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Life on Ningaloo

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Life on Ningaloo Swimming Tour

The post COVID-19 world is a different one and we’ve learned a lot. One thing we know for sure is how fortunate we are to live in a place like Ningaloo. As we all reassess what’s most important to us, we’ve decided to take this opportunity to share with you what we love best about Ningaloo Reef. So, we’ve created a new tour called Life on Ningaloo to give you an insider’s experience. We share what life is like for us when we decide to take the boat out for a day on the Ningaloo Reef.

Coming from a farming background, we appreciate better than most the value of peak growing season. In the past, we have chosen to offer tours based strictly around the wildlife calendar and when viewing opportunities are at their peak. Traditionally, this is:

  • Whale sharks from mid March through July
  • Humpback whales from August through October.

Our focus on peak viewing, along with having a single swimming group on our boat, is why we have such successful in-water experiences and meaningful moments for our guests.

There are, however, moments of transition at Ningaloo.  August through October is one of those periods when three megafauna are at Ningaloo Reef: Whale sharks, Humpback whales and Manta rays. The locals commonly refer to them as the ‘Big Three’ of the Ningaloo reef.

This year, we are offering a tour unlike anything we’ve offered before: the Life on Ningaloo Swimming Tour is inspired by how we snorkel in our personal time and what you might see if you are lucky ducky. We want you to experience the same kind of day out that we like best. You never know what you’re going to see but you know you’re going to have an unforgettable adventure.

Standard Tour

What’s Included
  • Transportation: complimentary transfers to and from Exmouth township
  • Photos: complimentary professional digital photography on deck and underwater
  • Gear: Wetsuits and snorkel gear provided
  • Luxury Vessel: qualified skipper, deckhand, photographer, and marine scientist guide
  • Education: pre-swim informational session
  • Breakfast Snacks: Light morning tea and beverages
  • Delicious Lunch: Catered to all dietary requirements, including snacks
  • Celebration: A glass of bubbles at day’s end to toast your adventures
  • Afternoon Snorkel: An additional coral reef snorkel (conditions permitting)

Private Tour

Dreaming of your own private guided tour? On a private Live Ningaloo tour, you will have the most intimate and bespoke tour experience, the greatest flexibility, and the most time in the water with wildlife for up to 10 guests. It’s also a way for littles under 4 years old to experience the Ningaloo and their family.

We offer this tour with each of our seasons (Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales, and our Turtle Eco adventure tours).  If you are seeking a very special marine swimming experience tailored for you or your group, our private tour is made for you. Our vessel, the Wave Rider, and experienced crew are at your disposal for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

On our private Life on Ningaloo swimming adventure you will have the most intimate and bespoke tour experience, the greatest flexibility, and the most time in the water. The tour allows you to snorkel and swim beside 12 – 18 metre long Whale Sharks, up to 40 tonne Humpback whales and flying Manta rays  in the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean. By exclusively booking our boat, you can choose exactly who to share this magical experience with – we can host a group of up to 10 guests at a time.

Life on Ningaloo  swimming tours are suited to a range of ages and swimming abilities and we accept confident swimmers from 4 years of age. You do not need to be able to SCUBA dive to swim with wildlife, as they swim close to the surface. Swimmers should be able to snorkel, swim freestyle and cope with currents and swell in the open ocean, and we can also provide flotation devices to assist those who require.

We may accept younger children who are very competent swimmers (from four years old and onwards) to swim with wildlife  and can also cater to some special needs and movement restrictions – please note this in your booking.  Passengers can also participate in our tours as an ‘observer’. Please note that one parent must accompany children on board the boat at all times.

Due to the limited availability of this tour, we encourage you to contact us well in advance to book a Private Whale Shark or Humpback Whale Swimming Tour.

Don’t need a private booking? You can join our small group Whale Shark Swimming and Adventure Day Tour or Humpback Whale Swimming and Adventure Day Tour instead. We are the bespoke tour specialists at Ningaloo Reef, specialising in small group tours for a maximum of 10 people.

Whale Shark Swimming Dates: mid-March – 31 July
Life of Ningaloo Swimming Dates: 01 August – 31 October
Turtle Eco-tours: 01 November – 31 December

Advance bookings for all tours are essential.