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Ocean Rafting - Southern Lights

FROM: $159

Departure Times

Departs: 10:00 am - Daily
Returns: 4:30 pm - Daily

Pricing Options

$159 AUD per Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2019)
$175 AUD per Person - Adult Rafters Pack (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2019)
$102 AUD per Person - Child (2-14 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2019)
$118 AUD per Person - Child Rafters Pack (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2019)
$476 AUD per Family - Family (2 adults & 2 children) (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2019)

Three days in one... This is the ultimate award-winning Whitsundays day tour offering speed, adventure and fun!

Soak up the sun at Whitehaven Beach, make a splash at two unique snorkel sites and enjoy a guided walking tour through the Whitsunday Island National Park... all in one day! The Ocean Rafting vessels are powered by 500hp engines, so you don't have to worry about wasting any time between your destinations. Our past guests agree that getting from one place to the next is half the fun! Choose from the Northern Exposure or Southern Lights tour. Trust us when we say these tours will NOT disappoint...

Ocean Rafting's Whitsunday tours visit the "wild side" of the Whitsunday Islands and are perfect for anyone looking to squeeze the Whitsundays into one day. This multi-award-winning tour has special permits which allow access all areas of Hill Inlet, including the beach! There's no other Whitsundays tour which can cruise all the way through the "postcard perfect" swirling sands of hill inlet.

whitehaven beach, whitsundays

The Southern Lights tour has more of a focus on Whitehaven Beach and visits both ends of the world-famous beach! For a tour with more of snorkelling focus check out Ocean Rafting's Northern Exposure tour. On both tours you will see Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and have the chance to snorkel amongst vibrant coral reefs.

The Southern Lights Features:

  • Visit the North and South end of Whitehaven Beach
  • Spend approximately 2 hours relaxing on the southern stretch of the beach
  • Snorkel for over an hour at Border Island, Dumbell Island, or a secret" snorkel location
  • One of the fastest and most adventurous day boats in the Whitsundays
  • With great speed there is less travel time and more time for activities
  • All snorkelling equipment and flotations devices are included
  • Exclusive permit to ALL areas of Hill Inlet and guided national park walks
  • Reef and island naturalist talks are offered by the Skipper and Eco Host
  • Whale Watching (June - October)
  • Courtesy bus pick-up and drop-off included to/from local accommodation
  • The "Rafters Pack" includes a delicious buffet lunch and stinger suit hire
  • As a multi-award winner, Ocean Rafting is dedicated to both preserving the Great Barrier Reef and supporting our tourism industry! 

Sample Itinerary:

Courtesy pick-up included for guests from local accommodations between 8:45am and 9:30am. 
Get ready for an adrenaline fuelled day exploring the pristine islands, inlets, bays and beaches of the Whitsundays! Ocean Rafting's Southern Lights tour will depart Abel Point Marina at 10:00am. 

Fun on Ocean Rafting!

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven beach is a massive 7kms in length! With Ocean Rafting's Southern Lights tour you can enjoy an extended stay at the southern end of the beach for approximately 2 hours. Choose to simply relax and bathe in the beautiful turquoise waters or bring along some beach toys and enjoy activities such as beach cricket, football or Frisbee! 

Whitehaven Beach!

Hill Inlet 

Ocean Rafting has special permits which allow access to all areas of Hill Inlet. The swirling sand bars of Hill Inlet are the perfect place to relax and enjoy a tropical buffet lunch (optional). A guided bush walk to Hill Inlet lookout will provide panoramic views of the swirling sands below. If you look closely you can quite often see harmless stingrays and lemon sharks resting in the shallows.

whitehaven beach


Snorkel for over an hour at Border Island, Dumbell Island, or one of Ocean Rafting's "secret" snorkel locations! The exact snorkel location depends on the sea conditions and your knowledgeable skipper will determine the best snorkelling location on the day. Either way, you will see an abundant range of corals and marine life. Keep an eye out rare and protected fish species such as Queensland Groupers, Humpheaded Maori Wrasse and Barramundi Cod!

