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Our planet is home to a colourful variety of marine life. Coral Bay Ecotours is lucky to host magnificent humpback whales at Ningaloo Reef during their annual migration between July and October.

Swimming with humpback whales along the beautiful Ningaloo Reef is an experience like no other. Anyone fortunate enough to have a close encounter with these incredible creatures is sure to be impressed, so book one of our tours and feel the excitement for yourself.


Book Now to join Humpback In-water Interaction for 2024!

Join us to observe humpback whales in their natural environment.   If conditions are safe, and we are able to do so, guests may be able to experience an in water interaction with these majestic animals as well!


This full day tour day begins 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.

If and when our trained guide deems it is safe to do so, guests will be separated into groups of 7, ready to enter the water. With the groups taking turns, 7 swimming guests will enter the water with 2 crew at a time, positioned to the side or in front of the whale’s path at a safe distance. It is then all up to the whales - each interaction will be on their terms. Humpback whales can be curious and may approach swimmers, or they may simply pass by. Spotter plane and drone is used to find and determine the sizes of claves before we get in the water.

When we have finished our time with the humpback whales we will make our way back inside the reef to have lunch and do a final reef snorkel. On our way back to the jetty we will provide you with a glass of champagne and a fruit platter to finish the day off in style.


We Provide: A full buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea, all snorkel equipment including long wetsuits, fresh drinking water, tea, coffee, toilet facility and underwater photo-package.

What you need to bring: Towel, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, water bottle, warm clothing.

Please note: Although every effort is made to provide you with the opportunity to see and interact with the wildlife, we cannot guarantee nature.

Humpback Interaction Swimmer: guest will participate in the swimming with humpback whales.

Humpback observers: will partake in everything except getting in the water.

Wild Life Swimmer: will partake in everything except swimming with humpback. however, if there is not already 14 interaction swimmers you may upgrade on the boat. 

Humpback whale season in Coral Bay begins at the end of June and runs through to mid October.  During this time it is estimated around 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.  

We are dealing with Mother Nature and animal behavior.  Therefore opportunities 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.  


In the event that an in-water interaction is not possible on the day of the tour, Interaction swimmers will be refunded from the interaction price to the ‘Wildlife swimmer’ price. Coral Bay Ecotours does not offer non-sighting repeat vouchers for this tour.

NO Camera Policy: 

Passengers are not permitted to take any cameras or filming equipment in the water for in-water interactions with the Humpback Whales. This is for safety reasons, to ensure all passengers can focus on the interaction and listening to their crew for instructions without the distraction of cameras. Cameras are still permitted during all other times of the tour.

Please note no refund will be offered if no sighting while in the water occurs.

Swim with Whale Shark is also considered as in-water interaction and no refund will be offered.

This tour is recommended for experienced swimmers. For Child/Infant policy please check the Terms & Condition below.

Child passengers are defined as being an age of 6 years old to 16 years old. 17 year old passengers are defined as adults. Family prices refer to 2 adults and 2 children between 6 and 16 years old. Children 5 years and under at the time of tour are Free of Charge (FOC) EXCEPT when swimming with whale sharks, manta rays or humpback whales. In these cases, the child will be charged at child prices. All minors must be accompanied by parents or guardians AT ALL TIMES who are entirely responsible for their care. Children must not be left unattended by parents or guardians on any tour boat or whilst in the water at any time.


This beautiful part of Australia receives many visitors, both animal and human. The trained guides at Coral Bay Ecotours prioritise the comfort and safety of all guests, but we also do our best to ensure everybody enjoys themselves. Those who are swimming with the humpback whales will have a chance to interact closely with them, but our guests who wish to observe from a distance will also have plenty to keep them mesmerised.


On our humpback whale tours, we often see other striking animals like dolphins and manta rays, and of course, mother whales resting while their calves frolic in the calm waters. These splendid animals have also been spotted amusing themselves by rolling in the water, waving at us with their huge pectoral fins, slapping their giant tails playfully, and even jumping out of the water!


If you’d like to get up close and personal with these gentle giants, we recommend booking one of Coral Bay Ecotours’ humpback whale swimming packages as early as possible. Spots on our humpback whale tours sell out quickly during whale migration season, so book a swim today! To enquire about any of our other packages like glass bottom boat tours, feel free to contact us through our website, email, or call (08) 9942 5885.

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