Swim with humpback whales
When a Humpback Whale breaches the ocean, arcs through the air and slaps back into the water even for a seasoned whale watcher the experience is thrilling. These majestic creatures migrate up the coast of Western Australia delighting locals and holiday makers alike. Between June and November, travellers can go on guided in-water interactions with Humpback Whales and one of the best places to experience this is in the Ningaloo Marine Park off the coast of Exmouth and Coral Bay.
2019 will be the fourth year of a trial Humpback whale swim program in Western Australia. There are only three countries in the world where you can swim with humpback whales, and Australia is one of them. There are three locations in Australia including the Ningaloo Marine Park (in Exmouth and Coral Bay).
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 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.
Interactions are completely on the whale’s terms, so if the humpbacks behaviour and the weather allows, there will be the chance for a genuine wildlife encounter in the water with them. Not sure if you want to swim with whales? All tour operators offer what we call an Observer ticket price. Observers can still participate in reef snorkels and swimming with Manta Rays if found.
Car Hire is available from Learmonth airport; we recommend pre-booking your vehicle. Don’t want to drive? There are other options! Exmouth Bus Charters (from Exmouth) provide a shuttle bus service from the airport to your accommodation in Exmouth for a per person fee. If you will be travelling to Coral Bay, transfers between Learmonth Airport and Coral Bay must be pre-booked by contacting Coral Bay Airport Transfers.
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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. Ningaloo provides an important resting area for the whales and offers one of the best chances to see them up close.
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.