Whale Sharks

Join the award winning team at 3 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 your vessel, you'll feel the warm and friendly environment which, coupled with personal service, sets the company apart.

The dedicated 3 Islands guiding staff are absolutely passionate about their work and love to share their intimate knowledge of whale sharks and the marine environment with you. You’ll feel safe in the hands of our experienced crew, who have many years of marine experience and conduct the tour with precision to ensure your safety.

Your day starts at approximately 7.30am when the 3 Islands air conditioned courtesy bus picks you up from your Exmouth accommodation for the 36 kilometre journey to the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp departure point. During the drive to Tantabiddi, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery as your guide provides information on local landmarks, history and great facts about the Ningaloo Reef and Whale Sharks. The day's program is also outlined, helping to ensure you feel relaxed, informed and comfortable about the upcoming events.

From the boat ramp you are transferred to your 17 metre Whale Sharking vessel. From there, the crew will provide and fit you with snorkel equipment and wetsuits, before giving an introductory and safety briefing.

A short cruise through the lagoon and the marine adventure begins with a morning introductory snorkel on the beautiful inner Ningaloo Reef. If required, assistance and snorkel tuition can be provided by your tour guides. Have the chance to see a turtle swim past, a ray resting in the sand and a myriad of colourful fish amongst the coral.

Following the morning snorkel, a whale shark interaction briefing is given over morning tea, complete with complimentary puppet show and where the Code of Conduct is explained by your guides.

At the conclusion of the brief the vessel fires into life as we head to the outer reef waiting for the spotter plane to notify us that a whale shark has been found.

When the radio crackles the deck starts to buzz as we start to get ready. Mask on. Fins on. The sheer excitement is visible on every swimmers face…

"What am I about to do? I'm jumping in the ocean with the world's biggest fish!?"

As your skipper lines up the boat, what awaits our first group of swimmers? Faces down, you see it emerging from the distance with its massive mouth wide open, as it gets closer, amazement and excitement builds as you swim along with your very own big spotty fish!

Groups are rotated through the water to snorkel alongside; always with the company safety tender following behind to offer assistance.

Our photographer is always there capturing images and cherished moments that will long be remembered, on a free complimentary CD (valued at $50).

During all the excitement, a delicious buffet lunch is served. If time permits, we head back to the inner reef to conclude the day with another reef snorkel somewhere else on the World Heritage listed Ningaloo. You may have the opportunity to swim with manta rays if spotted (from late May) and see humpback whales from the boat (from late June).

A fruit and cheese platter finishes off the day as we head back to Tantabiddi for the journey back to your accommodation.

Swimming with the biggest fish in the sea isn’t your thing? Join the tour as an observer and watch all the adventure unfold from the boat! Observers are more than welcome to join any reef snorkels during the day, and if you have a change of heart, you can even upgrade to a whale shark snorkeler on the day.


What we supply.

  • Courtesy pick up and drop off from your Exmouth accommodation
  • All quality snorkel gear and wetsuits for adults and children
  • Morning tea, delicious buffet lunch, afternoon tea and refreshments
  • FREE photo CD from your day created by our experienced photographer ($50 value!)
  • Exclusive spotter plane to locate whale sharks
  • Morning reef snorkel on the inner lagoon, and afternoon if time permits
  • All DPaW fees and taxes are included in your fare

All you need to bring.

  • Just pack all the normal things you would take to the beach. Towel, bathers, sunscreen, sunnies, hat, camera and a warm jacket for the afternoon.
  • If you are prone to motion sickness or unsure, seasickness medication is advisable.
  • If you prefer to use your own snorkelling equipment, feel free to bring your own gear.


  • Maximum of 20 places per tour, and only 10 snorkelers at a time with any whale shark
  • Highly qualified, knowledgeable and passionate crew
  • Safety tender ALWAYS in attendance while you swim
  • Extra in-water support if required; buoyancy aids, snorkel tuition, even a hand to hold!
  • Spacious, shaded deck with cushioned seating, and marlin board with in-water ladders
  • No Sighting Policy with 3 options, including free repeat tour or partial refund
  • A multi-award winning tour. WA Tourism finalists 10 years running with 9 medals


Adult: $385

(17 & under): $265


(2A & 2C): $1130

No-sighting guarantee No Sighting Policy

Whale Sharks are wild unpredictable animals and all tours are conducted in their natural habitat. Although very rare, no sightings can occur from time to time and we regret there can be no full refunds for no sightings.

We understand that everyones travel plans are different and not one 'no sighting policy' can fit all situations. At 3 Islands we give you three options to choose from;

  • Free repeat tour on the next available day*
  • Free, transferable repeat voucher valid for the remainder of the current season and following 2 seasons*
  • Receive a partial refund*

*Conditions do apply. Please click here for full Terms and Conditions. 

  • All part of the magical three islands experience

  • 2015-tourism-finalistAccreditation

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