What we'll do
Have an epic day exploring the Whitsundays and snorkelling with Ocean Rafting's Southern Lights tour!
Multi-award-winning Ocean Rafting visits the “Wild Side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. This tour offers the perfect Whitehaven Beach tour, visiting both ends of the world-famous beach and enjoying approximately two hours relaxing at the southern end of the 7km stretch of Whitehaven Beach.
Enjoy a guided bushwalk to spectacular Hill Inlet Lookout to view and capture photographs of the stunning swirling silica sands and aqua water. This is the only tour to have direct access to all areas of the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach.
Snorkel for over an hour at Border Island, Dumbell Island, or a “secret” snorkel spot and enjoy the amazing hard and soft corals of the fringing reefs, as well as a huge range of marine life.
A buffet-style lunch is served at the beach with plenty of time to swim in the turquoise ocean or just relax on the silica white sand.
Combine three activities in one with Ocean Rafting's Southern Lights tour - book your spot today!
What to know
Tour days: Daily
- Price includes:
- Full-day Whitsunday tour
- Visit Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
- Snorkel at 1 location
- Guided National Park walks
- Experienced captain and crew
- Reef and island naturalist talks
- Snorkel equipment and flotation device
- Buffet-style lunch and cake for afternoon tea
- Courtesy bus pick-up and drop off
- Marine and National Park fees
Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English.
Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of locals and travellers.
Group size: 32 people
Age range: This tour attracts a mix of travellers, with most being in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 6 days in advance.
About your guides
Award-winning Ocean Rafting has been operating since 1997 and is proud to have special permits allowing its vessels to visit protected areas in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Your Skipper and Eco Host will ensure you have a fun-filled adventure and personalised service with snorkel lessons and a guided National Park walk in the Whitsunday Islands.
What should I bring? We recommend a small soft bag containing your beach towel, bathing suit and sunhat, practical clothing, footwear and sunscreen (at least 30+ SPF). Don't forget your sense of fun and adventure!
Where do we start and finish? Tours start and finish at Airlie Beach. Tours depart from Coral Sea Marina North (previously known as Abell Point Marina). Courtesy coach pick-ups are available - contact the operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location.
How long does the tour go for? Check-in is from 9:00 am. Tour departs at 10:00 am and returns at approximately 4:30 pm.
What days does the tour operate? Tours depart daily.
What do we eat? Lunch is a tropical buffet which includes a range of large and small wraps and rolls, salami, chicken breast, seafood salad, potato salad, Asian noodle salad, coleslaw, fruit and lamingtons. Please note the menu is subject to change and amendments.
Do you cater for specific diets? The tour can cater for a range of dietary requirements, as well as medical conditions/food allergies. Please contact us when booking if you have any specific dietary needs.
Who can come? Everyone is welcome on this tour!
- Cancellations made more than 1 day before the activity starts will receive a full refund.
- No cancellations can be made within 1 day of the activity.
- Tours are dependent on the weather, so once or twice a year there may be a cancellation by the operator due to extreme weather conditions. If your trip is cancelled for any reason by the operator, we will refund you 100% of your payment.