1 Day Ocean Rafting Southern Lights Tour from Airlie Beach

Adults from $164

At the direction of staff at all times. Subject to CASA guidelines. Not to be launched from the boat or the look-out platform.

    Enjoy a fun ride to the Great Barrier Reef, snorkel in amazing reefs, and explore the iconic Whitehaven Beach.

    This day tour will take you to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park's Whitsunday Islands to snorkel amongst an abundance of marine life and wander the pristine Whitehaven Beach, enjoying spectacular views and a bushwalk along the way.

    • Ride to the Whitsundays on a fun, fast semi-rigid inflatable boat
    • Snorkel in a 'hidden' spot, brimming with life
    • Explore the beautiful Whitehaven and Hill Inlet beaches
    • Take a guided bush walk to Hill Inlet Lookout
    • Enjoy a buffet style buffet as an optional extra

    Step aboard a semi-rigid inflatable vessel, meet your friendly crew and embark on an exhilarating journey to a snorkel spot in the Whitsundays. Snorkel amongst vivid corals, colourful fish, giant clams and even a turtle or two for a little over an hour.

    Dock near Whitehaven Beach and step ashore and relax on white, warm sands and paddle in turquoise seas. Join your group for an informative bushwalk to Hill Inlet Lookout, where you'll be greeted with an amazing view of an expanse of aqua sea meeting stretches of pristine beaches.

    As an optional extra, feast on a buffet style lunch while enjoying the spectacular view.

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    Departures: Daily

      Start Finish Duration
    Tour with Lunch and Stinger Suit 10:00am 4:30pm 6.5 Hours
    BYO Lunch 10:00am 4:30am 6.5 Hours


    Pricing valid for travel until 31 March 2020.

    Ticket Details Price
    Adults Bring Your Own Lunch $164
    Children (2-14 yrs) Bring Your Own Lunch $105
    Family (2+2) Bring Your Own Lunch $490


    Book your Extras now so you don’t miss out!

    Lunch Buffet-Style Lunch with FREE Stinger-Suit included
    (*Must Pre-Booked to avail discounted pricing)
    $16 per person*



    Group Size: 32ppl max


    • Visit to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
    • Guided national park walks
    • Inner fringing coral reef snorkeling
    • Personalised snorkel insruction
    • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
    • Reef and island naturalist talks
    • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation
    • National Park Fees
    • Cake for afternoon tea

    Rated: 43210 (4.9/5 based on 13 customer reviews)

    54321 We went on the Southern Lights Tour this week with our 6 and 8 year old kids. Everyone had so much fun! The tour was very informative and the guides were excellent. The kids had a ball at Whitehaven Beach at the end. Highly recommend Tom and Cole, our amazing guides!
    Sylvia Xu — 2 January, 2020

    54321 We went on the Southern Lights tour this week and absolutely loved it! We travelled with 2 young children and our Captain Keith and host Benny went over and above for us, accomodating the kids and making us feel relaxed ensuring that we had a great time too! Would highly recommend this tour and these staff members- the highlight of our stay in Airlie Beach. Thanks Guys!
    Bec Lyons — 20 October, 2019

    54321 We had an awesome day! The boat ride was surprisingly fun and fast. They did their best to get us a good snorkel but unfortunately conditions were out of their control. We got a great walk and view from hill inlet. Lunch was tasty. Thanks so much to Carl and Michael who were hilarious
    Niamh — 22 April, 2019

    43211 It was a great day, the tour was very organized, pontual, staffs were very friendly and Whitehaven is a really amazing place.
    Marilisa — 22 January, 2019

    54321 Was an absolutely wonderful day, scenery amazing, snorkeling awesome and our hosts Daniel and Danni were welcoming, friendly and really new their stuff. Thanks for a fantastic experience, we’ll be back.
    Andrea Muscat — 20 January, 2019

    54321 Really nice experience!!!! The Islands are amazing, the snorkelling has the best views ever and the Whitehaven beach is really worth seeing! Crew really friendly and helpfull!! Higly recomended
    Irene — 18 December, 2018

    54321 One of the best days of our lifes. By far the most beautiful place we have ever seen. Our hosts Josh and Nichole were amazing. So friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back and will recommend this experience to everyone. Thank you
    Lauryn — 5 October, 2018

    54321 We had a group of 8 people and Taylor was our tour guide. He is absolutely amazing,super helpful and informational. The weather is great besides it’s windy. But the view is breathing taking.. Recommend to everyone. Price is also very reasonable.
    Jollina — 10 July, 2018

    54321 The tour was absolutely amazing! The crew was awesome, funny and helpful to give us all the information we needed! Perfect amount of time spent on snorkeling and on Whitehaven beach! Cristal clear water, stunning view un at hill inlet lookout and fun trip rafting over the waves! We also spotted a manta ray and a whale! We had a spectacular day and we sure suggest this tour to everyone!
    Deborah — 10 June, 2018

    54321 It started with a cloudy and windy day,but was really funny! The boat and the captain were amazing! We really enjoyed playing with the waves. The snorkel is quite nice. Unfortunatly if you have seen the reef on the Red sea or in mexico you will be a little disappointed. Whiteheaven beach is very beautiful! The lunch was good and the team was funny! Go on this tour and enjoy it!
    Giulia — 20 May, 2018

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    54321 This is a must do for all the family. The raft trip goes from mild to wild! The tour guides are professional and great company, buffet lunch and sights are magnificent.
    Clay & Yiling — 9 February, 2018

    54321 This tour was absolutely incredible, we had a blast!! Our guides Todd & Matt were so welcoming, made the day really fun & really took great care of us! The snorkel spots they choose are amazing & not too deep but you still get to see beautiful coral & fish without having to go all the way out to the outer reef! Whitehaven beach is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, it is an absolute must!!! You cannot leave the Whitsundays without seeing it! The guided bushwalk up to the look out was surprisingly great, we weren’t too keen on this part to begin with but it is SO worth it!! The lunch included on the tour was fantastic, lots of great salads, breads & meats & there was heaps for everyone! This tour has it all! Highly recommended, cannot fault these guys!
    Jade — 9 October, 2016

    54321 My friend and I took the tour on May and it was absolutely great! The ocean rafting is definitely funny and the two guides were funny and make you feel confortable and at ease. The snorkelling sites and Whitehaven beach are worth it! Simply amazing!
    Chiara Pavin — 26 May, 2014


    The below itinerary can change due to tides and weather.

    Day 1

    Pickup from Airlie Beach Accommodation

    9:00am – 9:30am

    Check in at Coral Sea Marina and Board Vessel for a 10am departure


    Snorkelling at Dumbell Island, Border Island, or one of many secret locations for over an hour!

    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.

    Buffet Lunch

    Enjoy an optional buffet-style lunch served at the beach and swim in the crystal clear turquoise ocean or just relax on the silica white sand.

    Hill Inlet Lookout

    Enjoy a guided bushwalk to spectacular Hill Inlet Lookout to view and capture photographs of the stunning swirling silica sands and aqua water.

    Whitehaven Beach

    Freedom to explore Whitehaven Beach and make your way up to the northern end.

    Return to Coral Sea Marina


    Afternoon tea will be served on the return journey

    Dropoff at Airlie Beach Accommodation

    4:30pm – 5:00pm

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