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Swimming with humpback whales: why 2021 will be better than ever before


Swimming with humpback whales is one of the most spectacular and unforgettable experiences you can have in the Indian Ocean, making Exmouth a go-to destination for thousands of excited travellers every year.

It’s no surprise that swimming with humpback whales is such a popular experience. After all, how often do you get the chance to swim with the eighth largest animal in the world?

Every year over 30,000 humpback whales pass through Ningaloo Reef at different stages of their migratory journey. Our Swimming with Whale Sharks Tours are limited to just 10 guests, meaning you get more time in the water, a more unique experience, and truly unforgettable memories.

Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why swimming with humpback whales will be better than ever before in 2021.

Humpback whale numbers are growing 

Did you know that the humpback whale population reached as low as 10,000-15,000 just a few years ago? That’s a pretty alarming number, right?

Fortunately, thanks to conservation efforts worldwide, including the Endangered Species Act, the humpback whale population has risen to almost 80,000.

While humpback numbers growing is clearly an excellent thing for the ocean and the world, it’s also fantastic news for tourists looking to share some time in the water with these incredible animals.

COVID-19 has had an impact on the ocean 

Whether it’s simply the reduction in CO2 emissions, less underwater noise pollution, or simply a significant reduction in ocean travel, COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted the health of the ocean and its animals.

A healthier ocean means healthier animals, and we can all agree that healthier animals are a great thing for the world.

A lack of tourism means more availability and flexibility  

There’s a reason why we limit the number of guests on our tours to just 10: it allows us to offer a more boutique, intimate, and personal experience that larger tour groups simply can’t provide.

Because of our reputation, combined with our small tour sizes, our humpback whale swimming tours are usually in extremely high demand all season.

While we love all of our international and interstate guests, the COVID-19 restrictions offer a golden opportunity for WA locals to experience the magic of swimming with humpback whales at Ningaloo Reef.

We’re always telling the rest of the world just how beautiful WA is, but how often do we take the time to explore our own backyard?

Ready to hit the water and get swimming? Find out everything you need to know about our whale shark tours


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