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Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Luxury Sailing Catamaran

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    What to Expect
    Our air-conditioned bus will collect you straight from your doorstep where you’ll be greeted by our fantastic crew members and welcomed on your journey of a lifetime! Listen in or chill out during the drive down the coast as we’ll be telling you all about what you're about to experience.

    Get ready to board our luxury Whale Shark Sailing Catamaran, Windcheetah, meet the rest of your crew for the day and set off in comfort. We’ll take exceptional care of you, fit you for your fins, masks and wetsuits and ensure everybody is 100% at ease, feeling confident and excited! 

    Warm up by having a morning snorkel on Ningaloo Reef, one of the most beautiful reefs in the world and discover an abundance of coral, tropical fish, turtles and potentially even manta rays or dugongs. Our guides will be right there with you in the water to steer you in the right direction, and to pay special attention to any modest swimmers. Feel free to grab one of our floating noodles should you feel like the extra bit of flotation.

    While you're busy exploring the reef, the spotter plane has already departed and is searching for our first Whale Shark cruising nearby.

    When a Whale Shark has been spotted, it’s all systems go! The Skipper heads the boat towards the Whale Shark’s location. There’s a buzz in the air, the excitement and anticipation mounts amongst crew and passengers alike. You will then be split into two groups and prepare for your jump into the crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo…

    You and your guide drop in and get up close and personal to the worlds biggest fish, this is your chance to experience wonder and marvel at the sheer size, grace and elegance of the Whale Shark! Most of these sharks are between 4 and 12 metres long but have been know to grow as large as 18 metres!

    Our professional photographer is all the while capturing every moment and from the very best angle for you to take home.

    It’s likely that this won’t be your only shark, the pilot has been busy searching for another gentle giant to swim with, and on his call get ready to do it all again… and again!

    It’s hungry work, don’t we know it! We’ve already got lunch on the way as we sail back in to look for Manta Rays, Dugongs and even Humpback Whales (when in season). You’ll get yet another chance to pack more into your trip, ride the boom net, go snorkelling or make use of our Kayaks and Paddle Boards to surrender those last bits of energy you’ve got stored away to this wondrous aquatic playground.

    To celebrate, kick back and enjoy with a glass of sparkling and a seasonal fruit platter while we meander our way back to mainland. Wrap things up with a comfortable cruise right back to the front of your accommodation. You’ll walk away wondering how you didn’t do it all sooner!

    Still want to join our tour but don't want to swim with a Whale Shark? Join us as an Observer!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pick up from all Exmouth accommodation locations. Ningaloo Discovery must be advised via email of accommodation location in order to arrange pick up.
    • Whale Shark Swim on Luxury Sailing Catamaran will take you on the Windcheetah Sailing Catamaran that Chris Hemsworth introduced to the world this year on Tourism Australia's 2016 Campaign.
    • Coach transport from Exmouth and return
    • Delicious morning tea
    • Healthy, yummy buffet lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Snacks
    • Tea/Coffee, Water
    • Snorkelling equipment
    • Wetsuits
    • Professional photos from your day (both in the water and above the water) at no extra charge by our professional onboard photographer
    • Kayaking equipment
    • Stand up paddle board
    • Boom net fun
    • Celebratory glass of champagne
    • Complimentary gift pack per group booking
    • Whale shark swimmer certificate
    • Lunch
    • Coffee and/or Tea
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Anyone entering the water must have basic swimming ability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Thank you Ningaloo Disovery for such a fantastic family day out on the Ningaloo Reef. A world class tour for fit a world heritage area. Staff were professional, friendly and great with the kids. We had an amazing whale shark interaction that the kids haven't...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Sol Seaching C
    NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Thank you for your review I'm so pleased to hear that your young ones are still excitedly talking about the day. The whale sharks are indeed incredible to swim with and not easily forgotten. Happy to hear that the crew were able to help you...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Swimming with a whale shark (out of season) is a moment I will never forget!! The whole day on the catamaran was amazing - the morning snorkel on the outer reef was brilliant and we were lucky to have such good visibility. The spotter plane...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank charlienash1
    NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for your review An outer reef snorkel is certainly not an every day occurrence, how lucky that the conditions on the day allowed that to happen. The reef looks so different on the back, amazing to see. Out of season whale sharks are...More

    Reviewed 4 September 2019

    We had booked to go on Power Boat with Humpbacks, but numbers were not there. Got a phone call evening before and were happy to go on catamaran. Whale sharks are not around so much at this time of year, in any case. Pick up...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Sue C
    NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2019

    Hi Sue, Thanks for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your day with the whales on our sailing catamaran, and that you found the crew helpful and informative! It's also awesome that your partner joined in the fun too with some help from...More

    Reviewed 16 August 2019 via mobile

    Staff were lovely. We had Holly, Bridget, Tim, Rich and Re on the Windcheater. They all got so excited when we got the call for the whale shark sighting and their enthusiasm was contagious. Loved the day! I’m a fairly strong swimmer but my partner...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank GreenSlugs
    NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2019

    Hello! Thank you so much for your great review! We are so glad you and your partner had a great day out on the Ningaloo swimming with whale sharks and you felt in safe hands with our crew. Safe travels and we hope you enjoy...More

    Reviewed 5 August 2019

    Actually swimming with the whale sharks is a day I will never forget. However, the crew of the Windcheater made the whole experience an effortless and thoroughly enjoyable experience which is not always easy with 5 and 8 year old boys. From the bus pickup...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Stewartsontour2019
    NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2019

    Hello! Wow, thank you so much for your amazing review :) We are soooo glad that you and your family had an amazing day out on the water with us. Good on your son for giving it everything and being a fully fledged mer-man by...More

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    2 August 2019|
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    Response from Monika T | Reviewed this property |
    I agree with what Deanna has said. I'm back at Ningaloo now at the end of August and there are no Whale sharks. There are plenty of hump back whales, which are great to see, but it is difficult to swim with them - not the... More
    3 July 2019|
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    Response from FrequentFlier636746 |
    Thanks, on the website there are no dates for August, just not sure if they add them later or they stop operating at end of July.
    27 March 2019|
    Response from AlwaysHungree | Reviewed this property |
    We just went and they seem to cap at 20. It's perfect. You're all in the water together but split in groups of ten to comply with the laws.
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