Marine Watching Tours

We are spoilt for choice in marine watching tours.  Situated at the southern end of the Ningaloo Reef World Heritage area Coral Bay is a must for interacting with the marine life. Be it watching from a marine watching boat cruise or getting into the water and swimming with the graceful giants of the deep.  You will find it all in Coral Bay.


Whale watching tours run every year from June to November, when 40,000 humpback whales migrate between their summer breeding grounds and their winter feeding grounds. Humpback whales are massive - they can grow up to 19 metres in length and way up to 40 tonnes.

In Coral Bay, you have the option to jump in the water and interact with these giant mammals, or enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Ningaloo Reef and watch these incredible creatures breach into the air. You may be lucky enough to spot the following whale species, orcas, false killer whales, minke whales, bryde whales and blue whales. Humpback whales visit the park twice annually, in the autumn when they head north and in spring on their return journey. 

There are three operators in Coral Bay who offer whale watching tours and two that offer swim with the whales, Ningaloo Reef Dive & Snorkel and Coral Bay Eco Tours. Ningaloo Coral Bay Boats offer whale watching tours.

Coral Bay is one of two locations in Western Australia where you experience an in-water interaction with migrating Humpback Whales. You can see these giants of the ocean on their journey between summer breeding grounds in the Antarctic and winter feeding grounds in the North West shelf.

All tours focus on small group encounters for intimate, yet exhilarating experiences that will stay with you for many years to come! By choosing the Humpback Whale swim you not only get the experience of being in the water with a whale, but you also get to explore a world-class pristine reef! Your day trip will also include snorkelling in the coral gardens of the Ningaloo Reef, cruise the turquoise sheltered lagoons, and spot other marine life such as swimming with manta rays, dolphins and turtles.

The Ningaloo Humpback Whale interaction guidelines have been modelled on the world's best practice Whale Shark swim tours which have been proven by leading scientists to be the most eco-friendly and least impactive tours globally. 

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Humpback Whale Fin Slapping

Whale Watch Tour

Swim with the Whales


Coral Bay is home to the majestic Manta Ray, most tours in Coral Bay such as the Whale Sharks and Humpback Whales are seasonal, but you can swim with these graceful ocean creatures all year round in Coral Bay. 

Manta Rays are named from the Spanish  'Manta' meaning blanket or cloak.  These magnificent creatures are amongst the largest fish in the ocean with a wing span of up to 7 metres and weighing up to two tonnes.  Giving birth approximately every 2 years, female mantas usually bear one 'pup'. After 12-13 months of pregnancy, they birth live young who are fully equipped to live independent of their parent. These baby mantas will live up to 50 years in the wild.

Manta rays are completely harmless to humans.  Manta Rays do not have the barb in their tails like their cousins the Sting Rays.  

You can swim with Manta Rays on board with Ningaloo Coral Bay Boats, Ningaloo Marine InteractionsNingaloo Reef Dive & Snorkel and Coral Bay Eco Tours

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Bookings for Ningaloo Marine Interactions and Ningaloo Coral Bay Boats can be made from their websites.

Manta in flight

Manta Ray

Manta hunting party


Ningaloo Reef Dive & Snorkel and Coral Bay Eco Tours both offer tours swimming with the biggest fish in the world, and Sail Ningaloo's will take you for a luxurious cruise with the whale sharks from March to July. This is an incredible encounter you will always remember with experienced and professional guides. With the use spotter planes to guide the vessels to the whale shark to maximise their success rate. 

Whale Sharks are the third largest marine mammal in the world, are so graceful, gentle and unobtrusive.  The whale shark can reach up to a maximum length of about 18 metres and weigh about 14 metric tons. There is not much known about the reproductive cycle of the Whale Shark but it is known that they give birth to live young, which can be approximately 1.5m in length.

You may also see dolphins, turtles, dugongs and manta rays on this tour. 

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Whale Shark

Swim with a Whale Shark

Say Hello to a Whale Shark