Swimming with dwarf minke whales is one of my most unforgettable experiences. These naturally inquisitive mammals are seemingly attracted to boats and people, coming up close to inspect the newcomers to their marine environment. They command the terms of their interaction. They may stay just a moment, or spend minutes and sometimes even hours circling swimmers and divers in the water.
Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the few places in the world where you can swim and dive with the dwarf minke whales. It’s highly regulated, to protect the people and the whales, and provides the most amazing opportunity for a natural marine encounter.
The small, but important, swim with the dwarf minke whales’ tourism industry operates exclusively on the Ribbon Reefs between Port Douglas and Lizard Island. It’s the only of its kind in Australia and operates during an extremely limited season, timed to coincide with the annual migration of the dwarf minke whales.
A truly memorable and exciting way to fully immerse yourself and experience our magnificent World Heritage Great Barrier Reef environment. Although this liveaboard adventure focus on you seeing minke whales the diving locations in the area are some of the best I’ve personally experienced diving the Great Barrier Reef.
Departs Every – Tuesday from 31 May – 2 August 2022
Returns Cairns Marina – Friday mid morning (subject to weather)
Scubapro – The Vessel
Number of passengers:
What to bring:
Dive Certification Card (Minimum Open Water Level – Hat & Sunscreen – Warm clothing for evenings – Money for bar and other on-board purchases – Soft luggage
PADI Nitrox Course – $105.00 per person
Extra Charges – Payable Direct to Operator
3 Day 3 Night Trip – Marine Levies, Port Departure taxes and Admin fees $85 per person
Optional Upgrades and Additional Courses
ENRICHED AIR PACKAGE (NITROX) – $105.00 per person
Only available for divers with enriched air (nitrox) certification. 11 dives with enriched air (nitrox) provided.
Please note, the below itinerary is a guide only, and the order of sites may change. The skipper will always adapt the plan to the prevailing weather, tides and currents.
Day 1: Cairns to Agincourt ribbon reefs – 2 Dives
Day 2: Ribbon Reef 10 – 4 Dives (inc 1 night dive)
4 Dives through the day, including one night dive.