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Life on Ningaloo

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Small Group
Max of 10 guests
(Up to 7 swimmers 3 observers)

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August – October

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Complimentary Transportation 
To and from Exmouth township

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Full Day Tour
8.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m
excluding transfer time

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Wetsuits and snorkel gear provided

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Complimentary professional digital photography on deck and underwater

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Delicious Lunch
Catered to all dietary requirements, including snacks

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A glass of bubbles at day’s end to toast your adventures

Have you ever wondered what living and working at Ningaloo Reef is like? As far as nine-to-fives go, it’s not too bad at all.

Our Life on Ningaloo tour is an invitation to share in our love for the majestic Ningaloo Reef and its vibrant inhabitants.

At Live Ningaloo, we love what we do, but more importantly, we love where we do it. We’re marine enthusiasts with deep respect for the sea and its inhabitants. Our roots in farming have taught us to value peak seasons, which is why our tours have traditionally been aligned with the wildlife calendar to offer unparalleled viewing experiences.

When you ask people about Ningaloo Reef, they’ll undoubtedly mention the “Big Three”—whale sharks, humpback whales, and manta rays. But Ningaloo Reef is so much more. 

On the Life on Ningaloo tour, inspired by our snorkelling adventures, you’ll explore the ever-changing tapestry of marine life that transforms throughout the year. Throw away your calendars; this tour celebrates the unexpected, the moments of surprise when we encounter a pod of playful dolphins, a graceful dugong, or a colourful explosion of tropical fish and corals. 

We promise to deliver the best possible tour we can muster. We utilise spotter planes, limit our guest count*, and try our best to secure you multiple swims with different species. We’re here to show you the Ningaloo Reef as the locals see it – in all its wondrous, ever-changing glory.

Of course, we know just how important it is to capture some special moments from your tour, and that’s why we have a professional photographer onboard taking incredible snaps. You’re also more than welcome to bring your own camera to grab those perfect underwater selfies.  

With a maximum of 10 guests aboard Wave Rider, our luxury vessel, our Life on Ningaloo tour, offers more time in the water and more interactions with the stunning Ningaloo Reef wildlife.

Want an even more intimate experience? Our Private Life in Ningaloo tours allows you to book our vessel and crew all to yourself. 

You guys are pretty strong in the water. Will I be able to keep up? Don’t worry. Life on Ningaloo is the perfect choice for most ages and swimming abilities. If you want more information, heading over to the FAQs section on our website is a great place to start.  

Ready to join us in the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean? Book your Life on Ningaloo tour today! 

Advance bookings for all tours are essential.

*Life on Ningaloo tours are super special and guest numbers are even more exclusive for this tour. The swimmer guest count is limited to x7 swimmers. We take x3 observers who will be allowed to swim inside the lagoon but not with megafauna, observers are just that – observing.

Things to bring

While we take care of most essentials, there are a few creature comforts you should bring along to make your adventure even more amazing. Remember to pack light, it’s a boat adventure day.

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Hat and sunglasses

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Towel, bathers and sunscreen

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Dry clothing and a warm jacket

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Seasickness medication
If you are prone to seasickness or unsure

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Snorkelling gear
If you prefer to use your own snorkelling gear


While we like to think we’re the best at what we do, some things, like the weather, sea state, customer ability, wildlife location, etc., are occasionally out of our control. Every once in a while, this itinerary might change.

Because we keep our tours small, we’re pretty flexible. We will always try to take what’s on offer naturally on the Ningaloo Reef and make the most of the day at hand. We’ll always deliver the best tour we can. 

Below is a sample Life on Ningaloo itinerary.

The day before your tour: Hydrate, avoid alcohol in excess and chill – you’re going to have an action-packed day, so prepare accordingly!

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Jump out of bed, splash your face with water, and get a nutritious breakfast. You’re about to have one of the most exciting days of your life!

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Live Ningaloo’s complimentary shuttle service will collect you from your accommodation. (Make sure you’ve let us know where you’re staying). For a complete list of where to pick up locations and times, check out our FAQs.

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After a 30-minute informative drive with our crew, you’ll arrive at Tantabiddi Boat Ramp on the west side. This is where we keep Wave Rider.

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Once we’re all on board and briefed by our skipper, you’ll be kitted out with your outfit for the day—a mask, snorkel, fins and a wetsuit (if you haven’t brought your own).

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After you’re squeezed into your wetsuit and looking fabulous, we’ll head to our first snorkel spot for the day (location is weather and sea state dependant). You can expect to see coral, fish and perhaps even stingrays, turtles and more if you’re lucky! This is also an excellent opportunity to test out your equipment for the day and ensure everything fits and there are no leaks!


Hop back on Wave Rider for a warm cup of tea or coffee and a light snack. The day is just beginning!

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Our spotter planes are above us, searching for all things megafauna, keeping a special eye on anything interesting. Depending on the seasonality, we could search for whale sharks, humpback whales, and manta rays. They’ll communicate via radio with our skipper to let us know exactly where to head and what the behaviours of the wildlife are displaying. We will be steaming out to meet them whilst our crew brief you on swimming with the wildlife, what to do, and what not to do. Now is a great time to ensure all your gear is back on and ready to go.

If we are lucky enough to spot and swim with a whale shark, humpback whale or manta ray, this is your time to shine! You’ll have your snorkelling equipment on and be ready to jump in when our skipper and guides deem it safe. Our photographer will also be in the water to assist and capture the day.

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After a few hours with the megafauna, squealing in your masks, and weeing in your wetsuits (we all do it), we’ll cruise back inside the lagoon.


We anchor up and get stuck into a delicious lunch. It’s the perfect way to refuel after a once-in-a-lifetime morning.

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Weather permitting, you’ll jump in the water for your second snorkel of the day inside the lagoon. Cruise and take it slow while you soak up this unforgettable experience.


We will pop a bottle of sparkling, toast to the day, and cruise back to the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp.

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Live Ningaloo’s complimentary shuttle service will take you back into Exmouth Township and drop you at your accommodation. Can someone say “best day ever”?

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