Whale Shark tours from Exmouth

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Sunset Cruise Tour
Coral Viewing & Snorkel Tour, Exmouth 2hrs
Exclusive day fishing Charter
Whale Shark Adventure Swims Exmouth 2022 & 2023 Season
Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales Eco Tours
GAMEX Annual Fishing Competition
Whale Shark Snorkelling Adventure Tour (APR-JUL)
Turtle Tour – Half Day Sea Kayak & Snorkel Tou
Island Adventures (6 Days)
Outer Reef or Muiron Island Dive and Snorkel Tour
Coral Viewing Tour, Exmouth 1hr
Day Trip Fishing
Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Powerboat
90 min NorCape Explorer
Whaleshark Swim + Free SCUBA Dive
60 min Birds Eye View Ningaloo
30 min Gulf Classic
2023 Solar Eclipse with a Constellation of Whale sharks
Full Day Outer Reef/Islands Snorkel Tour
Sunset Whale Sail
Humpback Whale Swim & Watch Tour 2022 & 2023
Ningaloo Reef Double Dive Tour
Your Boat for a Day
2023 Whale Shark Snorkelling Adventure Tour (APR-JUL)
Priority Plus Whaleshark Tour Booking | April – July
Whale Shark / Humpback Whale / Ningaloo Reef Snorkelling Eco Tour
Snorkel and swim with Whale Sharks
Lagoon Explorer | Full Day Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Overnight Island Fishing Fishing Adventure (3-6days)
60 min Birds Eye View Ningaloo
Perth to Exmouth whale shark tour
Whale sharks live in both coastal and pelagic environments. Sightings are more common in warm seas between 26.5 and 30 degrees Celsius. The majority of these sightings occur at recognized shark aggregation areas, where sharks congregate to take advantage of a plentiful food source like zooplankton or fish spawning.

Swimming with whale sharks in Exmouth, Western Australia

The whale shark is the world’s largest fish and shark. These gentle marine giants typically travel the world’s oceans alone. However, enormous numbers of whale sharks frequently congregate in regions with ample plankton food, such as Exmouth, making them popular tourist destinations.

The whale shark season is set to run from March until the end of July this year, and as usual, there will be plenty of tour operators giving the opportunity to swim with these marine titans. We provide the greatest whale shark tours from Exmouth for an unforgettable experience. 

What is a whale shark, and how does it differ from other sharks?

Whale shark Tours March 2022 Exmouth
Individual whale sharks may stay close to Ningaloo Reef during the day and night, according to radio tracking experiments conducted at Ningaloo Marine Park. Furthermore, using the Whale Shark Photo-identification Library, it was feasible to show that one recognized shark was resighted at Ningaloo Marine Park on 14 different days over a 28-day span – all within a very small area. When sharks return to the Australian northwest coast, they appear to have a level of’site-attachment.’

You should probably learn all you can about whale sharks before even considering swimming with them. Despite its name, a whale shark is not truly a whale; rather, it is a shark! You may find it difficult to believe that you could really swim with a whale shark after seeing a photo of one. Although the name “shark” may scare you off, whale sharks are not a hazard to people and feed nearly exclusively on plankton and other small organisms. They are calm, timid creatures that are very safe to swim with.

Whale sharks come in various sizes, with the typical adult being about 10 meters long and weighing approximately nine tonnes! In fact, their jaws, which can stretch to about 1.5m (5ft) in length and include up to 350 rows of teeth that function to filter plankton from the water, are one of their most striking characteristics.

Whale shark Tours March 2022 Exmouth
Whale sharks aren’t the fastest swimmers, reaching speeds no higher than 5 kmph. They swim by moving their bodies from side to side, unlike other sharks like the great white, who just use their tails to swim.

Whale shark population

Whale sharks prefer warm waters and can be found in all tropical oceans. Every spring, they are known to migrate to the continental shelf off Australia’s central west coast. The Ningaloo Reef’s coral spawning provides a bountiful supply of plankton for the whale shark.

Whale sharks are placid fish that will sometimes take swimmers for a ride despite their size. Despite the fact that they are officially categorized as a vulnerable species, they are still hunted in parts of Asia, such as the Philippines.

Whale sharks are solitary filter feeders

The whale shark is a filter feeder, like the world’s second-largest fish, the basking shark. The beast juts out its massive jaws and passively filters everything in its path in order to consume. The mechanism is thought to be “cross-flow filtration,” which is used by some bony fish and baleen whales.

