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Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Luxury Sailing Catamaran

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    What to Expect
    Our air-conditioned bus will collect you straight from your doorstep where you’ll be greeted by our fantastic crew members and welcomed on your journey of a lifetime! Listen in or chill out during the drive down the coast as we’ll be telling you all about what you're about to experience.

    Get ready to board our luxury Whale Shark Sailing Catamaran, Windcheetah, meet the rest of your crew for the day and set off in comfort. We’ll take exceptional care of you, fit you for your fins, masks and wetsuits and ensure everybody is 100% at ease, feeling confident and excited! 

    Warm up by having a morning snorkel on Ningaloo Reef, one of the most beautiful reefs in the world and discover an abundance of coral, tropical fish, turtles and potentially even manta rays or dugongs. Our guides will be right there with you in the water to steer you in the right direction, and to pay special attention to any modest swimmers. Feel free to grab one of our floating noodles should you feel like the extra bit of flotation.

    While you're busy exploring the reef, the spotter plane has already departed and is searching for our first Whale Shark cruising nearby.

    When a Whale Shark has been spotted, it’s all systems go! The Skipper heads the boat towards the Whale Shark’s location. There’s a buzz in the air, the excitement and anticipation mounts amongst crew and passengers alike. You will then be split into two groups and prepare for your jump into the crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo…

    You and your guide drop in and get up close and personal to the worlds biggest fish, this is your chance to experience wonder and marvel at the sheer size, grace and elegance of the Whale Shark! Most of these sharks are between 4 and 12 metres long but have been know to grow as large as 18 metres!

    Our professional photographer is all the while capturing every moment and from the very best angle for you to take home.

    It’s likely that this won’t be your only shark, the pilot has been busy searching for another gentle giant to swim with, and on his call get ready to do it all again… and again!

    It’s hungry work, don’t we know it! We’ve already got lunch on the way as we sail back in to look for Manta Rays, Dugongs and even Humpback Whales (when in season). You’ll get yet another chance to pack more into your trip, ride the boom net, go snorkelling or make use of our Kayaks and Paddle Boards to surrender those last bits of energy you’ve got stored away to this wondrous aquatic playground.

    To celebrate, kick back and enjoy with a glass of sparkling and a seasonal fruit platter while we meander our way back to mainland. Wrap things up with a comfortable cruise right back to the front of your accommodation. You’ll walk away wondering how you didn’t do it all sooner!

    Still want to join our tour but don't want to swim with a Whale Shark? Join us as an Observer!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Pick up from all Exmouth accommodation locations. Ningaloo Discovery must be advised via email of accommodation location in order to arrange pick up.
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    • Whale Shark Swim on Luxury Sailing Catamaran will take you on the Windcheetah Sailing Catamaran that Chris Hemsworth introduced to the world this year on Tourism Australia's 2016 Campaign.
    • Coach transport from Exmouth and return
    • Delicious morning tea
    • Healthy, yummy buffet lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Snacks
    • Tea/Coffee, Water
    • Snorkelling equipment
    • Wetsuits
    • Professional photos from your day (both in the water and above the water) at no extra charge by our professional onboard photographer
    • Kayaking equipment
    • Stand up paddle board
    • Boom net fun
    • Celebratory glass of champagne
    • Complimentary gift pack per group booking
    • Whale shark swimmer certificate
    • Lunch
    • Coffee and/or Tea
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Anyone entering the water must have basic swimming ability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We spent two weeks in Exmouth and went on several trips with Ningaloo Discovery. The setup was fantastic. As it was the end of the season we were unsure if we’d see whale sharks but the team worked so hard to locate them, get us quickly into the water and navigate for amazing
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    Response from NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Luxury Sailing Catamaran
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your multiple trips with us & that we were able to get you in the water to swim with a Whaleshark. We are very proud of our crew and how hard they all work to ensure our guests of all ages enjoy their experience with us. Hopefully we get the pleasure of taking you and your family out again in the future. Warm regards Samantha Ningaloo Discovery Team
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    I can not thank the Ningaloo-Discovery- Crew enough for an unforgetable Whale Shark and Humpback Whale Swim. After having a successful whale swim with Ningaloo Discovery in 2018, I went out with Ningaloo Discovery at the beautiful Ningaloo Reef this year on a Whale Shark and
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    Response from NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Luxury Sailing Catamaran
    Responded 25 Oct 2019
    Thank you so much for your review. How awesome that you were able to come back to visit us again and have more incredible experiences on the Ningaloo Reef So pleased you are enjoying the photos and your days were again unforgettable with both the giants turning on their magic for your tours, Hopefully we will see you onboard Windcheetah again and again! Warm regards Heather, Ningaloo Discovery Team
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    Thank you Ningaloo Disovery for such a fantastic family day out on the Ningaloo Reef. A world class tour for fit a world heritage area. Staff were professional, friendly and great with the kids. We had an amazing whale shark interaction that the kids haven't stopped bragging
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    Response from NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Luxury Sailing Catamaran
    Responded 16 Oct 2019
    Thank you for your review I'm so pleased to hear that your young ones are still excitedly talking about the day. The whale sharks are indeed incredible to swim with and not easily forgotten. Happy to hear that the crew were able to help you have a great day too. Great photos as well, thank you for sharing them Warm regards Heather, Ningaloo Discovery Team
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    Swimming with a whale shark (out of season) is a moment I will never forget!! The whole day on the catamaran was amazing - the morning snorkel on the outer reef was brilliant and we were lucky to have such good visibility. The spotter plane then found a whale shark within 15
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    Response from NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Luxury Sailing Catamaran
    Responded 8 Oct 2019
    Thank you for your review An outer reef snorkel is certainly not an every day occurrence, how lucky that the conditions on the day allowed that to happen. The reef looks so different on the back, amazing to see. Out of season whale sharks are always such a treat and incredible that the plane found it so quickly for you Daisy and Nush are so good at building people's confidence, I'm pleased they were able to help you get the most out of your day Safe travels, I hope you will do a lot more snorkelling in the future Warm regards, Heather Ningaloo Discovery Team
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    We had booked to go on Power Boat with Humpbacks, but numbers were not there. Got a phone call evening before and were happy to go on catamaran. Whale sharks are not around so much at this time of year, in any case. Pick up was right on time, commentary by Holly was very
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    Response from NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Luxury Sailing Catamaran
    Responded 3 Sep 2019
    Hi Sue, Thanks for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your day with the whales on our sailing catamaran, and that you found the crew helpful and informative! It's also awesome that your partner joined in the fun too with some help from Blaise! We hope you come visit us again one day! The Team at Ningaloo Discovery
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