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Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim by Sailing Catamaran from Exmouth

Product ID: 93948
Climb aboard a luxurious catamaran for a thrilling sailing adventure from Exmouth. Snorkel with whale sharks, interact with manta rays, and encounter dugongs, turtles, humpback whales, dolphins, colorful tropical fish and the coral of Ningaloo Reef.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
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Pickup included

Pick-up from your hotel in Exmouth.
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a 50% refund

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  • Sail aboard a luxuriously appointed catamaran
  • Swim alongside a whale shark in an unforgettable experience
  • Explore the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ningaloo Reef
Full description
Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Exmouth, and then journey by air-conditioned bus to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ningaloo Reef.

Climb aboard a purpose-built, super comfortable 60-foot sailing catamaran called "Windcheetah" to meet the crew and get kitted out with your fins, masks and wetsuits. Once everyone feels at ease, explore the first snorkel site to discover an abundance of coral, tropical fish, turtles and even manta rays or dugongs on occasions. Your experienced guides will be right beside you in the water for your comfort and safety. 

As you explore the reef, a spotter plane will be searching for the first whale sharks cruising nearby. Once spotted, get up close and personal with the mighty fish that can grow to between 4 and 12 meters long. A professional photographer will be on board to capture every moment and provide you with a captivating souvenir at no extra charge. 

Enjoy a complimentary lunch as you continue on your way, looking for manta rays, dugongs and even humpback whales in season. Stop for another snorkel session, or make use of the kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to experience the water from a different perspective.

Then, kick back in a cargo net and get a refreshing tow through the shallow waters of the Ningaloo Lagoon. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and a seasonal fruit platter while the catamaran meanders its way back to the mainland, from where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Round-trip transportation by coach
  • Day aboard a 60-foot catamaran
  • Spotter plane assistance (shared with a maximum of 2 other groups)
  • Morning tea, a healthy buffet lunch, afternoon tea, snacks and tea/coffee
  • Snorkeling equipment (prescription masks on request)
  • Wetsuits (steamer/full length)
  • Professional photos
  • Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards
  • Glass of champagne
  • Complimentary gift pack (1 per group booking)
  • Whale shark swimmer certificate

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• All persons entering the water must have basic swimming capabilities
• You are welcome to bring your own snorkeling equipment if you prefer
• Early bookings are essential to avoid disappointment, especially during Australian school holiday periods
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Excellent. A professional and capable crew. A great experience.

A great crew. A big thankyou to Kate, the excellent marine biologist who was so encouraging to me when I went snorkelling. Holly the photographer was also excellent. Lauren the other marine biologist was great. All very professional and capable young women. The captain was excellent too. Thank you for a great and memorable day.

July 21, 2018

Great day

Staff were wonderful, made the whole day an amazing experience

May 7, 2019

This trip was fantastic, recommend it for everyone!

Okay as i diver myself with years of experience i thought that the crew where highly skilled and where really great with everyone. The Catamaran was such a fantastic boat to experience this on. I would recommend this once in a lifetime experience for everyone!

August 1, 2018

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Ningaloo Discovery

Product ID: 93948