Corals and marine life! Spot the turtle...

It may be time to head home but the fun isn't over yet! The Ocean Rafting boats will often weave and race against each other on the way home to finish the day off with some more of Ocean Rafting's signature adrenaline fuelled action!

boat, fast, ocean, rafting

Sample Menu:

Ocean Rafting's tropical buffet lunch includes:

  • Selection of Large and Small Rolls and Wraps (VEG) (may contain traces of nuts)
  • Platter of Ham and Hungarian Sliced Salami (GF, LF)
  • Sliced Chicken Breast with Ranch Dressing
  • Pacific Seafood Salad - Barramundi Cubes, Slivers of Crab, Baby Prawns, Sliced Seeded Cucumber and Celery, Marinated in Coconut  Cream with Lime and Chilli dressing, garnished with Smoked Salmon (GF)
  • Sour Cream Potato Salad (VEG, GF)
  • Asian Noodle Salad (VEG)
  • Sweet and Sour Pasta (VEG) (may contain traces of nuts)
  • Green Tossed Salad (VEG, LF, GF, VEGAN)
  • Gluten Free Tabouli Salad - Chickpeas, chopped Parsley, Tomato and Onion with Lemon and Mint  Flakes and Salt and Pepper (VEG, LF, GF, VEGAN)
  • Condiments - 1000 Island Dressing, Yoghurt garlic and Mint Dressing, Margarine and Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Cheese
  • Selection of Fresh Fruit - Pineapple and watermelon and rock melon (VEG, LF, GF, VEGAN)
  • Lamingtons (VEG) (Contains  Nuts)


Individual Nut Allergy Lunch Packs are available - These  must  be  pre-arranged 24  hours prior to departure by calling the office.

* Lunch menu subject to change. Most dietary requirements and food allergies can be catered for if advised upon booking or when re-confirming your tour. Please enquire upon booking if unsure.

Amazing animals you may see when on Ocean Rafting!

Ocean Rafting is also available for Private Charter.

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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 should be in a waterproof case or Tupperware. Water, soft drinks, fruit juices and chocolates as well as underwater cameras are for sale on board but you are welcome to bring your own. 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!

What's Included

  • Pick up from Accommodation
  • Marine park Fees
  • Lunch (Except family tickets)
  • Guided walks and talks in National parks
  • Snorkelling gear, Mask, Snorkel, and fins

What's Extra

For family package the tasty buffet lunch is payable on board @ $16.00 per person. Stinger suits and wetsuits are optional and payable on board @ $8.00 per person

Prescription masks available for hire for $15.00

Terms and Conditions

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather and may be changed or canceled at the discretion of Realsail Sailing adventure. It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings or not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non refundable 2.5% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


All client cancellations forfeit 25% of total ticket price and all client cancellations made less than 7 days prior to departure will result in complete forfeiture of the full price of the sailing holiday. If the sailing company has to cancel the trip (prior to the boat's departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given, minus card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance especially during the wet season.

Please note it is the responsibility of ALL passengers traveling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of ANY medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

Thank you for booking with Mr Travel if you need any advice or assistance making arrangements for your accommodation or transfers please do not hesitate to ask

"Whitehaven beach is one of the best beaches in the world and fast boat ride with ocean Rafting is the best way to reach wthe island with some adventure without getting sea sick. The equipment is great, the staff is friendly and the schedule is pretty awesome. We did the southern lights tour as a group of 12 and it is already one of the best vacations for us!"
"Absolutely fantastic day right from making the booking till the trip completed. Excellent friendly helpful and informative staff. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Have highly recommended it to friends and family back in N.Z"
"Great guys! Fantastic views of Whitehaven, plus snorkeling and very adventurous trip on the boat. The team is experienced and helpful."
Mary - April 2017
"It was an awesome day excursion to Whitehaven beach. Our crew members Brodie and Shannon were excellent! Very informative and approachable. The ride was an adventure in and of itself... I really enjoyed it! The lunch option that we purchased was great... Highly recommend this tour company to my travelling fellows."
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