SUNREEF SWIM WITH WHALES – MOOLOOLABA QLD

Not your average dip in the ocean

 

At a weight of approximately 40 tonnes and a length of about 16 metres, they’re among some of the largest mammals in the ocean – hardly your first choice for a swimming partner.

But swimming with humpback whales is exactly what’s on offer just off Queensland’s stunning Sunshine Coast.

The experience is like no other – the chance to feel such large creatures swim beneath you and hear their whale song is mesmerising.

Based just a short stroll from Wharf Mooloolaba, Sunreef offers the opportunity for guests to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures.

The waters surrounding the wharf are a designated marine park and the humpback whales pass through annually on their migration south during August and November.

Groups of up to 20 daring swimmers are taken out on a small boat and provided with a remarkably intimate experience with these gentle giants.

From vantage points around the vessel, it’s up to guests to spot the whales and staff are on hand to provide their tips.

The boat follows the so-called “whale highway” and it’s never long before the first sighting of a whale footprint – a smooth, slick body of water in the middle of the sea.

Guests prepare their swimming gear. jump in and follow a buoyed rope behind the boat as soon as the whales are within range.

The experience is like no other – the chance to feel such large creatures swim beneath you and hear their whale song is mesmerising.

Every day the experience is different. The team at Sunreef stress that the whales are wild creatures, and participate on their own terms.

While some days whales can come within five metres of swimmers, other times they provide a full acrobatics show – breaching in the water and playing close to the vessel.

The Sunreef experience is the first of its kind in Australia, and provides a much more intimate encounter than the usual whale watching tours.

Take the plunge, strap on your fins and jump in with these magnificent creatures. Despite their size, they’re more graceful than you think!

 

By Melissa Yeo

 

Sunreef
w: http://www.sunreef.com.au/
t: (07) 5444 5656
a: 110 Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba
 
 

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