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Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Powerboat provided by Ningaloo Discovery

Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Powerboat

Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Powerboat
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Duration:
9h
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
20
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    9h
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    20
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Spend a day cruising the beautiful world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef  and experience the thrill of swimming with a Whale Shark, the largest fish in the world!!  You will be welcomed on board our spacious powerboat for a full day of snorkelling the reef, swimming with a whale shark, spotting an array of spectacular marine life and depending on the weather, extra activities in the afternoon such as stand up paddle boarding or kayaking. This is an all inclusive tour! We give you all your snorkelling equipment, wetsuits, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, tea/coffe and a glass of sparkling to celebrate. Our professional photographer will take amazing photos above and below the water, and these are included in the price also. Complimentary photography package!! Return transfers to you accomodation in Exmouth also included. You will love our boat, our crew and the whole experience of swimming with a Whale Shark!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Our air-conditioned bus will collect you straight from your doorstep where you’ll be greeted by our fantastic crew members and welcomed on your journey of a lifetime! Listen in or chill out during the drive down the coast as we’ll be telling you all about what you're about to experience. Get ready to board our spacious powerboat, meet the rest of your crew for the day and set off in comfort. We’ll take exceptional care of you, fit you for your fins, masks and wetsuits and ensure everybody is 100% at ease, feeling confident and excited!  Warm up by having a morning snorkel on Ningaloo Reef, one of the most beautiful reefs in the world and discover an abundance of coral, tropical fish, turtles and potentially even manta rays or dugongs. Our guides will be right there with you in the water to steer you in the right direction, and to pay special attention to any modest swimmers. Feel free to grab one of our floating noodles should you feel like the extra bit of flotation. While you're busy exploring the reef, the spotter plane has already departed and is searching for our first Whale Shark cruising nearby. When a Whale Shark has been spotted, it’s all systems go! The Skipper heads the boat towards the Whale Shark’s location. There’s a buzz in the air, the excitement and anticipation mounts amongst crew and passengers alike. You will then be split into two groups and prepare for your jump into the crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo… You and your guide drop in and get up close and personal to the worlds biggest fish, this is your chance to experience wonder and marvel at the sheer size, grace and elegance of the Whale Shark! Most of these sharks are between 4 and 12 metres long but have been know to grow as large as 18 metres! Our professional photographer is all the while capturing every moment and from the very best angle for you to take home. It’s likely that this won’t be your only shark, the pilot has been busy searching for another gentle giant to swim with, and on his call get ready to do it all again… and again! It’s hungry work, don’t we know it! We’ve already got lunch on the way as we sail back in to look for Manta Rays, Dugongs and even Humpback Whales (when in season). You’ll get yet another chance to pack more into your trip, go snorkelling or make use of our Kayaks and Paddle Boards to surrender those last bits of energy you’ve got stored away to this wondrous aquatic playground. To celebrate, kick back and enjoy with a glass of sparkling and a seasonal fruit platter while we meander our way back to mainland. Wrap things up with a comfortable cruise right back to the front of your accommodation. You’ll walk away wondering how you didn’t do it all sooner!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Our air-conditioned bus will collect you straight from your doorstep where you’ll be greeted by our fantastic crew members and welcomed on your journey of a lifetime! Listen in or chill out during the drive down the coast as we’ll be telling you all about what you're about to experience. Get ready to board our spacious powerboat, meet the rest of your crew for the day and set off in comfort. We’ll take exceptional care of you, fit you for your fins, masks and wetsuits and ensure everybody is 100% at ease, feeling confident and excited!  Warm up by having a morning snorkel on Ningaloo Reef, one of the most beautiful reefs in the world and discover an abundance of coral, tropical fish, turtles and potentially even manta rays or dugongs. Our guides will be right there with you in the water to steer you in the right direction, and to pay special attention to any modest swimmers. Feel free to grab one of our floating noodles should you feel like the extra bit of flotation. While you're busy exploring the reef, the spotter plane has already departed and is searching for our first Whale Shark cruising nearby. When a Whale Shark has been spotted, it’s all systems go! The Skipper heads the boat towards the Whale Shark’s location. There’s a buzz in the air, the excitement and anticipation mounts amongst crew and passengers alike. You will then be split into two groups and prepare for your jump into the crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo… You and your guide drop in and get up close and personal to the worlds biggest fish, this is your chance to experience wonder and marvel at the sheer size, grace and elegance of the Whale Shark! Most of these sharks are between 4 and 12 metres long but have been know to grow as large as 18 metres! Our professional photographer is all the while capturing every moment and from the very best angle for you to take home. It’s likely that this won’t be your only shark, the pilot has been busy searching for another gentle giant to swim with, and on his call get ready to do it all again… and again! It’s hungry work, don’t we know it! We’ve already got lunch on the way as we sail back in to look for Manta Rays, Dugongs and even Humpback Whales (when in season). You’ll get yet another chance to pack more into your trip, go snorkelling or make use of our Kayaks and Paddle Boards to surrender those last bits of energy you’ve got stored away to this wondrous aquatic playground. To celebrate, kick back and enjoy with a glass of sparkling and a seasonal fruit platter while we meander our way back to mainland. Wrap things up with a comfortable cruise right back to the front of your accommodation. You’ll walk away wondering how you didn’t do it all sooner!
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7954P8
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • TRIP INCLUDES:
  • Whale Shark Swim on a powerboat
  • Delicious morning tea
  • Healthy, yummy buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Snacks
  • Tea/Coffee, Water
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Wetsuits
  • Professional photos from your day (both in the water and above the water) at no extra charge by our professional onboard photographer
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Stand up paddle board
  • Celebratory glass of champagne
  • Complimentary gift pack per group booking
  • Whale shark swimmer certificate
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • N/A
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Pick up from all Exmouth accomodation locations. Ningaloo Discovery must be advised via email of accommodation location in order to arrange pick up. Directions: ESSENTIAL: GUESTS MUST ADVISE NINGALOO DISCOVERY VIA EMAIL OF THEIR ACCOMODATION LOCATION SO THE BUS CAN BE DIRECTED TO PICK UP.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Anyone entering the water must have basic swimming ability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Inclusions
  • TRIP INCLUDES:
  • Whale Shark Swim on a powerboat
  • Delicious morning tea
  • Healthy, yummy buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Snacks
  • Tea/Coffee, Water
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Wetsuits
  • Professional photos from your day (both in the water and above the water) at no extra charge by our professional onboard photographer
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Stand up paddle board
  • Celebratory glass of champagne
  • Complimentary gift pack per group booking
  • Whale shark swimmer certificate
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • N/A
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Pick up from all Exmouth accomodation locations. Ningaloo Discovery must be advised via email of accommodation location in order to arrange pick up. Directions: ESSENTIAL: GUESTS MUST ADVISE NINGALOO DISCOVERY VIA EMAIL OF THEIR ACCOMODATION LOCATION SO THE BUS CAN BE DIRECTED TO PICK UP.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Anyone entering the water must have basic swimming ability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Popular mentions

