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Hervey Bay Whale Swim and Watch
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Maximize your chances of seeing whales, and getting close to them, on this guided tour from Hervey Bay. In a small group of no more than 20 people, head out into the water in search of whales. Jump into the water for some snorkeling and, with luck, the whales will decide to swim close to you.
  • Maximize your chances of seeing whales
  • Get insights into whale behavior from your guide
  • Includes morning tea, lunch, snorkeling gear, and wetsuits
  • Have the unique experience of snorkeling close to whales
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Swim with whales (when conditions permit)
Up-close whale encounter
Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are provided
Guaranteed whale sightings
Coffee and/or Tea
Hervey Bay Dive Centre , Dive Office Boat Club marina, Jetty St, Urangan QLD 4655, Australia

Enter the marina via the gate next to the fuel station.

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 unlikely event that the skipper cannot locate a whale during this period you will be offered a full refund or free return ticket.
  • 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hervey Bay Dive Centre
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Bucket list
, Aug 2022
Everything. The crew were fantastic. The whales really performed and swam right up to us. My non swimmer hubby even swam with them as they have such great procedures
Amazing experience!
, Aug 2022
The whale experience on board the boat was absolutely amazing! The whales were so close! The swim with the whales was not as good - too crowded on the rope & unfortunately couldn’t see much. The staff were friendly & knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
The whales are great fun! The whale swim is really up to the whale to engage to give the best visual experience. It’s nature!
Bucket list tick ✅
, Jul 2022
The whole day was wonderful. Staff were great, knowledgeable and couldn’t do enough. We got to swim with the whales plus have close up viewings on the boat. Recommend this trip - do yourself a favour and book on. We’ll be back.
, Sep 2021
staff were fantastic. 🐋 even better. food just kept coming lots of snacks. it was a great day and an enjoyable experience
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Sep 2021
We saw so many whales! A real bucket list experience. The smaller boat and numbers made the experience more personal and we never struggled to see the action.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Up close and personal
, Aug 2021
Whale watching is such an amazing experience. The small boat gives you a better view of them especially when they come close. Being able to get in the water with the whales is an extra special experience
Fantastic day out!!
, Aug 2021
Such a memorable day in so many ways. Ed, our captain, did a terrific job of finding the whales whilst Grant discussed what we were seeing. Although it was a rather blustery day we still saw plenty of whales. Definitely a must do when visiting Hervey Bay!
1st Swim of many to come.
, Sep 2020
An amazing day we would recommend it to anyone, a must do on your bucket list, informative fun great crew, we will be back. 😊
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Fabulous day
, Aug 2020
An amazing experience, saw lots of whales and got to swim while they were around the boat. Great crew, very friendly and knowledgeable although dad jokes need work 🤣 Thoroughly recommend this company as the passenger numbers are kept low to give you a much better experience. 10/10. Thanks for a fabulous day.
Très belle rencontre avec les baleines, équipage merveilleux
, Aug 2018
Nous avons adoré cette sortie sur un petit bateau, 9 personnes seulement, avec un personnel charmant et très professionnel.Nous avons vu beaucoup de baleines, c'est magnifique !Pas facile de nager avec elles ce jour là mais peu importe, les baleines ne font pas toujours ce que les touristes voudraient.Merci à l'équipageJe recommende cette petite sortie "familialeCatherine, Gael et Audrey (France)

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