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.
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.
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 Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo 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.
Shared Tour Pricing: from $410.00 per person (adult), $285.00 (children aged 6-16 years)
Group Size: Minimum of 6 guests, maximum of 20 swimmers
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 Whaleshark Swim Tour by Professional Videographer (USB at additional cost).
As part of our commitment to sustainability we have also sought independent verification of our practices through the ATAP EcoPlus Accreditation program. This program is for operators that demonstrate a level of environmental management over and above the requirements of ATAP including managing impact and disturbance on the environment, contributing to conservation and sustainability, establishing environmental risk management strategies, supporting and benefiting the local community and recognition of the cultural & heritage issues of the area.
The Deluxe Whaleshark 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.
"I had a wonderful day out in the reef with my dad and a fantastic crew. The introduction and explanations have been really helpful and funny, the food and the mood were brilliant. We have seen many many whalesharks, humpback whales, dolphins, turtles, a manta ray, a shark and lots of fishes. This tour was one of the best i have ever done and will stay in my memories for ever. Lots of fun! Thanks a lot for this wonderful day." - Hobara, Germany
We did the "Swim with the Whale Shark" all day boat trip out on Ningaloo Reef. It was an amazing day and the staff were fabulous. They took care of us in and out of the water. They also provided a professional DVD of our day. One of the best tours we've been on in our two years travelling around Australia. Many thanks from Brigitte and Christine." - Christine, Australia
"What an Amazing experience! The Crew were also the BEST!! each & everyone of them are friendly, experienced & knowledgeable, couldn't fault it! Got to dive with three whale sharks, got close-up to watch Humpbacks & even lucky enough to see some very awesome looking Orcas all rolled into one amazing trip!! We were even served a spread for morning tea & a great spread including meats, salads & beer for lunch. What else could you possibly ask for." - Linda, Australia
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