Whale sharks are solitary species that live in groups. However, they do not mind sharing feeding sites with other whale sharks. The Red Sea, for example, is a favored hangout and feeding spot for juvenile whale sharks. There’s not a much else we know about these sharks or their social habits. According to the IUCN, they haven’t been examined as well as other sea species.

Perth to Exmouth whale shark tour
Swim with the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark, in the Ningaloo Marine Park every year between mid-March and mid-July, following the major spawning of coral. On Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, tours depart from Coral Bay and Exmouth.

What if whale sharks were not around?

Whale sharks are considered top-level predators since they have no natural predators. Scientists have discovered that when top-level predators go extinct, the population numbers of the organisms they prey on increase considerably.

This means that if our big-finned friends didn’t exist, the amount of plankton in the water would skyrocket. A healthy amount of plankton is beneficial to any marine ecosystem, but too much is harmful.

In fact, an overabundance of plankton could have a negative impact on every plant and animal in the ocean because it causes algal blooms, which are poisonous to fish, shellfish, mammals, birds, and any animals that feed these organisms, such as people.

Exmouth Whale Shark Season in 2022

When you tell us you’re coming up here to get your toes in the warm Indian Ocean, we’re very supportive. Exmouth is the place to go if you want to go on a whale shark tour of the Ningaloo Reef.

As a result of the relaxation of federal and state government limitations, our enthusiastic team is thrilled to inform you that whale shark expeditions will be resumed for the 2022 season. Our confidence in our ability to offer a Ningaloo tour that is highly fun and instructive while still being safe is based on certain limitations, such as social distance, which are still in effect at the time of this writing.

Perth to Exmouth Whale Shark 4-day-tours
Whale sharks are constantly migrating, presumably in search of food, which can be found throughout a broad area. They favor tropical places around the world with warmer waters between 18 and 30°C, where plankton abounds, yet they have been seen to dive as deep as 980m and into water as cold as 10°C.

Best Time to Swim with a Whale Shark

Fortunately, from very late March to late July each year, the probability of swimming with a whale shark on your first excursion is around 95 percent.

For those considering visiting outside of peak season, whale sharks typically arrive in early March and remain around Exmouth until the end of August, with some whale sharks remaining until the end of September in some years. The whale sharks are usually gone by the end of September, although they have been known to remain until the end of October.

Swimming with whale sharks is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

A gateway to Australia’s iconic Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth is a pristine aquatic wonderland that is home to an abundance of marine life. And this includes dolphins and manta rays, turtles and humpback whales, as well as the whale mentioned above, sharks.

We have the expertise, understanding, and reputation to guarantee that your special day will be remembered as a real “once in a lifetime” event for all of the right reasons. If you can swim and snorkel, you too may safely experience the thrill and wonder of swimming with the world’s biggest fish, the whale shark. If you don’t know how to snorkel, we can teach you.

We provide a comprehensive selection of diving excursions and activities to suit divers of all levels of expertise and interest. To guarantee that your whale shark swimming experience is all you want it to be and more, please get in touch with us immediately.

Is it safe for me to go whale shark diving while pregnant?

It is surprising how often we find pregnant explorers who are determined to enjoy their lives even though they are pregnant. You won’t have any problems as long as the doctor doesn’t. Talk to them in advance to ensure that there are no problems.

As you are well aware, things might get tricky when the weather is really severe. It is considerably better to avoid swimming with whale sharks when you are pregnant during these periods. You need to keep an eye on the weather prediction for guidance. Additionally, tour organizers may provide you with information regarding impending harsh weather conditions. It is not just important to be cautious while swimming with whale sharks while pregnant; you must also be careful when participating in other activities while pregnant.

What would be your first feeling if you came face-to-face with an enormous whale shark for the very first time? 

When the whale shark glides into view, it is a magnificent, breath-taking experience—even an 8-metre whale shark is massive in comparison. One of the most spectacular sights is to watch it approach you. However, things can become a little frantic after that. According to another whale shark rule of engagement, you can swim alongside the whale shark when the side or lateral fin passes you. You may even take a step back and swim around its tail, hoping to catch up with it on the other side of the water.

After a while, the enthusiasm gets the better of everyone, and they all come together in one big bubble of fins. The moment you realize that those ideal photographs of a swimmer next to an enormous whale shark don’t precisely reflect the hustle and bustle of actually swimming with a whale shark, comes at the perfect time!

