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Home| Experiences| Whitsundays Tours|1 Day Ocean Rafting Southern Lights Tour

Ocean Rafting Southern Lights Tour
From $199pp

If a day trip out to the secluded parts of Whitehaven Beach is what you’re chasing, then it doesn’t get much better than this.

Forget spending your day snorkelling and catch some rays on this Ocean Rafting Southern Lights tour. This award winning company has some of the fastest boats on the coast, giving you maximum time at each location and a fun ride along the way through the 74 tropical islands. The knowledgeable onboard crew are there to show you a good time and keep you safe. All the main highlights such as Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet are included in your tour, as well as a beautiful optional al fresco lunch.

This trip is designed for a full blown beach goer. Unlike the “Northern Exposure Tour”, which features more snorkel time, this tour offers heaps of time at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach. If you’re not a keen snorkeller, then this trip could be just the right thing for you.

Trip Intinerary

Southern Lights Itinerary

Pick up from Airlie Beach Accommodation or self drive to Coral Sea Marina for check in
Enjoy exhilarating ride out to the Whitsunday Islands on board high speed vessel
Visit Whitehaven Beach and enjoy guided walk up to hill inlet lookout
Explore both Northern & Southern end of Whitehaven Beach (up to 2 hours beach time)
Enjoy a hearty freshly prepared lunch
Head out to snorkelling location at Dumbbell Island/Border Island
Return to shore

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

Southern Lights Tour

1 x Southern Lights Tour With Snorkelling


Southern lights Tour With Tropic Lunch

1 x Southern Lights Tour With Snorkelling + Tropical Lunch


Inclusions & Extras


  • Visit Whitehaven Beach
  • Guided National Park Bush Walk To Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Delicious Tropical Lunch (Optional Extra)
  • Inner Fringing Coral Reef Snorkelling
  • Personalised Snorkel Instruction
  • Snorkel Equipment And Flotation Devices
  • Stinger Suit/Wetsuit Hire
  • Reef & Island Naturalist Talk
  • Return Transfers

Not Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

What to bring

  • Swimmers
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Shoes
  • Underwater Camera (optional)
  • Windbreaker or Jacket

Pick Ups & Departures

Pick up/drop off included from most hotels and hostels in Airlie Beach
Daily departures
All bookings MUST reconfirm 24hrs in advance

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Northern and Southern tour?

The main difference between the two tours is that the Northern Exposure tour has more snorkelling time and the Southern Lights tour offers more beach time.

If you wish to focus mainly on snorkelling then we suggest the Northern Exposure tour, or if you wish to spend more time at the beach, we suggest the Southern Lights tour. The tour from Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach can take between 1 – 1.5 hours depending on wind, tide, swell and weather conditions.

How fast do the boats travel?

Ocean Rafting’s custom built vessels travel up to speeds of 30 knots, allowing you to experience a fun, high speed ride whilst exploring the islands and beaches of the beautiful Whitsundays.

Is snorkelling equipment included?

Masks, snorkels and fins are included. We do offer prescription masks available for hire for the day for $20. We also offer equipment for the little Rafters.

Do I need to wear a stinger suit or wetsuit?

In the Whitsundays, stinger season is roughly between late October and April/May. At this time of year we highly recommend hiring a stinger suit. These will cover around 90% of your body, fins will cover the majority of your feet, and your mask will cover some of your face, leaving less than 5% of your body exposed. Wet suits are available for hire during the winter months, which simply provide you with an extra layer of warmth whilst snorkelling. The hiring of stinger suits and wetsuits can be arranged upon check in.

Will I get sea sick?

Due to the open-style design and speed at which Ocean Rafting vessels travel, it is very rare for passengers to experience sea sickness on board. The most common time for passengers to ever feel nauseous on the water would be when the vessel has stopped. We welcome anyone that is prone or worried about seasickness to take any necessary medication prior to travelling.

Where can I access the tour photos from my day out?

If you have already enjoyed your Ocean Rafting adventure and would like to view the images from your day out, you can view them here: http://oceanrafting.fotomerchant.com/ Please allow 2-4 days for them to be uploaded.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have Travel Insurance please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your Travel Insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

World Nomads travel insurance policies offer coverage for more than 150 activities. Get a quote, make a claim, or buy or extend your policy while on the road.

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Ocean Rafting Terms & Conditions

All fares are inclusive of Marine Park fees and GST. Sites are weather and tide permitting. Ocean Rafting reserves the right to arrange alternate itinerary when necessary. Please note departure times may sometimes be weather and tidal dependent. Please reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior.
Ocean Rafting may use photographs of our clients in promotional material, including but not limited to social media, however if you do not consent please advise Ocean Rafting.
Liability: Clients should note that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard our clients, we cannot be held responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of the clients which are beyond our control. Tours are not suitable for guests with pre-existing back, neck or hip injuries or who are pregnant. Minimum age 6 months. A signed release will be required from all participants on departure. We recommend you take out travel insurance.

Fitness and Health: Although good health and a positive attitude are essential, you do not need any prior experience to partake in an Ocean Rafting adventure.

Cancellations/Refund Policy: Your booking includes a 3% non-refundable booking fee for all cancellations. Cancellations after 7pm the night before departure no refund. Please Note: On occasion, in the interest of guest safety, we may have to cancel tours due to unfavourable weather conditions. In this unlikely event, you will be offered travel on another suitable day or issued a refund, minus 3% booking fee of your fare price.

As per Ocean Rafting T&C’s above. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted up until 7.00pm the night prior to the tour.
As per Ocean Rafting T&C’s above. Minimum numbers of four passengers for flights/flight packages apply. Flights are subject to pilot discretion, weather and air traffic control. For legal and safety reasons all passengers are weighed prior to boarding. Individual weights in excess of 110kg will incur an extra seat surcharge. Maximum per seat weight is 130 kgs. Full names and exact weights per passenger must be advised when booking due to flight weight availability. Pick up transfers for scenic flights only collect guests from their mainland accommodation and drop off transfers are always to Coral Sea Marina, with the exception of the last flight of the day, which may return guests to their mainland accommodation. The fly component of the Fly and Raft tour is operated by Whitsunday Air Services Pty Ltd AOC# 1-KPVQ0 -06, a licensed and certified Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) carrier. Cancellation Policy: 100% cancellation fee applies for cancellations after midday the day prior.
As per Ocean Rafting T&C’s above. Management reserves the right to change itinerary or times in extreme weather conditions. If a cancellation is necessary guests will be offered an alternate day or full refund. Due to the nature of using digital cameras in the harsh saltwater operational environment, adverse weather conditions, and the possibility of operator error or camera failure, we cannot guarantee provision of photos. Weight restrictions apply, maximum of 2 people per jetski or 200kg per jetski. Minimum jetski driver age: 16 years. Minimum jetski passenger age 8 years. Guests must have no prior medical conditions, or neck, back, heart conditions and guests who are pregnant must not ride. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made after 6pm the night before tour or ‘no show’ will incur a 100% charge.

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