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Matador Whitsundays Two Day One Night Tour

Matador Whitsundays
4.5
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Product – Matador Whitsundays 2 Day 1 Night Sailing Tour
PriceSale $450 $337.50 Per Person with Promo Code TOURSWHIT25 at checkout.
Price Includes – All meals, Fresh linen, Snorkel gear, Stinger suits, Local fees, Knowledgable fun crew
Location – Coral Sea Marina (Meeting Point C) Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802
Type Of Boat – Monohull Maxi Sailing Yacht
Boat Name – Matador
Departure Time – 8am
Return Time – 4pm
Maximum Guests – 19
Tour Locations – Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, at least 2 snorkel locations.

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Matador Whitsundays is a 2 day 1 night sailing experience through the breathtaking Whitsundays Islands! You’ll visit Whitehaven Beach and some of the best snorkelling spots the Islands have to offer.

Taking guests typically between the ages of 20-40, but welcomes families and people of all ages (12 and up) to join on this unforgettable journey.

The Matador has a rich sailing history. Built by Eric Goetz using the latest carbon fibre technology of the time, the yacht boasts a strong and lightweight structure. Previously owned by Anton Starling, Matador has competed in 52 races and 8 regattas, including two world maxi yacht races, and has won a total of 31 races, coming in second place 5 times, and third place 6 times.
Matador was once considered the largest ocean racing yacht in the world. Don’t miss your chance to sail on a legend!

Matador Whitsundays Detailed Information

Tour Highlights
  • Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Snorkelling Coral Reefs
  • True Racing yacht
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Sleep on the boat
Is This Tour Suitable For You?

This Tour is suitable for most people between 12 and 60

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Whitehaven Beach

Matador Whitsundays Tour visits Whitehaven Beach for around 2 hours. During this time you embark on a bush-walk from Tongue Point (northern end of Whitehaven), this walk takes around 15 minutes, once at the top you will experience Whitehaven Beach above on the viewing platform. This breathtaking view from here lets you see all 7 km of the beach as well as the world-famous swirling sands that form the inlet

Snorkelling Coral Reefs

During your 2 day tour, you will get at least 2 opportunities to snorkel the coral-filled bays on the coastal fringes of the islands. Here you can see turtles, Maori wrasse, batfish, parrot fish, clown fish (Nemo) plus plenty more! in most bays, the coral starts close to shore and is easily accessible by the small tender boats. For nonconfident swimmers, there are noodles and flotation devices available for safety.

Terms and Conditions Of Travel

AP Vessel Management Pty Ltd ABN 45086439198 t/as Matador Whitsundays (Matador Whitsundays ®) operates the vessel known as Matador. The following terms and conditions apply to travel by you on Matador.

All prices are shown in Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST. Prices are valid from 1st April 2022.

Matador departures and itineraries are subject to weather and may be changed or cancelled at Matador Whitsunday’s discretion. Matador Whitsundays reserves the right to substitute vessels without notice at any time and for any reason.

Matador Whitsundays reserves the right to cancel any trip, or reduce trip duration, in any circumstances, including those which pose a safety risk to you, the Matador vessel or crew, such as severe weather, including cyclones.

If a Matador Whitsundays trip is cancelled by Matador Whitsundays prior to or on the scheduled departure date, you will be referred back to the travel agent through which you booked your trip on Matador.

If your trip duration is reduced during the trip due to Unforeseen Circumstances, you may be offered a future trip on Matador, at no cost to you, depending on the amount of time by which your original trip on Matador was reduced and, subject to availability. You acknowledge that “Unforseen Circumstances” includes but is not limited to the following; inclement weather, issues pertaining to the Matador Vessel and any medical emergency, such as injury to guests or crew.

You acknowledge that if you cancel your travel on Matador less than 21 days before the trip departure date, this will result in the forfeiture by you of the full trip price.

If you request a transfer of a trip departure date up to at least 72 hours before the day of scheduled departure this will incur a $30 transfer fee. No Transfers will be accepted under this 72 hr. period

We recommend you take out travel insurance

You acknowledge that travel with, and the recreational services provided by, Matador Whitsundays (such as all in water activities, sailing and bushwalking) involve risk, including in particular a risk of being stung or bitten by jellyfish and other marine creatures or native fauna. You are advised to wear a stinger suit at all times you are in the water.

