Swimming with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef is one of Australia's must-do travel experiences.
Being in the water with the world's biggest fish is exhilarating and serene all at the same time, its an awesome and humbling experience. You'll feel dwarfed by their massive size - lucky for us whale sharks are filter feeders and their curiosity about people has nothing to do with feeding. Plankton, copepods, krill, fish eggs and small fish is the typical diet of a whale shark.
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, whilst spotter planes locate the fish
- 10 tourists will launch into the water with a dive master as your guide, ensuring you swim a safe distance with the fish.
- Small groups are dropped close by these docile giants are they move through the water.
- See their distinctive white spots on their grey bodies with defined ridges which almost look like stripes.
- The ‘jump’ is repeated several times before a late lunch is served and then an opportunity for more snorkelling back in the inner lagoon.
- Additionally, a Ningaloo whale shark experience includes onboard education from dive master/instructors, most of whom are marine biologists
- 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.
A percentage of each whale shark tour ticket sold goes towards important whale shark research and conservation completed by Dr Brad Norman of ECOCEAN, who has identified more than 7,500 individual whale sharks in the global monitoring database including over 1,300 from Australia alone. This research helps the world to understand more about the fish species.
Did you know: Only 1 in 3 million people globally will swim with a whale shark in their lifetime!
Ningaloo Reef currently holds the world’s highest rate of whale shark numbers and accessibility of interaction boasting a 97% sighting rate in 2016 and 94% rate in 2017. Ningaloo is one of the only places on the planet where these huge but completely harmless fish can be reliably located in large aggregations.
When are Whale Shark Tours run?
|The "core season" is from March until late June (Coral Bay) and July (Exmouth). As this is a natural event, Whale Sharks may arrive early or stay longer than the above-mentioned dates.|