Humpback Whale Swimming Ningaloo

Enjoy the experience of being able to see a Humpback Whale Swimming Ningaloo with Wildthentic

If you are in Australia, do not miss the opportunity to do our Humpback Whale Swimming Ningaloo activity.

Whales roam all over the world’s oceans but only a handful of places offer the opportunity to witness them, but less swim with them. This swimming with Humpback Whale experience is done responsibly and alongside well-trained staff.

As you travel from Exmouth Marina you will head over to Tantabiddi in order to begin the viewing process. First, you snorkel among the magnificent and highly diverse Ningaloo Reef. Then, you will board a catamaran and begin to follow our spotter plane.

Having four hours of spotter plane means better chances to see the whales and even to have more than one encounter with them. We will follow the Humpback Whales’ natural travel path and make sure to keep the experience as intimate as possible. For that, We even turn off the engines if a whale chooses to swim over us!

As the Humpbacks are using this area as a shelter to calve, there are high chances to meet a mother with her calve, which make the experience even more special. Only resting relaxed whales, with calves big enough will be met, as not to disturb their natural course of life.

We take the actions and movement based cues of the whales very seriously, we first ensure that the whale feel at ease before moving in to the 50-metre mark, this is where we will begin our swimming. Once in the water we will begin to draw closer to the Humpbacks. It is important that we not splash and or scare the whales before being within 30 metres of them. Only if the whale approaches us are we allowed to get closer while always maintaining a minimum 15-metre distance.


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Get close to one of nature’s giants, the Humpback Whale, the ethical way! This is the perfect opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and meet the Humpbacks on their terms and on their turf!

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The advertised Price above is based on three persons booking the activity, however we can also run the tour for one person.

The Price for one person has variation depending on how many people. 1-2 Adults USD330 per person; 3-10 Adults USD320 per person, Child (6-11 years old) USD230 per person, for more information or to book this activity please contact us here.


Meet Humpback whales in their natural environment in Ningaloo Reef.

Starting time


Departure point

Pick up from your accommodation


Full day. 7am til 4pm

Ending point

Returns to original departure point


1-2 Adults USD330 per person; 3-10 Adults USD320 per person,

Child (6-11 years old) USD230 per person.


1 Aug – 31 Oct 2018


  • 7:00 Meet at the local office.
  • Board the custom-designed stable vessel and head to UNESCO World Heritage site of Ningaloo Reef Marine Park.
  • Free snorkelling lesson in shallow lagoon before to meet the humpback whales.
  • Lecture on board from marine biologists about whales, their habitat, behaviour, threats etc as you follow the spotter plane looking for a resting humpback whale.
  • Buffet lunch on board and drinks and snacks throughout the day.
  • The adventure begins! The group split in 2 smaller groups and get in the water for a close encounter with the most altruist of all whales and possibly its calve.
  • Once everyone had a real connection with the whale, you move on to explore more of the Ningaloo Reef. All the while filmed by a professional videographer. If a whale shark is still around in early season you may also attempt to swim with it.
  • Time for a celebrating drink, to reward your efforts and adrenaline times (a beer or glass of sparkling wine).
  • Back on shore your trip ends. Don’t forget to collect your free video at the office.


  • Group size: Min 7 – Max 15 (15 pax on the boat but only 5 at a time in the water)
  • Age restrictions: Minimum age: 13 years old
  • Difficulty: Average. You must be reasonably fit and comfortable swimming to join this activity. The Humpback whales are calving in the area and are likely to be seen with their calve meaning they are more protective and a safe distance is required, hence min 13 years old. They are extremely friendly and gentle creatures and risks are extremely low, especially if well briefed.
  • Inclusions: Snorkeling gear (Masks, Snorkels, Fins and stinger suits and wetsuits provided for all guests), marine biologist on board, spotter plane (4hrs), snorkeling lesson in Ningaloo Reef, buffet lunch, snacks hot and soft drinks, free video from professional, celebrating drink, fully customized boat to ensure the best experience, highly qualified crew, marine park fees, whale shark swim guaranteed, donation to shark research, free return transfer from your hotel.
  • Exclusions: travel insurance, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
  • Voucher info: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this experience.
  • Local operator information: Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
  • Cancelation policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


  • Swimming suit
  • Sunscreen
  • anti-motion sickness tablet
  • A set of dry clothes for post activity

Camera and spare batteries (we provide dry bags for cameras), (waterproof camera if you have or dry bag)

UNESCO World Heritage site of Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

Well-known for its great population of whale sharks (300 to 500) from March to August, Ningaloo Reef, in Western Australia, is a protected marine park listed as UNESCO World Heritage site since 2011 which covers over 260-kilometre length.

Beside its warm crystalline waters and colorful reefs, Ningaloo is also home to charismatic species such as the dugong (sea cow), manta ray, whales and dolphins but also loggerhead, Green, Hawkesbill and Leatherback turtle.

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