Whilst we make every effort to safeguard our passengers travelling on Matador, you acknowledge and agree that Matador Whitsundays is not liable to you for personal injury, aggravation of any existing injury or condition, mental injury, contraction of any disease, loss (direct, indirect or consequential) or death (including but not limited to from jellyfish stings) resulting from the recreational services provided by Matador Whitsundays, and Matador Whitsundays hereby excludes absolutely all such liability to you.

Where the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) consumer guarantees apply you also acknowledge and agree that the liability of Matador Whitsundays for any breach of those consumer guarantees is excluded to the maximum extent possible under section 64A of the Australian Consumer Law and 139A of the CCA, where you are killed, injured (physically or mentally) or contract a disease, or an existing disease is aggravated, arising from your trip on Matador.

Your agreement with Matador Whitsundays is subject to the laws of Queensland, Australia. You submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Queensland, Australia.

If any of these terms is unreasonable or unenforceable for any reason whatsoever, it shall be severed and the remaining terms will not be affected in any way.

 

Matador Whitsundays Reviews On Google

godson simon
godson simon
05:12 31 Mar 24
Simon Boaz
Simon Boaz
02:08 31 Mar 24
akalanka adithya
akalanka adithya
18:03 27 Mar 24
Lakony Oscar
Lakony Oscar
21:01 24 Mar 24
Mostafa Yousry
Mostafa Yousry
15:18 23 Mar 24
Irfan Khan
Irfan Khan
09:22 22 Mar 24
Fabian Kritisch
Fabian Kritisch
11:40 21 Mar 24
The tour was not bad and we got to see some nice beaches.However, Dave (the captain) was the rudest and most impolite person I have ever met in my life. It felt like in each sentence he spoke he insulted someone on the boat (not in a funny way, just straight disrespect, also towards his own crew). We asked the crew the same day how they keep up with him, because they were very friendly and fun to talk to. I would rate the overall experience better, but since the person in charge left such a bad vibe on the boat, one star seems more than fair.
lakshmi Digital
lakshmi Digital
06:53 21 Mar 24
Zane Zachary
Zane Zachary
11:31 08 Mar 24
Great experience and would highly recommend this tour. The crew, captained by Dave, was incredible. I’ve seen some negative reviews on Dave, but he’s hilarious and a great guide. People who don’t speak English as a first language might find his sarcastic humor harder to understand… but he’s a joking guy who puts on a good time.You’ll have plenty of time to snorkel, you’ll go to the Hill Inlet Lookout, and at the beach below should have a good shot at seeing stingrays.The food is plentiful and at night they put on the blue lights so you can watch the dolphins hunt squid right by your boat.At night it was very hot in the boat, but I don’t think that’s tour specific, you’d probably face this problem on any boat this time of year. We also got unlucky with the rain at night, or else you could’ve slept on the deck outside where you get a cooler breeze.After 3 weeks in Australia this is definitely one of my highlights!
Fanny D
Fanny D
04:09 06 Mar 24
Exceptional experience! We had the opportunity to go on a 2 day cruise on Matador with Dave as captain and Savannah & Chris as deckhands, everything was great. The landscapes, the dives, the people. 3 dives in total for us in magnificent places. The meals were very good and the staff attentive. Thank you for everything !
Manuel Wiesner
Manuel Wiesner
04:33 01 Mar 24
We had a lovely trip. It was definitely the highlight of my 4 months east coast trip. We swam with turtles, saw sharks and stingrays, snorkeled with fishes bigger than myself,… The crew was very very nice and the captain showed us a special place and told us the aboriginal history of the place. I would definitely recommend it!!
Gwenllian Rennie
Gwenllian Rennie
10:48 13 Feb 24
Fantastic trip. Crew was amazing, Kate gus and josh were sick!! Highly recommend
Freya Hannah
Freya Hannah
10:48 13 Feb 24
Lovely boat, amazing Kate, Josh and Gus Saw some breath taking sights and turtles !! 10/10 would recommend
Alan Porter
Alan Porter
07:12 09 Feb 24
Fabulous trip made even better by the excellent crew Captain Dave & GusSnorkelling each day and slept on deck under an amazing display of starsDave and Gus made everyone laugh with the numerous tales and chats
sophia
sophia
00:53 01 Feb 24