5.0
373 reviews
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Alexa H
4 contributions
Oct 2021
We went on the Whale Shark Swim tour in shoulder season. It being after the peak whale shark season, we were still hopeful but did not have high hopes to be able to swim with one. Luckily, the team spotted it shortly after we set off and immediately drove the boat towards it! We were so lucky! It was an amazing experience, especially with the amazing team we were with that day - Holly, Chelsea, Steve, Jake and Lily (sorry of I misspelled any of your names!). They were all so knowledgable, patient and helpful. They also made sure everyone was safe throughout the entire experience. Unfortunately. we have very bad sea sickness but the team was so kind and understanding, helping us keep food aside till we felt better and cleaning up our messes (we are so sorry!!!!). It was an amazing experience and we will definitely come back during peak season.
Written November 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey :) Thanks for the review and yes that's super lucky you got to see a shark so late in the shoulder season. We are really glad you liked the crew and felt well looked after and that you had a good day, despite the sea sickness! Good on you! Kind regards, The Team at Ningaloo Discovery
Written November 21, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Philicity V
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Family
Highly recommend going with Ningaloo Discovery tours. They are friendly, helpful and very professional from the moment you phone and make a booking to the very end of your trip.
Staff on board makes everyone feel welcome, safe and happy.
This was a great experience on the boat and in the water with the most amazing sea live. Ningaloo Discovery tours go out of their way to make dreams come true thanks so much team.
Philicity, Ruan and kids.
Written November 1, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey! Thanks for the review, and the recommendation! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with our company from beginning to end! We hope to see you again sometime! Kind regards, The Team at Ningaloo Discovery
Written November 21, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jason O
35 contributions
What an incredible experience to see the whale sharks. The team were knowledgeable and a pleasure to have looking after us. This tour is worth every dollar and I recommend getting on board.

