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Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Powerboat

Dive into the deep blue of Ningaloo Reef and swim the the majestic and gentle Whale Sharks, the largest species of shark in the world, on this full day discovery adventure including lunch.

map Exmouth, Australia
Duration
Duration
8.5 hrs
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
20
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Low
Meals
Meals
Included
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What's Included

  • Get up to $30 cash back per person when you book with us
  • In-water experiences with a whale shark
  • Snorkelling on the Ningaloo Reef
  • Whale shark swimmer certificate
  • Use of quality snorkel equipment including mask, snorkel, and fins of all sizes, plus wetsuits of all sizes, and flotation aids and life jackets if required
  • Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea
  • Celebratory glass of sparkling wine
  • Spotter aircraft to ensure the best possible opportunity of sighting and swimming with whale sharks
  • Transport on board the Investigator, a purpose-built charter vessel
  • Stand up paddleboards and kayaks 
  • Experienced, professional award-winning crew, including marine specialists providing onboard commentary
  • Return bus transfers from Exmouth accommodation to the boat ramp
  • All government fees and charges included in the price 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Swimming with a whale shark is an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience that people come from all over the world to do. They're the largest fish in the ocean, growing up to a possible 18 metres long! Ningaloo Reef plays host to these amazing animals every year from March until August, and it is the only place in the world where they congregate so predictably in such large numbers. This extraordinary experience is not one to be taken for granted, and as such is conducted with the utmost respect to the whale sharks.

 

Start the day with a bus transfer from your Exmouth accommodation, to board the Investigator. This custom-built powerboat is designed for the best whale shark experience, with two huge seating and viewing areas, and easy, direct access to and from the water. You'll be greeted by the friendly crew and fitted with masks, snorkels, fins and wetsuits. 

 

Moments later immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of Ningaloo Reef at one of the beautiful snorkel spots in the sheltered lagoon. Here you will see an array of corals and colourful fish, sometimes even turtles and rays! Take this time to ask questions, get snorkelling tips, make sure your gear fits and practice getting on and off the boat before your Whale Shark swim. The guides will be right there with you in the water to steer you in the right direction, and to pay special attention to any modest swimmers. Feel free to grab one of the floating noodles should you feel like the extra bit of flotation.

 

After snorkelling, you'll enjoy some morning tea while the spotter plane searches for whale sharks. The guides will use this time to organise you into small groups and get your snorkel gear ready. Then it's time to drop in and get up close and personal to the worlds biggest fish! This is your chance to experience wonder and marvel at the sheer size, grace and elegance of the whale shark. Most of these sharks are between 4 and 12 metres long but have been known to grow as large as 18 metres!

 

Having spent as much time as possible with the whale sharks you will indulge in a delicious buffet lunch as the boat cruises the reef in search of any other wildlife. Manta rays, dolphins, humpback whales, turtles, and dugongs may be around. 

 

With full bellies, we head back inside the lagoon to the turquoise blue waters and anchor up at a new special spot on the reef for another snorkel with a different view of the reef. Weather and time permitting try your hand at one of the stand-up paddleboards or a glass-bottom kayak.

 

Relax with some refreshing afternoon tea and a glass of sparkling wine on our way back to shore before the crew return you safe and sound and full of smiles back to your accommodation.

 

Where we visit:

  • Ningaloo Reef
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FAQ

Whale Sharks are most common on Ningaloo Reef between March and August each year. However, we do often see them right through to the end of October.

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Yes, we do! We have a dedicated spotter plane in the air for all of our tours to find Whale Sharks for us to swim with. If any other marine life is spotted by our pilot on the day such as dugongs, manta rays or orca’s they will direct us to them so we can show you as much of Ningaloo Reef’s marine life as possible!

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We are permitted to get nice and close to the whale sharks due to special permission from the Department of Parks and Wildlife allowing us to interact with them. By approaching them as close as 30m on our boat, you will be able to enter the water with our experienced water guides and enjoy them as they swim close by while keeping a safe distance of 3m. We will do all that we can to maximise your chances of an epic swim with a whale shark. With the help of our spotter plane, we can find whale sharks that are nearby and be directed to their exact location.

All of our crew have participated in the Department of Parks and Wildlife Whale Shark Training Program so they are very qualified and experienced in how to swim with Whale Sharks. The crew will explain to you how to best swim with your Whale Shark to increase our chances of a perfect experience.

