Swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef is the experience of a lifetime. In fact, only 1 in 3 million people will actually experience what it's like to be in the water with the world's largest fish.
Join a whale shark watching or snorkelling tour from Exmouth or Coral Bay and experience the ultimate wildlife encounter. Every year, between mid-March and mid-July, these gentle giants of the ocean congregate in the Ningaloo Marine Park following the mass spawning of coral. Harmless to humans, whale sharks can grow up to 18 metres in length.
The opportunity to swim with whale sharks in the Ningaloo Reef region attracts visitors from far and wide to Exmouth and Coral Bay. It’s one of the very few regions in the world where they congregate regularly in coastal waters and are easily accessible for whale shark tours.
Incredibly, whale sharks can grow up to 16 metres in length with a mouth over a metre wide. Generally the Ningaloo, we usually interact with whale sharks that are six to 11 metres long. In locations such as Mexico, the whale sharks are very juvenile and often two to six metres long. Ningaloo has two male whale sharks, Zorro and Stumpy, who have been returning to Ningaloo waters every year since 1995 and are ten and eight metres long.
Check out the list of Coral Bay and Exmouth whale shark tours below, or visit the Exmouth Visitor Centre website to find out more about whale shark watching tours on the Ningaloo Reef or to organise your swim with the whale sharks.