Southern Lights Tour and Scenic Flight

Airlie Beach

See the Whitsundays from above with a stunning Whitsunday scenic flight over the islands and Great Barrier Reef, including famous Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach, then ride the tropical waters on Ocean Rafting’s Southern Lights tour.

Following your flight, enjoy an Ocean Rafting Southern Lights adventure.  The 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.

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.  

Snorkel for over an hour at 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.







Minimum Age



2 OUT OF 10



Adult Rate (15 years +)
Child Rate (2 – 14 years)
Infant Rate (6 – 23 months)

Family Rate (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Price includes:


  • Heart Reef
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Hill Inlet
  • Secret snorkelling locations.


  • Tropical style lunch
  • Stinger suit/wet suit.
  • 60 minute reef and island scenic flight with guaranteed window seats
  • Tour to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Guided National Park walks
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Fresh tropical lunch pack
  • Refreshments
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Sunsuit/wetsuit
  • Reef and island naturalist talks
  • Courtesy bus transfers

– Transfer Service: Courtesy pickups from Airlie Beach accommodation. Please call the tour operator on the details provided in your confirmation email 48 hours prior to departure, to reconfirm your booking and pick up time.
– Snorkelling equipment: Wetsuit/Stinger Suit, Mask*, Snorkel and Fins

* Corrective Lens Masks are available to hire (extra cost). Please register your interest in the special requirements on the following page. Alternatively, we recommend that you wear contact lenses or consider purchasing your own prescription mask. These can be ordered through our affiliated dive store, CLICK HERE 

Upgrades include:
– Snacks, Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages available to purchase on board.

Please be aware that the crew reserves the right to prohibit anyone from participating if they deem it unsafe. If any of the below is not found out until on the day, you may not be permitted to join the tour and you may not receive a refund.

  • If you have pre-existing back, neck or hip injuries or you are pregnant, unfortunately, you are unable to join this tour.
  • Individual weights in excess of 110kg will incur an extra seat surcharge. Maximum per seat weight is 130 kgs.
  • Minimum Age – 6 months old.

This tour operates out of AIRLIE BEACH, QLD.

A transfer service is included in your purchase. Rather meet there?

Please check in with the team 30 minutes prior to departure at address: Main Terminal, 12 Air Whitsunday Drive, Flame Tree QLD 4802.

This trip is subject to sea conditions and minimum numbers. Please call the tour operator 48 hours before your trip to confirm. 

You will receive a confirmation email upon purchasing this tour which will provide you with all of the relevant information, e.g. CONTACT NUMBERS,  ADDRESS ETC.

What to Bring:

  • Swimmers
  • A beach bag with a towel, hat and shoes.
  • A jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkelling.
  • Cameras in a waterproof case or Tupperware.
  • Cash for water, soft drinks, fruit juices and chocolates for sale on board.
  • Everything you need for the day as you will not return to your accommodation between tours.

Please wear your swimmers ahead of arrival. Towel, Water Bottle, Sunscreen (Reef safe, please), warm clothing/ windproof jacket, and polarised sunglasses are recommended for best viewing through the surface of the water.

Medication: (If you require to take medication throughout the duration of this tour, please remember to bring this with you. If you deem it necessary, please inform a member of staff, on board your vessel, where within your belongings this can be found).

Seasickness Medication – You may experience seasickness out on the open ocean. We suggest that you should speak with your pharmacist in advance of your trip, to seek their advice on seasickness medication. We will not reschedule bookings or issue refunds for those suffering from seasickness.

Their Fixed wing aircraft offers comfort and big window viewing, pilot commentary and the best views of the Whitsundays!

The high-powered RIB is based on the original design of a rescue craft and is a rigid inflatable boat driven by 500hp engines. There is ample of storage and a toilet on board.
On-Board: Maximum of 32 passengers.
Distance to Whitehaven Beach: Approximately 30 miles from shore.

Cancellations/changes to your booking must be made in writing directly to Salty Swims – Please contact Salty Swims  via email (, or Facebook (via the chat icon linked to this page).

Please be aware that refund policies do not cover travel, accommodation or any other associated costs. We recommend you take out travel insurance to cover unforeseeable cancellations.

What if the tour provider cancels?
In the event of poor sea conditions, minimum numbers not being reached or for any other reason, the tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour. If your trip cannot be rescheduled to your satisfaction, you will receive a full refund.

What if you cancel?

If you wish to cancel, 3% of your tour price will be charged.

Cancellations/ no shows AFTER 5PM THE DAY BEFORE DEPARTURE will not receive a refund.

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