• Guaranteed Whale Sightings*
  • Includes Gear, Lunch & Transfers
  • Safe & Responsible

About the tour

Hervey Bay Dive Centre operates the regions only dedicated whale swim experience between July and October.

This exclusive experience is an incredibly special opportunity to swim with one of natures most majestic mammals, the Humpback whale, a curious, gentle and trusting creature.

Whale swim update: as the season progresses more calves are present in the bay. These playful youngsters make for a fantastic watch experience but we are restricted from swimming with them under our permit. This can make finding suitable whales to swim with more challenging. Our crew will continue to work hard to try and maximise your opportunity to swim but please bear in mind this is down to the whales and not always possible. Rest assured the day is still an exclusive, small passenger number up-close whale encounter like no other.

Each sighting is different and every whale swim unique and personal. People that have swam with whales often describe the experience as "life changing". Our cruise maximises your opportunity to swim with the whales. Our boat departs from the Dive Centre on the Boat Club Marina with limited passengers/swimmers (max 12) and is crewed by our experienced skipper and friendly crew making for a more personal experience. Whilst our tour focuses on swimming with the whales there is plenty opportunity to watch them in the best whale watching destination in Australia.

For the whales comfort we only snorkel with them as they're not keen on bubbles. We provide you with a wetsuit and snorkelling equipment.


  • Day tour, all inclusive whale swim & watch*.
  • Exclusive experience with limited passengers numbers for a personal experience.
  • Tea / coffee and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Snorkelling gear and wetsuits are provided.
  • Courtesy transfers from your Hervey Bay accommodation.
  • Guaranteed whale sightings*.


  • Adults: $150
  • Family: $410 (2x adults & 2x kids)
  • Kids (8-14yrs): $110
  • Kids (4-8yrs): $60
    Not suitable for children under 4 years old.

What to bring

  • Your towel and swimmers
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
  • Warm jacket
  • Camera, GoPro etc
* Please note: Every effort will be made to maximise your opportunity to swim with the whales. However, swimming wth the whales is conditions dependant and cannot be guaranteed. Permits restrict all operators from swimming with mothers and calves.
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Our boat

Our whale swim and dive boat - M.V. Utopia - is a modern 40ft powercat capable of reaching the whale watching grounds in under 40min. Fast and comfortable, passenger numbers are deliberatley limited to 12 for a more personal experience.

Hervey Bay whale season

Hervey Bay is a world class whale watching destination located 3hrs north of Brisbane in the state of Queensland, Australia.

The Hervey Bay whale season runs from August to October.

Hervey Bay's climate is mild even in winter with water temperatures around 19°C (wetsuits available on request). Sheltered by stunning Fraser Island the waters around Hervey Bay are usually calm making for excellent swimming conditions. Whilst the weather is usually warm we recommend bringing a windproof jacket for your comfort on the boat between swims.

Whale swims take place in Platypus Bay a short cruise from Hervey Bay.

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humpback whale

The humpback whale

The whales that visit Hervey bay during the winter months (late July - late October) are Humpbacks. They are truly majestic animals and an honour to witness, especially up close and personal in the water!

Humpbacks are incredibly playful and curious whales. Hervey Bay is the best place in Australia to see Humpbacks and the only place where they willingly approach to within feet of boats in an act called mugging. Their relaxed and curious attitude whilst in Hervey Bay make for one of the best whale swimming venues in the world.

Responsible nature tour

We take your safety and the whales comfort very seriously. We only enter the water at the whales discretion and when it is safe to do so. All swimmers need to respect the reasons for this and follow our directions at all times.

We are extremely privileged to be able to swim with these magnificent mammals and have a responsibility to respect them and their environment. Each swim will be conducted inline with the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching and our internal Code of Conduct.

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Guaranteed whale sightings

We only enter the water on the whale's terms therefor, we cannot guarantee that everyone will get to swim with the whales.

In the unlikely event that our boat does not see any whales you will be offered a complimentary return ticket valid for the same season.