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Ocean Rafting - Northern Exposure

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Departure Times

Departs: 8:45 am - Daily
Returns: 3:30 pm - Daily

Three days in one... This is the ultimate award-winning Whitsundays day tour offering speed, adventure and fun!

  • Soak up the sun at Whitehaven Beach
  • Make a splash at two snorkel sites
  • Enjoy a guided bushwalk through Whitsunday National Park
  • Travel at high speeds to get from one place to the next!
  • Daydream Island departures available - "Rafters Pack" only

Ocean Rafting's Whitsunday tours visit the "wild side" of the Whitsunday Islands and are perfect for anyone looking to squeeze the Whitsundays into one day. This multi-award-winning tour has special permits which allow access all areas of Hill Inlet, including the beach! There's no other Whitsundays tour which can cruise all the way through the "postcard perfect" swirling sands of Hill Inlet.

Highlights & Features:

  • Visit 2 snorkel destinations around Hook Island!
  • One of the fastest and most adventurous day boats in the Whitsundays
  • With great speed, there is less travel time and more time for activities
  • All snorkelling equipment and flotations devices are included
  • Exclusive permit to ALL areas of Hill Inlet and guided national park walks
  • Reef and island naturalist talks are offered by the skipper and eco host
  • Whale watching (June - October)
  • Courtesy bus pick-up and drop-off included to/from local accommodation
  • As a multi-award winner, Ocean Rafting is dedicated to both preserving the Great Barrier Reef and supporting our tourism industry!

The Northern Exposure tour has more of a focus on snorkelling so you will get to enjoy two snorkelling sites around the renowned Hook Island. For a tour with more time at Whitehaven Beach check out Ocean Rafting's Southern Lights tour. On both tours, you will see Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and have the chance to snorkel amongst vibrant coral reefs.

ocean rafting, whitehaven

Ocean Rafting is also available for Private Charter.


Important Notes: 

  • General tickets do not include lunch or wet/stinger suit hire. Please purchase the "Rafters Pack" if you wish to purchase an all-inclusive tour featuring a delicious buffet lunch and wet/stinger suit hire.
  • Guests departing and returning to/from Daydream Island must book the rafters pack and will incur a slightly shorter day than specified (approx. 20-30 minutes). Please let us know your wetsuit size upon booking.

Sample Itinerary

Courtesy pick-up included for guests from local accommodations between 7:45am and 8:15am. 
Get ready for an adrenaline-fuelled day exploring the pristine islands, inlets, bays and beaches of the Whitsundays! Ocean Rafting's Northern Exposure tour will depart Coral Sea Marina at 8:45am. 

Snorkelling
Enjoy snorkelling around Hook Island at pristine locations such as Mantaray Bay, Maureen's Cove and other specially selected Whitsundays snorkelling spots. The exact snorkel locations depend on the condition at sea - your knowledgeable skipper will determine the best snorkelling location on the day to ensure a memorable underwater experience. You will see an abundant range of corals and marine life such as life Humphead Maori Wrasse, loggerhead turtles, dolphins and whales (during the cooler months). 

snorkelling

Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach is a massive 7kms in length! With Ocean Rafting's Northern Exposure tour you will visit the northern end of the beach where the swirling sands of Hill Inlet are located. Choose to simply relax and bathe in the beautiful turquoise waters or bring along some beach toys and enjoy activities such as beach cricket, football or frisbee! 

Whitehaven Beach

Hill Inlet 
Ocean Rafting has special permits which allow access to all areas of Hill Inlet. The swirling sand bars of Hill Inlet are the perfect place to relax and enjoy a tropical buffet lunch (optional). A guided bush walk to Hill Inlet lookout will provide panoramic views of the swirling sands below. If you look closely you can quite often see harmless stingrays and lemon sharks resting in the shallows. 

Hill inlet Ocean Rafting

It may be time to head home but the fun isn't over yet! The Ocean Rafting boats will often weave and race against each other on the way home to finish the day off with some more of Ocean Rafting's signature adrenaline-fuelled action!

ocean rafting

Tour Map

The Northern Exposure tour follows the purple coloured path around the Whitsunday Islands. 


Sample Menu

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Departs / Returns

This tour is available to depart from Airlie Beach or Daydream Island. 

