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 do Tours operate?
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.
Where do Tours operate?
Why swim with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo?
1. We are World Record Holders
Ningaloo Reef currently holds the world’s highest rate of whale shark numbers and accessibility of interaction making Ningaloo one of the best places in the world to swim with whale sharks. Not only are sightings reliable - with one of the highest interaction rates, boasting 96 per cent last season - but they’re responsibly run by a small group of licensed professionals to ensure a sustainable and eco-friendly whale shark experience.
2. Our Eco-Tourism Practices
A percentage of each whale shark tour ticket sold goes towards important whale shark research and conservation completed by Dr Brad Norman of ECOCEAN, who has identified more than 7,500 individual whale sharks in the global monitoring database including over 1,300 from Australia alone. This research helps the world to understand more about the fish species.
3. No Sighting Policy
All tour operators offer a “no sighting” policy, giving guests the next available tour day free of charge. Tourists are encouraged to book a whale shark tour in advance (before your flights and accommodation!) and at the beginning of a holiday with tours running March to August (Exmouth) and March to end of June (Coral Bay).
4. We Capture the Moment for You!
All 11 Ningaloo whale shark operators have an underwater photographer or videographer on board who can provide a lasting memento of the day’s swim. So all you have to do is take in the incredible experience, knowing someone else is going to make you look good next to these big boys!
5. Learn from the Best
Each Ningaloo whale shark experience includes on-board education from dive instructors, most of whom are marine biologists/scientists. Additionally, many tour operators employee staff who are bilingual, so there's a chance they will speak your language (or at the very least, "speak to whale sharks" and make sure you have a great time).
Which tour do I book?
Check out the list of Coral Bay and Exmouth whale shark tours below.