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When Is The Whale Shark Season In Exmouth?

15 January 2023

Booking a trip often comes with a lot of questions such as; the best time to go, where to visit, where to stay and what to do! If you're organising a trip to Exmouth WA, the most popular thing to do is watch or swim with whale sharks. But when is the best time to go? What should you bring and what should you expect? Look no further, we have all of your questions answered. 


What are whale sharks?

When is the whale shark season in Exmouth

Whale sharks are the largest shark in the ocean. They are often coined as 'gentle giants' as they feed on plankton and are one of the most docile species of fish. These make them very safe to swim with and no real danger to humans when following tour guide protocols. These fascinating creatures are humongous, growing up to 20 metres long and often weighing over 20 tonnes. Whale sharks have a flat head, blunt snout and very small eyes. Their white spots along their dark grey body give them a very distinct and unique appearance as well as their gigantic mouth which measures around 1.2 metres across. 

When is the best time to see whale sharks?

When is the best time to see whale whark

If you're looking for an unforgettable family experience and you want to get away from wet and cold Perth during the autumn/winter months, Exmouth is the perfect getaway. The whale shark season in Exmouth starts in March and runs through till August (If you are looking to book in September check in with your tour provider as it depends on temperatures at the time whether you will catch them).

Can I see more than just whale sharks?

Can I see more than just whale sharks

The answer is absolutely yes! If you book your trip between June and October you will be able to see humpback whales during their annual migration from Antarctica. With an estimated 40,000 whales making their way through Ningaloo you are bound to play games to spot the whale whilst on a tour or on the shore. You will also be able to spot manta rays, bottlenose dolphins, dugongs and turtles so keep your eyes peeled on the water. The best place to see sea life when not on a guided tour is in the Ningaloo Marine Park.

Why should you visit Exmouth?

Exmouth is the perfect escape from reality. Not only does Exmouth offer guided tours, it offers incredible experiences, the chance to see amazing creatures, and create lasting memories. Whether you are looking to enjoy a relaxing holiday, go for a snorkel in their pristine, crystal clear waters or go on the best tours with incredible tour operators, Exmouth has it all. Three Islands Whale Shark Dive host award winning whale shark tours guaranteeing you will have an incredible day out on the open water. You can choose from the following tours:

  • Whale Shark tour & Whale Shark & Ningaloo Reef tour - snorkel with the gentle giants, enjoy morning tea, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea paired with local beverages. If there is time you will finish the day with a reef snorkel. 
  • Humpback Whale tour - Get the chance to swim with a humpback whale, they are very curious creatures! You will also be supplied with morning tea, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea paired with local beverages.

Why should you visit as a family?

Why should you visit exmouth as a family

Exmouth is the perfect family destination especially if you love adventure, snorkelling and just having fun. Children love to learn, discover and participate in things that adults enjoy as well. The cold months can often bog us all down so picking everything up and heading up north to a sunny paradise is the perfect option. Activities that the whole family can get involved in include:

  • Snorkelling in the Ningaloo Reef
  • Kayaking or stand up paddle boarding 
  • Whale Shark and Humpback Whale tours 
  • Boat tour around Yardie Creek 
  • Ningaloo Aquarium and discovery centre 

What should you bring?

On the day of your guided tour be sure to pack the following items:

  • Towel and bathers
  • Dry clothes and a warm jacket (It can get quite chilly on board)
  • Snorkelling gear (You can also hire gear)
  • Hat and sunglasses 
  • Sunscreen (be sure to reapply every 2 hours)
  • Sea Sickness medication (make sure it's non drowsy)
  • Comfy shoes for the journey (ones that are easy to slip on and off)

What should you expect?

What should you expect

When embarking on a Three Islands tour expect a once in a lifetime adventure. It's not everyday that you see or swim with these creatures so take it all in and enjoy your day. You are in the hands of incredible tour operators who are there to make sure you have a memorable day. They have Ningaloo Aviation as their eyes in the sky during the whale shark season in Exmouth to spot whale sharks and humpback whales ensuring that you have the best opportunity to swim with the creatures. Safety is their number one priority as they have Naiad boats close by to help out at any moment. 

If by some chance you don't spot any whale sharks during peak season you will be given the option for a free repeat tour, a partial refund or transferable voucher which is valid for 2 years.

Contact Three Islands Whale Shark Dive at +61 1800 138 501 for an unforgettable whale shark season Exmouth adventure; guaranteed satisfaction with options for a free repeat tour, partial refund, or transferable voucher if no whale sharks are spotted during peak season.

Brittney Billington

Assistant Manager at Three Islands Whale Shark Dive
Brittney Billington is the Assistant Manager at Three Islands Whale Shark Dive, an established whale shark tour agency in Exmouth. With her exceptional skills in social media marketing, office management, customer service, and staff management, she has played a vital role in the company's success. Brittney's expertise in tourism, hospitality, sales, marketing, and travel management has made her an invaluable asset to the team. With years of experience in whale shark tours in Exmouth, Brittney is a reliable source of information and insights in this field.

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