Southern Lights | Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach

Duration | 7 hours (approx)
Mobile Ticket OK

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.

Hill Inlet
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 over an hour at Border Island, Dumbell Island, or one of our “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.

Border Island
Border Island is a small, uninhabited island situated close to the southeastern tip of Whitsunday Island. It is known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs. The island offers excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving, with a variety of marine life to discover, including colorful fish, corals, and even sea turtles. Visitors can enjoy exploring the underwater world or simply relax on the sandy shores. 

Dumbell Island
Dumbell Island is named after its distinctive dumbbell shape, which is visible from above. The island is known for its lush greenery, rocky outcrops, and secluded beaches. Dumbell Island offers a serene and untouched environment for those seeking solitude and natural beauty.

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.  


  • Courtesy bus transfers from Airlie Beach
  • Fast boat to the Whitsunday Islands
  • Snorkelling on Inner fringing coral reef 
  • Guided snorkeling sessions and nature walks
  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • ​Afternoon tea provided

Optional Extras

  •  Buffet Style Lunches - $16
  •  Sunsuit/Wetsuit Hire - $8
  •  Prescription Mask Hire - $15
  •  Drinks & Refreshments Available

Departure Times
Southern Lights departs at 10.00am (check in 9am) from Airlie Beach & returns at 4:30pm to Airlie Beach.
Departs daily from the Coral Sea Marina, Shingley Dr, Airlie Beach
We offer pickup from central Airlie Beach accommodation.

Traveling with children
Child ticket: Age 2-14. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Infants travel free. Infants must sit on laps

Family Friendly
We offer special rates for familes. Please check the booking for form for up to date family pricing

What to bring:

  • Swimmers
  • A beach bag including a towel, hat and shoes.
  • Cameras in a waterproof case or Tupperware.

Booking Info
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
If you require hotel transfers please have your hotel name ready when booking so we can send you a pick-up time with your confirmation.

Instant Booking & Mobile Friendly Tickets
Check availability & book here to secure you spot on Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach. Pre-booking is essential. Please do not turn up on the day without a booking. 




The scenic flight included in this package was truly a highlight of my trip! Flying over the iconic Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach, and the many islands of the Whitsundays was breathtaking.



What an incredible day! Thanks to the fantastic guides, Max and his e partner, whose energy made it a fun day. The highlight of my East Coast adventure!



Today?s scenic flight and ocean rafting experience was spectacular! The flight offered breathtaking views that I've been dreaming of, and the rafting adventure was exhilarating from start to finish. Special thanks to our energetic and fantastic guides, Cash, Daisy, and Bree, who really knew how to amp up the fun.


Kristina Day

Excellent day both snorkelling and whitehaven beach, awesome staff and overall a fun day.

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The Southern Lights Day Trip Departs at 10.00am (check in at 9.00am) from the Coral Sea Marina North Village. Airlie Beach
Returns at 4.30pm to Airlie Beach