The whale sharks encountered at Ningaloo Reef are between 4 and 12 metres in length. A 12 metre whale shark may weigh as much as 11 tonnes with a mouth over a metre wide.
Join the award winning team at Three Islands Whale Shark Dive as we take you on a snorkelling experience like no other, swimming alongside a whale shark on a day of adventure and discovery on Ningaloo Reef. From the moment you are welcomed aboard the 17 metre "Draw Card" you'll feel the warm and friendly environment which, coupled with personal service, sets the company apart from others. The dedicated Three Islands guiding staff are absolutely passionate about their work and love to share their intimate knowledge of whale sharks and the marine environment with guests. Guests are safe in the hands of our experienced crew, who have many years of marine experience and operate the vessel with precision to ensure your safety.
From courtesy pick-up to drop-off the tour includes everything – delicious meals, high quality snorkel gear and wetsuits, support from friendly, qualified staff, spotter planes to locate whale sharks with up to 6 hours flying time and, importantly, a safety support vessel if required by swimmers.
A maximum of 20 guests can participate in the tour with ten snorkellers in the water at a time with a whale shark. All guests are welcome to participate in Ecocean's photo ID program by submitting "their" whale shark to the Ecocean whale shark library for identification. Interpretive material on whale sharks is readily available for guests to learn more about whale sharks and the knowledgeable staff, who have all participated in the Department of Environment and Conservation Whale Shark Interaction Course, are more than happy to share information and answer questions on whale sharks and the marine environment.
Your safety is our priority so we feel it is essential to have a safety zodiac on standby at all times when guests are in the water. A qualified staff member is always on watch in the safety tender, ready to help any swimmers who require assistance. Buoyancy vests, noodles, and lifejackets are available for those who like a little extra security.
A photographer is on board to capture the day and creates a daily complimentary Photo CD as a lasting memento of your whale shark experience ready for pick up from our office the following morning (1 CD per booking group).
Non-swimming observers are also welcome aboard the modern, comfortable 17 metre vessel with its large shade deck area, perfect for aquatic activities. Observers are welcome to participate in the reef snorkels at no extra cost and upgrades to the whale shark swim can be made on board.
An added bonus for all tour participants is a free one hour internet session at Three Islands' booking office.