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Ningaloo humpback whale swim on a sailing catamaran

Availability: Every day
Duration: 8 hours, 30 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
INSTANT CONFIRMATION
Do this because
  • Snorkel in the beautiful World Heritage listed, Ningaloo Reef
  • Sail the Australian coast on a catamaran filled with fun water activities
  • Swim with humpback whales during their migration to the Kimberley region
What to expect

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has announced operation of the first ever in water humpback whale swimming tours conducted from the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park, departing from Exmouth. Join this exciting opportunity available in Western Australia, with only a handful of other locations around the world, to be commercially licensed to offer this experience. The Ningaloo Marine Park is recognized as one of the major migratory routes for these magnificent creatures on their annual journey from Antarctica to the Kimberley region with an estimated 30,000 passing by and resting in these sheltered waters.

Guests are offered a humpback whale experience on-board a very stable, spacious 58ft sailing catamaran, which provides a 360-degree viewing platform and the opportunity to lounge and relax on the comfortable day beds, bow nets and various seating spots while soaking up and enjoying the beauty of the Ningaloo Marine Park.

With the use of the tour providers own spotter plane, the pilot will direct your guide to pods of whales and any other marine life spotted from above. Your crew, experienced in reading whales behaviors and interaction viability, will take a small group of up to 5 people, into the water to swim with a the majestic humpback whales, for a truly once in a lifetime experience. Guests who book as "Observers" are welcome to participate in all activities except for entering the water with a humpback whale.

Following your swim with the whales, you will be treated to a delicious buffet lunch, and have the opportunity to snorkel with colorful fish, manta rays and sea turtles in the lagoon. Time permitting choose to show off your abilities on the Stand up paddle boards and kayaks. At the end of your tour you will be returned to your hotel on board the tour providers private bus.

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What's included
  • Pick-up service from your accommodation in Exmouth on a private bus
  • Experienced, professional crew on board and in water assistance
  • Marine specialists onboard to answer all your questions and guide you
  • In water experience with the humpback whales and close up views for observers
  • Snorkelling on the Ningaloo Reef
  • Quality snorkel equipment including mask, snorkel, fins of all sizes
  • Wetsuits of all sizes
  • Flotation aids and life jackets available on board, if needed
  • Stand up paddle boards and kayaks
  • Morning tea, buffet lunch and afternoon tea provided, catered to dietary needs
  • Sunscreen and water
  • Celebratory glass of sparkling wine
  • Complimentary gift pack per group booking
  • All government fees and charges included in the price
  • Complimentary professional photography package of the day
Reduced price
  • Observer (aged 3-99)
  • Infant (aged 0-2) Free
  • Children (aged 3-16)
What to remember
  • Guests who book on as "Observers" are welcome to participate in all itinerary activities except for entering the water with the whales, rather observe the action from the bow of the Windcheetah
  • Children must not be left unattended at any time while on board. One supervising adult must remain on board with them at all times and be with them in the water when snorkelling or swimming
  • Tour operates with a minimum of 8 to 20 people
  • Pick-up service from your accommodation in Exmouth on a private bus
  • You must have basic swimming ability to participate in water activities
  • Recommended to bring swimwear, hat, towel and warm clothes for after snorkelling and sea sickness medication
  • Avoid drinking alcohol the night before your tour
  • Eat a small non greasy breakfast prior to arriving
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When
  • Daily, August to November at 7.30am
  • First and third weeks of the month tours operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Second and fourth weeks of the month tours operate on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
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Provider
Ningaloo Discovery
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.

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