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Swimming with minke whales on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is a unique and rare opportunity for those interested in these magnificent creatures. The GBR is the only known migration point for minke whales where humans can safely swim with them, offering a chance to observe these fascinating creatures up close. Minke whales are known to be naturally curious creatures, and the likelihood of sightings and interactions with them is extremely high.
This experience provides not only the opportunity to observe these magnificent animals in their natural habitat, but also a deeper appreciation for the ocean and its inhabitants. However, it is important to keep in mind that all interactions with wildlife, including swimming with whales, should be done responsibly and with the well-being of the animals in mind. It is recommended to participate in whale swimming experiences only with certified and responsible tour operators who follow strict guidelines to minimise disturbance to the whales and ensure the safety of both the animals and the humans in the water.
Which is a nice segue to introduce my good buddy and your trip guide, Martin Connolly. Martin is the co-founder of Scuba IQ and has spoken passionately on the Scuba GOAT podcast about the Great Barrier Reef and minke whales. Have a listen. Swimming with minke whales starts 15 minutes into the show.
5 Nights departing Sunday 2nd July from Cairns aboard the MV Argo.
This itinerary is carefully designed to focus on swimming with whales.
Return to Cairns Friday 7th July. Full itinerary available on request.
Martin is joined by Kyte Gawman who is a dive professional with extensive experience on the Great Barrier Reef.
With these two on board, along with the highly skilled boat crew and staff, you will benefit from their collective local knowledge and experience.
By law, each operator can only allow 12 swimmers in the water at any given time with the whales.
While this vessel accommodates 16 guests, we are limiting numbers to 12 meaning you don’t have to queue for your turn in the water.
Club Cabin $3905
Twin Cabin $4120
Premium Cabin $4490
All prices are based upon shared cabins and are per person.
See below for a full description.
Shout out to Scuba IQ & Angelina Pilarinos Photography for the great pictures