Southern Lights Tour - Ocean Rafting

Airlie Beach

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, enjoying approximately two hours relaxing at south Whitehaven.

“THE ORIGINAL AND MOST AWARDED TOUR IN THE WHITSUNDAYS” Southern Lights Tour Ocean Rafting

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.

If you would like to add a 1 Hour Scenic Flight to this tour click here for the Fly Raft Package 

Location

AIRLIE BEACH

Seasonality

YEAR ROUND

Duration

8 HOURS

Minimum Age

6 MONTHS +

Difficulty

2 OUT OF 10

Spectators

PRICED THE SAME

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

Family Rate (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Price includes:
Water

  • Tropical style Lunch on Whitehaven Beach
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Guided National Park walks
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • 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.

     

  • Minimum Age – 6 months old.
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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: Coral Sea Marina North (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar), Airlie Beach, 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.

  • Swimmers
  • A beach bag including 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, beer, fruit juices and chocolates for sale on board.

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.

If you have not upgraded your booking to include the fresh tropical lunch pack, please ensure that you bring your own as we do not visit any resorts during the day.

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.

The vessel 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 (info@saltyswims.com.au), 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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