Every year from April to July, the world’s biggest fish congregate along the Ningaloo Reef. These are the whale sharks. The chance to snorkel with these gentle giants is the opportunity of a lifetime.
These massive but harmless filter feeders can grow up to 54 ft (18m) long. They cruise the world’s oceans in search of concentrations of plankton to feed on, and the Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places on the planet they appear regularly in large numbers. Very little is known about the biology of these creatures, so research is ongoing.
Day tours to snorkel with whale sharks depart daily during the season from both Exmouth and Coral Bay. This extraordinary experience is open to confident swimmers of all ages.
Tourism Western Australia, Swimming with a whale shark (Rhincodon typus), Ningaloo Reef, Australia’s Coral Coast: Tourism Western Australia