The Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure offers you the ride of your life! With unique, semi-rigid inflatable rafts for a speedy trip. Without a doubt, this is the most fun and adventurous way to explore the Whitsunday Islands. This tour is a must-do when visiting Airlie Beach.

These ocean rafts are unlike any other vessels and can directly access Whitehaven Beach. With incredibly easy access to the beach and the ocean, will get you as close to the Reef as possible! You will spend a full 2 hours exploring the expansive white sands of Whitehaven Beach, along with a picnic lunch. Also, join a guided walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout to see the famous swirling sands. Not to mention that the Hill Inlet Lookout is the perfect place to capture those fantastic shots – where no two photos are ever the same!

The Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure tour offers small group sizes, with a fleet of vessels available to carry 25-32 guests onboard. Nonetheless, the Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure has always been a favourite for all guests. In fact, with access to 74 fantastic Snorkel locations, you will visit 2 of the very best spots.

During your stunning day in the Whitsundays, a crew member will take some happy snaps of the day, and these will be available to purchase after travel for you to savour your memories!

Were you looking for something a little different?

Alternatively, if you would prefer more time to spend on Whitehaven Beach and a little less time snorkelling, why not take a look at the alternative itinerary offered on the Ocean Rafting Southern Highlights. In contrast, this itinerary visits only 1 Snorkelling location for the day but offers more beach time to relax and explore.

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On the other hand, if you are short on time and want to maximise your day, why not join the Fly and Raft package. In addition to your day with Ocean Rafting, you will join a 1 Hour Scenic Flight before your departure. View the fantastic Heart Reef from the sky, visit Whitehaven Beach and Snorkel the Coral Gardens. All the Great Barrier Reef highlights all in 1 day!

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What will I see on my Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure Tour?

  • Spend up to 2 hours on Whitehaven Beach
  • Swirling Sands of Hill Inlet
  • National Park Guided Walk to Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Jet past the Whitsunday Islands
  • 2 Hours of Snorkelling amongst the fringing coral reefs


Your Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure Tour includes:

  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Guided National Park Walks
  • Reef and Island Naturalist Talks
  • 2 Snorkel Locations
  • All Snorkel Equipment as well as Flotation Devices
  • Personalised Snorkel Instruction
  • Courtesy Transfers from your Airlie Beach Accommodation

Optional Extras

What is not included in my Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure Tour?

  •  Tropical lunch pack $20 pp
  •  Sunsuit/Wetsuit Hire $8 pp
  •  Prescription Mask Hire $20 pp
  •  Water, Soft Drinks/Juice, Beer/Cider
  •  Chocolate
  • Photographs of the day

These are all payable onboard

What to bring

What will I need to bring?

  • Swimmers
  • Towel, hat as well as shoes.
  • Jacket
  • Waterproof camera.
  • Cash purchases 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!

How to get there

How do I get to my Northern Exposure Tour?

Check-in for the Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure tour is at 7:45 am for an 8:45 am Departure.

Make your way to Ocean Rafting in the Coral Sea Marina North Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach.

Parking is available in the large car park at Southern End of Coral Sea Marina, which is only a short 2 minutes stroll from the office. Pay and display your ticket.

For a free pick-up: Let us know your accommodation in the booking message field, and we will be in touch straight away with a pickup time for your complimentary shuttle to the marina.

We strongly recommend checking availability before booking.

Important Information

This trip is suitable for all ages, (6+ months – weather permitting), in spite of this, the tour is unfortunately not suitable for guests with pre-existing back, neck or hip injuries or who are pregnant.

If you have a child under 4 years, please phone our office to check prior to booking.

Queensland Public Holidays: The Queensland Public Holidays days incur a public holiday surcharge of $20 per adult, $10 per child and $50 per family (2ad and 2ch) on the Northern Exposure, Southern Lights, Fly Raft package and charters. These are payable on check-in. 



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