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SeasonalSelf Drive
  • Limited to small groups of 20 only
  • Safety briefing, equipment provided
  • One of Australia's unique whale swims
  • See majestic creatures in their natural environment
  • Australia's first swim with Humpback Whales experience
  • 100% on the whale's terms and Eco Tourism Certified

Sunreef Mooloolaba

Swim with the Whales Tour from Mooloolaba

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Hit the waters for an Australian-first aquatic experience, on a tour to swim with Humpback whales in the waters off QLD's Sunshine Coast! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to join in a truly life-changing experience, swimming alongside one of the world's largest and most gentle creatures over the course of a half day 4 hour tour with a limited maximum group size of 15 people to keep the experience both uncrowded and eco-friendly. The whale swimming tour departs from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast and is available each day between July and October, and provide a firsthand look at these ocean giants as they play, dive, breach and slap their fins.

Once whales have been spotted, swimmers will enter the water with their guides who are trained PADI Divemasters and Instructors to get acquainted with the whales, and with all equipment such as snorkelling gear and wetsuits provided, you'll have everything you need to come along and tick one of life's true bucket list items off your agenda. Combined with whale watching vessels and Sunreef's dive vessels on the water all reporting with each other on whale movements that helps spot the whales faster and more efficiently, this is the newest and ultimate whale experience in Australia exclusive to the Sunshine Coast - so book your whale swimming tour online today as spots are sure to fill up quickly!


  • Swim with Humpback Whales
  • 4 hour trip
  • Full briefing
  • Wetsuits and snorkelling equipment
  • Certified PADI DIvemasters and Instructors as guides
  • Snack onboard and when you return to the shop


  • Transfers


  • Observers are welcome on board for $75 per person (subject to availability). If you would like to add observers to your booking, please call the tour operator directly once you have received your voucher (their contact phone number will be printed on your voucher)


  • Come aboard our two vessels 'Wild One' and 'Tsunami'
  • The whale swimming and watching operations work out of Mooloolaba in the heart of Queensland’s Naturally Refreshing Sunshine Coast
  • During the trip we often get to see these majestic creatures giving breathtaking displays of breaching, lob tailing and pectoral fin slaps
  • Small group tour - minimum numbers are 8, maximum 15
  • 100% natural experience!


  • Tours depart daily (dependent on weather) at 7.30am, 8am and 11.30am between July and October
  • Depart from 11/12 The Warf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade

What To Bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Camera/GoPro
  • Bottled Water

Additional Information

  • Minimum 8 passengers and maximum of 15 participants
  • Water temperatures during this time range from 17 to 23 degrees and visibility is regularly up to 30 metres
  • No weight belts, scuba gear or flash photography is permitted
  • Minimum 8 years - Must be able to swim independently in open sea conditions. Children under 16 must always have a parent/guardian with them whether in the water or on the vessel.
  • There is no guarantee guests will get to swim with the whales, as this is a 100% natural experience on the whales’ own terms. Since 2014, on average more than 75% of guests have had an in-water experience with a whale
  • Staff will make the final decision as to whether it is appropriate to enter the water with the whales, in the interests of both guests’ and whales safety
  • Guests must be competent swimmers as this is an open-water experience. Staff will have the final say as to a guest’s in-water ability.
  • A minimum of 8 guests per trip are required for these tours to run
  • Please provide all participant names and ages at the time of booking
  • Guests need to rate their swimming ability from 1 to 5, 1 being poor & 5 being excellent at the time of booking
  • If participants have a recent injury, illness or are taking medication, they need a doctor’s approval to participate, specifically referencing they can take part in open ocean swimming and climbing a ladder in open sea conditions
  • Passengers that are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are NOT permitted to participate in this swim with whales experience.
  • There is a 72hr cancellation policy, cancellations within this period will result in the loss of the total value of the tour
  • Tour times may change at any time for any reason
  • Sunreef Management will assess the sea conditions prediction the afternoon before the tour to determine if it is safe to conduct the tour. At this time you will be notified via email and text message as to if the tour is going ahead or has been cancelled due to rough sea conditions

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements *Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you
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Jyun-Ciou 6 years ago
We see many whales. And close whales from ship through. Travel is very exciting and we have fun 這裡真的推薦給背包客來.不過最好要吃暈船藥.因為一次4小時如果你暈船會很慘....
I had a fabulous time on this tour
Laura 5 years ago

I had a fabulous time on this tour. The crew were great and everything ran smoothly. I showed up at 7:30am a half hour before the 8am departure and they were ready and streamlined the process to get snorkel and wetsuit gear. People who were late were left behind which I really appreciated. We got our full day out with the whales. Unfortunately the whales didn't cooperate for swimming with them but we found a great group that we followed for quite some time watching them breach and splash around. Only complaint is that I didn't get to see them in the water but they are wild creatures and choose for themselves.

We see many whales
Jyun-Ciou 6 years ago

We see many whales. And close whales from ship through. Travel is very exciting and we have fun 這裡真的推薦給背包客來.不過最好要吃暈船藥.因為一次4小時如果你暈船會很慘....

All in all it was a lovely day
samantha 6 years ago

All in all it was a lovely day. The weather was beautiful and the staff very friendly. As with nature it has its own agenda. We got to see the whales from the boat but clearly they did not want to interact with us. But I did enjoy my day. Thank you

Booked for Saturday but due to a p & o cruise docking we got bumped to Sunday
Kate 6 years ago

Booked for Saturday but due to a p & o cruise docking we got bumped to Sunday, only to get an email Saturday afternoon cancelling our trip. Still waiting to re-book and organise once again for travel and accomodation, it's turned into a very expensive, disappointing birthday present.

we swam with the whales yesterday saw 6-7 whales we got in the water 8-10 times it was great fun the crew were great & we got to swim with a cow bull & calf that was so cool we had 11 people on a 40 foot cat there was so much room (max 20 people) if you get a chance you should do this.
mike sullivan 6 years ago

we swam with the whales yesterday saw 6-7 whales we got in the water 8-10 times it was great fun the crew were great & we got to swim with a cow bull & calf that was so cool we had 11 people on a 40 foot cat there was so much room (max 20 people) if you get a chance you should do this. Mike Sullivan

an amazing experience
jj 7 years ago

an amazing experience, there were two encounters which created great memories. The crew was excellent and the boat very comfortable

As this is the only whale swim experience of its kind in all of Australia, we recommend booking your whale swimming tour online as early as possible as spots always fill up quickly!
Need help with your booking? Contact Us enquiry@experienceoz.com.au Help Code: 1EF1

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