Whale Sharks and Humpback Whales on Magellan

- Exmouth -

Looking for an exhilarating adventure that you’ll never forget? Look no further than Whale Sharks and Humpbacks on Magellan, the largest custom-built vessel to operate on the Ningaloo Reef. Nestled between Whale Shark season and Humpback Whale season, Shoulder Season gives you the opportunity to swim with BOTH! Plus, if sighted, you’ll have the opportunity to swim with Manta Rays too. 

This exciting tour also includes two snorkel sessions on the reef, free hotel transfers and photos, and there’s a Marine Biologist on board to guide you. Book today to secure your seats on board!







Minimum Age

2 YEARS +*


5 OUT OF 10



Swimmers are all priced the same, however a discount is applied to groups of 5 or more.

MINIMUM AGE* Children under the age of 2 years are not permitted to participate in any megafauna swims.

Price includes:
– two additional snorkelling session on the Reef (Observers welcome to join in)
– Manta Ray Swim if located. Once our Whale shark or Humpback Whale swims have been completed, we’re happy to stop for a swim if we find Manta Rays. Observers welcome.
– Snorkel Tuition Their friendly guides are available for you whether you are a beginner snorkeler or would just like some advice.
– free hotel transfers (please select your pickup/drop off location on the following pages)
– Water.
– Morning tea, sumptuous buffet lunch, afternoon tea and snacks and refreshments throughout the day. Meals are prepared on board by their crew. Dietary requirements are catered for – Please advise on the following page.
– Photography: free photos provided.
– Kids Activities -books and colouring in activities to keen them entertained.
– 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 

Their trained staff will determine on the day whether conditions are suitable and safe to enter the water with Humpback Whales. While every effort is made to provide you with the opportunity to see and interact with the wildlife in the water, it cannot be guaranteed. If it’s not deemed suitable then our interactions will be from the vessel rather than in the water.

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.

  • Swimming with Whale Sharks will require competent snorkelling and swimming abilities.  Whale Sharks can move quickly in any direction and over great distances so there is a physicality when undertaking this activity. Participants need to be able to swim unaided in open ocean for at least 50-100m
  • Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times, on-board or in-water.
  • Children under the age of 2 years are not permitted to participate in any megafauna swims.
  • 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 advise on the following page.
  • If you are wheelchair bound, you are able to join this tour but at your own discretion. Please contact the tour operator, ahead of your tour date, to discuss your needs.

This tour operates out of Exmouth, WA.

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

Hotel Transfers included. Pick up times vary between 7:10 to 8:00 am, please ensure that you are ready and waiting 5 minutes prior.

Rather meet there? Please meet the crew promptly at 8:00am, at the Tantabiddi boat ramp.

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.

The “Magellan” is considered to be one of the biggest and best charter boats in operation on the Ningaloo Reef via Exmouth. The vessel is 20m in length and is custom built to be comfortable, stable and with commercial tourism in mind. There is over 32 sqm of shaded seating for your comfort, not including the cabin, and you can access the bow, the stern and even have a chat with your captain on the fly bridge. A marlin board is positioned just above water level allowing for ease of entry both in and out of the water, and there is a toilet on board as well. Wheel-chair accessible.

On-Board: Maximum of 20 swimmers and 3 observers.
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 cancel?
If you with to cancel your booking more than 7 days from departure, you will receive a full refund.

If you wish to cancel booking between 7 days and 72 hours of your departure, you’ll receive a 75% refund.

If you wish to cancel booking between 72 hours and 48 hours of your departure, you’ll receive a 50% refund.

If you wish to cancel or transfer your booking within 48 hours of your departure, you will not receive a refund.

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