An experience transforming lives.
Plunge into the pristine Indian Ocean water and prepare to have the experience of a lifetime. Although a mighty 40,000 kilograms in size, humpback whales are gentle, charmingly curious creatures.
Your heart is surging with anticipation, not fear. Never in your life have you seen such a spectacle. If you’re lucky, you might even see a calf and the intimate dynamic between mother and young.
Each year, from June to November, approximately 30,000 humpback whales migrate along the Ningaloo Reef on their way to their breeding and birthing grounds in Exmouth Gulf, as far north as the Kimberley.
Then, between July and October, they make the journey back down to their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. Ningaloo Reef is one of only a handful of places you have the opportunity for in-water interactions with these magnificent creatures.
Glide gracefully next to these ocean-going giants, intimately observing their distinctive body shape, from a few metres away… with the males’ in full song, evoking a trance-like state as you swim.
Your humpback whale experience begins with a transfer to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp, approximately 25 minutes from Sal Salis, where you’re met by your experienced skipper and crew.
With morning tea, served as you motor out into the Indian Ocean, the whales are soon spotted, as they breach, lunge, slap the water and blow. The show is starting, as you get kitted out in wetsuits and snorkel gear on deck.
Swimming confidence is required as the whales are found in open ocean, with currents and swells to contend with. A spotter plane is also on the lookout for whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and sea birds to snorkel with. Depending on the day, you may return to the calm waters of Ningaloo Reef for lunch & snorkelling, with your return to camp in the mid-afternoon.
Humpback whale swims are available from July to October. Pre-booking months ahead is advised, as this is a popular experience.