The excitement of a good pursuit

It is possible to have 2–4 whale sharks swim in a short period of time. It’s impossible to predict how long a given swim will be. Maybe 10-15 minutes, although the experience is so fascinating that it’s difficult to tell how much time has passed. You won’t get tired of seeing a whale shark appear in front of you. Other marine life may be seen swimming with the whale sharks as you go farther back into the water.

You may swim beside the whale shark and behind it. This will require you to have a high level of proficiency with fins. Even though they don’t seem to be going very fast, it is pretty challenging to stay up with them, much less catch up after swimming behind their tail. If you can kick quickly, this is an option worth considering.

Because whale shark swimming is a strenuous exercise, it is vital to be aware of it. The whale shark swimming experience will require a lot of getting into and out of the water and kicking and swimming to get into position. It’s a lot of work, but you’ll probably get through it because of the thrill and adrenaline. It’s a thrilling and memorable experience!

Whale Shark full day tours from Exmouth

Backpacker Whale Shark Tours Exmouth March to August
A beautiful creature with a gentle heart.

Whale Shark tours from Exmouth. Come snorkel with the biggest fish in the sea in a full-day tour from Exmouth. Take on a unique ocean adventure to explore the best of Ningaloo Reef with the World’s Leading Whale Shark Team and spend more time in the water with the whale sharks.

Whale Shark tours from Exmouth Experience

Enjoy an unforgettable day snorkeling with the biggest fish in the sea and discover the spectacular World Heritage Ningaloo Reef on this full-day tour from Exmouth.

Whale Shark tours from Exmouth see amazing Marine Creatures

Spend time in the water discovering incredible marine creatures, including migrating dolphins, manta rays, dugongs and more.

Itinerary

Be picked up early from your Vermouth accommodation. You will be driven to Tantabiddi Bay where a boat will be waiting. Begin your ocean adventure with a snorkel tour of the Ningaloo Reef. Whale Shark tours from Exmouth.

Whale Shark Season

From late March to August every year, the whale sharks converge on the nutrient rich waters of the Ningaloo Reef. The largest of the shark family and the largest fish in the world, the whale shark is a harmless plankton eater, making it a perfect shark to swim with.

Good Swim Guarantee

It means that in the unlikely event that you do not sight a whale shark then you can return for one free repeat tour. You return to Exmouth around 4:30 pm.

Whale Shark tours from Exmouth
Even the kids can swim with whale sharks.

Whale Shark tours from Exmouth swim with Humpback Whales

Take on the experience of a lifetime on a full-day tour where you will join Humpback whales in the water for a swim and snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef. Whale Shark tours from Exmouth.

Catamaran Adventure

Climb aboard a luxurious catamaran for a thrilling sailing adventure from Exmouth. Snorkel with whale sharks; interact with manta rays, and encounter dugongs, turtles, humpback whales, dolphins, colorful tropical fish and the coral of Ningaloo Reef.

There are many companies operating Whale Shark tours from Exmouth and you can select a package to suit your budget.

Product code: 7DEX

Price:  1125 AUD

Age restriction: 18-65

Departures: Every Friday (From April 1st 2018 until March 31st 2019)

Pick-Ups:

Fremantle YHA, Fremantle Prison, 6A The Terrace, Fremantle (entrance parking area) 7.00am

Rendezvous Hotel Perth City, 24 Mount St, Perth, 7.30am

Central Perth – Perth YHA, 300 Wellington St 7:40am

Northbridge/Train Station – Old Swan Barracks, 2 Francis Street, Perth, 7:45am

Billabong Backpackers, 381 Beaufort Street, Highgate, 7:50am

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Intro text: Experience 7 huge days of adventure, hiking, wildlife interaction, cool hostels, snorkeling options, amazing scenery and a lot more with West Coast Cruisers Exmouth Adventure!

7 Day Perth to Exmouth Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Perth to Kalbarri

Our first stop today the impressive Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Enjoy a fully guided tour through these amazing limestone formations and drop in at the Discovery Centre before we have lunch by the sea. After a quick stop in the town of Geraldton it’s on to Kalbarri for our overnight stay. (L, D), Whale Shark tours from Exmouth.

Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri National Park preserves the inland desert regions of red and white striped Tumblagooda sandstone east of the town of Kalbarri, particularly the lower reaches of the Murchison River and its gorge, as well as the mouth of the river by Meanarra Hill. The western edge of the park protects the coastline south of the town which features cliffs more than 100 m (328 ft) high.