This trip deserves 5 stars because it was magical!beginning with the crew they were all such sweet and funny people that cared for our wellbeing and made the trip special and unforgettable. Especially Dave the captain has my heart. It is very rare to meet a tour guide that is NATURALLY funny and truly knows the best spots for us costumers to visit. Also just the way he thinks is inspiring and you can learn a lot from him. I sadly read some negative comments referring to Dave and I just can say that only people without the ability to understand good Humor and people that just can’t have a good time without finding someone to blame for something wrote these comments.Moving forward to the activities I went snorkelling quiet a few times before this trip but I NEVER saw so many interesting animals and corals than I saw during this trip. Sharks, turtles, rays, dolphins swam either next to our boat or right underneath me. The corals were colourful and huge!Besides the snorkelling we visited Whitehaven beach at the right time so that we had the whole beach for ourselves.We slept on the deck of the boat and saw some beautiful stars and the mesmerising sunrise the next day.The food war prepared with love (thanks to Gus) and nobody had to be hungry at any point because there always were enough snacks in between.I also read some negative comments about food, toilets, noises etc. and I just want to say if you want to have a huge luxurious toilet with golden ornaments, caviar for lunch and a place so quiet that you could hear a needle falling to the ground, maybe you’re right and a adventurous sailing tour that allows you to connect with nature and feel free is not the right trip for you.But if you are keen to see Australias beautiful flora and fauna and sail with a funny and caring crew that knows the BEST spots, the matador boat should be one of your future places to stay!
Margherita Cardella
Margherita Cardella
00:17 31 Jan 24
Amazing experience! Captain Dave was highly knowledgeable and passionate and absolutely a legend!! The rest of the crew was also lovely and helpful and made me feel at ease!The experience is fantastic: we had Whitehaven beach just for ourselves, snorkeling was absolutely insane and the sailing is incredible!!!We slept on the deck under the stars and enjoyed the marine life around the boat.It’s the perfect blend of fun, chill and unforgettable memories.100% recommended!!
Leah Sturgis
Leah Sturgis
00:16 31 Jan 24
Solo traveller from Canada and had an amazing experience on the Matador. Easy to make friends, amazing crew, and fun activities!! Captain Dave was excellent and everyone on the tour really enjoyed him. Gus was an amazing chef we ate really well. Highlights were having Whitehaven beach completely to ourselves, snorkeling with turtles/sharks and sleeping up on the deck. I would definitely do this tour again!
Yvonne Berry
Yvonne Berry
21:16 30 Jan 24
Where do I start! Matador!! GO GO GO. It was absolutely FAANTASTIC. I'm 61 and have been sailing / yacht racing for years. Have my own 38 ft yacht and really never need to go out on paying adventure GO!
Aobh O'Shea
Aobh O'Shea
22:45 14 Jan 24
Really enjoyed the trip. We got to sleep on deck under the stars. We got to do 3 snorkel stops, and saw turtles, manta ray, lemon shark, shovel nose shark and so many fish! The food was excellent, and the crew catered to all allergies and dietary preferences. I would highly recommend this trip, great value for money!
Hugh-Thomas Nugent
Hugh-Thomas Nugent
11:46 12 Jan 24
The positives: The activities of the snorkelling and visiting the Whitsunday islands with this tour are hands down some of the best things you can do in Australia and an incredible experience. Deckhands are top and the food is really as good as it can be on a boat in the sea.The things to mention would be the behaviour of the captain, calling guests/customers retards, gaylords and making insensitive jokes about dead Palestinian children would put anyone off.Sleeping is tough, this should be expected as you’re sharing a cabin with 20+ people. It’s going to be very hot, even more humid and noisy. Nothing they can do for this really but you need to be aware of it.They give a list of everything you should do across the two days but the reality is you won’t do all of them as tides and timings mean not everything can be done so expect to miss out on one or two things from the list.You’ll have a good time, stay away from captain Dave and you’ll have a great time.
Pierfrancesco La Spada
Pierfrancesco La Spada
03:27 11 Jan 24
Really happy of the experience! Funny and well planned
Mathilde Vendelin Olesen Søgaard
