Each year between May and November the subtropical waters of Australia’s east coast host 30,000 humpback whales on migration from Antarctica. They follow the path of the continental shelf which runs closest to the shoreline between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, making this the prime location for us to witness the whales in their natural environment.
To swim with whales is undoubtedly a remarkable, intimate experience you won’t soon forget. Cooly Eco Adventures is the first operator on the Gold Coast to offer swimming with whales and it is our prime objective to give you that experience in a safe and environmentally conscious way.
We do everything we can to maximise your chance of swimming with whales but what you must understand is; we don’t swim with whales, the whales swim with us. While we guarantee whale sightings, we cannot guarantee your swim with them; the time they spend with us or the proximity they will come.
Cooly Eco Adventures uses the ‘soft in-water encounters’ approach which is a proven method to achieve a successful and sustainable whale swim. Refer to our FAQ section for more information on soft in-water encounters.
Every whale swim is unique and our highly experienced skipper and crew are on hand throughout to make this experience personal as well as professional. They have a wealth of knowledge and passion for whales and the stunning Gold Coast region they look forward to sharing with you.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Qualified, experienced and professional skipper and crew
- Maximum 8 swimmers in the water accompanied by an experienced guide
- In-water whale swimming interactions as close as 30 metre approach – the rest is up to the whale
- Top of the range swim and snorkel gear (masks, fins, snorkel) including super warm Patagonia Yulex wetsuits; sharkbanz2 and Reef Safe Sunscreen
- In water support from crew available as well as floatation devices
- Snorkel training offered to improve your current skill level
- Informative and captivating commentary throughout the tour on humpback whales and other marine life; Australian Aboriginal and European history along with the local area.
- Tea, coffee and light snacks pre-departure
- Fresh fruit post swim
WHAT TO BRING
It is colder out on the water so come prepared with layers. We recommend:
- Beanie, warm jumper/ jacket
- Spray jacket/ Rain coat
- Sunglasses and hat
- Camera, Gopro etc
- Drinking water
· MUST be able to swim unassisted
· 15 Years+ minimum age. Any children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
· Not suitable for pregnant woman or anyone with a back injury.
· Snorkelling experience necessary
· Sense of adventure!
*Anyone with cold or flu symptoms will not be allowed to board the vessel due to Covid 19.