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Swim with Humpback Whales in Exmouth

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Info We are offering a different tour for our 2020 season in place of this tour. Go to Life on Ningaloo section of our tours tab to learn more

Swimmers
A$550
Observers
A$300
Private Tour
A$5500

Ningaloo Reef Humpback Whale Swim

Previous guests on our humpback whale swimming tours have described the experience as ‘life-changing’ and ‘the best thing I’ve ever done.’ Do you want to have this unforgettable experience?

Our focus at Live Ningaloo is on offering bespoke small-group tours. We host a maximum of 10 guests on our humpback whale swimming adventures, so you can benefit from an intimate and high-quality tour experience. We are one of only a few operators who have been licenced to trial humpback whale swimming tours again in 2019.

On our tour, you interact closely with magnificent humpbacks, the acrobats of the ocean. We escort groups of seven at a time to snorkel and swim within a safe distance of them. The whales, measuring up to 18 metres long and weighing as much as 40 tonnes, are easy to spot as they exhibit behaviours such as breaching, slapping the water with their tales (flukes) and fins, and blowing streams of water up to 6 metres in the air.

Standard Tour

What’s included:
  • Transportation: complimentary transfers to and from Exmouth township to departure point
  • Photos: complimentary professional digital photography on deck and underwater 
  • Gear: Wetsuits and snorkel gear 
  • Luxury Vessel: qualified skipper, deckhand, photographer, and marine scientist guide
  • Education: pre-swim informational session
  • Breakfast Snacks: Light morning tea and beverages
  • Gourmet Lunch: Delicious lunch, snacks, canapés
  • Celebration: A glass of bubbles at day’s end to toast your adventures
  • Afternoon Snorkel: An additional coral reef snorkel (conditions permitting)

Private Tour

Swimming with Humpback Whales is an opportunity that has only been offered in Western Australia since 2016, when selected operators were granted licences on a preliminary trial. The new licencing allows us to offer you an intimate swim with Humpback Whales on your own private tour. You’ll be able to interact closely with magnificent Humpbacks, the acrobats of the ocean, in this exclusive experience for a private group of up to 10 people.

Humpback whales, measuring up to 18m long and weighing as much as 40 tonnes, and are easy to spot as they exhibit behaviours such as breaching, slapping the water with their tales (flukes) and fins, and blowing streams of water up to 6 metres in the air. We will escort groups of five at a time to snorkel and swim within a safe distance of them.

Our Humpback Whale swimming tours are suited to a range of ages and swimming abilities and we accept confident swimmers of all ages on private tours. You do not need to be able to SCUBA dive to swim with Humpbacks. Swimmers should be able to snorkel, swim freestyle and cope with currents and swell in the open ocean, and we can also provide flotation devices to assist those who require. We may accept younger children who are very competent swimmers to swim and can also cater to some special needs and movement restrictions – please contact us to discuss.

Do keep in mind that Humpback Whales can exhibit exuberant behaviour such as lunging and slapping while in the water. Passengers can participate in our tours as an ‘observer’ and view these amazing mammals from the comfort of our vessel deck. Please note that one parent must accompany the children on board the boat at all times. We also offer Humpback Whale Watching and Lagoon Snorkelling Tours for those who prefer to observe these magnificent creatures from our vessel.

Due to the limited availability of this tour, we encourage you to contact us well in advance to book a Private Whale Shark or Humpback Whale Swimming Tour.

Don’t need a private booking? You can join our small group Whale Shark Swimming and Adventure Day Tour or Humpback Whale Swimming and Adventure Day Tour instead. We are the bespoke tour specialists at Ningaloo Reef, specialising in small group tours for a maximum of 10 people.

Whale Shark Swimming Dates: mid-March – 31 July
Humpback Whale Swimming Dates: 01 August – 31 October
Eco-tours: 01 November – 31 December

Advance bookings for all tours are essential.