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Sunshine Coast Swim with Whales Tour

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  • 4 hours total tour time
  • One of Australia's unique whale swims
  • Safety briefing, equipment provided
  • Limited to small groups of 20 only
  • See majestic creatures
  • 100% natural experience!
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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 20 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, groups of 10 swimmers will be sent out on a floating line 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 a spotter plane 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!

Note

  • The 2018 whale season has now finished. Check back soon for the 2019 whale watching tickets!

Inclusions

  • Swim with Humpback Whales
  • 4 hour trip
  • Full briefing
  • Wetsuits and snorkelling equipment
  • Hotel transfers (Mooloolaba hotels only)
  • Snack onboard and when you return to the shop

Optional Extra

  • Observers are welcome on board for $69 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)

Highlights

  • Come onboard "4 Shore"
  • Access to a spotter plane to increase the likelihood of a whale encounter
  • 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
  • Swimmers in groups of ten are sent out along a floating line once whales have been seen near the boat
  • Small group tour - minimum numbers are 10, maximum 20
  • 100% natural experience!

Times and Location

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

Hotel Pickup

If you have booked a hotel

  • Prior to completing your purchase, enter your hotel name in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your hotel pick up time

If you have not yet booked a hotel

  • If you have not yet booked a hotel, enter the words 'hotel not known' in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your hotel pick up time

If you do not require a hotel pick up

  • If you do not require a hotel pick up and will be meeting the tour at the tour departure point, enter the words 'not required' in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your tour. Tour departure point is listed above and on your confirmation tour voucher

Additional Information

  • Minimum 10 passengers and maximum of 20 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

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 3 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 years ago

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

Operator profile
Katie Hart Sunreef Mooloolaba

Join us for Australia’s first Swim with Humpback Whales Experience on the Sunshine Coast. Swimming with these gentle giants of the sea is incredible - it gives me goosebumps just anticipating my next swim. Join us and see for yourself!.

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!
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