The Southern Lights Tour

Whitehaven Beach tour

Visit both the northern and southern ends of world famous Whitehaven Beach and spend at least two hours relaxing on the white silica sand or exploring the 7km stretch of beach.  Ocean Rafting is the only Whitehaven Beach tour to have direct access to stunning Hill Inlet beach.  Walk to the Southern Whitehaven lookout with breathtaking views of Pentecost Island and the tropical waters of the Whitsundays, and join the guided walk to the stunning Hill Inlet lookout. 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. You can see why we call it 3 days in one!

The main difference between the two tours is that the Southern Lights has more beach time and the Northern Exposure offers more snorkelling time. We offer a Double Deal for both cruises so you can experience more adventure for less!

Please see further below for information on our Ocean Rafting Southern Lights Tour & GSL Aviation 60 Minute Reef/Island Flight Package!


  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Guided National Park walk
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Reef and island naturalist talks
  • Courtesy bus pick up
  • Cake for afternoon tea
  • Please note lunch, beverages and sun/stinger suits are optional extras – please see Bookings, Rates and Charters page for details.


What To Bring?

  • A beach bag including a towel, hat and sand shoes.
  • A sweater or jacket in the winter months to protect you from the wind and keep you warm after snorkelling.
  • Cameras ideally in a waterproof case or Tupperware.
  • Cash for water, soft drinks, beer, fruit juices and chocolates for sale on board.
  • If you have chosen not to have our buffet style lunch, please ensure that you bring your own as we do not visit any resorts during the day.
  • A sense of humour is always welcome!



The Southern Lights Whitehaven Beach tour departs Abell Point Marina North (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar) in Airlie Beach daily at 10.00am and returns at 4.30pm.  Courtesy coach pick ups from mainland accommodation are available between 8.45am-9.30am and if making your own way, please check in at 9.00am.

Conditions Guide Table

Whitehaven Beach tour

Route Map

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Whitehaven Beach tour

Ocean Rafting Southern Lights Tour and GSL Aviation 60 Minute Reef/Island Flight Package

Experience the best of the Whitsundays, combining a GSL Aviation scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef with an exhilarating adventure on Ocean Rafting to Whitehaven Beach.  Enjoy the most spectacular view in the Whitsundays aboard a one hour ‘Reef and Island’ scenic flight. The flight includes all the sights of the Whitsunday Islands including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Extending beyond the Whitsunday Islands your flight takes you over the Great Barrier Reef, including the famous ‘Heart Reef’. All passengers enjoy their own window seat, and the aircraft are high-wing to allow for best possible viewing.

Following the flight, your day just keeps getting better with a whole day on the water with Ocean Rafting. The Ocean Rafting Southern Lights tour offers an exhilarating boat ride with top snorkelling spots and time on Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Your day is packed with activities including snorkelling, beach time and a guided bushwalk at Hill Inlet. A buffet style lunch is included, as well as all snorkelling equipment and wetsuit hire. We recommend this tour for the best view above, on and below the water in the Whitsundays!

Times: Flight: 60 Minutes. Ocean Rafting Tour: 10:00 until 16:30.

Inclusions: Reef and Island scenic flight with GSL Aviation, Ocean Rafting day trip, lunch, wetsuit or sunsuit hire, courtesy bus transfers.

Heading north? Experience Ocean Safari Tropical North Queensland Adventure Tours

Planning a trip further north to Tropical North Queensland's Cape Tribulation? We also offer exhilarating trips from The Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation with our sister company Ocean Safari. Our eco tours will take you to two snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef whilst allowing you to enjoy the untouched beauty of The Daintree. Visit Ocean Safari for further information, tour rates and bookings.