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Reviewed 12 October 2020 via mobile

We did the whale shark swim in shoulder season on October 10th. The crew were Lorena, Jordy, Joley, Chelsea and skipper Tom. They did a great job of making sure we all knew what to expect and how to be safe in the water and get the most out of the experience. We started with a snorkel in the lagoon over a patch of reef and saw lots of different colourful fish. Being shoulder season we knew that it would be a gamble as to whether we actually saw a whale shark and the crew did a good job of managing our expectations in that regard. We were lucky though and the spotter plane found a whale shark for us to swim with. It was an amazing experience, we were in two groups and the crew made sure everyone who wanted to had a good chance to swim with the shark. The first time can be a bit overwhelming because you have to get in and swim quickly and it all happens very fast. If you go in and are feeling overwhelmed after the first time I definitely recommend going in again if you have a chance, you'll feel calmer the second time and be able to take it in more. We got to go in three times total and then afterwards went for another snorkel back in the lagoon and saw a turtle and a stingray and lots of fish. We also saw dolphins and humpbacks on the water so we were very fortunate.
The crew were really excellent, they were all very friendly and really committed to making sure everyone had a good experience. They were very approachable to ask questions and gave us some interesting facts about the reef and the marine life through the day. The food on board was also really nice and plenty to go around through the day. I felt very safe the whole time despite being in the open ocean in slightly choppy water and not being able to see the bottom! My friend is not a confident swimmer and had only snorkelled once before and even he was able to get in and see the shark and feel safe and comfortable doing so. They have pool noodles you can take in if you aren't a strong swimmer and there's an experienced guide with you the whole time who can help you out if you're struggling.

Thanks Ningaloo Discovery for an excellent day on the water to cap off our trip to Exmouth!

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NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2020

Hi there!

Thank you so much for your epic review! Its so nice to hear back from people's experiences, and it looks like you had a great time out with us and that our crew took good care of you.

How awesome is it to have swam with a whale shark this late in the season?! Definitely a great result =) Thank you for your kind words to the crew, we will definitely pass this onto them, they will appreciate it very much to know you had a great time with them.

Don't forget to download your photos!

Warm Regards,

The Ningaloo Discovery Team

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Reviewed 10 October 2020

This trip was excellent and amazing. The crew were wonderful and attentive. Unfortunately, we were unable to swim with a humpback whale that day, but we did get to swim with a whale shark! The crew were well organized and made sure that everyone was safe in the water and was able to have their photo taken with the whale shark.
The lunch served was delicious, healthy and vegetarian friendly! Lots of snacks were provided as well.
I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone and if I am ever in the area again I will try for the humpback!!

Date of experience: November 2019
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NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2020

Hi Naomi,

It sounds like you had a great time out with us and that the crew took good care of you!

So incredibly lucky to have swam with a whale shark this late in the season, definitely a great result!

Thank you for your awesome review of us, and don't forget to download your photos!

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Reviewed 9 October 2020 via mobile

What a fantastic once in a lifetime experience! We sailed on the catamaran looking for humpbacks on 18 September 2020. The crew Jenny, Daisy, Mitch and Jack were exceptional in their knowledge and customer service, they were friendly and approachable with a great sense of humour and fun! With their safety advice, knowledge and instruction we felt prepared and confident slipping into the water at the right time for the ultimate experience of swimming alongside a whale shark in their natural environment. It was a truly magical Experience. My husband and I and two of our children (17 & 13) are so grateful to all the crew for working so hard and so well together to ensure we are at the right place at the right time for this fantastic event. We also got to see the humpbacks as they came through and on our swim they were so unaffected by our presence that they took a sleep on the seabed, so we had some time to observe them in awe from a safe distance. We are all truly grateful to the crew and feel blessed to have had such an amazing day to remember. With thanks The Barber family xxxx

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NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2020

Hello the Barber Family!

Thank you so much for your amazing review!

We are so glad to gave taken you guys out on tour with us to experience the wonders of the Ningaloo Reef, which we are so fortunate enough to call our backyard. We will pass this on to the crew, they will appreciate it so much!

Don't forget to download your photos!

Warm Regards,

The Ningaloo Discovery Team

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Reviewed 7 October 2020

What a magic day out on the Ningaloo! We saw turtles, humpback whales and swam with a whale shark! It was sooo beautiful. The crew were so helpful, snorkelling gear was great and I felt confident in the water. Lunch was delicious. Thankyou Ningaloo Discovery!

Date of experience: October 2020
Thank JessGeraldton
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NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2020

Hi Jess,

We're so glad that you had a great time out with us and that the crew looked after you!

Thank you for your awesome review! Don't forget to download your free photos!

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Reviewed 7 October 2020

The most amazing crew, very friendly, kind and easy to get along with. Swimming with the whale sharks was a highlight as the crew were very organised and knew how to get passengers into the correct spots so they got the best experience possible. Food and drinks were supplied and I have never been so happy with the way things turned out. Definitely a must do with these guys.

Date of experience: October 2020
Thank arliab2020
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NingalooDiscovery, Front Office Manager at Ningaloo Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2020

Hi there!

Thank you for your epic review of us! We love it when passengers have a great time exploring and experiencing the great Ningaloo Reef. It sounds like you guys had an awesome time and that our crew took good care of you!

Thank you again, and don't forget to download your photos =)

Warm Regards,

The Ningaloo Discovery Team

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