Mathilde Vendelin Olesen Søgaard
06:16 09 Jan 24
Such a lovely trip with a wonderful and hilarious crew making sure we got the best possible experience! We’re the first people on Whitehaven beach and we saw turtles, sharks, dolphins and lots of fish!
Valerio Scalcerle
Valerio Scalcerle
23:08 04 Jan 24
Great experience, we had the chance to see lot of things, and timing was perfect to avoid crowds. Food was provided in quantity.Dave and crew provided perfect vibe: good communication and they fostered connection between all the people. Super recommended
Elisa Broens
Elisa Broens
22:42 07 Nov 23
Wonderful trip. Dave was knowledgeable and made the trip unforgettable.Thanks mate ! Really appreciate it.CheersPauline and Elisa
Josephine Lykke
Josephine Lykke
00:37 02 Nov 23
We had the most perfect and unreal experience on Matador with the sweetest crew: Dave, Juliet and Kerris. The weather was incredible, so we had two beautiful days on the water including an unforgettable sunset and sunrise from the boat. Sleeping under the stars on the deck was magic, and no words can describe Whitehaven Beach. We give our highest recommendations for this amazing tour with Matador.
Robin Kaddachi
Robin Kaddachi
01:35 31 Oct 23
The tour was incredible from beginning to end!Great team on board a very big thank you to Captain Dave and skippers Karis and Amin! A crossing a little windy but very pleasant and controlled by the crew! Nothing to say about the quality of the services received! Very good food simple and in quantity, absolutely beautiful snearkling, first come to Whitesunday beach alone or almost for long hours and departure at the best timing to leave just before the massive tourism! Superb cultural experience thanks to our Captain Dave; visit of an Aboriginal sacred place cellar with ancient painting recounting and proving the very ancient presence of the first men on this earth!A big thank you to Dave for his professionalism, his experience, his sense of humor and for sharing his passion with me!I recommend this experience and this crew to all! You won't be disappointed!
Luca Wallner
Luca Wallner
07:44 29 Oct 23
What you will see on the tour might be among the best things to do on the East coast. Seeing whales, Whitehaven beach, Hill Inlet and amazing coral is just truly memorable.However, this is a one star review because of the captain of the matador boat, Dave. I already read plenty of reviews on tripadvisor etc., and I can just truly agree that Dave is the MOST rude, unprofessional, mentally abusing and narcissistic person I ever met in my life.It was just completely embarrassing to see how he treated his two fellow crew members (who did an awesome job by the way). He made constantly fun of them and yelled very aggressively at them.I truly hope that someone at Matador Whitsundays will read the online reviews and comes to understanding that Dave is not the person who should be captain on the Matador boat!
Charlotte Millard
Charlotte Millard
20:12 23 Oct 23
The matador experience was way better than I imagined! The staff was friendly and fun! The captain at sunrise moved the boat so we could get an amazing view of the sun coming up and made it so we weee the first people on Whitehaven beach that morning! Best sailing trip I have had!!
Charlotte Phillips
Charlotte Phillips
09:20 02 Oct 23
Went on the 2 day 1 night trip around the Whitsundays. Great crew onboard, who were mega helpful and had lots of info to share about the Whitsundays. We were able to help with the sailing, were provided with snorkels and wetsuits and went to 2 snorkel spots. We had 3 hours at Whitehaven beach on the second day and watched the sunrise on the way to the beach. There was a good variety of food with spag bol for tea, pasta/potato salad, bread, cheeses and meat for lunch, cereal, bread and spreads for breakfast and tea/coffee biscuits after snorkelling. We also took alcohol which is kept in a cool box. Majority of people on the boat were couples/groups however there were some solo travellers from a variety of counties, this wasn’t a party boat but very chilled out vibes with music playing all trip and people drinking and staying up late if they wanted.
Jeffry Quintana cardona
Jeffry Quintana cardona
01:28 02 Oct 23
