Come and experience an up-close, personal whale encounter with strictly limited numbers (max 12). Includes whale swim encounter when possible.
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".
Our peak swim period is July through August and our cruise maximises your opportunity to immerse with the whales.
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, safety equipment and experienced dive guides.
Even of we cannot swim 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 qualified dive crew.
With the smallest guest numbers in the bay youâ€™ll feel like part of the family and we look forward to welcoming you aboard.
Swim (Peak) / Watch (Low) Season
From mid-July to early September is the best time to immerse with the whales. During this time the tour will focus on maximising your opportunity to swim with the whales. This is our peak season.
From September more 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 adult 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 unique watch experience. This is our low season. If the opportunity arises to swim during this period we will aim to get you in the water.