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.

    Enjoy an exciting trip to the Whitsundays, snorkel at two locations on pristine reefs, visit the picturesque Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach, and go on a guided National Park walk.

    Take a fun ride to the Whitsundays' abundant reefs to snorkel and swim amongst colourful corals, head ashore to leave your footprints on pristine white beaches and take a guided walk to Hill Inlet outlook.

    • An exciting ride on semi-rigid vessel to the Whitsundays
    • Snorkelling adventures at two reef sites
    • Visit secluded Hill Inlet beaches
    • Go on a guided walk through the Whitsunday Island National Park to Hill Inlet outlook
    • Feast on an optional lunch on silica sands
    • Step aboard a semi-rigid inflatable vessel and experience an exhilarating, high-speed ride to the Whitsundays.

    Snorkel at two spectacular reef sites, home to a plethora of colourful corals, fish species, massive molluscs, turtles and even large mammals like whales and dolphins.

    Your friendly crew will take you ashore a beautiful beach at Hill Inlet where you can chow down on an optional buffet style lunch. You'll also take a guided walk to Hill Inlet lookout through the Whitsunday Island National Park. At Hill Inlet lookout, feast your eyes on an amazing view of white beaches and the reef's sparkling aqua seas.

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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


    • Visit to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
    • Guided National Park walks
    • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
    • Personalised snorkel instruction
    • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
    • Reef and island naturalist talks
    • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation
    • National Park Fees
    • Cake for afternoon tea

    Rated: 43210 (4.9/5 based on 31 customer reviews)

    54321 Such an awesome day. Keith & Brayden were excellent - entertaining and really knew a lot about the area. Boat ride was so much fun, and snorkeling was unreal. Best day of our holiday!
    Hollie — 30 January, 2018

    54321 Bloody mind blowing. Rosko & the crew of wild thing were fantastic, can't give a high enough recommendation.
    Kerrykerry — 17 January, 2018

    54321 By far the best way to see the islands and Whitehaven Beach! Keith was very entertaining with his witty sense of humour and Miriem has a world of knowledge of the islands. Thanks guys for making it such an awesome day!
    Krystal — 15 January, 2018

    54321 So happy we booked this tour! Our tour guides were fantastic; funny, friendly and just know a how to make sure we have a thrilling day! Whitehaven Beach is unbelievable, and the snorkeling sites were just beautiful! Thank you for a fabulous day!
    Natorii — 14 January, 2018

    43211 It was so fun!
    Neil Dulman — 1 January, 2018

    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

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    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

    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

    7:45am – 8:30am

    Check in at Abel Point Marina and Board Vessel for an 8.45am departure



    Enjoy snorkeling around Hook Island including Mantaray Bay, Maureens Cove and other specially selected spots to ensure a memorable underwater experience.

    Hook Island

    Hook Island is full of great locations to visit for snorkeling as it has many protected bays.

    Mantaray Bay

    Discover Fringing Coral Reefs At Mantaray Bay

    Buffet Lunch

    Enjoy an optional buffet style lunch served at the beach and swim in the crystal clear turquoise ocean or just relax on the silica white sand.

    Hill Inlet Lookout

    The only tour to have direct access to Hill Inlet beaches! Enjoy a guided walk to Hill Inlet lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven.

    Whitehaven Beach

    Discover the pristine white sand and aqua waters of the stunning Whitehaven Beach

    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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