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.
In line with our Eco-certification we share our spotter plane/s with one other operator to assist in the reduction of our carbon footprint on the environment. By booking your tour with us you can be assured that your impact on the environment is as minimal as possible.
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 videographer is on board to film the day and create a daily DVD for purchase as a lasting memento of your whale shark experience.
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.
Thank you for a truely wonderful 'once in a lifetime' experience. The boat and crew were professional and personable and made the whole day a fantastic adventure.The Van Heemst Family
One of only three filter feeding sharks in the world, whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are fish which obtain oxygen through their gills
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