Join us to observe humpback whales in their natural environment. If conditions are safe, and we are able to do so, guests may be able to experience an in water interaction with these majestic animals as well!
This full day tour day begins with a beautiful reef experience snorkel where you may encounter turtles, reef sharks, stingrays and various species of fish! We then make our way out to the open ocean to observe the whales in their playground.
If and when our trained guide deems it is safe to do so, guests will be separated into groups of 7, ready to enter the water. With the groups taking turns, 7 swimming guests will enter the water with 2 crew at a time, positioned to the side or in front of the whale’s path at a safe distance. It is then all up to the whales – each interaction will be on their terms. Humpback whales can be curious and may approach swimmers, or they may simply pass by. Spotter plane and drone is used to find and determine the sizes of claves before we get in the water.
When we have finished our time with the humpback whales we will make our way back inside the reef to have lunch and do a final reef snorkel. On our way back to the jetty we will provide you with a glass of champagne and a fruit platter to finish the day off in style.
Our photographer will be taking photos and/or video footage of your day; available for purchase on a USB for an additional cost at the end of the tour.
We Provide: A full buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea, all snorkel equipment including wetsuits, fresh water, tea, coffee, large change room facility and toilet.
What you need to bring: Towel, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, water bottle, warm clothing.
Please note: Although every effort is made to provide you with the opportunity to see and interact with the wildlife, we cannot guarantee nature. For each tour there is a maximum of 14 spots available for swimmers.
Humpback Interaction Swimmer: guest will participate in the swimming with humpback whales.
Humpback observers: will partake in everything except getting in the water.
Wild Life Swimmer: will partake in everything except swimming with humpback. however, if there is not already 14 interaction swimmers you may upgrade on the boat.
Humpback whale season in Coral Bay begins at the end of June and runs through to mid October. During this time it is estimated around 30,000 whales pass through Ningaloo Reef on their annual migration, sometimes stopping to rest, shelter, and play in the calm waters of Coral Bay.