Whale Sharks and Humpback Whales on Investigator

- Exmouth -

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Looking for the ultimate adventure in Exmouth? Swim with Whale Sharks and Humpback Whales on Investigator this shoulder season! It’s during this exciting time of the year that the Ningaloo Reef provides the opportunity to swim with both Megafauna – It’s our favourite time of the year! 
Discover the incredible marine life of this world-renowned Ningaloo reef as you explore its crystal-clear waters on two separate snorkels. There are glass-bottom kayaks and SUP boards in for a play, hotel transfers and photos included, and a glass of bubbles to enjoy on your cruise back in. Seats book fast, secure your place onboard today!

Location

EXMOUTH, WA

Seasonality

AUG – OCT

Duration

8 HOURS

Minimum Age

NONE

Difficulty

4 OUT OF 10

Spectators

PRICED THE SAME

PRICING
Swimmers are all priced the same. Please select how many participants you wish to book, by selecting “Adults”

Price includes:
– two additional snorkelling session on the Reef (Observers welcome to join in)
– free hotel transfers (please select your pickup/drop off location on the following pages)
– Drinking water, hot/cold beverages (coffee, tea, milo and cordial) are available throughout the day.
– Morning tea, buffet lunch (selection of cold meats, pastas, salads and bread rolls) and afternoon tea are served throughout the day. (Please state your dietary needs on the following page).
– Complimentary glass of sparkling wine on your return back to shore.
– Photography: free photos provided.
– Snorkelling equipment: 3mm Wetsuit/Stinger Suit, Mask*, Snorkel and Fins.

* Corrective Lens Masks are available to hire. Please register your interest in the special requirements on the following page. Alternatively, we recommend that you wear contact lenses or consider purchasing your own prescription mask. These can be ordered through our affiliated dive store, CLICK HERE 

Shoulder Season runs from August onwards, and offers the exciting prospect of Whale Sharks & Humpback Whales AT THE SAME TIME. They typically follow the same itinerary as their counterpart tours (MAR-AUG), however, where in Exmouth sightings of Whale Sharks are guaranteed, NO GUARANTEES are offered during Shoulder Season.

Please be aware that the crew reserves the right to prohibit anyone from entering the water if they deem it unsafe. If any of the below is not found out until on the day, you may not be permitted to join the tour and you may not receive a refund.

  • Swimmers of ALL AGES must have a basic swimming ability to participate in any water-based activities and must be strong and confident to take part in the Swim-with-Whale-Shark element of the tour. (You will be asked to rate your swimming and snorkelling ability on the following page)
  • Children under the age of 17 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times, on-board or in-water.
  • If you are pregnant, have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking prescription medication or you are suffering from any injury or illness, then it is important that the tour provider is made aware in-advance. If they deem it too dangerous or unsafe, they reserve the right to prohibit you entering the water or joining the tour. (Please provide this information on the following page).
  • If you are pregnant, you can join this tour and participate in the activities of the day but at your own risk.
  • If you are unable to walk on-board or are wheelchair bound, unfortunately, you are unable to join this tour.

This tour operates out of Exmouth, WA.

Customers are contacted the day prior to their tour to confirm.

Hotel Transfers included. Please select your pick up location on the following page.

Rather meet there? The vessel departs from Tandabiddi Boat Ramp on the Western Cape EARLY-ON IN THE WHALE SHARK SEASON, OR/ from Exmouth Marina LATER-ON IN THE HUMPBACK WHALE SEASON – Please refer to your confirmation email to confirm WHERE TO MEET

Customers are not contacted unless the trip is cancelled, or the time and/or location of their transfer service is changed. If you don’t hear from us, please follow the details in your confirmation email.

You will receive a confirmation email upon purchasing this tour which will provide you with all of the relevant information, e.g. CONTACT NUMBERS,  ADDRESS ETC

 

 

Please wear your swimmers ahead of arrival. Towel, water bottle, sunscreen (reef safe, please), warm clothing/ windproof jacket, and polarised sunglasses are recommended for best viewing through the surface of the water.

Medication: (If you require to take medication throughout the duration of this tour, please remember to bring this with you. If you deem it necessary, please inform a member of staff, on board your vessel, where within your belongings this can be found).

Seasickness Medication – You may experience seasickness out on the open ocean. We suggest that you should speak with your pharmacist in advance of your trip, to seek their advice on seasickness medication. We will not reschedule bookings or issue refunds for those suffering from seasickness.

“Investigator” is a 60ft Westcoaster Powerboat. Stable, fast and comfortable. Built for conditions in Western Australia and refurbished to offer two huge areas for seating and easy access to and from the water. The vessel boasts a 360-degree viewing platform that sits almost 5m above sea level, providing an awesome vantage point for observing swims, sighting marine life and soaking up the beauty of the Ningaloo Marine Park. The lower deck is protected from the elements and is extremely spacious and comfortable and there’s a bathroom, fitted with a hot shower to refresh yourself after a snorkel.  

The crew is assisted in the search for the whales by their very own spotter plane, minimising the time is takes to find the whales and therefore maximising your time in the water.

If conditions are suitable and time allows: the vessel is fitted with a boom net, which can be used to tow customers through the shallow lagoon, and SUP boards and glass-bottomed-kayaks are also available during the afternoon snorkel session.

On-Board: Maximum of 20 passengers.
In-water (Whale Sharks): Maximum of 10 swimmers.
In-water (Humpback Whales): Maximum of 7 swimmers.

Cancellations/changes to your booking must be made in writing directly to Salty Swims – Please contact Salty Swims  via email (info@saltyswims.com.au), or Facebook (via the chat icon linked to this page).

Please be aware that refund policies do not cover travel, accommodation or any other associated costs. We recommend you take out travel insurance to cover unforeseeable cancellations.

What if the tour provider cancels?
In the event of poor sea conditions, minimum numbers not being reached or for any other reason, the tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour. If your trip cannot be rescheduled to your satisfaction, you will receive a full refund.

What if you wish to reschedule?

If you wish to transfer/reschedule your booking more that 7 days from your departure, you will not incur a charge.
If you wish to transfer/reschedule your booking 48 hours – 7 days in advance of your tour departure, $25.00 will be charged.
No transfer/reschedule is permitted within 48 hours of your departure and you will not receive a refund.

What if you wish to cancel your booking?
If you wish to cancel more than 7 days from your deprture, you will receive a full refund. 
If you wish to cancel your booking 7 days – 72 hours in advance of your tour departure, 25% of your tour price will be charged.
If you wish to cancel your booking between 72 hours – 48 hours in advance of your tour departure, 50% of your tour price will be charged.
If you wish to cancel your booking within 48 hours of your tour departure, you will not receive a refund.

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