Swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef is the experience of a lifetime. Did you know: Only 1 in 3 million people globally will swim with a whale shark in their lifetime!
When and Where do Tours operate?
Join a whale shark watching or snorkelling tour from Exmouth or Coral Bay and experience the ultimate wildlife encounter. Every year, between mid-March and mid-July, these gentle giants of the ocean congregate in the Ningaloo Marine Park following the mass spawning of coral.
Why swim with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo?
In Australia, Ningaloo Reef currently holds the world’s highest interaction rate of whale shark numbers and accessibility -boasting a 97% interaction rate in 2016, 94% rate in 2017 and 97% in 2018.
This means tourists are almost guaranteed to successfully swim with a whale shark. Ningaloo is one of the only places on the planet where these huge but completely harmless fish can be reliably located in large aggregations.
How BIG do they grow?
Incredibly, whale sharks can grow up to 18 metres in length with a mouth over a metre wide. Generally the Ningaloo, we usually interact with whale sharks that are six to 11 metres long. In locations such as Mexico, the whale sharks are very juvenile and often two to six metres long.
Ningaloo has two male whale sharks, Zorro and Stumpy, who have been returning to Ningaloo waters every year since 1995 and are ten and eight metres long.
Which tour operator?
Check out the list of Coral Bay and Exmouth whale shark tours below. All 11 licenced Ningaloo whale shark operators have an underwater photographer or videographer on board who can provide a lasting memento of the day’s swim.