Forget dolphins, it's all about swimming with whale sharks today and this year may be the best yet to do just that. Western Australiais preparing for a huge whale shark season after sightings prior to the usual start of the season in March. Over 19,000 people headed to the region last year to swim with the gentle giants of the sea last year and now could be your chance to find out just why.
Unlike with most dolphin experiences, swimming with whale sharks occurs in their natural habitats on the shores of Western Australia where typically they migrate from March through to August. The largest fish in the world, whale sharks can grow up to a massive 16m long and regularly visit to feast on plankton and krill.
Swim tours to see the sharks are very fruitful, with a 92% success rate for seeing the majestic creatures. These tours combine a short boat ride and snorkelling with the experience, adding to the ammazing sights that you'll see that day.
Your best bet for such an experience is at World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef, which is the world's largest fringing reef at 300km long. The reef is not only home to whale sharks, but a whole range of marine wildlife including: manta rays, sea turtles and hundreds of species of tropical fish. This is all without mentioning the beautiful coral lining the seabed. All of this is just a short walk off the beach and a snorkel away! Here, you can also bare witness to the incredible annual migration of the humpback whale and take advantage of one of the finest fishing spots on the planet.
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