The Northern Exposure Tour
Ocean Rafting is the only tour to have direct access to Hill Inlet Beach at Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, where you can observe the rare estuarine stingrays and ghost crabs in their natural habitat.
Join the guided walk to the stunning views at Hill Inlet Lookout, overlooking the silica sand of Whitehaven Beach, followed by a buffet style lunch at the beach. Enjoy two different snorkel destinations around Hook Island including Mantaray Bay, Maureens Cove and other specially selected snorkelling spots.
The main difference between the two tours is that the Northern Exposure has more snorkelling time and the Southern Lights offers more beach time. We offer a Double Deal for both cruises so you can experience more adventure for less!
- 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 bus pick up
- Tea, coffee and cake
- Please note lunch, other beverages, photos and sun/stinger suits are optional extras – please see Bookings, Rates and Charters page for details.
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 ideally in a waterproof case or Tupperware.
- Cash for water, soft drinks, beer, fruit juices and chocolates for sale on board.
- If you have chosen not to have our buffet style lunch, please ensure that you bring your own as we do not visit any resorts during the day.
- A sense of humour is always welcome!
The Northern Exposure Tour departs Abell Point Marina North (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar) in Airlie Beach daily at 8.45am and returns at 3.30pm. Courtesy coach pick ups from mainland accommodation are available between 8.00am-8.30am and if making your own way, please check in at 8.00am.
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Want the Ultimate Adventure?
Why not book the Ultimate Experience Package which includes your choice of Ocean Rafting day tour (Northern Exposure or Southern Lights), buffet lunch, sun suit and Memories Media Pack. The Memories Media Pack captures the memories of your Whitsunday adventure with a high res video and photo package showcasing your Ocean Rafting experience. A minimum of 30 high res quality digital photographs and a fully edited video allows you to share your amazing experience with your family and friends. All photos and videos are provided on an Ocean Rafting USB and also contain bonus promo Ocean Rafting footage and photos. Videos are fully edited with a music soundtrack and recorded in a general area format which will play all over the world. The package includes all images and video of your day tour on an Ocean Rafting USB and a pack of two Ocean Rafting postcards. Click here to book.
Heading north? Experience Ocean Safari Tropical North Queensland Adventure Tours
Planning a trip further north to Tropical North Queensland's Cape Tribulation? We also offer exhilarating trips from The Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation with our sister company Ocean Safari. Our eco tours will take you to two snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef whilst allowing you to enjoy the untouched beauty of The Daintree. Visit Ocean Safari for further information, tour rates and bookings.