The opportunity to swim with a humpback whale is a rare and very special one – something that people who have experienced it have described as “life changing”. “Its truly incredible to that one of the largest of mammals in our oceans is so graceful and gentle – they are just so trusting of human beings. They seem as intrigued by us as we are of them and glide effortlessly around us, with such a gentleness that it’s like they recognise our fragility in comparison and know we are there out of wonder and respect.”
Every day is different on the water, and every encounter is unique. Our whale watching and swimming trips are approximately four hours in duration, with each trip catering for up to 20 participants. Sunreef provides all participants with wetsuits and snorkelling equipment required for the adventure. Participants are also fully briefed on the boat about what to expect from the experience.
Unfortunately if you are pregnant we cannot take you on this tour. Also if you are bringing children between 8 and 15 yrs old there must have an adult/guardian on board or in the water at all times with them. If you are bringing kids between 8 an d 15 please be aware that they need to be strong swimmers for this activity, they must not be holding onto you as the adult, if this is seen to be happening they will not be allowed in the water again. Children under 8 are not permitted on board.
Once a whale is sighted, the boat will be put into neutral 100m or more away from the whale, and if the conditions are determined as safe by our trained crew, the boat will be turned off and swimmers will be allowed into the water holding on to the floating line attached to the boat.
Then it’s all up to the whale – it is a natural experience and it is 100% on the whale’s own terms. Whales are known as curious creatures so they may come over towards us or they may just swim past or away. Either way it’s an experience you will never forget. It is also a case of looking but not touching these wondrous creatures.
While Sunreef will do everything in its power, to ensure whale encounters, we can’t guarantee that our guests will get to swim with these magnificent sea mammals but if on the day the boat doesn’t sight a whale, you will be eligible for 50% off your next trip.
This is also in Open Water and we suggest that you look into Seasickness medication to minimize the chance of it effecting your trip.
The whale swimming and watching operations work out of Mooloolaba in the heart of Queensland’s Naturally Refreshing Sunshine Coast. It takes about 10 minutes from the Sunreef dock to get out on the beautiful waters off the Coast, which are at their best during the winter months when the whales migrate. Water temperatures during this time range from 17 to 23 degrees C and visibility is regularly up to 30 metres.Our Responsibility
At Sunreef, we take your safety and that of the whales very seriously. It is our Number 1 priority so all participants must follow the directions of staff at all times. Sunreef is experienced in guiding in-water activities and adhere to all relevant safety guidelines. All encounters are conducted in accordance with the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching (2005) as well as our own strict Code of Practice which has been developed with whale researchers and experts to ensure the protection of the whales. We are also working with the University of the Sunshine Coast on a coordinated research project to increase the knowledge around these amazing creatures. Our commitment includes recording information about every whale sighting and offering spots on every boat for the researchers to get out into the field to collect their own data. Our guests can also participate, if they wish, using our whale spotting sheets. Whilst we will do everything in our power to ensure a great experience, this is 100% on the whale’s terms so we cannot guarantee that everyone will get to swim with the whales. However, if our boat does not see any whales during your trip, you will have the opportunity to rebook at a 50% discount. In the event of poor weather conditions cause cancellation, any guests not able to be booked on another tour will receive a refund. Please note that while the weather can look great on the beach, this doesn't mean that the conditions off-shore are safe enough for swimming.
- Available for all ages
- Packages start from $165.00pp
Perfectly placed in one of the most beautiful locations in Eastern Australia, you’ll most definitely be left in the best hands when you learn to dive at our incredible PADI 5 Star Dive Facility. Joined throughout your session by our team of friendly qualified members of staff, you’ll be supplied with all the equipment that you need to take part which includes all of the necessary safety gear. With no previous experience required, you’ll find that we are able to accommodate for divers of all levels of experience. When you go Scuba Diving in Mooloolaba, you’ll be given the perfect chance to take advantage of Queensland’s stunning Sunshine Coast – getting in touch with your inner underwater explorer along the way.
- All Equipment
- Qualified Instructors
- Refreshments Available
question_answer Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum age for Eco Tours at Mooloolaba?
The minimum age for Eco Tours at Mooloolaba is suitable for all ages.
How long does an Eco Tours session at Mooloolaba last?
The average Eco Tours session at our Mooloolaba centre is 4 hours 20 minutes.
Is Eco Tours Mooloolaba open for bookings during the week?
Absolutely, however Eco Tours is busiest at the weekend - and our Mooloolaba centre is no exception. This means you might need a larger group monday through friday.
Is Eco Tours Mooloolaba open for bookings at weekends?
Eco Tours at Mooloolaba is busiest at the weekends so we'd definitely recommend booking in advance! Obviously, we'll always try to accommodate last minute Eco Tours bookings but once the spots are booked up they are booked up!
How popular is the Eco Tours Mooloolaba center?
Geronigo® aims for all of our Eco Tours locations to be amongst the the best and most popular, our Eco Tours Mooloolaba center is no exception. Book with confidence!
Can I buy a gift voucher for Eco Tours Mooloolaba?
Yes you can buy Eco Tours Mooloolaba gift vouchers either online or over the phone. Geronigo® gift vouchers are valid for 12 months, can be gift wrapped or for a last minute gift idea can be instant email delivered. Remember that any gift experience voucher from Geronigo® including our Eco Tours Mooloolaba vouchers can be used for booking at any of our thousands of Geronigo® adventure locations (for no extra charge!).
Where is Eco Tours Mooloolaba?
The Eco Tours Mooloolaba center is located at the following address. Please note that sometimes our Eco Tours centers are difficult to find, please follow the directions on your booking receipt!
How much is Eco Tours at Mooloolaba?
The average package price of Eco Tours at Mooloolaba $165.00. The lowest price is $165.00 with the most expensive option being $165.00.
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