Swimming With Whale Sharks

Each year between mid-March to end of July these slow-moving, gentle, filter-feeding giants migrate past Ningaloo Reef. The world’s biggest fish can grow to lengths of 12 metres or more and has a healthy appetite in order to sustain its immense size. Fortunately for most sea-dwellers (and for us) they feed primarily on plankton and krill, taking in huge gulps of water and filtering out their microscopic meal.

Whale sharks are found in tropical and warm oceans world-wide and can live to almost 70 years. Snorkelling alongside their huge 1.5 metre-diameter mouths is a once in a lifetime experience! Scientists know little about these creatures but you can identify individuals by looking at their unique spots, similar to fingerprints in humans. Ningaloo is one of the only places in the world whale sharks appear regularly in large numbers, with over 235 individuals recorded.  Each year scientists photograph the whale sharks as they pass through our area and some  have been identified as having visited Ningaloo for 17 years and counting. 

Sal Salis offers whale shark swims with select local partners and you can expect an up-close-and-personal view of these gentle giants.  During the course of the day your crew will keep an eye out for turtles, dolphins, dugongs, rays and sea birds and there is usually time for a snorkel at the back of the Reef.   A delicious lunch featuring fresh Western Australian produce is provided.

Whale Shark swims are available from mid-March – 31 July each year and they do need to be pre-booked as the boats do fill up months in advance.  For more information, visit

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