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Whale Shark Swim Experience

Late March – Early August

Swimming with the gentle giants of the sea, the iconic whale shark, is the experience of a lifetime – an awe-inspiring wildlife interaction that will live with you forever. Join the award-winning team at Three Islands Whale Shark Dive as we take you on a snorkelling experience like no other, in the pristine marine wonderland of the world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.

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Humpback Whale Swim Experience

Early August - Late 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. For an out-of-this-world life-changing experience, have the chance to snorkel alongside them and hear their songs under the turquoise waters of the protected Ningaloo Marine Park. The ultimate wildlife encounter.

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An Adventure to Remember for a Lifetime

At 3 Islands our goal is to provide the highest levels of customer service and to give you the most opportunity we can to swim with whale sharks. After all, that is why you are here.

Mick Husband
Managing Director

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With Our Award Winning Tour

  • Andrew & Melanie

    What a fantastic day! Great people, great food and lots of passion for the environment. We loved it all. So well organised, with such friendly staff who made you feel safe & comfortable throughout. An awesome experience.

  • Wallace & Goldsmith Families

    We expected & hoped for whale sharks but the manta rays, humpback whales and delicious salads were something extra. The team at 3 Islands are to be congratulated for their professionalism & friendliness.

  • Penni

    Thank you for all the encouragement. I arrived as a spectator but then got into the wetsuit and had the most fabulous day. A great big thank you to all the wonderful staff.

  • Leesa and Rod, AUS

    Fantastic, easily the best service from staff we have experienced in WA – Well done guys. Thanks.

  • The Van Heemst Family

    Thank you for a truley wonderful 'once in a lifetime' experience. The boat and crew were professional and personable and made the whole day a fantastic adventure.

  • Sean and Amy, UK

    What a great day, Thanks very much. We thought you must write your own TripAdvisor reviews. Not anymore!

  • Hubbard Family

    Thanks for a once in a lifetime experience. One that we all will never forget, we all enjoyed it. The kids were made to feel welcome and the crew went out of their way and looked after them in and out of the water.

  • Deb, Robert and Ang

    We three had a great day, I appreciate your good humour, professionalism plus awareness of individual passenger needs – such as holding hands and noodles! Thank you.

  • Wright Family, AUS

    Well I’m sorry to say, “Yes, it was terrific, awesome, awe-inspiring, fabulous, and wonderful.” We cannot thank each and every one of you enough for providing a wonderful, unforgettable experience. Thank you 3 Islands for fulfilling Jarrah’s Make-A-Wish. Seeing the whale sharks was a dream.

Whale Shark Interaction Tour

An award winning snorkelling experience

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.

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Key Features

The BIG things. Some might do one or the other but we are genuinely a bespoke tour, the best value out there and the ONLY company that does ALL the inclusions.

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  • Dedicated spotter plane to locate whale sharks and other marine life. Our own plane lets us work away from the crowds, set our own timetable and spend more time searching for sharks for you to swim with!
  • Experienced and highly regarded operators. Our crew are highly qualified and are some of the most experienced on the reef.
  • Passionate and dedicated guides with marine science backgrounds.
  • Safety tender always in attendance while you swim.
  • Industry leading 'No Sighting Policy'. Our No Sighting options are customer focused and give the greatest flexibility of any on offer.
  • Free Photo Package of your day from our professional photographer.
  • We are a multi award winning tour. We have been WA Tourism Finalists for 10 years running, with 9 medals in the bag. Be rest assured you are joining a first class experience.
  • Ranked number one on Tripadvisor for over 10+ years out of the last 12 for tours in Exmouth.
Adults$410
Child(17 & under)$295
Seniors$360
Family(2A & 2C)$1300
Observer$250

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With the best no-sighting policy

NO-SIGHTING GUARANTEE

On the rare occasion we do have a no sighting, our policy gives you the 3 following options;

1. Free repeat tour on the next available day*
2. Or a $100 refund per person*
3. Or a transferable, repeat voucher valid for 2 years*

*Conditions Apply. Please click here for full Terms and Conditions

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Latest from our Tours

  • Whale Sharks are here!

    We are beyond thrilled to be back out on the Ningaloo doing what we do best - swimming with Whale Sharks!!

    The start of the season has brought us blue clear water and lots of whale sharks!

    Starting on the 15th of March, we have seen numerous whale sharks here at Ningaloo already and we are gearing up for a bumper of a season with the April School Holidays just around the corner. 

    If you are interested in joining one of our Whale Shark Interaction Tours this year, please feel free to get in touch with the friendly office staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 08 9949 1994.

    Warm and sunny regards, 

    From the 3 Islands Team

Swimming with a whale shark on the Ningaloo Reef in Exmouth is an amazing experience. One of the most unique snorkeling experiences is a whale shark snorkeling tour on Ningaloo Reef with Three Islands Whale Shark Dive. For some tour participants swimming alongside a whale shark is a life changing experience. While swimming with a whale shark during the tour, guests can swim 3 metres from the side of the whale shark and 4 metres from the tail. All snorkeling gear is supplied on the whale shark tour. It is a good idea to have some snorkeling experience but if guests cannot snorkel, staff will give snorkeling lessons. Snorkeling is easy and very relaxing, just breathe through the snorkel. While snorkeling on Ningaloo Reef amazingly colourful tropical fish can be seen swimming amongst the corals. There are many different varieties of fish and corals to see while snorkeling. Three Islands Whale Shark Dive always start the whale shark adventure with a guided snorkeling tour on Ningaloo Reef. The participants can try out their snorkeling gear while snorkeling on the reef. When snorkeling alongside a whale shark it is easy to see the whale shark because it swims just below the surface.

In Australia whale sharks are found on Ningaloo Reef each year between mid-March and mid-August. Ningaloo Reef is in Australia and it is one of the most unique places to visit in Australia. Each year tourists visit Ningaloo Reef in Australia to swim and snorkel with whale sharks and see the amazing variety of marine life. People who live in Australia can visit Ningaloo Reef to swim with whale sharks. International visitors come to Australia to see the real Australia. Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef in Australia are popular with tourists. This part of Australia is popular because of the incredible diversity of marine life on Ningaloo Reef. In Australia Ningaloo Reef is the only place guests can join a whale shark tour to swim and snorkel with whale sharks. Each year the whale sharks visit Ningaloo Reef in Australia. Whale sharks are found in other parts of Australia but Ningaloo is the only place in Australia where whale sharks are found in large numbers at predictable times and are easily accessible to snorkelers. Visit Australia to swim and snorkel with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef. Exmouth, Australia is the best place to swim with whale sharks.

COVID Cancellation Policy

One of the questions we get asked the most at the moment is; ‘What happens if my travel plans are effected by COVID lockdowns?’.

The answer is simple. Our standard refund policy is extremely flexible and under normal conditions cancellations can occur within 48 hours anyway.

COVID has proven it knows how to throw a spanner in the works though so if WA is locked down or travel restrictions are put in place within that 48 hour period we will still offer the full cancellation terms which includes a full refund if you choose.

You get to choose is the key here making our refund, cancellation and no sighting policies the best of any by far.

Customer satisfaction and peace of mind starts well before the tour and we will work with you all the way to ensure your experience is memorable from start to finish.