1 Day Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure Tour from Airlie Beach

Adults from $155

At the direction of staff at all times. Subject to CASA guidelines. Not to be launched from the boat or the look-out platform.

Go places other people cannot get to! Join a tour with unique speed boats & plenty of snorkelling!

​On a high speed semi-rigid inflatable you will take a breathtaking ride to the first location of the tour, Whitehaven Beach.

Whitehaven Beach is made of bright white silica sand. Here you will have time to swim, relax, or explore as well as join a guided walk to Hill Inlet Lookout.

A delicious buffet lunch will be served on the beach. Snorkel at two sites in the northern part of the Whitsunday islands. Snorkel the fringing reefs in the calm bays. The snorkel sites are chosen on the day taking into account tides and winds to give you the best snorkeling experience.

These shallow bays have a range of hard and soft corals. Maori wrasse, sweetlip and red emperor are often seen. The fast semi-rigid inflatable boats are powered by 500hp engines. The small groups of up to 32 passengers makes this an exciting personal experience.

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Departures: Tour departs daily.

  Start Finish Duration
Day Tour 8:45am 3:30pm 7 Hours


Ticket Price
Adults $155
Children (2-14 yrs) $99


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Wet-suit/Stinger-suit Hire Stinger Suit & Lunch Package $15



Group Size: 32ppl max

  • 36ft Semi-rigid Inflatable


  • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation
  • National Park Fees
  • Expert Presentation
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Guided Walk

Rated: 43210 (4.9/5 based on 26 customer reviews)

54321 The coolest most fun way to experience the reef and Whitehaven Beach. Our tour guides Smiley and Mim were excellent and made this such a fun trip. Snorkeling locations were great. Would definitely do this trip again worth every penny.
Nikki — 22 November, 2017

54321 Wonderful day. Great staff, fabulous locations, lots of fun on the ocean rafting! The weather wasn’t great but the staff (Josh and Bobby) made the best out of the situation and made sure we still had a great Tour! Food was lovely and well set out - giving a good verity of options. Highly recommend to anybody!
Jessica Kellet — 11 November, 2017

54321 Amazing day & amazing staff!. Highly recommend. Great experience!. Shout out to raco & Tim for making the day one to remember!.
Lacey cosgrove — 3 November, 2017

32121 The tour ran in wet windy, weather. In my opinion it probably should have been cancelled and money refunded. We were supposed to snorkel at two different locations, but due to the weather and the sea being so rough they could only find us one location, and the snorkeling here was not good - saw three fish. Whitehaven beach is beautiful. The tour is well organised, and the crew fantastic. Lunch was good. But to snorkel the Reef, for us, a big let down.
Karen — 19 October, 2017

54321 Great crew, great experience! Whitehaven is breathtaking. You must visit this beach.
Anne Wilson — 23 September, 2017

54321 Bloody brilliant. Great crew. Great time. Thanks guys
Stu — 20 September, 2017

54321 Amazing day out with the crew. Loved every bit of it. Jess and Tom were great. 10/10 would do it again
Ana — 9 September, 2017

54321 What a day!! Awesome experience, great crew, Lucky to have the whales come out and put on a show.. very happy all round ????????
Erin Bartlett — 26 August, 2017

54321 Amazing weather, good snorkeling and Whiteheaven beach visit, good lunch. Love the ride on the boat, and super friendly staff always making sure we had a great day. Will do it again with more friends!
Kha — 1 August, 2017

54321 Amazing weather, awesome tour to Whitehaven Beach/ snorkelling, very nice crew, really enjoyed the trip, would do it again
Elisa — 22 July, 2017

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54321 What an awesome day. 19-7-2017 The weather was perfect, the crew was amazing. Thanks Josh and Bobby for your wealth of knowledge and great fun. Soooo many laughs and beers and ciders ????. I will be back.
Rebecca Jenkins — 21 July, 2017

54321 Amazing day out on this tour. The crew were super friendly, funny and knowledgeable. Food was yum and very filling. The snorkelling was amazing! Loved the entire day. Totally recommend
Liz — 7 July, 2017

54321 Deadset so fun, it was so worth the money and the tour guides were great fun. And really great (Matt and Bobby) Ps. The paramedic loved it
Mikayla Boxhall — 3 July, 2017

54321 Great day out exploring the Whitsunday Islands! Heaps of fun on the fast jet boat, great lunch spread provided whilst overlooking the white sandy beaches, got really close to some beautiful colourful fish and the Great Barrier Reef. Enthusiastic and informative tour guides really made the tour, thanks!
Steph — 22 May, 2017

54321 What a great way to celebrate husband's birthday!! Perfect weather conditions and fantastic and fun crew - Sara and Shannon.. our snorkelling spot looked in tact after cyclone Debbie although visibility was fair.. lunch was great.. We would do that tour again anyday!
susan — 2 May, 2017

54321 Absolutely stunning day, Sam and Danny made it unforgettable. The snorkelling was unfortunately affected by the cyclone Debbie but the delicious lunch, the amazing Whitehaven beach and the crew members made up for this. Highly recommended :)
Natalie — 12 April, 2017

