Gold Coast: Swim with Whales

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Swim with humpback whales off the Gold Coast on this guided tour in a rigid inflatable boat. Seek a friendly, in-water encounter with curious whales with the help of your marine biologist guide.


  • Feel the thrill of swimming with whales and dolphins on the Gold Coast
  • Search for respectful encounters with gentle and sociable humpback whales
  • Travel in a fast rigid inflatable boat to spend more time with the whales
  • Get the best chance of swimming with the whales on a small-group tour
  • Enjoy a comfortable experience with warm wetsuits and premium mask and fins


Head offshore from the Gold Coast in a rigid inflatable speedboat and have the chance to swim and snorkel with majestic humpback whales. Learn about the whales and enjoy respectful encounters with them with a marine biologist guide. Make your way to the meeting point and meet your guide. Then, hop into the rigid inflatable speedboat and set off across the water in search of the whales. There are over 35,000 humpbacks on Australia's East coast, so sightings are guaranteed, though the whales decide if they want to swim with you. Enjoy a great chance to swim with the whales as your marine biologist skipper will use their experience of swimming with whales around the world to identify happy and curious whale behaviour. Gentle and curious humpback whales often approach the boat to say hello. As group sizes are kept to a minimum, the chances of a unique and special encounter increase further. Despite their size, humpbacks can be shy and large groups of people in the water are definitely not ideal for a good whale interaction. Stay warm during your experience with 5mm freedive suits with hoods and quality masks and fins. Travel on a fast and comfortable rigid inflatable boat used by the military and police due to their safety and stability, with individual seats and all safety equipment on board.


RIB transportation Snorkel tour Marine biologist guide Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, and fins) Premium 5mm winter wetsuit

Important Information

  • Tours are subject to weather and ocean conditions and may be cancelled if conditions change and are deemed unsafe. If a tour is cancelled due to poor weather, you will be rescheduled to the next available tour. Whale sightings are guaranteed; if you do not see one, you can go out again on another tour until you see a whale. However, swimming with the whales is not guaranteed. The activity provider will do their best to provide a whale swim but ultimately it's up to the whales if they want to swim with your group on the day. The activity provider operates subject to Commonwealth legislation and observes and abides by the strict approach and distance requirements for vessels and people in proximity to whales. After booking, you'll receive a confirmation email detailing where to go and what to bring. If conditions change, the activity provider will notify you of any rescheduling by email and SMS. Please ensure that you check your messages for any changes to the scheduled departure.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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