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!
Abell Point Marina North
Departure 10:00 am, Check in 09:00 am
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All snorkelling equipment
Buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea
Semi submersible guided tour
4 hours at Hardy Reef