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Humpback Whale Adventure - Ningaloo Reef ex Coral Bay

Spend a day swimming alongside humpback whales on this must-do Ningaloo Reef adventure
Coral Bay, Australia
Duration
Duration
8 Hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
7:20am - 4pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
20
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not available
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Meals
Meals
Included

What's Included

  • Get up to $20 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Enjoy an 8 hour day tour of Perth's famous Ningaloo Reef
  • Lunch and drinks provided 
  • Mask, snorkel, fins and full-length wetsuits included at no extra cost
  • Large undercover seating area offers a comfortable boat ride
  • Promise to get you into the best possible location to see the whales
  • Maximum of 2 swim groups to give you the most amount of time in the water with the whales
  • Two additional snorkels on the reef to see as much marine life as possible
  • A knowledgable and passionate crew including rescue, trained dive masters and instructors

What to Expect

Guaranteed to be a day you will never forget, this whale watching tour of Perth's Ningaloo Reef includes the opportunity to dive with the humback whales as they migrate through the area.

 

Lead by experienced crew members of Ningaloo Reef Dive, you will be taken out to the Ningaloo Reef for eight hours of fun in the sun.

 

Where we visit:

The day begins at 7:20am in the shop, located at Coral Bay Arcade, 8/46 Robinson St, Coral Bay, where you will be checked in and given the necessary equipment.

 

You will then head down to the jetty to board the large, comfortable vessel before going and exploring the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Ningaloo Reef.

 

Everyone on this tour has the opportunity to get in the water for a guided snorkel on the reef where you may see sharks, stingrays, turtles and hundreds of fish!
 

From here, you will head to the outer reef in search of humpbacks, and, with the help of a spotter plane, the supplier will locate the whales and observe them in their natural environment. They may breach, slap their pectoral fins or any other number of different surface behaviours, so get your camera ready!

 

If the pilot and skipper deem the whales to be exhibiting the right behaviour, an in-water interaction is possible. At this point, those who have signed up for a swimming spot will be gathered on the back deck and with the help of the pilot, skipper and waterproof radios, you will enter the water and swim as quickly (but quietly) as possible to see the whales.

 

The crew stay in constant communication with the pilot through their radios to help direct the group to get the best chance at an interaction. However, please note that humpback whales are highly intelligent creatures and you do not decide to swim with them, they decide to swim with you.

 

Important: Humpbacks are very curious creatures and they may swim right up to the passengers or they may swim past. An in-water interaction is defined as being in the water within the exclusive contact zone determined by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

 

While out on the outer reef, you may also spot other wildlife including whale sharks or manta rays, which you may have the opportunity to swim with! You never know what the Ningaloo Reef will have in store for you!

 

Once the in-water interactions are over, come back on the boat and enjoy a full lunch buffet. Once you have all filled your belly, and, time permitting, the group will head back over to a beautiful spot on the reef for the second snorkel of the day. After you have seen all that you can of the beautiful reef and all the wildlife out there, the group come back to land at approximately 4pm.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. No up-front swim fee is charged, you only pay extra if you swim with a humback whale.

For all those interested in swimming with humpbacks, we don't want you to pay full price if an interaction is not possible!

Whales are incredibly intelligent animals and very fast swimmers so if they do not want to swim with us we cannot force them.

This is why the supplier has structured their payments with only paying an initial rate to begin and then if an in water interaction is possible, they will charge you the additional fee for a swim! The supplier will try their absolute hardest to ensure that a swim occurs but as the animals dictate the interaction, why should you pay for something that is not possible?

Swim fees:

Adult Swimmer - Additional $160.00 charged on the day of your tour if you swim with a whale

Child Swimmer - Additional $140.00 charged on the day of your tour if you swim with a whale

Family Swimmers - Additional $600.00 charged on the day of your tour if you swim with a whale

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You do not need to know how to snorkel, but it certainly helps. The more confident you are in the water, the more comfortable you’ll be on the tour. The crew are happy to help show you how to fit a mask and snorkel, and are there to answer any questions.

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It depends on the individual animal! Whether it’s a manta ray, whale shark or humpback whale, each animal will behave differently. Some are quite curious and calm whereas others are moving faster and seem uninterested in being around swimmers. On average the animals are swimming at a slow pace for them, which can be a relatively brisk swim for us humans! Be prepared to do a fair amount of swimming throughout the day.

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There is no age limit on the Humpback Whale Adventure Tour. All children must be supervised by an adult at all times. If your child is staying on the boat during a swim, there must be an adult on the boat with them.

Children rates apply to ages 6 - 15 years

Children under 6 are free of charge bug most remain on the boat

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Conditions on the inside of the reef are typically calmer and more sheltered than the outer reef. This tour goes outside the reef to open ocean where conditions vary widely. Some days are flat whereas other days there can be swell up to a couple metres. The supplier will cancel tours if the skipper decides it is unsafe to take people on the boat. If you think you may get seasick, it’s best to take medication! Kwells or Travacalm are the most common brands in Australia and can be purchased at the local supermarket. Please note there are none at the shop or on the boat.

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Policies

Terms & Conditions:

  • All staff have completed the mandatory COVID-19 hygiene training and assessment and a minimum of one staff member on board the vessels will have completed the hygiene officer course

  • New procedures have been implemented for all the tours and will be explained during the safety briefing on board the vessels

  • Maximum passenger limits have been modified to comply with the current government regulations and seating arrangements are put in place to adhere to social distancing

  • All surfaces will be regularly cleaned and sanitised throughout the day during tours and in the shop

  • All dishes provided will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised with a food safe sanitiser after each use

  • All passengers are encouraged to make their own way to the jetty to minimise being enclosed in a small space on our bus. It is less than a five-minute drive from the shop to the jetty

  • All passengers are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle and drinking cup for hot beverages. If you cannot provide your own, you will be allocated one drinking cup for the duration of the tour

  • All food provided will be pre-packed in individual servings


Cancellation Policy:

  • If the supplier does not make minimum numbers to confirm the boat, they will contact you by 5pm the day prior via phone call or email to let you know of the cancellation and a full refund will be provided or the option to change to another date.
  • If the supplier has to cancel due to unsafe weather conditions, they will make the final decision the morning of the tour and option to change to another date or a full refund will be provided.

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