The Price for a trip on a dedicated Whale / Seal boat is $185 including all gear and refreshments - this is 4 hour Snorkelling trip.
REMEMBER: we continually stress to all customers that any encounter is purely up to the Whales or seals, we do not guarantee that you will see whales or seals on any trip or have any interactions with them. It is the whale’s or seals decision to come the final 100m to you and on many occasions they will simply swim by, swim away or completely ignore you.
However last year 56% of the whale boats had an in-water interaction with the whales, and 97% of the people on the boats at least saw whales from the boats on our trips. It is extremely rare for the seals not to come over and play with the divers.
The Whale Migration runs from April to July with the whales heading North. While the whales are heading north they are focused on getting to the warmer waters to breed and give birth.
They start to return from Mid August to the end of November the whales return to Antartica, while heading South they are more relaxed and take their time. PEAK SEASON for whale watching and swimming is September to the end of October.
Our boats will head either North or South depending on conditions, primarily we will be looking for Whales, but we will also (time and weather permitting) head into one of the Seal Haul outs for a swim with them.
We are fully compliant with the requirements of the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017 and the NSW Biodiversity Regulation 2017. Our approval is for a trial of the concept for the second year and is limited to 10 people (one boat) per day.
It is widely understood that most Cetacea are curious and intelligent, and will sometimes approach boats and divers to see what they are and what they are doing. Last year
Snorkelling with the whales is undertaken with the following provisions:
You must be able to confidently swim over 200m and be positively buoyant at all times
We do not guarantee that participants will be able to snorkel with the whales, it will be totally up to the whales to approach the swimmers / Snorkelers
The boat will approach under power no closer than 150m to any whale, drops will be conducted 300m from the whales, the whales must make the trip the rest of the way.
Snorkelers must stay within the area with the Dive Master at all times, and obey any instructions that they are given
Whales are not to be approached or dived at, snorkelers must remain a minimum of 30m away and actively swim away if any whale approaches them closer than 6m.
If there is any signs of distress, tail slapping or breaching within 30m all snorkelers must return to the boat immediately.
Be aware that this is a deep water activity conducted generally away from the shoreline and with up to 100m of water under you.
Trips may either be part of an exsisting dive trip or a specified boat depending on conditions and circumstances. The trip may be cancelled at any time due to safety or other concerns. As with all diving activities are weather dependant, and we may have to restrict or cancel the activity depending on what we find out there.
While in the water you must not:
a) Touch, feed or interfere with the natural behaviour of Humpback Whales
b) Chase or harass whales, or interrupt their swimming patterns
c) Intentionally enter the water with any cetacean species other than Humpback Whales
d) Enter the water in groups of more than 10 snorkelers
e) Spend any more than 30 minutes cumulative time daily with a specific individual or pod
f) Use additional mechanical apparatus including but not limited to scooters and horns.
g) Breach compliance with any obligations under provisions of the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.
The Boats below are dedicated Whale Swimming Boats and will spend the majority of the time out looking for whales, visits to the seals are conducted on each trip depending on conditions and the available time after the whale activities.
All trips are weather dependant and can be cancelled at anytime that the conditions are unsafe.
Permit No: MEAA20/101
Expiry Date: 30 December 2020
This permit and all conditions herein extend to all employees of the Permittee, and other persons acting on behalf of or at the direction of the Permittee for the purposes specified in this permit. Permit is granted to:
Permittee: Morcor Pty. Ltd ABN: 34 612 974 357
Trading As: Dive Jervis Bay
Address: 64 Owen Street, Huskisson, NSW 2540
Use and entry authorised to the following NSW Marine Park/s: Jervis Bay Marine Park
Permitted zone/s and location/s: All zones and locations within Jervis Bay Marine Park except where such authorised entry and/or use of a zone or location is contrary to the Zoning Plan.
Permitted activities being: Commercial activities – ‘Snorkel-with-humpback whales’ Tour 2020 Trial and whale watching
Between 1 May 2020 – 30 December 2020