Explore the beauty of Whitehaven Beach and snorkel in the surrounding reefs on this award-winning Airlie Beach adventure

Airlie Beach Ocean Rafting Adventure Day Tour Highlights

Northern Exposure Tour:

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us

  • More snorkel time in remote and protected sites

  • Snorkel in pristine reefs around Hook Island

  • Unparalleled access to Hill Inlet Beaches at North Whitehaven

  • A guided bushwalk with stunning views at Hill Inlet Lookout

  • Reef and island naturalist talks

  • Eco hosts with over 20 years combined Whitsunday experience

  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices

  • Cake and Fruit platter

  • Whale watching (June - October)


Southern Lights Tour:

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us

  • More beach time

  • An exhilarating ride to the white silica sands at both ends of Whitehaven Beach

  • 2 hours of relaxing and enjoying South Whitehaven

  • A guided bushwalk to Hill Inlet Lookout

  • Snorkel at a top Whitsunday snorkel site

  • Reef and island naturalist talks

  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices

  • Eco hosts with over 20 years combined Whitsunday experience

  • Cake and Fruit platter

  • Whale watching (June - October)

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Frequently Asked Questions

The main difference between the two tours is that the Northern Exposure tour has more snorkeling time and the Southern Lights tour offers more beach time.

*Please note: the tour itinerary is a guideline only and is subject to change depending on the tide, wind and other weather conditions.

These boats are suitable for any ages (weather permitting). The youngest passenger has been 3 months old and the eldest to date was 87.

Due to the open-style design and speed which the vessels travel, it is very rare for passengers to experience sea-sickness on board, unlike slower vessels where you experience a slow-rocking motion that can cause sea sickness. The most common time for passengers to ever feel nauseous on the water would be when the vessel has stopped. The Supplier welcomes anyone that is prone or worried about seasickness to take any necessary medication prior to travelling.


The longest part of the journey is just over an hour, which is the ride out to the Whitsunday Islands and the return journey back to the mainland. Between the other stops, the journey will be anywhere from 10 – 20 minutes, depending on where the skipper chooses next, given conditions on the day.


These custom-built vessels travel up to speeds of 35 knots (65 km/hour) allowing you to experience a fun, high-speed ride whilst exploring the islands and beaches of the beautiful Whitsundays.

The Northern Exposure tour visits two snorkelling locations around Hook Island, each for approximately 45 minutes. The Southern Lights tour visits just one snorkelling location around either Border Island or Dumbell Island for approximately 1 hour.

*Please note: The tour itinerary is a guideline only and is subject to change depending on the tide, wind and other weather conditions. The sites that you will snorkel at are carefully selected by highly trained skippers to ensure that you have the most memorable underwater experience possible for the conditions of the day.

Masks, snorkels, and fins are included. The Operator also offers prescription masks (if you wear glasses) available for hire for the day for $15 and equipment for the little Rafters.

Wetsuits are also available for hire from $8 per adult.


The Northern Exposure tour spends between 1 – 1.5 hours at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. The Southern Lights tour spends between 2 – 2.5 hours at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach.


*These timings may change, subject to weather conditions.

Bring along a small bag of things that you would usually take to the beach i.e. a towel, swimmers, sunscreen and a hat.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the Hill Inlet tours and walk to the lookout. A jacket during the winter period is recommended to protect you from the wind and warmth after snorkelling.

Cash for any drinks or snacks on board is recommended and if you haven’t chosen to purchase the buffet lunch, please ensure that you bring your own, as you will not visit any resorts or shops during the day.


Passengers do frequently bring along cameras or phones for the day. Although there are dry boxes under the seats designed to keep your belongings safe, all electrical and personal belongings are brought at your own risk.


At certain times of the day, there is very little/minimal shade coverage at Whitehaven Beach. Therefore, frequent application of sunblock to protect yourself from harmful UV rays is recommended.


  • Potato salad
  • Asian noodle salad
  • Garden salad including, mesclun lettuce, cherry tomatoes, Spanish onion, cucumber, capsicum, julienne carrots, stuffed green olives with a vinaigrette dressing
  • Fresh baked bread roll
  • Sliced ham
  • Sliced salami
  • Sliced chicken breast



  • Selection of fruits
  • Lamingtons


The most recent menu can be found HERE.

Yes! Please ensure that any lunch that you do bring is kept in a small concealed bag. 

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