pm


  • Tours depart from Coral Sea Marina North (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar), Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802

What To Bring

  • A beach bag including a towel, hat and sand shoes
  • A sweater or jacket in the winter months to protect you from the wind and keep you warm after snorkelling
  • Cameras should be in a waterproof case or Tupperware
  • Water, soft drinks, fruit juices and chocolates as well as underwater cameras are for sale on board but you are welcome to bring your own
  • If you have chosen not to have our tropical style lunch, please ensure that you bring your own as we do not visit any resorts during the day

Additional Information

  • A Chinese guide is available daily but is not guaranteed for all the boats
  • Vessel subject to change without notice

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the tour
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
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Kameron McDiarmid 10 months ago
Merran and Charlotte were fantastic tour guides. My family had a blast on this tour. Despite being a bit windy, the kids thought that made for the best boat ride. An absolute must do when at the Whitsundays. Lunch was fantastic also. Best day out! Thanks girls.
An absolute must do for everyone. Money worth spending!

Merran and Charlotte were fantastic tour guides. My family had a blast on this tour. Despite being a bit windy, the kids thought that made for the best boat ride. An absolute must do when at the Whitsundays. Lunch was fantastic also. Best day out! Thanks girls.

Kameron McDiarmid 10 months ago
Great crew, awesome spots, perfect for the whole family!!

From the start of the trip it was perfect, awesome friendly staff, excellent trip, walked Hill inlet, lots of fun on the boat ride, swam at whitehaven, beautiful lunch, then snorkelled in two spots! Kids loved it!!! Highly recommend this trip, definitely do it again!

Kellie Chapman 10 months ago
Fantastic day out! Highly recommended, great day out.

We weren’t lucky with the wind side of life but still ended up a perfect day. Our tour guides were super friendly and fun. Snorkelling in two different areas was amazing! Highly recommend this tour. We got to see lots of marine life and butterfly bay was stunning.

Sakara Geeves 1 year ago
It was a great and fantastic experience. Worth a trip!

It was a fantastic experience from the start of the trip to the end. The crew was very friendly and very supportive of the non-swimmers. They have made sure that they were swimming along with the non-swimmers. They have explained everything and it was a fun day for everyone.

Reeju James 2 years ago
Great adventure, unforgettable experience. Highly recommend this to everyone visiting the Whitsundays.

The Whitehaven Beach Ocean Rafting adventure was a thriller of an experience, not a dull moment. The crewmen were awesome, funny and friendly. The snorkelling was great, the lunch was good. My boys loved the boat ride, high speed, the driver even did some tricks on the way back, was the highlight for my middle boy.

Bianca Bakkar 2 years ago
The best experience experience I have had so far in the Whitsundays, so much to see in the water abundant with coral and marine life and hill inlet lookout AMAZING.

We took the northern exposure tour and what an experience we had! Skipper Josh and AJ our tour guide/deckhand was so knowledgeable and confident which put us at ease as it was an exhilarating ride with choppy seas. We snorkelled 2 locations and both were fantastic. Choices are abundant with lots to see. Both boys were always watching and asking if we were having fun or needing assistance with anything. And after snorkelling the packed lunch was amazeballs lots of fresh salad and meats it really was a truly amazing day and I will be back with my whole family very soon.

Kaleena Bradwell 2 years ago

THE BEST DAY TOUR I HAVE EVER DONE. The team who led our tour were fantastic (Shout out to Josh and Nicole!) and you could tell they worked very hard to make sure we had a special day. We had plenty of time in the water snorkelling and on Whitehaven beach. The walk to the hill inlet lookout was easy and at the top Nicole took the time to take everyone’s photos. I felt that I was in safe hands the whole time and I loved the family-friendly element of the tour. Drinks on the boat are reasonably priced and the service doesn’t stop at the end of the tour, with all of the team going above and beyond to get us home safely. Thank you so much to the team at Ocean Rafting, you really made our time in the Whitsundays so special and we are very grateful! COULDN’T RECOMMEND HIGHLY ENOUGH!

Harriette Gibson 3 years ago
This experience is something that I will never forget

This experience is something that I will never forget. This tour was very well organised with a funny, caring and polite crew which took very good care of us. It was an absolutely fantastic day filled with amazing spots to snorkel and this fabulous Whitehaven Beach is to die for!

Marta Wieczorek 4 years ago
Snorkelling was ok but the morning was overcast

Snorkelling was ok but the morning was overcast. Whitehaven Beach was amazing and the Hill Inlet Lookout was great after lunch but it was sunny and very hot. Would have preferred the hill walk first then snorkelling after lunch.

Paul Hurlimann 5 years ago
This high-speed option is a great way to combine sightseeing with a bit of an extra rush, while also saving time by accessing some of the Whitsundays' top highlights far quicker than a regular cruise.
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