Tour Options Quick Cat II is the only vessel in Hervey Bay that allows guests to swim with Humpback Whales. Guests will first be required to book onto the whale watching tour. The option to swim is an extra experience at $95 and can only be bought on the day on Quick Cat II.
Availability Swim option is available from 1 August to 31 October, but please note that it is only when conditions permit. In 2015, only 83 visitors were able to swim with the whales.
Group Sizes Quick Cat II limits guests onboard to 90. Swimmers will get into the water 4 at a time and must be at least 15 years of age. Availability of the opportunity to swim cannot be guaranteed. As such, guests will only pay for the swim once they have exited the water and dried off.
Safety & Whale Behaviour Swimming with the whales is dependent on weather conditions, water visibility and behaviour of the whales on the day. The captain and crew will determine if the animals are calm and curious. If they are displaying excitable behaviours such as tail slapping and breaching the water, a swim will not go ahead.
What to Expect Each encounter with the whales will be different. The crew will do their best to position swimmers near the whales as best as possible to have a fun and safe experience. However, whales are wild animals and will dictate exactly how much (or little) interaction with people they want. Swimmers can expect to spend 10 minutes in the water. Guests are lowered and recovered from the the water on a hydraulic platform.
Touching the Whales Guests both in and out of the water often get very close to the whales, but unfortunately (or fortunately for the whales) it is not permitted to touch them which is governed by the Queensland Government’s Nature Conservation Regulation.
Temperature of the Water Water temperature in Hervey Bay averages around a ‘subtropical’ 22°C during whale watching season (July - October). Daily air temperatures average between 22°C and 27°C and is traditionally a low rainfall time of year. This temperature is comfortable for most and wetsuits are included which most will choose to wear.
Swimming Ability Guests should be comfortable swimming in deep water and breathing through a snorkel. All swimmers are required to wear a life-jacket and are tethered to the boat by rope line for safety before entering the water. A guide will normally be present in the water with swimmers.
What’s Included with the Swim
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