Such a disappointing experience.After the most stressful month at work, my partner and I booked this experience to celebrate our anniversary. When we got to the meeting point (we didn’t eat so we would be on time) the Matador crew showed up after 40 mins of us waiting.We thought we could just forget about the wait and enjoy but as soon as we get to meet the captain, Dave, such a bitter old man, always yelling at staff AND CUSTOMERS aboard. We paid several hundred dollars to be abused by this individual. He asks for help and then treats you like garbage because you don’t know how to do the things he asks you to do (that by the way, we shouldn’t do, we shouldn’t be pedalling and helping them with the sail when we paid for those details to be sorted).The beds are underneath the gathering area, which means it is extremely noisey and really hard to fall asleep.The food was also quite disappointing. Want meat? Bite your tongue because they only provide carbs, no protein.Big shoutout to Molly and Misty (?), so approachable and great to sail with, beautiful staff members, always keen to help, who were also often abused by Dave.So if you read this review, avoid a nuisance and book your experience with another company.
Bruno delgado
Bruno delgado
09:43 01 Oct 23
100% recommend
Sven-Kurt Meyer
Sven-Kurt Meyer
05:43 20 Sep 23
Our tour was supposed to take place at 8:00 a.m., but at the harbor (meeting point) we found out at around 9:30 a.m. that the tour couldn't take place.But the money was returned easily.
justina chiarello
justina chiarello
00:58 20 Sep 23
A FRAUD! After waiting 3 hours at the port they canceled the tour. They offered us to reschedule it 10 days later or refund 50% of the reservation.
Tara Kunde
Tara Kunde
06:50 08 Sep 23
We are two girls from Germany and we had such an incredibly great time with Matador. The crew was super nice and funny and we saw a lot in the two days. The food was top and fresh and we have gained many new impressions in just two days. We had several spots to snorkel and also on the white sunday islands we had enough time to look at the island. There was nice music playing and whether single travelers, couples or students all were welcome. In the evening we let the evening end comfortably on the boat. We have harmonized super and we would recommend this tour 100%.
ophelie fauritte
ophelie fauritte
22:58 20 Aug 23
DO NOT choose the Matador for your cruise.We had a breakdown for 3h30 which meant that we lost a lot of time during our 2 days on the boat, no accommodation or compensation was taken based on this incident. The diving equipment was all damaged. The crew was really unpleasant. Sometimes they even allowed themselves to talk to us aggressively. The snorkeling sites are clearly all damaged. The second we did we clearly stayed 10 minutes watch in hand. In the toilets and the shower most of the time we had no light we had to go there with our portable lamps.Clearly disappointing.
M&M B&D
M&M B&D
23:27 07 Aug 23
The one star isn't for the trip itself, once it departed. It is for the utter lack of communication around it and the complete silence of the sales team afterwards. When you are asked to come to the dock in time for an early departure, show up in time, get all your gear and sign all the forms and ONLY THEN are told that the tide prevents the boat from leaving the harbour until 4 HOURS later (so you loose half a day on a 2-day trip...), you'd expect something else than a smile and an email informing you of the belated departure after the fact... Tide times are known weeks in advance, the bare minimum communication wise would have been to let us know 48 hours prior that we didn't need to get up this early. We did write multiple times to the team and didn't hear a single word back, except to ask for a review. Well here it is...
Aron Overgaauw
Aron Overgaauw
02:26 26 Jun 23
Great boat, fantastic crew. 2 days 1 night, much time to snorkel and see whitehaven beach. Beds comfortable. Food aboard fantastic. Unfortunately the toilet was blocked at night which caused terrible smell. Other than that great tour. Highly reccomend!
Hannah Fisher
Hannah Fisher
03:58 04 Apr 23
Myself and my friend did the 2 day/1 night Matador Whitsunday experience. We both have to admit that without Dave and Louis the experience would’ve fallen much shorter. Fortunately the weather on the first day was amazing and the sights at White Haven beach were incredible. The weather on the second day did come with showers but luckily we were still able to snorkel and see some coral and fish. The sleep on the boat was not the best, however, we were allowed to bring mattresses to the top deck which was cooler than being inside. The food was filling, however, the breakfast we both believe could’ve been better as all that was served was loafs of bread and some spreads, along with a bit of cereal and fruit. The lunches were wraps and