What You can expect
Every trip we take out to sea is unique since we leave most of this trip up to the whales and mother nature.
Check in at Sunreef starts at the time outlined on your confirmation email or text. When you arrive, we will see you at our check in desk so we can check your Whale Swim Waiver and ensure all the names on the booking are correct.
We will then direct you to the departure area where you will also pick up your mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit. The Sunreef Crew will help you find a wetsuit and fins that fit you the best. We will have you wait on the boardwalk before your Skipper gives you a briefing of how we will run the trip.
On departure, we will give all our guests a thorough boat briefing as we exit the Mooloolah River. The trip out of Mooloolaba takes around 15 minutes. After exiting the Mooloolah River mouth we will begin to search for whales using our sight. We will be looking out for mainly blows or major surface activity from the humpback whales, however it’s not uncommon for us to also end up spotting dolphins, turtles and other amazing animals on our trips.
To help us sight the whales, the Swim with Whales crew will ensure that you know what you should be looking for in particular.
After spotting whales, what we experience is all completely left up to the whale. We will wait for the final calls from our skipper and trained crew.
If the whales are displaying behaviours that are deemed unsuitable by our crew for a swim, we will observe these animals from the boat and give them their space.
If determined as safe by our trained crew, the boat will be shut off and the swimmers will slowly enter the water. After this, what we experience is all completely left up to the whale.
This is a completely organic experience, in no way do we control these animals or their behaviours. Sometimes they will swim away, sometimes they swim right under or beside us. Please note this is also a case of looking but not touching these animals.
Either way, it will be an experience we’re sure you’ll remember. We will always do everything in our power to respect the whales boundaries and environment.
From start to finish, please allow at least 4 hours. Please see below for what to bring, parking recommendations, and more.
Our vessels will have light snacks, water, and a marine toilet available.
Read more about humpback whales on the Sunshine Coast.