Humpback Whale Swim Tours

Relax and enjoy the ride on our well-equipped stable boats, as we travel from Exmouth Marina or Tantabiddi to view Humpback Whales in their natural habitats. During their annual migration over 35,000 Humpback Whales visit Ningaloo every year to calf, mate and rest in the Gulf area during winter. With the largest migration of whales in Australia this congregation at Ningaloo offers the best humpback whale interactions in the world.

With vessels like “Jazz” 2, a west coaster with spacious back deck or the “Blue Strike”, a Massive 20 Metre stable vessel with a walk around bow and upper deck, you will have a full 360° view from all of our vessels. On all humpback whale swims you will have a Maximum group size of 7 swimmers with a guide & Videographer in the water. If a suitable resting Whale is found we will spend time gaining the animals trust, which may take 30 minutes. When we find a whaleshark instead we will have groups of 10 passengers with a swim guide & videographer, able to swim with these magnificent fish.

All Video & photos from your day are included for Free on Humpback Swim Tour Only (Souvenir USB extra $19.95) . For whalewatching, we can manoeuvre to within 100m of the whales. If the whale chooses to swim over to us – we will shut down the engines and enjoy the close interaction from the vessel. On whale swim tours – If the whale is very subtle, the boat will move within 75M of the whale, where the first group will enter the water 75M from the whale, we will then swim slowly toward the whale trying carefully not to splash or scare it, to within 30M. Should the Whale approach us we are allowed to get as close as 15M to the Whale. Should the Whale attempt to get closer we will swim away to maintain at least 15M of distance. This is an in-water experience that will give you the thrill of being close to such a large Mammal with surface views closer than you can imagine, with luck you may even see the whale under the surface. Entering the water for the purpose of swimming with a Whale, Whaleshark or Manta Ray, is considered a swim by definition, Dept. of Parks & Wildlife fee’s will be charged to Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo.  Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo & Crew will at all times try to offer a safe enjoyable experience, where possible, but cannot guarantee a wild animal will want to interact with us.

We may consider at anytime the activity may become unsafe, where we will immediately recall all persons out of the water. At no time will we attempt to enter the water if there is a calf present. A calf by definition is a whale up to 1/2 the length of its mother and dependent on its mother. Minimum age of 13 years to swim with the humpback whale, you must be a comfortable, good snorkeller to participate, as this is an activity that requires good snorkel skills & involves serious distances to swim. A snorkel test will be conducted to ensure that swimmers meet minimum requirements as determined by the crew. This activity can be dangerous, whales are very large, unpredictable Mammals that could become aggressive if they feel threatened. They could move very quickly, faster than any human can swim. By participating in this tour you accept that the risks of swimming with a wild animal could be hazardous resulting in injury.

Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Exclusive Humpback Whale In-Water Guarantee Policy

What we offer exclusively at Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo is our in-water interaction Guarantee. This means if by chance you do not get an interaction with a Humpback Whale, Whale Shark or Manta Ray, you can come again on the next available Humpback Whale Swim tour for 50% OFF*.

Here are the basic conditions for our Guarantee:

  • If we do not get to have an in-water interaction with a Humpback Whale, Whaleshark or Manta Ray as they cannot be found that day, we give you the swimmer a 50% OFF repeat on our next available Humpback Whale Swim tour tour. This is a confirmed seat at 50% Off the ticket price. If we cannot accommodate your travel plans, we will issue you with a 50% off discount for a Humpback Whale Swim tour, the voucher is valid for 3 years to come back and try again.


  • Only if there are available seats on a Humpback Whale Swim tour confirmed with more than 7 swimming passengers.
  • Only one discounted Humpback Whale Swim tour for the person who was originally booked on the swim tour with Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo.
  • Cannot be transferred to another customer & is Only valid for the same person that came on the swim tour with Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo and not transferable.
  • Cannot be exchanged for a refund.
  • Available for up to 3 years after your first tour and is Numbers & Weather dependant.
  • Issue of repeat due to the discretion of the skipper and boat crew on the day, Management has the final decision.
  • If more than one person is offered a discounted seat from the same tour, the available seat is offered in order of who ever booked first.
  • Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo reserve the right to change allocation of seats, dates of tours, fee’s etc as required.