Ningaloo Humpback Whale Swim on a Sailing Catamaran
Swimming with a Humpback Whale in their natural environment is an extraordinary life changing experience. Humpback Whales are very inquisitive creatures and it is quite possible they will seek interaction with humans and swim close to us. You will experience warm friendly staff, fun activities, delicious food and memories to last a lifetime from the minute we pick you up to the moment we say goodbye. Available August, September and October.
Starting from 7:45am, you will be picked up from your accommodation and taken out to the Windcheetah sailing catamaran where you will be greeted by our friendly crew and fitted with masks, snorkels, fins and wetsuits.
Moments later immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of Ningaloo Reef at one of our beautiful snorkel spots in the sheltered lagoon. Here you will see an array of corals and colourful fish, sometimes even turtles and rays! Take this time to ask questions, get snorkelling tips, make sure your gear fits and practice getting on and off the boat before your whale swim.
Now you can enjoy morning tea as our plane gets searching for Humpback Whales. Once located we will get nice and close with the boat to observe these gentle giants as they cruise the reef. The pilot, skipper and crew will asses the whales behaviour and then whale swimming guests will be directed to put their snorkel gear on and we will do our best to get you interacting with them in the water! Observers will watch the action from the comfort of the Windcheetah's bow. If these whales are not viable to swim with, our pilot will find us more!
After we have spent as much time as possible with the Humpback Whales you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch as we cruise the reef in search of any other wildlife. Manta Rays, Dolphins, Whale Sharks, Turtles and anything else that may be around.
Now we head back inside the lagoon where the water is turquoise blue and anchor up at a new special spot on the reef for another snorkel. Weather and time permitting try your hand at one of our Stand Up Paddle Boards or a Glass Bottom Kayak during the afternoon snorkel for a different view of the reef.
Relax with some refreshing afternoon tea and a glass of sparkling wine on our way back to shore before the crew return you safe and sound and full of smiles back to your accommodation.
The experience lives on as we will provide you with access to all the photos of the day taken by our professional photographer free of charge!!!
Guests who book on as "Observers" are welcome to participate in all itinerary activities except for entering the water with a Humpback Whale.
You will experience warm friendly staff, fun activities, delicious food and memories to last a lifetime from the minute we pick you up to the moment we say goodbye. Our priority is making your day the best we possibly can!
Vessel and Crew
We offers guests a Humpback Whale experience on-board a very stable, spacious 60ft sailing catamaran, which provides a 360-degree viewing platform and the opportunity to lounge and relax on the comfortable day beds, bow nets and various seating spots while soaking up and enjoying the beauty of the Ningaloo Marine Park and all the amazing wildlife we may encounter. With the use of our very own spotter plane, our pilot will direct us to pods of whales and any other marine life spotted from above.
Our crew are very experience in reading the whales behaviour and interaction viability. Your small group of 7 and your guide will slide into the water and aim to swim with a majestic Humpback Whale. Our team will support you in the water as much as you need as well as provide interesting informative spiels about the area and the marine life will keep you entertained too.
In water experience with the Humpback Whales and close up views for Observers
Spotter aircraft to ensure best possible opportunity of sighting and swimming with Humpback Whales
Snorkelling on the Ningaloo Reef
Experienced, professional award winning crew
Marine specialists onboard to answer your questions
Opportunity to assist with hoisting the sails or relaxing on the bow nets, daybeds or bean bags
Stand up paddle boards and kayaks for use in afternoon snorkel (weather and time permitting)
Yummy Morning Tea, Buffet Lunch and Afternoon Tea
Boom net for towing along behind the vessel through the shallows of the lagoon (weather and time permitting)
Complimentary Professional Photography Package of the day
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2019 - 2020 season. The 2019 - 2020 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020. The 2020 - 2021 season rates commence on the 1st April 2020.