Are There Any Age Restrictions to Go Swimming with Whale Sharks?
No, there aren’t any age restrictions. As long as you can swim, you can snorkel with a whale shark. Our boat is specifically designed so that everyone can experience this amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity. The marlin board – the board you use to enter and exit the water – sits level with the water and is fitted with two big dive ladders to make our boat extremely easy for people of all ages to get on and off.
Are Whale Sharks dangerous?
No! Whale Sharks are filter feeders meaning they eat the smallest thing in the ocean – Plankton! They have very little interest in humans and definitely will not eat you
When Is the Best Time of the Year to See Whale Sharks?
As whale sharks are seasonal travellers, following their food sources to tropical waters north and south of the equator, they can be seen in Exmouth from March through to July each year with the best sightings from April to the end of July. If you go swimming with whale sharks from May to July on a Ningaloo Whaleshark ‘N’ Dive tour, you may also have the chance to swim with manta rays and see humpback whales on their northern migration.
How Big is a Whale Shark?
The whale sharks we swim with here on the Ningaloo Reef range in length from 2 – 10 metres, with the average sighting on our tours being sharks around the 5 – 6-metre range. The biggest whale shark recorded was measured at a massive 12 metres and weighed over 21 tonnes, however, these remarkable marine creatures have been sighted by fisherman at over 18 metres in length!
What Features Does the Tour Boat Offer?
Our whale shark diving tours are conducted north of Perth on our purpose-built dive vessel, ALIIKAI, which has recently undergone a major refit. With four showers, two toilets, two easy-to-use dive ladders and comfortable seating for everyone on the tour, you’ll find it’s a feature-packed vessel with everything you need. Did we forget to mention that it’s been outfitted with brand-new dive equipment, including seven underwater scooters and two SUP (Stand Up Paddle) boards?