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When can you swim with Whale Sharks?

We lead guided small group tours offering the chance to swim with the Whale Sharks through April to July, when you have the best chance of seeing a Whale Shark up close. Between March and August each year, Whale Sharks journey to the Ningaloo Reef to feed on plankton attracted by the mass spawning of coral. The clear waters and visibility of the North West make for perfect conditions to swim with a Whale Shark as they cruise just below the surface, allowing you the opportunity to snorkel alongside them.

Why choose our Whale Shark Tours?

If you are wondering which Whale Shark experience to select on the Ningaloo Reef, the difference between us and everyone else is numbers. Our focus at Live Ningaloo is on offering small group tours, to allow the greatest amount of interaction between you and the Whale Sharks.  We host a maximum of 10 guests on each Whale Shark swimming adventure, giving you the most intimate and bespoke tour experience, the greatest flexibility, and the most time in the water. You’ll be able to interact closely with these beautiful creatures as you snorkel and swim beside them in the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean.  The Ningaloo Reef is home to abundant sea life and you may also spot dugongs, turtles, Humpback Whales, blue whales, minke whales, orcas, dolphins, manta rays, stunning tropical fish and many types of coral on your adventure.

Who are our Bespoke Whale Shark Tours suitable for?

Although huge, with adults measuring between 12 to 18 metres long, Whale Sharks are completely harmless.  Our Whale Shark swimming tours are suited to a range of ages and swimming abilities and we accept confident swimmers from 10 years of age. You do not need to be able to SCUBA dive to swim with Whale Sharks, as they swim close to the surface. Swimmers should be able to snorkel, swim freestyle and cope with currents and swell in the open ocean, and we can also provide flotation devices to assist those who require. We may accept younger children who are very competent swimmers to swim with Whale Sharks and can also cater to some special needs and movement restrictions – please contact us to discuss.  Passengers can also participate in our tours as an ‘observer’. Please note that one parent must accompany children on board the boat at all times.

Where can I join this tour?

Our luxury vessel, Wave Rider, departs from Tantabiddi Boat Ramp just north of the Cape Range National Park entrance in Exmouth. Complimentary transfers are provided to and from Exmouth township for your tour. Advance Bookings for all tours are essential. Due to the small, intimate scale of our tours with a maximum of 10 places, we recommend booking several months in advance to avoid disappointment particularly during peak periods including Easter Holidays, April, and July.

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Ningaloo Marine Park
Ningaloo Reef
Live Ningaloo
In early spring and summer, whale sharks journey to the Ningaloo Reef to feed on plankton attracted by spawning coral—and plenty of snorkelers come out to swim with them. Many “swim with whale sharks” tours are quite similar, but this one stands out by offering a small-group excursion with no more than 10 people, allowing you to spend more time in the water and swim more closely with the giant fish.
  • Spend more time in the water and swim more closely to the whale sharks
  • Travel on the luxury “Wave Rider” with deckhand photographer and marine scientist guide
  • Professional digital photography on deck and underwater provided at no additional cost
  • Includes pickup and drop-off from Exmouth township
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
An EPIC experience with Live Ningaloo

Our whale shark tour with Live Ningaloo was OUTSTANDING! It was such a wonderful experience that we've decided not to tick it off our bucket lists, as we want to do it again! We really enjoyed our small group tour, as we were able to...More

Thank Jodie/Miles A
Sonia B, General Manager at Live Ningaloo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jodie/Miles A !! I agree you should come back and swim with whale sharks again!! We certainly can't get enough :) it is wonderful to hear you were able to make the most of your experience on our small-group tour. Your review is...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Outstanding adventure....Swimming with Whale Sharks.

I bought this tour for my partner for his birthday. He likes experiences rather than things. We were a party of 4. And we all felt excited, exhilarated and thrilled at the end of our day. My partner was enraptured with his birthday present. He...More

Thank nerimitchell
Sonia B, General Manager at Live Ningaloo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you nermitchell!! We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us such wonderful feedback. It is great to hear your partner was able to make the most of his birthday - it sounds like the whale sharks obliged in ensuring he had a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Swimming with whale sharks

A great day! This company is more expensive than the others, but because only there are only ten guests, everyone can be in the water for as long as they like. I swam for 20 minutes with one slow moving whale shark. Wonderful! People who...More

Thank kate12
Sonia B, General Manager at Live Ningaloo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

How lucky to see the trifecta Kate12! Whales, dolphins, dugongs (and of course whale sharks) are some of our favourite animals to see on the Ningaloo. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a very kind review - we are pleased...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Swim with the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef

This is an amazing tour. Can't recommend it highly enough On the tour we were on we saw Ospreys Humpback whales Bottlenose Dolphins Manta Rays Octopus Dugong Sea Turtles Heaps of tropical fish corals and of course Whale Sharks

Thank Hanut D
Sonia B, General Manager at Live Ningaloo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow! What an epic sightings day you had Hanut D - thank you for recommending us and we hope you continue to enjoy the memories of Ningaloo Reef. Live Ningaloo Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amazing experience in an Amazing location

Absolutely amazing experience! We saw Humpback Whales, one Dugong, and Dolphins from the deck of the boat. Once in the water the Whale Sharks were simply stunning. I recommend Live Ningaloo because they are a small operator whom support eco-tourism. The crew are very good...More

Thank rltaylor73
Sonia B, General Manager at Live Ningaloo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you rltaylor73 for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review! We are always stoked to hear our guests enjoyed their experience with all the marine life on Ningaloo Reef in a safe and responsible manner - it was our pleasure having you...More

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whale shark tours from the 15th March to the 15th September each year, July is a good time to go to Exmouth.
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