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A full-day whale shark adventure on Ningaloo, with the chance to swim with these giants
A dedicated spotter plane to ensure you get the best chance of seeing a whale shark
Spend the morning snorkelling a beautiful coral garden, with an extra afternoon snorkel
All snorkel equipment rental, including a full-length wetsuit
Delicious meals, including morning tea, lunch, & afternoon tea
All national parks fees included
Services of highly trained dive masters & instructors
An onboard photographer & the option to purchase images via a dropbox link
- Photo purchases
Why Do We Love This
OUR TEAM OF TRAVEL EXPERTS RATED THIS AS A 2022 TOP TOUR BECAUSE...
"It's experiences like this that make our job as travel experts so special - we're in the business of helping people make unforgettable memories!"
"A truly breathtaking feeling, there's nothing like being in the open water swimming alongside a whale shark."
"What are you waiting for? Take a chance and dive in!"
What to Expect
Swimming alongside whale sharks, the biggest fish in the world, is simply an incredible encounter you are sure to remember forever.
You'll be joined by a dedicated crew who are passionate about the conservation and research of these mystical creatures of the deep. Their aim is to ensure your time spent in the water swimming with these beautiful creatures is safe and unforgettable.
This full-day tour starts at 7:20 am; meeting in the dive shop to check in and collect all your snorkelling equipment for the day, including a full-length wetsuit. Then, take a 5-minute drive down to the jetty on the new, air-conditioned buses before embarking on one of two fit-for-purpose vessels, each with ample room on the covered main deck to comfortably sit, move around and sightsee as you cruise out to the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef.
Your first stop on the water will be a guided snorkel at a beautiful coral garden area on the reef. Here, get the chance to see up to 250 species of corals and marine life like colourful fish, sea turtles, stingrays, octopus, cuttlefish, reef sharks and many, many others!
Once everyone is back aboard, you can indulge in some morning tea as you head outside the reef, searching for a whale shark! The pilot of the dedicated spotter plane will coordinate directly with your skipper to get you in the best position possible to see a whale shark. If you find a whale shark, you will have a chance to get in the water and swim alongside them.
Then, back inside the reef, a delicious buffet lunch will be served. While you enjoy your lunch, the tour will begin cruising back toward Coral Bay while the crew endeavour to find as much marine life in the water as possible for your sightseeing pleasure. The Ningaloo Reef is host to many incredible animals that you may get the chance to view from the boat on this tour, such as dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, sting rays, sharks and whales!
If time permits, go for another snorkel at yet another beautiful reef location in the afternoon.
This tour generally returns to Coral Bay between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm, but this can vary depending on the day's conditions.
Please note: Please keep in mind that wild animals in their natural environment are not predictable. The Operator's commitment to you is that the crew will make every possible effort to ensure you have the best experience possible. However, they can not guarantee that you will see all or any of the wildlife mentioned. The Operator does offer a repeat voucher valid for three years on no sightings days (conditions apply).
The tour departs from the meeting point at Shop 14, Coral Bay Arcade, Robinson St, Coral Bay, WA, 6701.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no age limit on the Whale Shark Adventure Tour. However, all children must always be supervised by an adult. If your child is staying on the boat during a swim, an adult must be with them.
Child passengers are defined as being an age of 6 years old to 16 years old. 17-year-old passengers are defined as adults. Family prices refer to 2 adults and 2 children between 6 and 16 years old. Children 5 years and under at the time of tour are Free of Charge (FOC) EXCEPT when swimming with whale sharks or humpback whales. In these cases, the child will be charged at child prices. All minors must be accompanied by parents or guardians AT ALL TIMES who are entirely responsible for their care. Children must not be left unattended by parents or guardians on any tour boat or whilst in the water at any time.
You do not need to know how to snorkel, but it certainly helps. The more confident you are in the water, the more comfortable you’ll be on the tour. The crew are happy to help show you how to fit a mask and snorkel and are there to answer any questions. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practise during the morning snorkel before your wildlife interaction.
It depends on the individual animal. Whether it’s a whale shark or a humpback whale, each animal will behave differently. Some are curious and calm, whereas others move faster and seem uninterested in being around swimmers. On average, the animals swim on or near the surface at a slow pace for them, which can be a relatively brisk swim for humans! Be prepared to do a fair amount of swimming throughout the day.
Bring your bathers, wallet or credit card, a towel, sunglasses and a hat, sunscreen, and sun-smart clothing to protect you from the sun. If you think you may need it, seasickness tablets from a pharmacy.
The Operator also recommends you bring a warm top as the winds can cool the temperature down even on hot days. And don’t forget your camera – but be sure to take care of it during your day.
The water ranges from 25-28°C in summer (December to February), 20-24°C in spring (September to November) and autumn (April to June), and 18-22°C in winter (June to August).
Most of the snorkel sites visited are within the reef and are between 8-12m. The crew will guide snorkellers around the more exposed areas of coral that can be as shallow as 1–2 m. During a whale shark interaction, you'll be in the open ocean, outside the reef, so it's deep! However, you'll remain safely on the surface, with the spotter plane keeping an eye out and the trusty vessel nearby. The crew will look after you; you'll love it!
It changes every day. Visibility can be as much as 20-25m or as little as 5m. On average, it’s around 10-15m.
Conditions on the inside of the reef are typically calmer and more sheltered than the outer reef. Outside of the reef and in the open ocean, conditions vary widely. Some days are flat, whereas other days, there can be swell up to a couple of metres. The Operator will cancel tours if the skipper decides it is unsafe to take people on the boat.
If you think you may get seasick, it’s best to take medication! Kwells or Travacalm are the most common brands in Australia and can be purchased at the local supermarket. Please note The Operator does not have any at the shop or on the boats.
There are hundreds of species of fish on the reef, plus sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, invertebrates, whales and more. Of course, there is no guarantee of seeing anything (other than coral!), but the crew do their best to show you as much marine life as possible.
All minors must be accompanied by parents or guardians AT ALL TIMES who are entirely responsible for their care
Tour type and times can be affected by tidal variations; are weather dependent and approximate and subject to change without notice
Minimum numbers are required for each tour to commence
The Operator does not guarantee wildlife sightings or interactions on any tour at any time. Wildlife is, by its very nature, ‘wild’, and marine life exists without constraints on their behaviour. Therefore, no guarantee of sightings can be provided
The Operator will not allow entry into the water of any passenger with any animal if human presence in the water will disturb or alter marine life's natural behaviour
In the event of tour cancellation by the passenger, the following terms and conditions apply:
Once a booking is confirmed, a cancellation fee of 25% of the total tour cost applies
Passenger provides less than 7 days' notice – 100% of the total tour cost applies
In the event a passenger wishes to transfer their booking to another date through no fault of The Operator, the following terms and conditions apply;
Passenger provides 2 – 4 days’ notice – 25% of the total tour cost applies
Passenger provides less than 24 hrs notice – 50% of the total tour cost applies
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