A Daydream Island pick up and/or drop off is available at no extra charge, but this will be deducted out of the scheduled time period for the tour (approx. 20-30 minutes). It is a requirement that Daydream Island guests book "Rafters Packs" due to the limited grocer options and inability to hire wetsuits on the island. Please be sure to let us know your wetsuit size upon booking.

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What To Bring

  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Soft soled footwear
  • Money (cash) for onboard purchases

What's Included

  • Marine Park Fees
  • Guided walks and talks in National parks
  • Snorkelling gear, mask, snorkel, and fins
  • Courtest transfers to/from select local accommodations 

What's Extra

  • Buffet Style Lunches - $16*
  • Sunsuit/Wetsuit Hire - $8*
  • Prescription Mask Hire - $15
  • Water
  • Soft Drinks/Juice
  • Beer/Cider
  • Chocolate

The "Rafters Pack" includes lunch and sunsuit/wetsuit hire. 

Terms and Conditions


Important Information: 

Guests departing and returning to/from Daydream Island must book the rafters pack and will incur a slightly shorter day than specified (approx. 20-30 minutes). Please let us know your wetsuit size upon booking. 

Ocean Rafting may use photographs of clients in promotional material, including but not limited to social media. If you do not consent please advise Ocean Rafting.


Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 


Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.


Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


Transfers:

The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.


Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Other: 

Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


Cancellations


Client Cancellations:

All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. No shows or client cancellations made within 7 days of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.


Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


Refunds:

All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


Accountability/Misconduct:

All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.


Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.


"A great day out with friends and family, surprisingly good snorkelling and a tour worth experiencing on the squallier days, with the boat ride being an adrenaline filled experience you won’t forget."
Ryan
"I have been lucky enough to do both Ocean Rafting tours. My favourite is the Northern Exposure which offers 2 snorkel stops; I'm a nature lover. Expect to see colourful fish and coral species. The high speed and fun crew make it a favourite for the whole family!"
Bianca
"Went on the Northern Exposure tour last week with some friends and some of their kids too! The crew went above and beyond to make sure every passengers needs was met and injected a lot of personality into their informative talks. The skipper drove the boat like a boss and obviously the Whitsundays are stunning - awesome day out!"
Em
"If you want an action packed day out then go Ocean Rafting, a thrill seeking day visiting all the top spots!"
Jenna
"Being a local, I’ve travelled on Ocean Rafting about 6 or 7 times now! It hands down is my favourite day tour. I’ve taken all my family out on the tour when they’ve visited, travelled with friends and even solo. You just can’t fault the service from the crew who genuinely love getting out there everyday and I definitely cannot blame them. PARADISE."
Melissa
"Having spent many years living and working in the Whitsundays, Ocean Rafting is always my go to when friends are in town! The ride out to the islands is almost as much fun as exploring the reefs and islands!"
Samuel. C.
"We did the Whitehaven rafting and snorkelling on Sunday 30th June with Danni and Brayden. OMG it was brilliant, the kids had so much fun they didn’t want it to end. Everything about the day was amazing, Danni and Brayden really made it a wonderful experience."
Mel Shaw
"As a long term local, whenever I have friends visit, I ALWAYS take them rafting. Fun, fast and hitting all the best spots of the region, this trip ticks all the boxes. Plus the crew really make the trip extra memorable, with their enthusiasm and knowledge of the region."
Bianca. S
"This is brilliant! Everyone wants to see Whitehaven Beach and this is the tour to choose (if you're up for a bit of adventure!). I couldn't find anywhere it said what the ride in the boat was like so know this: it does get pretty bumpy!!! They said the front seats were the bumpiest.. so I sat there! It was great but could be jarring at times. On the way back I sat on the edge of the boat which was awesome - I recommend you do that!! If you do not like bumpy rides or have 'old bones,' this is not for you! The crew were great (Keith and Dee) lunch was yum and plentiful; and the places we visited were fabulous. This tour is a must!"
Cheree
"Ticks all the boxes! Pick up from hotel a bonus. Fast fun boat ride to a sheltered snorkel spot with a chance to see sea turtles. Snorkel gear, noodles and life jackets required if needed, then down the way a bit to Whitehaven beach and a walk up to the lookout. Lunch at the southern end of the beach and then another thrilling ride back to Airlie. Crew are very charming and made very enjoyable. Great trip to do if you only have a day in the area."
Heather
"Whitehaven Beach is breathless - the view from the north is unbelievable! Also, the lunch the crew served was really great!"
Jannie

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