54321 Probably the most value packed and exciting days in my life, and Ive had a few. We went out on a boat called "WILD THING", capable of carrying 22 PAX, but we only had 16, so plenty of room. This raft, ( Boat ) is powered by 500 Horsepower of Yamaha outboards, and does it move. Sammy and Sam were our tour guide and skipper, and they could not have been more helpfull, fun and entertaining the whole day. Snorkeling was brilliant, Whitehaven Beach amazing, Lunh Buffet delicious, and the ride home was awsome, with Sam showing of his skills and he made thenride every bit as thrilling as any theme park ride. Thoroughly reccomend this trip, the company is very professionally run, and the staff are there to make your day unforgettable. Thanks Guys and Gals. especially Sam and Sammy.
Bill Crompton — 17 March, 2017

54321 Best day of Australia for me by far! The ocean Rafting staff are great and the trip is a complete 5 stars. We had a great lunch and we snorkelled some amazing spots! The adventure free guys were great organising it as I had a few problems that were very quickly sorted. Thanks so much for a great day Ps it is totally worth the money!
Sam Cooke — 5 March, 2017

54321 It was incredible. My partner and I had the best time and the crew was so lovely and helpful, they all made the experience so much fun. It was so well facilitated and they had so much information about all the islands and the culture of Whitsundays. I could not recommend it more. Thank you guys for making my birthday such a great day :)
Jorjia Alexander — 27 February, 2017

54321 Wow! What a day. Dani and Sam went above and beyond to make our day absolutely perfect. The weather could not have been better. While snorkelling we got to see many fish species, turtles, star fish, stingrays and even a lemon shark. The reef is breathtakingly beautiful and Whitehaven was out of this world. We could have swam there all day. Although extremely sunburnt from no fault but our own it is a must do when travelling to Airlie Beach. Sam also added in some extreme fun adrenalin in the boat at the end. We will be back for some more fun.
Jenna Andersen — 19 February, 2017

54321 It was our 2nd tour with adventurefree and it was all just perfect. It was so much fun and the staff very friendly and highly motivated. The lunch was also high value, not just sandwiches. Brodie is the best skipper we've ever seen. If you are looking for a perfect day with wonderful sights, relaxing moments, fun, good music and action... this is it!!!
Maria — 5 February, 2017

54321 It was our 2nd tour with adventurefree and it was all just perfect. It was so much fun and the staff very friendly and highly motivated. The lunch was also high value, not just sandwiches. Brodie is the best skipper we've ever seen. If you are looking for a perfect day with wonderful sights, relaxing moments, fun, good music and action... this is it!!!
Maria — 5 February, 2017

54321 Amazing day! Was really impressed with the boat ride, entertainment, lunch and locations! Whitehaven beach was really a highlight. Would definitely do it again!!
Rebel — 29 December, 2016

54321 An incredible day and great value!!! The rafting boat was really fun and exciting especially with Ricos driving! The views we saw were unbelievable, and we didnt feel rushed once. The organisation of the day was superb! I would do it again in a heartbeat! Thank you Rico and Tottie (totties the best)
Melissa — 17 December, 2016

54321 What a day! Brodie and Shannon really kept us all entertained with crazy boat shenanigans, gorgeous reefs full of marine life, a spectacular beach tour complete with Shannon's deep insight and commentary AND the best music playlist you ever did hear! I can't urge you strongly enough. STOP reading my shitty review and get in on the action. Recommendations though: the other Ocean Rafting boats totally ate our wake. Try to get Brodie as your skipper. He's a BOSS!! Xx
Teneille de Jong — 16 December, 2016

54321 If you haven't seen Whitehaven you should go! I went out yesterday and even though the weather wasn't perfect our guide and the snorkeling were. Hope I get to come again. Thanks for making it easy to book too guys!
Peter Rundmann — 9 September, 2014


The below itinerary can change due to tides and weather.

Day 1

Pickup from Airlie Beach Accommodation

8:00am – 8:30am

Meet at Abel Point Marina and Board Vessel


Langford Reef

Visit Langford Reef for your first snorkelling stop

Mantaray Bay

Discover Fringing Coral Reefs At Mantaray Bay

Buffet Lunch

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on tour!

Hill Inlet Lookout

The only tour to have direct access to Hill Inlet beaches!

Whitehaven Beach

Pristine White Sand and Aqua Waters

Return to Abel Point Marina


Dropoff at Airlie Beach Accommodation

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Tour Map

Our Tour Review

The Good

This tour is popular because it is a fast speed-boat ride to beautiful Whitehaven Beach & the spectacular Hill Inlet Lookout. Snorkel sites vary, they are chosen on the day taking into account the tides and winds. The friendly, attentive crew make this a fun day out!

Things to Consider

Snorkelling is from the boat so it is best suited to people who can swim.

The walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout is not long or steep and can be done easily by all ages.

Our Recommendation

This is a fun day out perfect for anyone who wants to see the spectacular Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout along with snorkeling at diverse coral gardens.

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