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Ultimate 'Swim With' Adventure

Suggested months: March, April, May, June, July.

Combining one of the world's most famous reef systems and the country's best known temperate aquatic playground, this itinerary is a must for travellers wanting close and intimate encounters with the country's most treasured marine creatures.

Venturing to the Southern Ocean, the Eyre Peninsula is best known for offering cage-diving with the Great White Shark off the Neptune Islands, where massive females congregate in April to prey on Long-nosed Fur Seals. Outside of the winter season, visitors can also swim with the 'puppy dogs of the sea'; Australia Sea-lions.

The world's largest fringeing reef is the final stop, with the opportunity to dive and snorkel with turtles, rays, tropical fish and the world's largest fish, the glorious Whale Shark.

Minimum Suggested Nights: 13 nights, plus a couple more nights on arrival and departure from Australia if desired.

Eyre Peninsula Ningaloo & Exmouth
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Type: Private Charter

Duration: 4 days/4 nights

Logistics: Take a 1 hour 40 minute scenic flight from Lady Elliot Island to Brisbane (Redcliffe Aerodrome). Overnight Brisbane. Take a 2 hour 30 minute flight from Brisbane Airport (BNE) to Adelaide Airport (ADL) and connect with a 50 minute flight to Port Lincoln (PLO).

Port Lincoln Wildlife Encounters

This four day adventures combines the best terrestrial and marine protected areas across the region including Lincoln National Park, Coffin Bay National Park, Neptune Islands Conservation Park and Mount Dutton Bay Conservation Park. Being one of the only places to swim with wild Sea-Lions, visitors will be mesmerised by the agility, curiosity and playful interaction from these ‘puppy dogs of the sea’.  

On shore, there is an abundance of seabirds, shorebirds, songbirds, parrots (including the beautiful Port Lincoln Parrot) and raptors including Osprey and White-bellied Sea Eagles, with Western Grey Kangaroos, Emus, Koalas and Rosenberg’s Goannas a delight for visitors.

For an adrenaline rush, guests  will venture out to the Neptune Islands to try and observe the Great White Shark via a cage or 360 degree underwater viewing pod, using a bait and berley free approach to witness the ocean’s most formidable predator.

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Great White Shark numbers escalate in April to the Neptune Islands area, with very large mature females preying upon Long-nosed Fur Seal pups.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Peak viewing for large Great White Shark females that feast upon the plentiful Long-nosed Fur Seals.

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

Osprey and White Bellied Sea-Eagles, Black-shouldered Kites, Swamp Harriers, Purple-Gaped Honeyeaters, Striated Pardalotes, Spiney-Cheeked Honeyeaters, Dusky Woodswallows, Western Yellow Robins, Blue-breasted Fairy-wrens, and White-Browed Scrubwrens, Port Lincoln (Australian Ringneck) Parrots, Black-Faced Cuckoo-shrikes, Australian Magpies, Red Wattlebirds and Golden Whistlers.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Birds

Nesting season for waterbirds. Black Swans, Grey Teal Ducks, Chestnut Teal Ducks, Pink Eared Ducks, Musk Ducks, Black Winged Stilts, Banded Plovers and Cape Barren Geese at Big Swamp wetlands. Osprey, White-bellied Sea Eagle breeding, Caspian Terns, Hooded Plovers, Red Capped Plovers, Red Necked Stints, Golden Whistlers, Masked Lapwings, Emus and Wedge-tailed Eagles.

Autumn: Mar-May - Marine Mammals

Australian Sea-lion juveniles bound towards visiting boats waiting for snorkelers to join them, Long-nosed Fur Seal pups play around the Neptune Islands with Great White Sharks arriving to prey upon unsuspecting newborns.

 

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Type: Groups,Shared

Duration: Full Day - Ningaloo & Exmouth

Logistics: Take an early morning 50 minute flight from Port Lincoln Airport (PLO) to Adelaide Airport (ADL) and connect with a 3 hour 20 minute flight to Perth Airport (PER). Overnight Perth. Take a 2 hour flight to Exmouth (LEA).

Whaleshark Swim

The opportunity to swim with the Whaleshark is one of the world’s greatest interactive marine encounters. This fish, the largest of the shark family and the largest fish in the world at an average of 12 meters (40 foot) in length, is a harmless plankton eater, with their graceful and passive nature providing an unforgettable day out on the waters of the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park.

Educational talks from on-board marine biologists, provide a fascinating insight into the rich biodiversity found in the area. Guests will be entertained by Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins, with a keen eye occasionally spotting Dugongs as they surface to take breath.

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Mass spawning of coral 7-10 days after the full moon in March or April causes Whale Sharks to arrive, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Scissor Tails, Coral Trout, Cod and Trevally, Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks, Great and Scalloped Hammerheads, Bronze Whaler, Cat Sharks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Bull Rays, Nudibranchs, Manta Rays courtship dances around April. 

Winter: Jun-Aug - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Coral Spawn & Plankton reaches its highest concentration, Whale Sharks seen until the end of July Manta Rays around Exmouth, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Cardinalfish, Scissor Tails, Groper, Coral Trout, Nudibranches, Grey Nurse Sharks congregate around the Navy Pier competing for space with the Whitetip Reef Sharks and Wobbegongs.

Autumn: Mar-May - Marine Mammals

Dugong can often spotted coming to the surface with May peak viewing time, plentiful Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins. Pseudo Orcas, Minke Whales, Pilot Whales, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins are also occasionally sighted.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Marine Mammals

Over 30,000 individual west coast Humpback Whales migrate to the area (opportunity to swim with them from July onwards) with Orcas prevalent. Pseudo Orcas, Minke Whales, Pilot Whales, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins are occasionally sighted whilst Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins are abundant.

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Duration: Full Day

Ningaloo or Muiron Islands Snorkel

The Muiron Islands and Ningaloo Marine Park, is regarded as one of the most beautiful underwater wilderness areas in Australia. Upon cruising out across the pristine waters, guests will spend the day exploring different snorkel sights accessible by boat only, with Dolphins, Rays and Turtles all regular encounters for swimmers. Humpback Whales and Whale Sharks (boat viewing only) are also possible sightings in season, whilst a keen eye may spot the elusive Dugong. Snorkellers will be delighted to see colourful tropical fish including Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish and Anemonefish amongst the spectacular coral bombies.

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Mass spawning of coral 7-10 days after the full moon in March or April causes Whale Sharks to arrive, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Scissor Tails, Coral Trout, Cod and Trevally, Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks, Great and Scalloped Hammerheads, Bronze Whaler, Cat Sharks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Bull Rays, Nudibranchs, Manta Rays courtship dances around April. 

Winter: Jun-Aug - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Coral Spawn & Plankton reaches its highest concentration, Whale Sharks seen until the end of July Manta Rays around Exmouth, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Cardinalfish, Scissor Tails, Groper, Coral Trout, Nudibranches, Grey Nurse Sharks congregate around the Navy Pier competing for space with the Whitetip Reef Sharks and Wobbegongs.

Autumn: Mar-May - Marine Mammals

Dugong can often spotted coming to the surface with May peak viewing time, plentiful Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins. Pseudo Orcas, Minke Whales, Pilot Whales, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins are also occasionally sighted.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Marine Mammals

Over 30,000 individual west coast Humpback Whales migrate to the area (opportunity to swim with them from July onwards) with Orcas prevalent. Pseudo Orcas, Minke Whales, Pilot Whales, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins are occasionally sighted whilst Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins are abundant.

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