Whale tour price

  Adult Child Family
(Jul - Sep)
$150 $110 $420
(Sep - Oct)
$120 $70 $300
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  • Half-day Whale Swim* & watch tour
  • Unique personal encounter with strictly limited passenger numbers (max 12)
  • Guaranteed sightings (swim dependant on conditions)
  • Wetsuits and snorkelling gear provided
  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • EcoTourism Certified

Hervey Bay Dive Centre's exclusive swim with the whales tour

Experience a unique and personal tour that takes whale watching to a whole new level.

Hervey Bay is world renowned as one of the best whale watching destinations on the planet, and for good reason. The sheltered bay between Hervey Bay and Fraser Island provides the perfect rest stop for the humpback whales on their annual migration. Here is where the whales are most relaxed and playful, and that makes for exceptional whale encounters.

Now you can enter the whales realm and experience these majestic giants up close and personal.

Hervey Bay Dive Centres whale swim* and watch tour departs Hervey Bay daily on a high-speed 40ft power cat.

Swim (high season) & Watch (low season)

The whale season in Hervey Bay runs from mid-July to late October. During early September more mother and calve pairs begin to appear in the Bay. Permits restrict operators from swimming with calves.

With this in mind the Dive Centre has introduced a high vs low season.

High season runs from mid-July to early September. This period is your best opportunity to swim with the whales and the tour focues on seaking out suitable whales to swim with.

From mid-September to the end of the season in October it is more challenging to find suitable whales to swim with due to the calve restriction. As such the tour's focus switches to a whale watch experience and is priced to reflect this. Should suitable swim whales be found during this time the team will aim to get you in the water.

Swimming with the whales

The comfort and safety of the whales and guests is paramount. The swim experience will only proceed if suitable whales* and conditions are present.

If the swim will proceed the crew will prepare the boat and guests for entering the water. You will have pre-selected your wetsuit and snorkelling gear. Entering the water is easy from the stern (back) of the boat.

The whales in Hervey Bay are curious and inquisitive and you should experience some sensationally close encounters.

* Please note: Swimming cannot be guaranteed. Swimming with the whales is whales and conditions dependant. Permits restrict operators from swimming with mothers and calves.


Departure Details

  Departs Returns
Morning (Swim) 7:30am 11:30am
Afternoon (Watch) 1:30pm 5:30pm

Whale watch boat

  • High speed, power catamaran
  • Comfortable seating, spacious deck area
  • Waterline whale viewing gets you up close and personal
  • Toilet
  • Max of 12 passengers and 2 crew

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