Ocean Rafting Southern Lights

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1 Day
Availability : All Year
Coral Sea Marina North
Whitehaven Beach and Snorkel
Min Age : All ages
Max People : 32

Definitions:  Infant (up to 23 Months) Child (2-14) Family (2ad 2ch)

Tour Details
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Ride, beach, snorkel and bushwalk…all in one day!  Ocean Rafting’s Southern Lights 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.

At the northern end 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.  Ocean Rafting is the only tour to have direct access to all areas of the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach to ensure you enjoy the most memorable experience of this special place.

Snorkel for up to an hour at selected islands, or one of their “secret” snorkel spots and enjoy the amazing hard and soft corals of the fringing reefs, as well as a huge range of marine life including colourful fish, turtles, clams and so much more, all of which call the inner coral reefs home.

Ocean Rafting has the fastest day boats in the Whitsundays, meaning it is not only an adventurous ride, but distances are covered in a shorter time, leaving more time for activities.  The semi rigid inflatable vessels are super fast allowing guests to experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays.    You can see why they call it three days in one!

Departure & Return Location

Coral Sea Marina – North Village

Departure Time

Departure 10:00 am, Check in 09:00 am

Price Includes

  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Guided National Park walks
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Reef and Island naturalist talks
  • Courtesy bus transfers
  • Cake for afternoon tea
  • Whale watching from June to October

Optional Extras

  • Tropical Picnic Style Lunch $20
  • Sunsuit/Wetsuit Hire (student and pensioners free hire) $8
  • Prescription Mask Hire Available $20
  • Water, soft drinks, juice, beer, cider and chocolate for sale on board
What To Bring
A few suggestions to compliment your tour
  • Swimming costume... It is easier put your swimming costume on underneath your clothes prior to boarding.
  • A beach bag including a towel, hat, sunscreen and shoes.
  • A jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkelling.
  • Cameras in a waterproof container.
  • Cash for water, soft drinks, beer, fruit juices and chocolates for sale on board.
  • If you have chosen not to have our picnic style lunch, please ensure that you bring your own as they do not visit any resorts during the day.
  • A sense of humour is always welcome!
Additional Information
Queensland Public Holidays: The following days incur a public holiday surcharge of $20 per adult, $10 per child and $50 per family (2A 2C).


  • 01 January 24 – New Year’s Day
  • 26 January 24 – Australia Day
  • 29 March 24 – Good Friday
  • 30 March 24 – Easter Saturday
  • 31 March 24 – Easter Sunday
  • 01 April 24 – Easter Monday
  • 25 April 24 – Anzac Day
  • 06 May 24 – Labour Day
  • 21 June 24 – Show Whitsundays
  • 07 October 24 – King’s Birthday
  • 25 December 24 – Christmas Day (CLOSED)
  • 26 December 24 – Boxing Day


  • 01 January 25 – New Year’s Day
  • 26 January 25 – Australia Day
  • 18 April 25 – Good Friday
  • 19 Apr 25 – Easter Saturday
  • 20 Apr 25 – Easter Sunday
  • 21 Apr 25 – Easter Monday

It's Tour DayYour complimentary pick up is on it's way

Check your ticket. Your pick up location and time are on your ticket. Please don’t be late.
Enjoy a leisurely drive through town as we pick up your fellow passengers.

Check InLet's get the paperwork out of the way

You will be taken to the Ocean Rafting office to complete your check in. Here you will be introduced to your crew and escorted to your vessel.

Let's go! The ride of your life has started

The vessels are up to 12 metre semi-rigid inflatable vessels, originally designed and built as rescue crafts and are driven by 500hp engines. After settling down on board your crew will crank up the engines and, while leaving the Port, your crew will familiarise you with the vessels layout and safety features. Once outside the Port, it’s full throttle so sit back, relax and experience a fun, high speed ride amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays.

It's Snorkel timeThe colourful coral, tropical fish and crystal clear waters are waiting for you

Once anchored at your snorkelling site the crew will give you a snorkelling safety briefing, fit you with your snorkelling gear then it’s into the warm waters (average yearly water temp 26c) to explore the coral and swim with the tropical fish and maybe a turtle. Cant swim well… no worries. Your crew will fit you out with either a buoyancy vest or other flotation device to enjoy snorkelling the Whitsundays fringing reefs.

We're off to WhitehavenWhitehaven Beach and the swirling sands of Hill Inlet

Leaving our snorkel site it’s a short trip to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Explore the swirling sands of Hill Inlet and take a leisurely walk through sub tropical rain forests to the famous Hill Inlet lookout. Great selfie and photo opportunities here. Spend up to 2 hours at the Southern end of Whitehaven Beach. Take a bush walk, swim in the crystal clear waters or just laze around on the white silica sands. Enjoy our Tropical Picnic Style lunch with plenty of choice for all tastes.

Time to head backThis is not just a ride back to Port, It's a tour of the Whitsunday Islands

Wash the sand off your feet, settle down on board, grab your favourite drink and some afternoon tea cake and get ready for your 50 minute ride around the Whitsunday Islands as they make our way back to Port. Whether they go through Solway Pass or the Hook Island Passage, the views of the Islands are breathtaking. On arrival to the Port they will escort you to your courtesy bus to take you back to your accommodation to look back on a great day out with Ocean Rafting.

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