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Whale Shark Tours Exmouth

Take part in a tour from Perth to Exmouth and witness Australia’s remarkable natural wonders. Explore the unique rock formations on the Pinnacles Tours Desert. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Kalbarri National Park. Experience an extraordinary wildlife encounter with wild dolphins swimming up close. Visit a beach composed entirely of tiny white seashells. Lastly, explore the stunning beaches and snorkelling spots of Coral Bay and Exmouth.

 

Highlights

  • One can walk through the Pinnacles Desert to observe fascinating rock formations.
  • You can visit Kalbarri National Park to observe nature’s window.
  • One can hike into Murchison Gorge within Kalbarri National Park.
  • Visitors can observe the well-known Monkey Mia Bottlenose Dolphins up close.
  • Consider visiting Shell Beach, a beautiful beach completely covered in white shells.
  • Spend your time in Coral Bay with ample opportunities for snorkelling and various activities.
  • There is a full day available in Exmouth to explore Turquoise Bay and Cape Range National Park.
  • After the tour concludes the next day, you can extend your stay and participate in a Whaleshark tour.

Itinerary

The Perth to Exmouth tour begins in Perth at 7:25 am and heads north along the coast. You will have lunch by the Indian Ocean and take a walk through the fascinating rock formations of the Pinnacles Desert. Before staying overnight in Kalbarri, you will pass through Geraldton.

Meals include lunch and dinner. Accommodation is provided in a dorm with shared bathroom facilities at Kalbarri Backpackers YHA. The driving distance is 575km. The hike distance is 2km with a grade of 1-2.

Today, you can explore Kalbarri National Park. Hike to Nature’s Window for a view through a unique rock formation. Take the Z Bend trail into Murchinson Gorge for stunning park views. In the afternoon, head towards Shark Bay and visit a beach covered in white cockle shells. Tonight, your accommodation will be in Monkey Mia.

Meals provided: Breakfast and Dinner. Accommodation: RAC Monkey Mia Resort Backpacker Dorms or similar, with shared bathroom facilities. Optional activity: Kalbarri Abseiling Z-Bend. Distance to drive: 450km. Hiking distance: 3km, with a difficulty grade of 3-4.

Begin your day with an exciting adventure by abseiling down the gorge’s walls in Kalbarri National Park. Kalbarri Abseil offers this thrilling experience; you don’t need any prior experience. They will provide full training and all the necessary equipment on-site. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture fantastic photos, and if you have friends or family who aren’t participating, they can also take pictures for you. You can easily organize this adventure as part of your tour.

This morning, you can witness one of Australia’s renowned wildlife encounters. The Monkey Mia Dolphins swim ashore and are hand-fed in knee-deep water. Afterwards, relax on the beautiful coastline before seeing the Stromatolites. Stromatolites are rock formations with multiple layers created by a single-celled microbe. They are alive and estimated at 3.7 billion years old. Tonight, you’ll travel and stay overnight on the edge of the Ningaloo Reef in Coral Bay. This package includes meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Accommodation is provided in Ningaloo Coral Bay Backpacker Dorms or a similar facility with shared bathroom facilities. The driving distance is 580km, and the hiking distance is 2km with a Grade 1 difficulty level.

