Exmouth Whale Shark Tours

Exmouth Whale Shark Tours

Exmouth Whale Shark Tours: Things to Do in Exmouth, Book Here

In this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you will get the opportunity to swim with the magnificent whale sharks and view the breathtaking majesty of these phenomenal animals. Join our wonderful tours and experience the most exciting whale shark excursions in Exmouth by coming to be a part of our expedition. You shouldn’t miss it. 

Sunset Cruise Tour
Coral Viewing & Snorkel Tour, Exmouth 2hrs
Exclusive day fishing Charter
Whale Shark Adventure Swims Exmouth 2024 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
2024 Solar Eclipse with a Constellation of Whale sharks
Full Day Outer Reef/Islands Snorkel Tour
Sunset Whale Sail
Humpback Whale Swim & Watch Tour 2024
Ningaloo Reef Double Dive Tour
Your Boat for a Day
2024 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 and the Ningaloo reef , 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.’

Before you even think of swimming with whale sharks, you should definitely read up on them. A whale shark is indeed a shark, although its name! After viewing a picture of one, you may find it hard to imagine that you could really swim with one. Whale sharks, despite their name which may put you off, are not dangerous to humans and mostly eat plankton and other little creatures. Swimming with these quiet, shy animals is very safe.

Whale sharks range in size; the average adult is over 10 metres long and weighs around nine tonnes! Actually, one of their most remarkable features is their jaws, which can reach a length of up to 1.5 metres (5 feet) and include up to 350 rows of teeth that filter plankton from the water.

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.

Facts about whale shark population

Throughout all tropical seas, whale sharks are present and love warm waters. It’s known that they go to the continental shelf off the central west coast of Australia every spring. Plankton abounds for the whale shark thanks to the coral spawning in the Ningaloo Reef.

Even though they are huge, whale sharks are calm fish that sometimes may ride swimmers. Officially classified as a vulnerable species, they are nonetheless hunted in certain Asian countries, including the Philippines.

Whale sharks are solitary filter feeders

Like the basking shark, the second-largest fish in the sea, the whale shark feeds by filter. To eat, the beast stretches out its enormous jaws and passively screens anything in its way. The process, which certain bony fish and baleen whales use, is believed to be “cross-flow filtration.”

Solitary creatures, whale sharks dwell in pods. They have little trouble, nevertheless, coexisting with other whale sharks in feeding grounds. For instance, young whale sharks like to stay around and eat in the Red Sea. About these sharks and their social behaviours, not much is known. The IUCN states that compared to other marine species, they have not been studied.

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?

As whale sharks lack natural predators, they are regarded as top-level predators. Researchers have shown that the populations of the creatures top-level predators hunt on greatly rise when they go extinct.

In other words, the abundance of plankton in the sea would explode if our big-finned companions vanished. Any marine ecology benefits from a reasonable quantity of plankton, but too much is detrimental.

In fact, since plankton blooms kill fish, shellfish, mammals, birds, and any other animals that eat these creatures, including humans, an excess of plankton might be detrimental to every plant and animal in the water.

Exmouth Whale Shark Season in 2024

We’re very encouraging when you tell us you’re coming up here to dip your toes in the warm Indian Ocean. A whale shark cruise of the Ningaloo Reef is best done from of Exmouth.

Our excited team is happy to announce that whale shark trips will be reinstated for the 2024 season due to the removal of federal and state government restrictions. Certain restrictions, including social distance, that are still in force at the time of this writing, give us confidence in our capacity to provide a very enjoyable and educational Ningaloo trip while also being safe.

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

Thankfully, your chance of swimming with a whale shark on your first trip is around 95% from very late March to late July every year.

Whale sharks usually come in Exmouth in early March and stay there until the end of August, however some years they may stay until the end of September. Typically gone by the end of September, whale sharks have been seen to hang around until the end of October.

