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Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo

Humpback Whale Swim and Watching

  • Available from: August 01 2019 - October 31 2019

Duration: Full Day - Ningaloo & Exmouth

Type: Groups, Shared.

Departs: Daily

Interests: Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Marine Mammals.

A staggering 30,000 west coast Humpback Whales migrate through the Exmouth and Ningaloo region and start to rest after their long migration from the Antarctic. Mothers will typically move their calves into the Gulf area at Exmouth over these months, to fatten them up for their lengthy return journey south.

The Department of Parks & Wildlife has recently given authority for Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo to provide guided swims with these amazing creatures under strict parameters and conditions. Visitors will venture out in small groups of five with a guide & videographer to record one of the most special intimate encounters of the ocean. Following this, guests will enjoy a snorkel on the reef to enjoy the amazing tropical fish, rays, turtles and corals.

About Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo: As the region’s original eco-tourism operation, Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo is synonymous with experiencing the aquatic treasures of the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Debbie & Mark Ferguson have been involved taking ecotours around Western Australia for over 20 years, managing the operations of a number of boats in various locations. The team is proud to specialise in small group tours for Whale Shark swims, Humpback Whale swims & watching, scuba diving and snorkelling and is active in numerous conservation projects including Whale Sharks, turtles and Manta Rays.


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  • Humpback Whale Swim and Watching

    The Humpback Whale watching & swim cruise offers guests the incredible opportunity to swim with these wonderful creatures. The ‘swim with’ offering requires pre-booking with a quota of three groups of five passengers.

    If the circumstances are favourable, additional whale watchers on board may have the option to upgrade to the 'swim program’ as well. Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo has special permission to approach Humpback Whales to a distance of 50 metres with the boats, being half the distance of any other whale watching cruise in Australia.

    This provides a very special close-up view for non-swimmers to enjoy the whales as they display their playful antics as they relax in the warm tropical waters of Exmouth. Under the careful watch of the guides, swimmers will slide into the water and approach the Humpback Whale. There are strict distance guidelines and safety is paramount in these very special encounters.

    To be with such a gentle giant in a unique close encounter is an extraordinary lifetime experience, with a free video to savour these memories. Guests will also enjoy a snorkel on the reef to enjoy the amazing tropical fish, rays, turtles and corals.

    Key Details

    Shared Tour Pricing: from $410.00 per person (adult), $399.00 (children aged 13-16 years)
    Group Size: Minimum of 7 guests, maximum of 14 swimmers + 10 observers
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Exmouth accommodations
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: 7:00am returning at approximately 3:30pm.
    Private Boat Charter: Available on Request at additional cost. Please contact us directly with your group size & interests. 
    Languages: German, French, Spanish and Italian private touring is available on request

    Please note: Price includes video of your Humpback Swim by Professional Videographer (USB at additional cost).

    Enquiries & Bookings

    This tour is available to be booked online via the button below. If you have any queries or would like to book a private boat charter, please contact our friendly team via our enquiry form- there are some essential details to help us provide the best options for you. We will be in touch via your preferred contact method.

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    Recent Testimonials

    "The most wonderful awe inspiring day showcasing the natural wonders of the reef and the humpback whales were everywhere! Best of all we swam three times and saw several whales on each occasion- truly to be recommended! Oh yes, and we saw the white humpback first time in Ningaloo! Just a stunnung day!" 

    "Our second trip with this company, previous one a year & a half ago which was also fantastic. We got to swim a few times with the whales & even got a bonus whaleshark swim!! Had a great day, the staff are excellent, knowledgeable & passionate about their work, a real pleasure & will definitely use them for future experiences and advice. One for the bucket list!!" - Karen, Australia

    "What a great day. The weather was fantastic. We got picked up from our hotel and taken to the jetty where we boarded the boat. Really well laid out with kit available for everyone and good places to store your stuff. After a test snorkel - testing we could follow orders :) off to the whales. The first few swims were ok, the whales weren't playing fair and kept sneaking off but the last one - wow! I could hear the whale song, and he/she came back and swam real close. What a magical experience. Then to top it off three swims with a whale shark. The crew were really great. Very helful, very energetic and lovely food and drink. Totally recommended." - Linda, Australia

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