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“Thar she blows!” Whale watching season has well and truly kicked off in Western Australia. Here on the North West Cape we’ve already had early humpback whale sightings off Exmouth as the first pilgrims in a steady stream of thousands of whales make their way north on their annual migration cycle.
The spectacular sight of an adult humpback whale breaching from the water, an acrobatic mid-air roll, the playful slap of a mighty tail, or the tender exchange between a mother and her calf are scenes we never tire of, no matter how many times we witness them. To share the beauty and majesty of humpback whales through meaningful in-water and onboard encounters is not only a great honour; it means we’re able to educate visitors from all over the world about these gentle giants, while providing the eco-tour experience of a lifetime.
Ningaloo remains the only place on the western seaboard where you can easily see huge numbers of humpback whales on their migration north. Our geographical location puts us right on the ‘humpback whale highway,’ with the Continental Shelf running alongside Ningaloo Reef. On their journey north from the Antarctic for mating and calving, humpback whales take advantage of Ningaloo’s assets, using our calm and pristine waters as their rest area of choice. The result? Up to 40,000 mammals pass along the Exmouth Coast every year between June through to the end of October!
As of now, hundreds of humpback whales are already starting to calve at Ningaloo and further north where they’ll rest, breed, and play off the Ningaloo reef. By mid-June, whales will be swimming past every ten minutes. This congregation of thousands makes for some of the world’s most spectacular whale watching, and a chance to observe the charismatic activity and behaviours of humpbacks in a setting quite unlike anywhere else on Earth. So on your Whaleshark Swim tour or scuba/ snorkel trip, you will encounter an amazing display of Humpback whale antics as an added bonus.
Because of our responsible approach to ethical tourism, and strong track record of experience and quality service, Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo are one of the few companies that are licensed to offer Humpback Whale Swims to the public from August each year. We’re able to get our guests closer to the action than any other whale watching cruise in Australia.
From the 1st of August Our range of eco-adventure tours are tailored to suit every kind of whale lover. For those who prefer to keep their feet dry, our two-hour Sunset Whale Watching Experience, Afternoon or Full-day Whale Watching Tour makes an unforgettable and intimate humpback experience the whole family will enjoy from the comfort of our customised vessels.
For those seeking the thrill of an in-water humpback whale encounter, our Deluxe Humpback Whale Swim Tour offers an unrivaled perspective. Strap on your snorkel, and prepare for an awe-inspiring, underwater view. (With big numbers of whale sharks, Manta Rays & Dolphins sharing the reef’s waters at the same time, you’re bound to spot the other gentle giants that Exmouth is famous for)!
Your safety is paramount to us, as is that of the humpback whales, Ningaloo Reef, and all the other species we share the ocean with. Our tours offer great service, fully-equipped vessels, and great value for money … but more importantly, when you book a humpback whale tour with Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks you can be confident we’re adhering to the guidelines created to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both the whales, and our guests.
Are you ready for a once-in-a-lifetime whale of a time?
You’ll find full details of each of our incredible Humpback Whale Observation Tours and Humpback Whale Swim tours here.