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

A beautiful aquatic paradise with a profusion of marine life, Exmouth is the entry point to Australia’s famous Ningaloo Reef. And this covers sharks, the whales already stated, turtles, humpback whales, dolphins and manta rays.

Your big day will be remembered as a true “once in a lifetime” occasion for all the right reasons because of our experience, knowledge, and reputation. You too may safely enjoy the excitement and wonder of swimming with the largest fish in the world, the whale shark, if you can swim and snorkel. We can teach you to snorkel if you don’t know how.

Our extensive range of diving trips and activities is designed to accommodate divers of all skill and interest levels. To ensure that your whale shark swimming experience is all you want for and more, please contact us right now.

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

Remarkably frequently, we come with pregnant adventurers who are adamant on living a happy life. As long as the doctor doesn’t have any issues, you won’t either. Speaking with them beforehand will help to make sure everything goes well.

You know that in very bad weather, things may become complicated. Swimming with whale sharks while pregnant at these times is far better avoided. For direction, you should monitor the weather forecast. Moreover, tour organisers could provide you details on approaching severe weather. Being pregnant does not just mean swimming with whale sharks; other activities also need caution.

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

Even an 8-metre whale shark is enormous in contrast, so it is an amazing and breathtaking sight when one glides into view. Watching it come towards you is one of the most amazing sights. Things could perhaps go a bit crazy after that, however. Another whale shark rule of engagement is that when the side or lateral fin passes you, you may swim alongside it. In an attempt to catch up with it across the water, you could even move back and swim around its tail.

Everyone eventually loses their zeal and they all join together in a single large bubble of fins. It’s the right time to realise that those excellent pictures of a swimmer close to a massive whale shark don’t quite capture the excitement of really swimming with one!

The excitement of a good pursuit

A little while later, two or four whale sharks may be swimming. One cannot estimate how long a swim will last. Perhaps ten to fifteen minutes, however it’s hard to estimate how much time has gone by since the experience is so intriguing. Seeing a whale shark materialise in front of you will never grow old. Go deeper back into the ocean and you may spot other marine creatures swimming alongside the whale sharks.

Both behind and besides the whale shark are possible to swim. This will need for a high degree of fin proficiency. Though they don’t seem to be moving very quickly, it is rather difficult to keep up with them, much less catch up after swimming behind their tail. This is a possibility to think about if you can kick fast.

Swimming with whale sharks is an exhausting activity, hence one must be aware of it. Getting into and out of the water as well as kicking and swimming to get into position will be a major part of the whale shark swimming experience. The rush and excitement will definitely help you get through the arduous chore. That is an amazing and unforgettable event!

Whale Shark full day tours from Exmouth

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

Whale Shark excursions out of Exmouth. Come snorkel with the largest fish in the ocean on a full-day excursion departing from Exmouth. Spend more time in the water with the whale sharks on a special ocean trip with the World’s Leading Whale Shark Team as you discover the finest of Ningaloo Reef.

Whale Shark tours from Exmouth Experience

On this full-day excursion from Exmouth, see the magnificent World Heritage Ningaloo Reef and have an amazing day snorkelling with the largest fish in the water.

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.


Get picked up early from your Vermouth lodging. There will be a boat waiting for you at Tantabiddi Bay. Start your underwater journey with a Ningaloo Reef snorkelling excursion. Whale Shark excursions out of Exmouth.

Whale Shark Season

The whale sharks congregate in the nutrient-rich waters of the Ningaloo Reef annually from late March to August. Being the biggest fish in the world and the biggest member of the shark family, the whale shark is ideal for swimming with since it eats only harmless plankton.

Good Swim Guarantee

That means you may come back for one free repeat excursion in the improbable case that you do not see a whale shark. About four thirty o’clock, you return to Exmouth.

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

Whale Shark tours from Exmouth swim with Humpback Whales

Join humpback whales for a swim and snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef on a full-day cruise and have the adventure of a lifetime. Whale Shark excursions out of Exmouth.