As well as the whale sharks, the girls take you for a snorkel and provide morning tea, lunch and a snack. All equipment is also provided so feel free to rock up empty handed.

A professional photographer is provided on board and the photos are included in the price.
Written October 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Jason Thanks for your lovely review! We are so glad you enjoyed the day and felt it was worth the money! Come and visit us again some time! Kind regards, The Team at Ningaloo Discovery
Written October 25, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Trent V
6 contributions
An amazing day overall, from pick up to drop off the entire team we’re nothing but helpful, happy and professional. Still can’t believe we saw a 18m humpback whale and a 9m chill male whale shark, all whilst in 30 degree heat and hardly a wave…
Huge thumbs up for the entire crew on the cat - you all we’re the best.
Written October 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Trent, You scored big time that day with the 9m shark woohoo lucky you!! ...In shoulder season too! You gotta be in it to win it hey! Thanks for the epic review! Kind regards, The Team at Ningaloo Discovery
Written October 25, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Storyteller600431
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
What an absolute magical day! 10/10 Ningaloo Discovery, in every way you were beyond fantastic- amazing helpful & knowledgeable staff, beautiful boat, skilled at spotting a whale shark even right at the end of peak season, yummy food & great gear that is checked well to fit your face. Jen was incredible with the kids & they just loved every minute! 2 snorkel spots, 4 swims with the whale shark, great tour on bus - Thankyou for going beyond & ticking this off our bucket list 💙
Written October 17, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey! Thanks for this amazing review! We are so glad you had a good day and felt well looked after :) 4 swims with the whale shark is awesome, it was our pleasure to have you on tour with us! Kind regards, The Team at Ningaloo Discovery
Written October 25, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tony
Sunshine Coast, Australia1 contribution
Absolutely fantastic day out on Windcheetah. Would highly recommend this trip and we all gave it a 10/10.

Picked up from the caravan park, morning snorkel, 3 swims with a whale shark, dolphins, turtles, hammerhead shark, net swimming and a drift snorkel to finish the day along with the whole family diving off the boat for a bit more fun!!

Fantastic food throughout the day and the glass of bubbles to finish the day was superb. But the best part was the staff and their enthusiasm which was second to none throughout the whole day. So to Holly, Chyna (sorry if that’s the wrong spelling!!)🙏, Flo and Steve thank you to each and everyone of you for an unforgettable experience.

Wishing you all the best from Tony, Nicole, Zara, Caid, Rob and Wendy. 👌🙌👍
Written October 17, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey! Thanks so much for the 10/10 stamp of approval and the awesome review! Sounds like you scored on your tour and saw loads of epic marine life! Yewww! Kind regards, The Team at Ningaloo Discovery
Written October 25, 2021
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Renee P
1 contribution
Aug 2021
The Ningaloo Discovery experience was outstanding. We cannot thank the staff enough for going above and beyond in helping the kids get the most out of the experience.

The enthusiasm from all staff onboard to ensure we all got the most out of the trip was so encouraging and rewarding as a customer. The boat, facilities, food and equipment included was fantastic,

I would highly recommend Ningaloo Discovery, anyone who participates with this company will 100% not be disappointed.

Service, experience and value for money gets a 10/10

Regards

Renee
Written October 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Renee Thanks for your review! We love making everyone on the boat get the most out of their experiment with the whale sharks as it's a once in a life time experience! Gotta make it count! Come and visit us agin one day! Kind regards, The Team at Ningaloo Discovery
Written October 16, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