 Day 2 – Kalbarri to Shark Bay

Today we will visit the marvels of The Murchison Gorge, Natures Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park. Here you will have the option to try abseiling into the gorge! (extra cost) If conditions allow us, we will cool off with a swim in the Murchison River before we’re back on the bus traveling north to Shell Beach and the town of Denham for our accommodation. (B, L, D)

 Day 3 – Shark Bay to Coral Bay

This morning meet the famous Monkey Mia Dolphins and get some amazing photos. Then chill out on the beach or at the resort before we get back on the road mid morning. We’ll visit the breathing rock formations, the Stromatolites, before settling in to our accommodation in Coral Bay, located right on the famous Ningaloo Reef! (B, L, D)

 Day 4 – Coral Bay

Today is yours to enjoy the many great tours and activities Coral Bay has to offer, with special discounts available as an West Coast Cruiser passenger! Go for a stroll on the beach and check out the shark nursery,swim with the manta rays, go for a scuba dive or snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef only meters from shore (all activities at own expense). This evening we take the short drive up the peninsular to Exmouth and check in to our accommodation. (B, D)

 Day 5 – Exmouth

Today we spend exploring Cape Range National park, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50km of pristine beaches. Relax on the beach or choose to go snorkelling at the stunning Turquoise Bay (snorkel hire $10), visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, relax at Milyearing Visitors Centre and more before we return to our accommodation late afternoon. (B, L, D)

Cape Range National Park
Several walking trails pass through difficult limestone terrain in Cape Range National Park. The vicinity of Ningaloo Reef allows you to see a variety of marine environments and uncommon, indigenous animals. The majority of the national park is accessible by 2WD vehicles, thus a 4WD vehicle is not required.

Days 6 & 7 – Exmouth to Perth via Northbrook

This morning bid farewell to our one-way passengers before our return trip to Perth. We visit the town of Carnarvon and one of the local banana or mango plantations (seasonal) before staying overnight on a farm in Northbrook. Visit a Wildlife Park where you can feed the Kangaroos and get up close and personal with the snakes. Finish off the tour in style as you try the unique sport of sand boarding in the amazing Lancelin sand dunes! Finally kick back and relax on the bus for the last stretch to Perth (B, L, D) (B, L). Whale Shark tours from Exmouth.

Things to do in Exmouth Western Australia
Exmouth is a small resort town on Western Australia’s North West Cape. It’s a gateway to nearby Ningaloo Marine Park with its coral reefs, colourful fish and migratory whale sharks. Nearly surrounding Exmouth, Cape Range National Park has kangaroos, sheer cliffs and red, rocky gorges.

What is the biggest Whale in the world?

The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal and a baleen whale. Reaching a maximum confirmed length of 29.9 metres (98 ft) and weighing up to 199 tonnes (196 long tons; 219 short tons), it is the largest animal known to have ever existed. The blue whale’s long and slender body can be of various shades of greyish-blue dorsally and somewhat lighter underneath.

The Society for Marine Mammalogy‘s Committee on Taxonomy currently recognizes four subspecies: B. m. musculus in the North Atlantic and North Pacific, B. m. intermedia in the Southern Ocean, B. m. brevicauda (the pygmy blue whale) in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific Ocean, B. m. indica in the Northern Indian Ocean. There is also a population in the waters off Chile that may constitute a fifth subspecies.

Blue whales are filter feeders; their diet consists almost exclusively of euphausiids (krill). They are generally solitary or gather in small groups and have no well-defined social structure other than mother-calf bonds. The fundamental frequency for blue whale vocalizations ranges from 8 to 25 Hz and the production of vocalizations may vary by region, season, behavior, and time of day.

The blue whale was once abundant in nearly all the Earth’s oceans until the end of the 19th century. It was hunted almost to the point of extinction by whalers until the International Whaling Commission banned all blue whale hunting in 1966. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed blue whales as endangered as of 2018. It continues to face numerous threats, both man-made (ship strikes, pollution, ocean noise and climate change) and natural (killer whale predation).

blue whale
The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal and a baleen whale. Reaching a maximum confirmed length of 29.9 meters (98 ft) and weighing up to 199 metric tons (196 long tons; 219 short tons), it is the largest animal known to have ever existed. The blue whale’s long and slender body can be of various shades of greyish-blue dorsally and somewhat lighter underneath.

 

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