SWIM WITH THE WHALE
Swim with the Whale Sharks
World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is one of the few places on Earth where you can swim with whale sharks - the world's largest fish. A face-to-fin encounter with these gentle giants is a truly awesome and humbling experience to add to your bucket list. [Click for full map view]
It's very rare these creatures come so close to shore, but they visit Ningaloo every year between March and July, just in time for the coral spawning. To get close to the action, fly to Learmonth, or drive to Coral Bay or Exmouth from Perth and join a whale shark swimming tour. In a small group of up to 10 swimmers, you'll enjoy a magical moment with these amazing mammals, marvelling at their immensity, grace and distinctive spots and stripes.
Whale sharks can grow up to 16 metres (52.5 feet) with a mouth over a metre wide, designed to scoop up plankton and krill. Lucky for us humans, they are filter feeders and completely harmless.
Coral Bay's whale shark season generally runs from March to June. The season is slightly later in Exmouth, starting in mid-March and ending in late July. Sometimes the season can stretch a little longer if the whale sharks linger.