The 2018 Humpback Whale migration will see over 33,000 whales travel the east coast of Australia and Hervey Bay will experience what is expected to be a bumper season when these beautiful mammals call into the bay for their final rest prior to their homeward journey south to Antarctica.
Hervey Bay Dive Centre operates the regions only dedicated whale swim experience between July and August (from September onward our tour moves to a whale watch focus due to the number of calves which we cannot swim with).
This exclusive experience is an incredibly special opportunity to watch & swim with one of nature's most majestic mammals, the Humpback whale, a curious, gentle and trusting creature.
Guest numbers are strictly limited (max 12) making for a personal and fun day on the water.
Each sighting is different and every whale swim unique and personal. People that have swam with whales often describe the experience as "life changing".
During July and August our cruise maximises your opportunity to swim with the whales. The swim experience takes place via a 20m mermaid line connected to the stern of the vessel.
For the whales comfort we only snorkel with them as they're not keen on bubbles.
Swimming with the whales is conditions dependant and we only do so with the right whales and on their terms.
We provide you with a wetsuit, snorkeling and safety equipment.
Even if we cannot swim for one reason or another our tour offers a unique and personal whale watch encounter in the best whale watching destination in the world, Hervey Bay!
We depart from the Dive Centre office located on the Boat Club Marina. Our vessel, the M.V. Utopia, is crewed by an experienced local skipper and friendly crew.
Offering the small group unique experience you will encounter a most memorable tour and we look forward to hosting and welcoming you aboard.
Swim (Peak) / Watch (Low) Season
Mid-July to early September generally offers the best opportunity to swim with the whales. During this time the tour will focus on maximising your opportunity to engage in an immersive experience with the whales. This period is our peak whale swim season.
From September more mothers and calves start arriving in the bay. As a requirement of our Marine Park Permit we are not able to swim with calves. This makes finding suitable whales to swim with more challenging. Therefore, from September, to the end of the season in late October, our tour focuses on more of a watch experience. This is our low season which is reflected in our pricing model. If the opportunity arises to swim during this period we will aim to get you in the water at no extra charge.
On the whales terms
We champion a strict Code of Practice when interacting with the whales. The key component to this agreement, and a core philosophy of ours, is “on the whales terms”. In short this means we only interact with whales that are happy for us to do so.
We guarantee whale sightings (seeing a whale from the vessel) between 1st August and 14th October. In the very unlikely event that the skipper cannot locate a whale during this period you will be offered a full refund or free return ticket.
We cannot guarantee swimming with the whales as on occasions the weather, sea state and whales behavior will prohibit the opportunity.
Children under 8 years are not permitted to swim with the whales and a parental guardian must remain with them on the vessel. If 2 guardians are present they can interchange between the vessel and swimming when conditions permit. The tour is not suitable for children under 4 years.
Swim Rates (peak season July - September)
- Adults: $150
- Kids (4-14yrs): $110
- Family: $420 (2x adults & 2x kids)
Watch Rates (low season September - October)
- Adults: $120
- Kids (4-14yrs): $70
- Family: $300 (2x adults & 2x kids)
Not suitable for children under 4 years old.
- Swim with whales (when conditions permit, July - August)
- Up-close half-day whale encounter
- Guaranteed whale sightings
- Morning tea
- Snorkelling gear and wetsuits are provided
- Courtesy transfers on request
What to bring
- Your towel and swimmers
- Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
- Warm jacket
- Camera, GoPro etc