On the bucket list for many a tourist or nature lover is to swim with Whalesharks, and there are only a few places on this planet where you can do that. Exmouth is a remote town, in the North West of Western Australia. Approximately 1270 km north of Perth with a population of around 2250 permanent residents. The Exmouth Peninsula runs the entire length of the World Heritage Listed, Ningaloo Reef Marine Park.
Swim with WhalesharksOnly from Exmouth can you jump on a charter boat and go swimming with the Whalesharks (season runs March – August). Only from Exmouth can you scuba dive or snorkel the Ningaloo Reef and the pristine waters off the Sanctuary zones.
Whaleshark ToursWith five whaleshark tour companies running out of Exmouth, you are spoilt for choice if you wish to swim with whalesharks on the Ningaloo Reef. Check out the websites of the companies listed below:
Ningaloo Whaleshark Swim31 Maidstone Cres Exmouth Western Australia 6707 Phone: 1800 994 210 Website: www.ningaloowhalesharks.com
Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours3 Truscott Cres Exmouth Western Australia 6707 Phone: (08) 9949 1764 Website: kingsningalooreeftours.com.au
Ningaloo Whaleshark-N-Dive3 Truscott Cres Exmouth Western Australia 6707 Phone: (08) 9949 1116 Website: www.ningaloowhalesharkndive.com.au
Charter 1 Whale Shark Tours Exmouth1112 Murat Road (Opposite the VC) Exmouth Western Australia 6707 Phone: 0428 604 794 Website: www.charter1.com.au
Three Islands Whale Shark DiveShop One, 1 Kennedy St Western Australia 6707 Phone: 1800 138 501 Website: www.whalesharkdive.com
A Diving MeccaThe World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is internationally recognized as one of Earths last ocean paradises. Among the largest fringing reefs in the world, the Ningaloo Reef can be accessed straight off the beach – something very few coral reefs offer. You can take a dive in the clearest turquoise water imaginable to view hundreds of colourful tropical fish and pristine coral gardens. Snorkel with sea turtles and graceful manta rays.
The Ningaloo Coast and in particular the Exmouth Gulf sees the highest density of humpback whales in the Southern Hemisphere during the annual migration from Antarctica (June to November). During this period, 30,000 humpback whales visit the Ningaloo Coast and can be sighted from shore, or you can take in a whale watching tour.
World Class FishingOr you can hook into world class fishing. The continental shelf runs closer to the Australian mainland off Exmouth than anywhere else in the country. The Region offers fantastic game fishing, especially for the marlin. All three Australian species of marlin are caught here in good to great numbers, along with an incredible range of other game and sport fish. Charter and tour boats specialising in game, sport, reef and fly fishing are available all year round.
The Ningaloo Coast offers visitors the freedom to independently explore and enjoy without restrictions. Spend a day snorkeling pristine coral gardens, find a deserted beach to enjoy all to yourself, hike the trails of the Cape Range National Park, observe the local emus stopping traffic on the main streets, camp along the shores of the Ningaloo Lagoon. You can swim our waters all year round, perfectly safe! The choices are endless and yours to make.