**Please note that you must have basic swimming ability to participate in water activities.**

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We are proud to say that in the 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Whale Shark seasons, we experienced 100% success!!! Every single person that came out with us experienced the thrill of swimming with a Whale Shark! Often swimming with more than one Whale Shark a day! While we cannot guarantee Whale Sharks will always be found on every tour, our success over recent years speaks for itself!

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To enter the water you must have basic swimming ability. Swimming with Whale Sharks is done in a relaxed way and if you are not a confident swimmer/snorkeller our crew will assist you and give you comfort and confidence while in the water. We provide floatation aids and an opportunity to practice snorkelling before your interaction. Needs some tips? Just ask your guides; they are there to help!

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Seasickness is always a risk when spending a day on the water. Ways that you can avoid illness from affecting your day are:

  • Avoid drinking alcohol the night before your tour
  • Get a good night sleep
  • Eat a small non-greasy breakfast prior to arriving
  • Purchase yourself some sea sickness medication from a pharmacy and take it as per the instructions
  • Once onboard, sip water and keep your eyes on the horizon as much as possible
  • Sit out in the breeze, don’t confine yourself inside
  • Try not to think about it, sometimes your own mindset is the best preventative
  • We offer water and assistance on board to anyone who may feel unwell.  

We recommend consulting your pharmacist for motion sickness tablets in the event you may get sick as we are unable to refund tours due to seasickness.

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We have no set age limit for swimming with Whale Sharks. However, children must not be left unattended at any time while onboard. One supervising adult must remain on board with them at all times and be with them in the water when snorkelling or swimming.

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There are endless beautiful snorkel sites on Ningaloo Reef. Our Skipper and crew will take you somewhere that they know will be spectacular on the day based on the wind and tide. You will see coral gardens and hundreds of beautifully coloured fish. Keep your eyes open for a friendly turtle or a sleepy reef shark too. You never know what you will see.

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We provide so much that all we recommend you bring is the following:

  • Your excitement and positivity!
  • Swimwear
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Warm clothes for after snorkelling
  • Sea sickness medication if you feel like you may need it
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Terms & Conditions:

  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a swimming adult on all tours
  • Activities and itineraries are at the discretion of the skipper on the day (decisions will be made with guests best interests in mind. Safety and guest enjoyment will always be our priority)
  • Cruise departures are subject to weather conditions
  • Tour departures are subject to minimum numbers
  • While the operators will do everything within their power to get you in the water with Ningaloo Reef’s marine life, they are relying on wild animals in their natural environment, therefore we cannot guarantee whale shark sightings

Cancellation Policy:

Should participants wish to change or cancel their tour, the following policy applies. All cancellations must be made in writing. 

  • Cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the departure date will incur a $25.00 cancellation fee
  • Cancellations made 7 days–72 hours prior to the departure date will result in the loss of 25% of the total booking fee
  • Cancellations made 48072 hours prior to the departure date will result in the loss of 50% of the total booking fee
  • Cancellations made within 48 hours prior to the departure date will not be refunded. Any card transactions (refunds or charges) will have a 2% card fee.

Date transfers (rescheduling) are permitted up to 7 days prior to the departure date; any changes made 7 days–48 hours prior will incur a $25.00 rebooking fee. No rescheduling is permitted within 48 hours of the departure date.      


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Pickup Locations
  • 7:30am - Ningaloo Bed and Breakfast
  • 7:40am - Exmouth Escape Resort
  • 7:40am - Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
  • 7:45 - DON'T KNOW AT THIS TIME? Please meet at RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park at 7:45am or email us at info@ningaloodiscovery to update pick up location
  • 7:45am - Ningaloo Caravan and Holiday Resort
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  • 7:30am - Ningaloo Bed and Breakfast
  • 7:40am - Exmouth Escape Resort
  • 7:40am - Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
  • 7:45 - DON'T KNOW AT THIS TIME? Please meet at RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park at 7:45am or email us at info@ningaloodiscovery to update pick up location
  • 7:45am - Ningaloo Caravan and Holiday Resort
  • 7:45am - Ningaloo Visitors Centre
  • 7:45am - RAC / Big4 Exmouth Cape Holiday Park
  • 7:50am - Exmouth Villas (78 Maidstone)
  • 7:55 am - Potshot Resort Reception. (Incl YHA Backpackers/Osprey Villas)
  • 7:55am - Ningaloo Lodge
  • 8:20am - Yardie Homestead
  • 8:25am - Meet at Tantabiddi Boat Ramp

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