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Want the best Ningaloo Reef experience? Listen to Your Guides!

If you want to make sure you have the best possible experience while exploring Ningaloo Reef, it’s crucial that you make a concerted effort to listen to your tour guides. 

Why is this so important? Well, because, more often than not, people simply don’t listen. 

Not paying attention to your guides while out on the open ocean, surrounded by some pretty big fish, is potentially dangerous and reduces your chances of having an excellent first encounter. 

Every crew member in the Live Ningaloo team must complete extensive coursework and training through the Parks and Wildlife Services before they even step foot on our boat. 

Additionally, many of our crew members have years of knowledge under their belts (or wetsuits), both in formal studies and hands-on experience working on the water in marine tourism.

Following directions is a simple task. When guests make an effort to listen to their guides, the Ningaloo Reef experience is so much better for it. 

Let’s explore a few reasons why listening to your guides when touring with Live Ningaloo is so important. 

Heads in the water! 

When touring with Live Ningaloo, you’re going to hear the phrase “heads in the water!” constantly. You get one chance to experience your first encounter with a whale shark or humpback whale, so you want that encounter to be truly special and unforgettable. 

“Heads in the water” ensures that you actually get to see what you came to the Ningaloo Reef to see: the incredible wildlife. 

Pretty simple, right? Now, when you’re out in the water, and you hear your guides yell “heads in the water,” you’ll know exactly what to do, and you won’t miss a thing. 

Body placement and spacing is crucial 

One of the most common misconceptions that guests have when touring with Live Ningaloo is that swimming with whale sharks and humpback whales is as simple as jumping in the water and splashing around. 

Swimming with whale sharks versus swimming with humpback whales is an entirely different experience, and you must understand how to position your body in the water and maintain the correct spacing. If you aren’t listening to your guides, the likelihood of getting a good spot to view these majestic animals is lower than it should be. 

Furthermore, making the transition to extended viewing time post your first look is even lower if you aren’t where you should be at the perfect time. 

Our guides will take the time to explain how you should act and move in the water, so make sure you make an effort to pay attention.

Managing your excitement 

We understand just how excited you’ll be when you get into the water. Even though we’ve done it thousands of times now, we still remember our first time swimming with whale sharks like it was yesterday. It’s truly an unforgettable experience. 

Because guests are so excited, they often choose to start swimming after the wildlife immediately after getting into the water. However, for the best experience, it’s imperative to stay still at the start. It’s natural to get excited, but swimming around at the wrong time can shorten your experience. 

While listening to your guides is undoubtedly vital for our guides themselves, the reason why we make such an effort to highlight its importance is for your benefit. First and foremost, we want you to have the best experience with us possible. Listening to your guides is the first step to making that happen. 


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