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Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo

Deluxe Mega Fauna Swim (Humpback or Whaleshark)

  • Available from: August 01 2024 - October 31 2024

From: $345 USD

Duration: Full Day - Ningaloo & Exmouth

Type: Groups, Shared.

Departs: Daily from Exmouth

Interests: Marine Mammals.

Experience a snorkel on the beautiful Ningaloo Reef before heading out to swim with either the majestic Humpback Whale or the world's largest fish, the Whale Shark.

  • A staggering 40,000 west coast Humpback Whales migrate through to the Ningaloo region and start to rest after their long migration from the Antarctic and this is your chance to snorkel and listen to the whalesong of these incredible creatures. If conditions are not optimal, the crew will target the other famous mega-fauna resident, the iconic Whale Shark.

  • Visitors will venture out in small groups of seven with a guide & videographer to record one of the most special intimate encounters of the ocean. Following this, guests will enjoy a snorkel on the reef to enjoy the amazing tropical fish, rays, turtles and corals.

About Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo: 

As the region’s original eco-tourism operation, Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo is synonymous with experiencing the aquatic treasures of the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Debbie & Mark Ferguson have been involved taking ecotours around Western Australia for over 20 years, managing the operations of a number of boats in various locations. The team is proud to specialise in small group tours for Whale Shark swims, Humpback Whale swims & watching, scuba diving and snorkelling and is active in numerous conservation projects including Whale Sharks, turtles and Manta Rays.

Price per adult. Black-out dates may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (1/11/2023) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary details*


Tour day-by-day

  • Deluxe Mega Fauna Swim Day Tour

    Our focus for this tour is to swim with Humpback Whales, but the conditions and animal behaviours are not always optimal to swim with these majestic creatures. Our expert crew will assess these conditions on the day and see what is accessible, whether that be Humpback Whales or Whale Sharks. We can't always tell in advance what species we will encounter, but what we do know is that we will have small groups, our own spotter plane and the best crew to get the best result possible on the day.

    The Mega Fauna Swim Tour offers guests the incredible opportunity to swim with either of these wonderful creatures. From July until October we are authorized to operate tours where guests may enter the water when the whales are relaxed, with a maximum of  group of 7 swimmers plus a guide & videographer in the water at a time, while non-swimming guests observe the whales whilst the boat is manoeuvring as close as 75 meters. 

    The swimmers, with the careful watch of their guide, will slide into the water and approach the Humpback Whale or Whaleshark. We have strict distance guidelines and safety is paramount in these very special encounters. Swimmers can approach as close as 30 meters from the whale which will provide an excellent surface view of the animals and allow the swimmers to hear their beautiful songs. The whales are curious and are allowed to approach us within 15 metres giving us a unique close encounter. Our dedicated spotter plane pilot personally talks via radio, to the in-water guide to ensure a great interaction.

    Corrine Matthews - Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo"What I love about Humpback Whales is their focus on connection. They are rarely alone, and when we swim with them, I believe that you can also feel this connection. The first time I swam with a Humpback Whale took my breath away and it felt like there was nothing else in the world except this giant of the ocean and me. I hear similar statements from guests after they experience their first swim, too. The adrenalin is high, but the minute you see a Humpback your body and mind just freeze in the moment.”

    Corrine Matthews - Spotter & Snorkelling Guide

    Before entering the water near a Humpback Whale or Whaleshark, swimmers will be required to take a quick swimming assessment as required by our license conditions. You must be physically fit, over 13 years old, must be a good snorkeller and have snorkelled within the past 6 months to be eligible to enter the water with a Humpback Whale.

    This provides a very special close-up view for non-swimmers to enjoy the whales as they display their playful antics as they relax in the warm tropical waters of Exmouth. Under the careful watch of the guides, swimmers will slide into the water and approach the Humpback Whale. There are strict distance guidelines and safety is paramount in these very special encounters. Guests will also enjoy a snorkel on the reef to enjoy the amazing tropical fish, rays, turtles and corals.

    Free video & images of the day are included and provided via USB. Guests have the option provide their own USB which will need 3Gb of space. Alternatively, an 8Gb Humpback or Whaleshark souvenir USB may be purchased as an extra. Pictures and Video will be available at our shop in the Mall next to the bakery, after 9am the following day. If you are leaving early we can post the USB at the nominal postage charge for your home location.

  • Tour details

    Shared Tour Pricing in AUD:
    Adult - $550, Child (13-16 years)- $525, Senior $525, Adult Observer $235, Child Observer (6+ years) $170.
    Group Size: Minimum of 7 guests, maximum of 14 swimmers + 10 observers
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Exmouth accommodations and town centre
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: 7:00am returning at approximately 3:30pm.
    Private Boat Charter: Available on Request at additional cost. Please enquire with your group size & interests.
    Languages: German, French, Spanish and Italian private touring is available on request.
    Frequently Asked Questions: See here

    Please note: Price includes video of your Humpback Swim by Professional Videographer (USB at additional cost).

    How you'll be making a positive impact

    We have aligned our sustainability vision with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    E-WEB-Goal-06Using Desalination where the Outback meets the Reef

    All of the vessels operated by Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo utilise desalination systems that convert seawater into freshwater. This is required for numerous functions, from drinking water and food preparation, to deck and exterior washdowns. It is estimated that around 300 litres of fresh water is saved per day utilising this technology, adding up to 60,000 litres per year.


    E-WEB-Goal-17Developing Partnerships To Meet Sustainability Goals

    Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo have developed a number of partnerships with key environmental organisations within the Exmouth region, Western Australia and Australia, including Mission Deep Blue, Longitude 181 Nature, Project Manta, Wildbook for Whale Sharks, Centre for Whale Research Western Australia, Australian Parks & Wildlife Marine Research, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions.

    Project Manta, Wildbook for Whale Sharks and the Centre for Whale Research Western Australia are all supported financially via experiences provided by Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo.

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