Explore the Ningaloo Reef in Coral Bay for the day. Snorkel in the clear water near the shore. Take a tour to explore the reefs further out. Enjoy the beach and the sun. Later, travel to Exmouth.
Meals are provided for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Accommodations are available at Potshot Hotel Resort Backpacker Dorms or a similar option with shared bathroom facilities. Guests have several options for activities, including swimming with Manta Rays, snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef, and taking Glass Bottom Boat Tours. It should be noted that guests cannot book Whaleshark Swims on day four as they return after the bus has left Coral Bay. The driving distance for this day is 155km and is classified as Grade 1.
Optional Activities: (pre-booking is recommended)
Experience swimming with Manta Rays on the Ningaloo Reef with Coral Bay Ecotours. Please note that snorkelling is available only for competent swimmers.
Coral Bay Ecotours offers a 5-6 hour tour of the Ningaloo Reef. The tour provides all necessary equipment, including a wetsuit if needed. Morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet-style lunch, are included. During the tour, you can witness the captivating dance of the manta rays and enjoy two reef snorkels. You may encounter beautiful fish, corals, sea turtles and reef sharks. The tour also includes visiting the turtle sanctuary, where you can observe turtles coming up for a breath in the shallows.
Experience a glass-bottom boat tour on the Ningaloo Reef with Coral Bay Ecotours.
Tour the Ningaloo Reef on Coral Bay Ecotours’ glass bottom boat. See tropical and temperate fish and corals under the glass. Choose from 1-, 2-, or 3-hour tours. The 1-hour tour is a glass viewing only. The 2-hour tour includes a glass viewing and a snorkel site. The 3-hour tour provides glass viewing, snorkelling, and a visit to the turtle sanctuary. You can watch turtles feeding and coming up for air in the shallows at the refuge. The skipper can even try to bring the turtles under the glass for you. Snorkel tours come with equipment.
Whaleshark Swims cannot be booked on [day 4] as they return after the bus has already left Coral Bay. All optional activities in Coral Bay must be completed by 3:45-4:00 pm.

Today, you will explore Cape Range National Park. You will see rugged limestone ranges, deep canyons, and pristine beaches spanning 50km. During the tour, you will visit Turquoise Bay and Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and relax at the Milyering Visitors Center. The tour will conclude in the late afternoon, making it an incredible way to end your Perth to Exmouth tour. The meals provided are breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The accommodation offered is Potshot Hotel Resort Backpacker Dorms or a similar option with shared bathroom facilities. There are two options for swimming: Whaleshark from March to September or Humpback from August to October (pre-booking is required). The driving distance is 135km, and the hike distance is 1km with a grade of 1-2. Optional Activities: (pre-booking is recommended) Exmouth Dive Centre offers seasonal swims with Whalesharks and Humpback Whales (March to August). Snorkelling is available for competent swimmers only. Join Exmouth Dive Centre for a fun day on the water. Start with a reef snorkel to see the coral gardens and fish. You might see turtles or reef sharks! Then, they’ll search for humpback whales and whale sharks with a spotter plane. If the whales aren’t cooperative, the plane will find another group. All equipment is provided, including wetsuits if needed. Morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet lunch, are included.

Regrettably, you must check out your accommodation at 10:00 am today.

Meals: breakfast. Accommodation: Guests can extend their stay or make arrangements for their next destination at their own expense.

The tour routes or itinerary schedules may be subject to changes due to seasonal weather fluctuations, park closures, and operational reasons.

Details​​​

Dormitory (with shared room & facilities)$1410 per person 18+ years

Please Note: Our extended touring program is unsuitable for children under six. Private room upgrade fares are available via our main website, Autopia Tours. Children under 17 must stay in private rooms with an adult or legal guardian.

*We do not operate Optional Activities on our 6 Day Coral Coaster Tour and can have different terms and conditions. We recommend you contact the operator directly via their websites for full booking details and terms and conditions. Weather, which is outside of our control, can impact these tours. Tours may be cancelled so that the operator will issue a full refund. As we deal with wildlife, they are always expected but never guaranteed.

  • Breakfast x 5
  • Lunch x 4
  • Dinner x 5
  • Multiple Pickups from Perth / drop off Exmouth
  • One-way journey in an Air-Conditioned Mini Bus
  • Five nights accommodation
  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • Monkey Mia entrance fee
  • Highly Experienced Driver / Guide
  • Informative Tour Commentary
  • Small Group Touring
  • Water Bottle 1.5 Litre
  • 15kg soft luggage and small day bag
  • Prescribed medications
  • A warm jacket, thermals, and woollen hat are advisable for colder months
  • Hiking shoes (recommended)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Torch or Headlamp
  • Camera

Booking​

FAQs

From March to August, the stars align perfectly.
Provided you follow expert guidance and safety protocols diligently.
Think practicality: swimwear, sunscreen, a hat, and a camera to freeze those precious moments.
It’s wise to check with the tour operator, as age restrictions may apply.
Investigate their dedication to safety, conservation, and strict adherence to local regulations.
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