Swim with the Whales

Do you want to get even closer to these gentle giants? Slide carefully into the water and come face to face with these majestic Humpback Whales in their natural habitat, on their terms. Hervey Bay Whale Watch are approved to offer the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with Humpback Whales, something you will not soon forget.


Swimming with whales is subject to strict conditions that we must follow. Therefore, these experiences cannot be booked online and are not guaranteed. Our team will make every effort to provide everyone with the opportunity for this incredible encounter. However, it's important to understand that as we work with wild animals, certain conditions and whale behavior are required to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

To increase your chances of a successful whale swim, we recommend booking between July and early September. After this time, mother and calf sightings are more common, which are prohibited for swims by legislation. Please do not assume that a swim with whales is guaranteed.

While water temperatures usually range between 19 to 23 degrees Celsius, being in the presence of a Humpback whale can make you forget the cooler water temperature.

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Waterproof camera (wrist strap is recommended)
  • Spare set of dry clothes
  • Sense of adventure
  • *Mask & Snorkel provided - you may bring your own if desired*
    *No Fins to be worn during Whale Swim*

The safety of our passengers is our top priority, and our crew will assess weather conditions to ensure it is safe to swim. Once safe conditions are determined, we will announce the opportunity to register your interest for a Whale Swim during your cruise. Please follow the crew's instructions to attend a safety brief, which will be completed early on in the tour to ensure that all swimmers are prepared. Whales can emerge unexpectedly anywhere and at any time.

Once suitable whales are found and conditions are assessed, our crew will gather all swimmers at the back of the boat, and your swim guide will assist you in entering the water to start your Whale Swim.

Please note that Whale Swims are an additional $100.00 on top of your ticket price, and payment will be collected during the safety brief of your tour. If the swim is unsuccessful, a full refund will be provided.

*Must be 13 years or older*