Swimming with Whale Sharks

Swimming with Whale Sharks

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Where to swim with whale sharks in Australia?

You can go swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Western Australia. This once-in-a-lifetime experience with these gentle giants takes place around the beautiful World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, which is accessed from Exmouth on Australia’s north-west coast. This is one of the longest fringing coral reefs on the planet and a fantastic place for swim tours.

How to swim with whale sharks

If you’re keen to try the incredible experience of swimming with whale sharks (the biggest fish in the ocean), your best bet is to book one of the tours available here at Adrenaline. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences allow you to snorkel alongside whale sharks while under the guidance of experts. 

With our experiences, you’ll also have the opportunity to see other marine life at Ningaloo Reef, including stunning manta rays, turtles, and dugongs. Spotter planes head out over the water to track down whale sharks, and once they’re located, you’ll get on the boat with the expert crew and be led to the right spot in the water by the dive masters. There, you can watch them swim past and enjoy this magnificent sight with your own eyes. 

Is it safe to swim with a whale shark?

Whale sharks are huge, but they’re completely harmless and gentle creatures. Despite their huge mouths, whale sharks are filter feeders and mainly eat plankton, krill, and other microorganisms. They’re not at all interested in adding you to their menu! 

When you book with Adrenaline, you can rely on the whale shark tour being with a friendly, knowledgeable crew. You’ll head out on a tourism award-winning, state-of-the-art vessel with a tour company that puts safety as a top priority. 

Can you touch a whale shark?

It’s illegal to touch a whale shark, and rules are in place to make sure a distance of three metres (and four metres from the tail) is kept at all times. This is to avoid causing stress to the whale shark and for our safety as well as that of the animal. 

Getting any closer can stop its natural swimming behaviour and may cause the creatures to dive, giving us less time with them. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get a fantastic view of the shark, including its markings, and get a sense of just how large it is. During your swim with whale sharks, you can get up close and personal - just no touching!

How much does swimming with whale sharks cost?

All the latest pricing and availability for swimming with whale sharks are listed here on the Adrenaline site. The day can be made even more special with lunch, a glass of bubbly, a certificate and souvenir photographs included. Other water-based activities, like kayaking and surfing can also be included as part of these trips, so please check the product details for more information on what’s included. 

How to book swim with whale shark experiences at Adrenaline

You can book swimming with whale sharks quickly and easily here at Adrenaline. Hit ‘Book Now’ to see all available times and dates, then complete your order to lock it in. Confirmation can be sent via email, so a potentially life-changing experience can be lined up in a matter of moments! 

Not sure exactly when you’d like to go? Hoping to give a whale shark swim to someone else? Click ‘Give as a Gift Voucher’, and the time and date can be selected later.