Green Sea Turtle
Duration: Full Day - Ningaloo & Exmouth
Type: Groups, Shared.
Interests: Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Marine Mammals.
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.
This unforgettable day starts early to board a beautifully equipped vessel, with the world’s leading Whale Shark team. Using light aircraft to fly overhead during the day, the team will be directed to the locations of the whale sharks to provide the best opportunities to encounter these magnificent fish. During the journey out, the fully qualified and experienced crew will answer your questions, help with your gear and brief you on everything you'll need to know to safely and successfully swim with these gentle giants.
Throughout the day the on-board marine biologist will share interesting information about the Whale Sharks how to identify the gender of the animal, typical behaviours, feeding patterns, how to take photos and more. Instruction will also be given on on how to best approach and swim with the Whale Sharks, so that the encounter with the world’s largest fish is a truly memorable one.
At least one guide will be in the water with guests at all times during the swim. In the very unlikely event that no whale shark is sighted, Exmouth Diving Centre will offer a free repeat tour on standby in the next three years. The return journey back to shore will often provide opportunities to see Ningaloo's other megafauna, including Humpback Whales (June to November), Manta Rays, Dugongs, Australian Humpback, Bottlenose and Common Dolphins. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and refreshments are served throughout the day, ending with a celebratory glass of champagne or light beer.