sandwiches with a side salad which was filling enough to last until dinner. In the evening Dave cooked up a storm with his signature spag bol dish which was 10/10. I highly recommend for anyone travelling to bring enough water for the two days as the tap water does taste a bit funky and there isn’t huge amounts of it which we kept being reminded of by the captain so limited water available. Louis and Dave really did look after everyone and kept the place clean and ensured everyone was happy during their stay. Their entertainment and humour definitely made the trip and without them the boat would’ve been no fun. The captain unfortunately was very rude and there was a heightened tension whenever he was around, which was a shame. Overall the experience was great and we would recommend to others that the time span of the trip was enough to enjoy the Whitsundays. Thank you again to Louis and Dave for your efforts and for providing us with so much laughter both days. You make a great team.Lots of love Hannah and Amy.
Marina Ferreira
Marina Ferreira
03:31 18 Mar 23
Amazing excursion! Everything was perfect :- the crew is lovely and very funny (thanks Dave, Maeve and Fraser)- the food is amazing : a lot of different choice. We are vegan and they’ve always cooked in a different pot for us, how lovely is that!- the activities are incredible! We’ve been to Whiteheaven beach for 3h, we’ve done 3 snorkeling spots, we saw sharks, little and big fishes, turtles, and ray! Amazing to swim with them!- we all slept together on the deck, with the stars, lovely memory!Absolutely everything was perfect, thank you so much for these amazing 2 days, I’ll never forget it!
madeline cefai
madeline cefai
07:11 14 Mar 23
Very disappointing trip. No sailing at all.Sleep quarters were hot and unbearable due to heat. No fans. I slept on a hard deck with my pillow and sheet…as no roll up beds are provided. Stench from toilets was disgusting and people using them through out the night. Loud noise every time toilets were flushed.Food was kids camp menu-spaghetti, wraps etc. No drinks just tap water.We brought our own alcohol but drinks couldn’t be kept cold because no sufficient amount of ice 🧊.The deck hand were great 👍 and did their best to make us comfortable.There are much better tours out there.
Levenslessen
Levenslessen
05:50 08 Jan 23
Great sailing 2 day sailing trip! People were very nice. The captain really thought along with us as the weather wasn’t great on the first day, he still made sure we saw really nice things and the next morning we were the very first on White Haven beach! Unforgettable experience, would definitely recommend!
Stephan Bout
Stephan Bout
08:00 29 Nov 22
I wish that I could give 10 stars, because this might have been my best experience in 9 months! We saw dolphins, turtles, and heaps of other sea life. We snorkeled in between schools of fishes, and slept on the deck underneath the stars.We had an awesome group on board, with people from all over the world. More then the half of us was travelling solo, and the age was in between 25 and 30.I would definitely recommend this vessel!
Sophia Vela
Sophia Vela
23:14 05 Nov 22
Had such a great time on the Matador. Good group and good vibes. Got to snorkel 3 times and watch the sunset on the beach! Had a stop on whitsunday to discover the island. Overall great experience. Good food as well. The only thing I would advice people, is to bring enough water for the trip. Water isn’t the best on the boat.Recommend this cruise.
Romy Muchable
Romy Muchable
10:06 11 Oct 22
We have had a great experience on the sailing boat thanks to Alex and Milga. With humor, clear instructions were given about safety and what we could expect. We have seen beautiful things (whales, stingrays and mantaroggen, but also a turtle). The food was also delicious. I would definitely recommend this trip!
Simon Breault (Marin S. Boulet)
Simon Breault (Marin S. Boulet)
11:57 29 Sep 22
As a fellow sailor, I must say this trip is a MUST. Best crew, best spots, best trip!. 5 stars is understatement
Bianca Arnold
Bianca Arnold
05:42 23 Aug 22
Has a fantastic time on board with Alex and Milga. It was a nice relaxed two days with a couple of snorkeling adventures and a hike up to Hill Inlet lookout and wander around Betty's beach. Saw a beautiful sunset and sunrise. Saw whales (mother and calf even), sea Eagles, mantra rays, spinner dolphins... We even got the sails up for the trip back to Airlie beach. Alex and Milga couldn't do enough for us. Highly recommended!
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