Catamaran Adventure

Take an opulent catamaran out of Exmouth for an exciting sailing experience. Meet manta rays, dugongs, turtles, humpback whales, dolphins, vibrant tropical fish and the coral of Ningaloo Reef while snorkelling with whale sharks.

Whale Shark cruises are offered by a number of companies out of Exmouth, and you may choose a package to fit within your budget.

Product code: 7DEX

Price:  1125 AUD

Age restriction: 18-65

Departures: Every Friday


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

First up today is Nambung National Park’s stunning Pinnacles Desert. Before we eat lunch by the sea, have a fully guided tour of these incredible limestone formations and visit the Discovery Centre. We fly to Kalbarri for our overnight stay after a brief break in the town of Geraldton. Whale Shark trips from Exmouth (L, D).

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

We will tour Kalbarri National Park’s wonders today, including Z-Bend, Natures Window, and The Murchison Gorge. The choice to go abseiling down the gorge will be available here! At an additional charge Before getting back on the bus and heading north to Shell Beach and the town of Denham for our lodging, if weather permits, we’ll cool down with a dip in the Murchison River. (D, B, L)

 Day 3 – Shark Bay to Coral Bay

Get some great pictures and meet the well-known Monkey Mia Dolphins this morning. Then, before we get out on the road mid-morning, unwind at the resort or at the beach. The breathing rock formations known as the Stromatolites will be our first stop before we check into Coral Bay, which is situated directly on the well-known Ningaloo Reef! (L, D, B)

 Day 4 – Coral Bay

Enjoy the many wonderful excursions and activities Coral Bay has to offer today—special savings are available to West Coast Cruiser passengers! Wander down the beach to see the shark nursery, swim with the manta rays, snorkel or scuba dive on the Ningaloo Reef only a few metres from the coast (all activities at own cost).We travel the short distance up the peninsular to Exmouth this evening and check into our hotel. D and B

 Day 5 – Exmouth

Today we spend touring Cape Range National Park, an amazing location with 50 kilometres of immaculate beaches, steep valleys, and craggy limestone hills. Before we go back to our hotel late afternoon, we may relax on the beach, see Vlamingh go Lighthouse, snorkel at the magnificent Turquoise Bay (snorkel rental $10), or do all of the above. L, D, B

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

We wished our one-way passengers goodbye this morning in order to head back to Perth. We spend a night on a farm in Northbrook after seeing the town of Carnarvon and one of the nearby mango or banana farms (seasonal). See a Wildlife Park to feed the kangaroos and interact directly with the snakes. In the breathtaking Lancelin sand dunes, enjoy the unusual sport of sand boarding to round off the journey in style. On the bus, at last, unwind and kick back for the last leg to Perth (B, L, D) (B, L). Whale Shark excursions out of 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?

Baleen whales include the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), a marine animal. At 29.9 metres (98 feet) in maximum verified length and up to 199 tonnes (196 long tonnes; 219 short tonnes), it is the biggest animal ever recorded. The tall and thin body of a blue whale might be considerably lighter beneath and a variety of greyish-blue dorsally.

Four subspecies are now recognised by the Committee on Taxonomy of the Society for Marine Mammalogy: 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 and South Pacific Oceans, and B. m. indica in the Northern Indian Ocean. One population that could be a fifth subspecies is found in the seas around Chile.

Filter feeders, blue whales eat euphausiids, or krill, nearly entirely. They usually live alone or in small groups and, except from mother-calf relationships, lack a clear social structure. Vocalisations produced by blue whales may vary by geography, season, behaviour, and time of day; their basic frequency is between 8 and 25 Hz.

Up to the close of the 1800s, blue whales were found in almost every ocean on Earth. Up until the International Whaling Commission outlawed all blue whale killing in 1966, whalers pursued it almost to extinction. 2018 saw the International Union for Conservation of Nature classify blue whales as endangered. Threats to it are still many and include both natural (killer whale predation) and man-made (ship strikes, pollution, ocean noise, and climate change).

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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