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Unforgettable Whale Shark Swim Experience

An exhilarating, once-in-a-lifetime adventure awaits you on the spectacular crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo Reef. Explore this magnificent aquatic wonderland and experience a wildlife encounter like no other with our breathtaking whale shark tours in Exmouth.


Whale Shark Tour

Early March - Late July

Just below the water's surface is an abundance of awe-inspiring wildlife waiting to be found. Snorkel in the pristine marine wonderland of the world heritage listed Ningaloo marine park and get up close to the sea's gentle giants - the iconic whale sharks of Exmouth. Join the award-winning team at Three Islands Whale Shark Dive...

Whale Shark Tour

Off Peak Whale Shark & Ningaloo Reef Tour

Early August - Mid October

Set alongside the rugged red limestone ranges of Cape Range, the sparkling waters of Ningaloo Reef is an underwater coral playground for an array of marine life. Spend an unforgettable day immersed in the beauty of the coral coast. Be mesmerised as manta rays backflip and glide underneath you and a technicolour dream of tropica...

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Humpback Whale Tour

Early August - Mid October

Ningaloo Reef sees one of the largest populations of migrating Humpback Whales and is one of only a handful of places you can (legally) swim with them in the world. These majestic creatures cruise past the West Australian coast each year, providing the perfect opportunity to observe them up close on board our customised vessel.

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Three Islands Whale Shark Dive


Award-winning Whale Shark Tours Exmouth

An adventure to remember for a lifetime

Located at Exmouth on Western Australia's Coral Coast, Three Islands Whale Shark Dive is a marine eco-adventure tour company that specialises in whale shark and humpback whale snorkel adventure tours on the beautiful Ningaloo Reef. We're passionate about providing an extraordinary experience that is as awe-inspiring as it is safe.

Our comfortable, state-of-the-art fleet is locally run, with crew ready to share their stories and give attentive, personalised service. We are also the only tour operator with a dedicated, professionally licensed spotter plane to ensure you get as much time in the water with the wildlife as possible. After all, that’s what you came for!

Safety tenders


You’re in good hands with our award winning tour

Meet Nigel and Neville the Naiads. These two boys are there for one reason and one reason only: your safety!

Our safety procedures and commitment to our passengers is second to none, and the added bonus of having these boats out there cannot be understated. Our vessels comply with national survey standards for commercial vessels so you can rest assured that all of the necessary safety equipment is on board and functional.

During our morning snorkels and the entire duration of the whale shark swim, one of these two boats will follow the group in the water. Enjoy your swim knowing someone is watching over you in the water, never far away.

Whale shark sightings

Our Boats

Equipped to ensure that your experience is as comfortable as possible

Say hello to our boats, Draw Card and Seafari. Both of our vessels were built in Western Australia, and their hull designs are well suited to the conditions found up and down the coast. Good design and functional fit-outs on both make it easier than ever to take in the breathtaking surrounds of the Ningaloo Reef when on the lookout for those big spotty fish.

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Our plane

Eyes in the sky

Finding whale sharks for you to swim with

Our friends over at Ningaloo Aviation use their expertise and eagle eyes to find whale sharks swimming their way through the crystal clear waters. Having our own plane means, most of the time, we can work away from the crowds and tailor our day to suit our guests.

By working with Ningaloo Aviation, we also have access to more resources on tougher days - like when the whale sharks are a bit tricky to find. This partnership really does give us the best opportunity to find our big spotty fish friends and give our passengers the best experience possible.

The team at Ningaloo Aviation are the most experienced group of fixed-wing pilots on the Ningaloo Reef. Owner Tiffany is a local in the air here and all have flown multiple seasons on the reef servicing the local tourism industry.

Getting to Exmouth

Getting there

Where Desert Meets Sea

Located 1270 kilometres north of Perth, Exmouth is home to Ningaloo Marine Park and Cape Range National Park. Few places are blessed with the stark contrast of rugged ranges and crystal blue waters right on their doorstep, making this a very unique part of the world. Renowned for its white sandy beaches and amazing seasonal marine life, you can enjoy warm weather year-round.

Drive, fly, or take a coach - you have a bunch of options when making the trip to Exmouth. The 260-kilometre expanse of Ningaloo Reef runs down the western coast of the Exmouth peninsula, and is easily accessible from the shore.

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An adventure to remember for a lifetime

Here at Three Islands, we’re incredibly passionate about the work we do and love to share with you our intimate knowledge of whale sharks and the marvels of the marine world. Are you ready to take the plunge into an adventure like no other?

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Award-winning whale shark tours


Three Islands Whale Shark Dive is a multi-award winning tour. We have been proud finalists in the Western Australian Tourism Awards for 12 years and medal winners on ten occasions - an achievement we are very proud of!

frequently asked questions


Are there any age restrictions for whale shark tours?

We have no age limits for our whale shark tours in Exmouth, our team will happily help the young out! For our Humpback tours, we do however require patrons are 13+ and are competent swimmers.

How close can I get to the whale sharks?

Regulations require swimmers to maintain a minimum of 3 metres distance from the whale sharks at all times.

What is the average size of the whale sharks in Exmouth?

On average, we find whale sharks in Exmouth to reach 12 metres in length. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot one up to 18 metres!

What features does the tour boat offer?

Our boats, Draw Card and Seafari, were built here in WA and designed to best-suit the conditions on the Ningaloo Reef. The boats are completely fitted-out to ensure comfort throughout the experience.

How long are the tours and what’s included?

We offer courtesy transport to and from the tour, with snorkelling gear, swimming aids, food, beverage and of course, incredible snorkelling dives! You can see our full list of what is included here.

Does the company follow ecotourism best practice?

Yes, Three Islands Whale Shark Dive is ECO Certified by Ecotourism and is an EcoStar accredited business! The Ningaloo reef ecosystem is always at the forefront of our minds in all of our endeavours.

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Whale Shark: Whale or Shark?

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5 Whale Shark Facts You Probably Don’t Know

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The Dark History of Whaling in Western Australia

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What Marine Species will I see at the Ningaloo Reef?

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Why Do Humpback Whales Migrate?

The captivating journey of the humpback whale holds a mesmerising tale of resilience and survival, a cycle as old as the sea itself. Their annual migra...

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