Wild Life Reef Experience and Humpback Whale in water interaction August 2017 to November 2017 - Book Now!!



Be Part of the exclusive 2nd year tiral for Humpback In-water Interactions in 2017!

The Department of Parks and Wildlife have granted special licenses for a select few tour companies, including Coral Bay Ecotours to participate in the 2nd year trial for Inwater interactions with Humpback Whales beginning on the 1st August 2017.

Coral Bay Ecotours are very excited to be part of the 2nd year trial.  Join us to observe humpback whales in their natural environment.   ONLY If conditions are safe, and we are able to do so, guests may experience an in water interaction with these majestic animals as well!

Humpback whale season in Coral Bay begins in June where an estimated 30,000 whales pass through Ningaloo Reef on their annual migration, sometimes stopping to rest, shelter, and play in the calm waters of Coral Bay.  

Because we are dealing with Mother Nature and animal behaviour opportunities for inwater interactions with humpback whales will vary from day to day. 

Nothing in nature is guaranteed, however every effort will be made to ensure you have an amazing day out.  For each tour there is a maximum of 10 swimming spots available.

Once our trained crew deems it is safe to do so, 5 swimming guests will be placed in the water with 2 crew at a safe distance from the animals (between 50 and 150 meters) either from the side or in front of the whales path.  It is then all up to the whales - and each interaction will be on their terms.  Humpback whales can be curious and may approach swimmers, or they simply may pass by. 

An in water interaction is defined as being in the water within the exclusive contact zone.

We cannot emphasize enough that this opportunity will be an extremely rare privilege for all concerned, and at all times the safety of passengers and the welfare of the whales are our main concern. This will inevitably mean that in-water interactions will not be possible every tour,  only when conditions allow. And when it does……. WOW!

The spacious vessel, Kai Aura, has roomy downstairs and upstairs areas, luxurious interior, 360 degree visibility from the wheelhouse.

The tour is around 7 hours in length, with tour length varying dependent on whale behaviour. 

We will provide you with morning and afternoon tea, full buffet lunch, hot and cold drinks throughout the day. All snorkeling equipment and 3mm long wetsuit is included!

The day will begin with a beautiful reef experience snorkel where you may encounter turtles, reef sharks, stingrays and various species of fish!  We then make our way out to the open ocean to observe the whales in their playground. 

To ensure you have a fantastic day, we highly recommend guests have excellent swimming and snorkeling abilities. It is an open ocean swim, therefore experience is necessary for your enjoyment and to minimize the whales' disturbance.

Please choose your tours wisely as cancelation and transfer fees apply.

Please visit our terms & conditions page for full details.

Whale Interaction Tour: License K. Bailye HQ69375WSC

Swimmers wishing to snorkel on the reef but not wishing to participate in a humpback inwater interaction are considered wildlife swimmers.  Guests that do not wish to participate in any swims are considered observers. 


Adult Observer non swimming Child Observer non swimming Senior Observer non swimming Family Observer non swimming
$165 $130 $150 $490


Adult Wildlife Swimmer Child Wildlife Swimmer Senior Wildlife Swimmer Family Wildlife Swimmer
$275 $185 $245 $749


Humpback Inwater Interaction Adult Humpback Inwater Interaction Child Humpback Inwater Interaction Senior Humpback Inwater Interaction Family
$325 $325 $325 n/a

This tour is considered an advanced snorkeling tour.

Children 5 and under not participating in an in water interaction are free of charge.

No discount is offered for seniors, children or families for in water interaction guests.

In the event that there is no option for an inwater interaction, guests will be refunded to the cost of a wildlife swimmer.

In the event that inwater interaction guests get in the water in the interaction zone, this is considered an attempt regardless of whether a humpback whale is seen no refund, discount or repeat will be offered.


Receive great discounts when you book a second tour:

Marine Ecotour 20% discount

Glass Bottom Boat 20% discount

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Coral Bay Ecotours (Established in 1994) is proud to be the only 100% accredited carbon neutral marine tour company in Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef.


We are proud to be the only 100% carbon neutral tour company on the Ningaloo Reef.