The ultimate Whitsunday Islands tour departing from Airlie Beach, lots of adventure one day. Perfect for snorkelers and families, our multi award-winning Great Barrier Reef tour includes an exhilarating boat ride to two pristine snorkelling reefs, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet.
More snorkelling time and Hill Inlet Beach/Lookout
The Northern Exposure eco adventure is a favourite amongst avid snorkellers because it is the only Whitsunday adventure which includes two different snorkel destinations.
Enjoy snorkelling around Hook Island including Mantaray Bay, Maureens Cove and other specially selected Whitsundays snorkelling spots, ensuring a memorable underwater experience.
Take a ride on the wild side!
Leaving from Airlie Beach we travel to three of the iconic Whitsunday Islands destinations in one day on one of the fastest, thrilling boat rides in the Whitsundays with a maximum of only 32 passengers on our Northern Exposure tour on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Departing from Abell Point Marina at Airlie Beach, you’ll experience the ride of your life aboard our custom-built, super-fast 12-metre semi rigid inflatable vessels, travelling at speeds of up to 35 knots (65 km/hour).
Originally designed and built as rescue craft and driven by a 500hp engine, you’ll find getting to our Whitsunday Islands destinations is half the fun. Plus, speedy travel means more time for snorkelling adventures!
Your Skipper and Eco Host will provide some fascinating Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Island facts along the way.
Snorkel at two pristine coral reef sites
This is a unique snorkel tour where you can enjoy two special Whitsundays snorkel sites at Hook Island and Border Island where you’ll discover pristine corals and an array of marine life, including:
There’s no need to bring any gear as snorkelling equipment and flotation devices are included and wetsuits can be hired if required. Never snorkelled before? No problem! Snorkelling lessons are included, and our small group numbers mean you’re assured of personal attention.
Visit iconic Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
We visit the northern end of beautiful Whitehaven Beach where the swirling sands of Hill Inlet are located.
Guided national park walk
Once you’ve recharged, it’s time for a guided national park walk to Hill Inlet Lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven Beach.
At the end of the day, enjoy more heart-pumping fun as the boats speed back to Airlie Beach Abell Marina, often racing each other on the way.
More action-packed Whitsundays tours
We also offer the Southern Lights tour, view here.
The main difference between the two tours is that the Southern Lights has more beach time and the Northern Exposure offers more snorkelling time.
Our thrilling snorkel tours depart daily for the Great Barrier Reef at 8.45am from Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach and returning at 3.30pm, this ‘3 days in 1’ Whitsundays snorkel tour offers the opportunity to enjoy three iconic Whitsunday Islands destinations and a range of reef, beach and bush activities in just one day.
Our Whitsundays snorkel tour includes an optional lunch at an additional cost. 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.
Afternoon tea cake is included in tour cost.
Cold drinks and chocolates are available to purchase onboard.
Morning or Afternoon Tea
Special Dietary Options
Departing : Daily at 8.45am
Returning : Daily at 3.30pm
7.45am - 8.15am: Courtesy pick-ups
Courtesy pick-up is included for guests from local Airlie Beach accommodations between 7.45am and 8.15am.
Check-in at 7.45am at Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar) then get ready for an action-packed day exploring the pristine islands, beaches and bays of the Whitsundays.
8.45am: It’s time to head off
Depart the Airlie Beach marina at 8.45am on our super-fast semi-rigid inflatable vessel and enjoy a fun, high-speed ride amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays and the famous Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
Mid-morning: Snorkel the reef at two pristine sites off Hook Island
We head to two exclusive locations off Hook Island where you can snorkel the pristine reefs, explore the colourful corals and discover an array of unique marine life. Personal snorkelling lessons are also included.
Lunchtime: Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
After our amazing snorkelling tour, we head to iconic Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet in the Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy exclusive access to Hill Inlet beaches where you can swim in the clear blue ocean, laze on the silica white sand and enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch (optional) on the beach.
After lunch, take a guided national park walk to Hill Inlet Lookout where you’ll encounter stunning views of the swirling sands below.
Mid-afternoon: Time to head home
There’s more fun to be had as we make our way back to Airlie Beach! Indulge your sweet tooth with some cake for afternoon tea and enjoy adrenaline-fuelled fun as the boats speed back to Abell Marina, often racing each other on the way.
3.30pm: Arrive Airlie Beach
Arrive back at Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach.
Please note: The above tour itinerary is a guideline only and is subject to change depending on tide, wind and other weather conditions.
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Departs 8.45am, returns 3.30pm (check in 7.45am)
Tours depart daily from Coral Sea Marina North (previously known as Abell Point Marina), Airlie Beach (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar).
January - December
6.5 hours (approx.)
Please reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior.
All cancellations must be in writing.
Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.
Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
100% cancellation fee applies for cancellations after midday the day prior.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 695