antoine
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Friends
Good but not enough for the price. We didn’t do a full day, only half a day. The rushed us through the snorkelling and only swam about five minutes with the whale shark. Team was kind.
Written October 6, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for your review Antoine. Ive spoken to the skipper and crew of your tour and reviewed the vessel log. You were picked up at 7.45 and dropped home at 2.45pm the day of your tour - 7 hours is usually considered a full day tour and the only reason your tour would have gone for longer was if the vessel had had to travel further to get you a swim with a whaleshark. The skipper made comment that he encouraged guests to stay in for longer on the morning snorkel but due to breezy conditions everyone opted on a quick morning snorkel. Guests then got a reasonable swim with a whaleshark out of season not far from our departure site. Windy conditions meant that for the afternoon snorkel a drift snorkel was conducted where guests are dropped in the water at one location and then are able to drift down current to another location where the vessel meets the guests and guides - this is so guests don't have to swim back into the current - many companies offer this on windy days for a more pleasant guest experience. To offer this tour the company pays for charter aircraft and pilots to find the marine wildlife, 5 professional crew, fuel and runnings costs on buses, large vessels and tenders, fresh produce for morning tea, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea, sparkling wine and the costs of maintaining equipment ( including snorkelling equipment etc and licences and insurances). We charge $280 for an adult fare -we pass the Government swim fees onto guests once they have successfully swam with a Whaleshark - On your tour we actually wavered this fee and absorbed it ourselves as an extra cost as a gesture of goodwill as the weather conditions were not ideal. I doubt you will find anywhere in Australia where you will be able to swim with a Whaleshark for $280. Its a shame you felt the tour was not good enough for the price - hopefully the above comments can help in understanding what the cost of your ticket goes towards.
Written October 7, 2021
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bree
Seaford, Australia1 contribution
Felt part of the family for the day! Cried after a one in a lifetime experience with a whale shark. Gypsy’s photography and knowledge of the reef was amazing! Cannot recommend enough this enough. ALL staff were beautiful. Thanks team 💙
Written October 6, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey! We are so glad you felt so welcome and that you enjoyed all the info and the photos! Come and visit us agin one day! Kind regards, The Team at Ningaloo Discovery
Written October 9, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Chris K
Eltham, Australia1 contribution
Being at the end of the season there was no guarantees of seeing a whale shark, but being out on the 60ft catamaran and getting to snorkel with what we could find was going to make a great day no matter what. The space on board with only 20 passengers was perfect. On the day we saw turtles, dolphins, bull shark and hump back whales jumping all around us.

Then the spotter plane called in and they had spotted a whale shark at the bottom end of the reef zone that they could travel to. We then went full steam ahead and ended up diving with the whale shark three times to fully experience it.

Great job to the team as the day was one to remember for a life time.
Written September 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi That's awesome you enjoyed your tour and saw so many amazing creatures, lucky you! Thanks for the review! Come and visit us agin one day! Kind regards, The Team at Ningaloo Discovery
Written October 1, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Most memorable day ever!!
What an amazing day! Not only was the weather perfect but we were able to swim with both hump back whales and a big
Bushbanditz
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Amazing and magical
Wow! What an amazing day we had with Ningaloo discovery. The team were amazing super friendly very helpful and th
WSLeong
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Bestest catamaran in Exmouth
If you are hesitant to book a whalashark tour in October, give this crew a try. They won't charge the extra $50 unl
cratinch
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Great end of season experience
Even though it was end of season, we did swim and had pics with a whale shark. Great people leading and helping us.
Casper991
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A beautiful experience, fantastic day on the Reef 😉
Yesterday we went on the Catamaran Chincheater, snorkelling, swam with a Whale Shark + more. Steve, Chelsea, Holly
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40th Birthday Trip
What an amazing experience. The whole team on our tour! Chelsea, Holly, Steve and Jordi were all fantastic. We got
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Tick off our bucket lost
Vibrant and friendly introduction guidance and assistance through out our day with our Ningaloo Discovery team cons
Wendy S
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Unforgetable, Lap of OZ, highlight.
All day Ningaloo discovery Eco tour was a day that just kept on giving. Our family of 6, including grandparents and
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25 September whaleshark swim review
Swam with the whale sharks. Snorkeled the Ningaloo reef. Saw a tawny nurse shark in the reef. It was good but I fel
Angelwilson
Angelwilson
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Best day swimming with whale sharks!
Absolutely amazing - you can't miss this! Ningaloo Discovery is absolutely amazing. The staff were fun and really p
AlecJL
AlecJL
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Swimming with 3 humpback whales- experience of a lifetime!
We had an amazing day on the tour, the staff is very friendly and happy to share all they know about the marine lif
788janeu
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Supreme organisation to create a special Ningaloo Reef experience for all on board.
This was an extremely well organised tour where all crew members worked their hardest to give us the best experienc
FoodNTravelFanatic
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Fantastic day and crew
We did the Eco Tour on a catamaran, as being shoulder season, felt it was the best option as it allows swimming wit
Footprints684455
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What a rippa of a day!
What a day! Unbelievable. I booked this tour knowing it was October and shoulder season so no garantees but the tea
marrackp
marrackp
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Whale shark watching done right
These guys are the best. Our crew were splendid. The skipper managed the boat brilliantly, with our two swim guides
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