- Full day tour, 7:45am - 4pm
- Complimentary pickup/drop-off from your Exmouth accommodation
- Chance to see Humpback whales up close from 360-degree viewing platform
- Guided snorkel session
- All necessary snorkelling gear (including mask, snorkel, fins of all sizes, and wetsuits of all sizes)
- Flotation aids and life jackets if required
- Bow nets, daybeds or bean bags to relax on
- Stand up paddle boards and kayaks for use in afternoon snorkel (weather and time permitting)
- Boom net for towing along behind the vessel through the shallows of the lagoon (weather and time permitting)
- Lunch, snacks, glass of sparkling wine, tea, coffee and water
- Complimentary professional photo package
- Transport from the airport (available for additional fee)
Why do we love this
It's such a cool opportunity to see humpback whales, dolphins, manta rays and turtles up close. We also love that this tour makes the trip super comfy, with plenty of relaxation areas and refreshments aboard the catamaran.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Nigaloo Reef, just off the coast of Exmouth, is a World Heritage-listed site and one of the longest fringing coral reefs in the world. It's home to turtles, manta rays, dolphins and of course, whales, who travel through the region as part of their migration from Antarctica to the Kimberley Region. It's estimated that 30,000 whales make this voyage each year, making it very likely that you will spot plenty on this half-day sail and snorkel tour.
Your day will begin with a complimentary pickup from your Exmouth accommodation at 7:45 in the morning. You will be driven via shuttle bus to the boarding dock of your vessel for the day, a Windcheetah sailing catamaran. Once on board, you will be provided with all of your necessary snorkelling equipment and briefed on best snorkelling practices.
After that, get ready to immerse yourself in the clear blue waters of Ningaloo Reef, which is a safe and serene snorkelling spot nestled in a sheltered lagoon. As you snorkel, you will get to see all sorts of beautiful Australian sea creatures including fish, coral and perhaps even turtles or rays!
Hop back on the boat for morning tea and prepare yourself for the incredible humpback whale-watching experience that awaits you. Once your guides have located the whales, your catamaran will move closer to these large, docile creatures so you can observe them swimming through the reefs. The pilot, skipper and crew will assess the whales to determine the right time for you to get back into the water and interact with them! At their okay, you will put your snorkelling gear back on and get back into the water for a swim with the whales.
After spending as much time as possible with the whales and other reef inhabitants, it's time to get back on board the catamaran for a buffet lunch. As you eat, look out for other creatures that you may be able to spot from the boat. The catamaran will head back inside the bright blue lagoon and anchor up at a new spot so you can go on one last snorkel. If the time and weather permits, you will also get to test out one of the Stand Up Paddle Boards or Glass-Bottom Kayaks available for tour participants. If you prefer to stay on the boat and relax, there will be plenty of snacks, drinks and other refreshments for you to enjoy.
Once you return to shore, you will be dropped back off at your Exmouth accommodation around 4pm. You will also go home with a complimentary photo package of pictures from your trip so you can always remember it!
Guests who book on as "Observers" are welcome to participate in all itinerary activities except for entering the water with a Humpback Whale.