What's it like to actually swim with a Humpback Whale?! All tours focus on small group encounters for intimate, yet exhilarating experiences that will stay with you for many years to come!
By choosing the Ningaloo Reef for your Humpback Whale swim you not only get the experience of being in the water with a whale, but you also get to explore a world-class pristine reef! Snorkel its coral gardens, cruise the turquoise sheltered lagoons and spot other marine life such as swimming with manta rays, dolphins and turtles.
The Ningaloo Humpback Whale interaction guidelines have been modelled on world's best practice Whale Shark swim tours which have been proven by leading scientists to be the most eco-friendly and least impactive tours globally.
The tour is a full-day experience - expect to leave your accommodation around about 7am, and be back in the late afternoon.
- Bus will collect you from the designated meeting point or your hotel, to take you to the boat ramp.
- Beginning with a safety briefing and snorkelling the inner reef
- Enjoy morning tea as a spotter plane gets searching for Humpback Whales.
- Once located, guides will get the boat close enough to observe these gentle giants as they cruise the reef.
- 7 tourists will 'jump' into the water with a dive master as your guide, ensuring you swim a safe distance with the fish.
- Tours supply their guide-staff with in-water radios to be able to communicate back and forth with both the boat skipper and spotter plane pilot.
- This radio contact ensures you swim a safe distance but also to guide you to the best possible spot to intercept the whales
- The ‘jump’ is repeated several times before a late lunch is served
- Many tour operators employ have a multi-lingual guide crew - it's truly an international experience!
- Almost all crew/staff hold either a marine biology degree or from an environmental sciences background
- Bus will transfer you back to town. We think you'll be tired after a big day on the water so enjoy a relaxing evening.
No swimmers allowed near mothers and calves (a whale deemed 1/2 the size of an accompanying adult) for both the protection and safety of whale and human.
All operators are offering a full day tour experience, starting from approximately 7am (with free pickups available at local hotels - Exmouth only) concluding at approximately 5 pm, with some offering a whale watching cruise price with an additional cost if there is an in-water experience while others offer an all-inclusive price.
However, unlike the Whale Shark tours, the Humpback Whale tours will be conducted over the entire area of the Ningaloo Marine Park waters, which includes the 300 kilometres of reef between Coral Bay and Exmouth, the North-West Cape, Lighthouse Bay, the Murion Islands, concluding at Bundegi Beach within the Exmouth Gulf.
The humpback whale was previously an endangered species along the West Australian coast, but conservation efforts have boosted the mammal's population in the area to around 30,000. Several boat operators have already put together their tour offering commencing late July/early August - the whales are more often there from mid-July onwards.