Carnarvon Visitor Centre

SWIM WITH WHALESHARKS!

Whaleshark Tours


Ningaloo Reef Dive & Snorkel and Coral Bay Eco Tours both offer tours swimming with the biggest fish in the world, the whale sharks from March to July. This is an incredible encounter you will always remember with experienced and professional guides. They use spotter planes to guide the vessels to the whale shark to maximise their success rate. It is a full day tour which includes lunch and refreshments, as well as all equipment and government charges. You may also see dolphins, turtles, dugongs and manta rays on this tour.

NINGALOO REEF DIVE

Full Day tour meeting at 7:20am. Includes all government charges, our spotter plane, professional and experienced guides who are all trained in senior first aid and water rescue techniques. All your equipment is supplied including wetsuits, mask/snorkel, fins along with a full buffet lunch and refreshments provided throughout your tour, including tea, coffee and fresh water.

Our dedicated crew are passionate about the conservation and research of the mystical creatures of the deep with our aim being your safety first and your time spent in the water swimming with these elusive creatures.

WHALESHARK RATES

  • ADULTS: $390.00
  • OBSERVER (NON-SWIMMING): $270.00
  • CHILD: $270.00
  • FAMILY (2 ADULTS & 2 CHILDREN) $1,200.00

CORAL BAY ECO TOURS

The spacious vessel, Kai Aura, with its roomy downstairs and upstairs, luxurious interior, 360 degree visibility from the wheelhouse, on board shower and 24 inch flat screen TV with DVD player – to just mention a few features – will make your trip most comfortable.

The tour is approx. 8 to 10 hours. Your day begins with a magnificent reef snorkel where you may encounter turtles, reef sharks, dugongs, rays, hundreds of fish species and coral.  After this first snorkel we then head out into the open ocean in search of our whale sharks.

Your tour is fully catered – morning tea, buffet lunch (variety of meats, gourmet salads, fresh local bread and condiments) fresh fruit, coffee, tea & cordial are on the menu.  All snorkel equipment including wetsuits is provided.  Our videographer takes pictures and video footage available for purchase after the tour for an additional fee – a fantastic memento of your special day.

As we are relying on Mother Nature, we are unable to guarantee that you will see a whale shark on your tour. However, we do guarantee that our greatest efforts will be made to ensure you have a wonderful day.

We have a spotter plane searching for whale sharks to increase sightings. If you do not see a whale shark on your first tour we will offer you a free repeat on our next available tour (this offer does not apply to observers, is non-transferable and is open for two years after your first trip. Government fees apply for non-sighting repeat tour tickets booked in a new calendar year). Alternatively, you can join us on our ultimate Marine Ecotour for free.

Please keep in mind that this is an open ocean snorkelling adventure of a lifetime, so confidence in the water will increase your enjoyment on the tour. (Minimum age to swim with whale sharks is six years.)

WHALESHARK RATES

  • ADULT: $395.00
  • SENIOR: $380.00
  • OBSERVER (NON-SWIMMING): $265.00
  • CHILD: $280.00
  • FAMILY (2 ADULT & 2 CHILDREN): $1249.00

NO SIGHTING POLICY

NINGALOO REEF DIVE

One repeat opportunity per customer on the next available tour (which may not necessarily be the next day) If you are not able to go on your allocated repeat tour we will give you an open-ended voucher (no expiry date) to be used at another time. Vouchers are only redeemable for a whale shark tour; no cash will be refunded. $25 per person from the cost of your tour goes to the Department of Environment and Conservation towards Whale Shark research and conservation.

CORAL BAY ECO TOURS

Non-sighting repeat tour vouchers apply for whale shark SWIMMERS ONLY; repeat vouchers do not include observer or free of charge (non-swimming) passengers.

In the event of a non-sighting each non-sighting swimmer is entitled to only ONE of the following:

A swimming place on the next available CONFIRMED whale shark tour provided minimum numbers have been reached by paying passengers; OR

A repeat voucher, valid from date of non-sighting tour for 2 years which can be redeemed on a CONFIRMED whale shark tour provided minimum numbers have been reached by paying passengers: OR

A Marine Ecotour on the next available CONFIRMED tour provided minimum number have been reached by paying passengers; OR

  • 2 glass bottom boat tours on any of the next available CONFIRMED tours.
  • Glass Bottom Boat tours available are
  • 1 hour Coral Viewing tour
  • 2 hour Coral Viewing and Snorkelling Tour
  • 3 hour Turtle Eco Tour

A confirmed tour is defined as any tour where minimum paying passenger numbers have been reached.  Repeat passengers are NOT included in tour minimum passenger numbers.

No refunds or discounts will be offered to any guest in the event of a non-sighting tour.

Repeat spaces are limited in number per tour.  Repeat swimming places on a confirmed tour will be allocated in booking order from the non-sighting day, for example the guests that booked first on the non-sighting day will be allocated a place first on the next available tour.

Non-sighting repeat vouchers are only valid for ONE REPEAT TOUR ONLY for each individual swimmer on that tour and are not transferable to other parties.

In the event that the repeat tour is also a non-sighting day, no further repeat will be offered.

In the event that whale shark sightings are lessened, whale shark tours may be changed to wildlife tours, where the cost of the tour is decreased.  Wildlife tours do not include a free repeat voucher in the event of a non-sighting.

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21 Robinson Street, CARNARVON WA 6701

Phone: (08) 9941 1146

Fax: (08) 9941 1149

info@carnarvon.org.au

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