In 2017, we are excited to introduce a new opportunity for guests seeking a beautiful experience of nature. Our Ningaloo Reef Eco Tour is an affordable half-day excursion that will give you the opportunity to view a variety of ocean life from the comfort of our vessel, before snorkelling over the magnificent Ningaloo coral reef lagoon.
Ningaloo Reef Eco Tour
On this shore-to-shore excursion on our luxury vessel, Wave Rider, you will dedicate the first half of the tour to viewing marine life active during the time of your visit from the comfort of our deck. You will have a great vantage point and the assistance of our experienced team who guide you on the tour.
Which marine creatures will you see?
The Ningaloo Reef Eco Tour runs 01 October through to December and for part of March every year. Depending on the season, you will be likely to see Manta Rays (October to December) and Humpback Whales (August to October). You may also be lucky enough to spot sea turtles (year round), dugongs (June and July), dolphins and more. Please note that this tour offers the opportunity to view the creatures of the outer reef from the comfort of our vessel. It does not include a spotter plane or swimming with Whale Sharks or Humpback Whales. Please see our Swim with Humpback Whales Adventure Day and Swim with Whale Sharks Adventure Day for an extended full day tour options with swimming.
Snorkelling the lagoon
Following the marine life viewing, we will travel back into the Ningaloo Lagoon, the shallower sheltered inner area of the Ningaloo Reef. The lagoon is a wonderland for snorkellers, with an average depth of between 2 and 4 metres and warm waters. You are likely to view stunning tropical fish and many types of coral when you snorkel over the coral reef. The protected lagoon forms an important nursery for hundreds of types of fish, molluscs and coral.
When is a good time for this tour?
There is always something astonishing to see on Ningaloo’s outer reef and we will be offering our Ningaloo Reef Eco Tour 01 October through 30 December every year and part of March.
What’s included in the Ningaloo Marine Life Viewing and Snorkelling Tour ?
Our Half-Day Tour includes:
- Complimentary transfers to and from Exmouth township to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp departure point
- 4 hour excursion shore to shore
- Luxury vessel ‘Wave Rider’ with qualified skipper, deckhand, photographer and marine scientist guide
- Educational talks by our highly qualified crew
- High-quality wetsuits and snorkel gear
- Light morning refreshments (Tea/coffee, biscuits and fruit)
- 2 hours Marine Life viewing from the deck of our vessel
- Delicious lunch and snacks
- 2 hour relaxed lagoon cruise and snorkel (subject to conditions)
Who is this tour suitable for?
This intimate tour for a maximum of 10 guests is ideal for those who prefer to view marine life from the security of a vessel on the open ocean, before snorkelling in the protected waters of the lagoon. It’s perfect for families with children and for those looking for a shorter, relaxed half day tour option.
The snorkelling component is best for moderately competent swimmers over the age of 10 years who have snorkeled before. We may be able to accept children younger than 10 who are competent swimmers to snorkel and can also cater to some special needs and movement restrictions – please contact us to discuss. High-quality wetsuits and flippers, including children’s sizes, and flotation devices are provided as required.
Can you guarantee I’ll see particular marine creatures on my tour?
We compare all our tours to an African Safari, where we search for animals in the wild. This tour is focussed on viewing Ningaloo marine life which is active at the time of your tour, and this can vary through the seasons. We do not use a spotter plane for this tour and cannot guarantee you will see a Humpback Whale, Whale Shark or any other specific marine life. For our tours that use spotter planes to track ocean life, please see our Swim with Humpback Whales and Swim with Whale Sharks tours.
Where can I join this tour?
Our luxury vessel, Wave Rider, departs from Tantabiddi Boat Ramp just north of the Cape Range national park entrance in Exmouth. Complimentary transfers are provided to and from Exmouth township for your tour. Advance Bookings for all tours are essential. Due to the small, intimate scale of our tours with a maximum of 10 places, we recommend booking several months in advance to avoid disappointment.