Whale swim to boost WA’s eco reputation

1 November 2015

The addition of swimming with humpback whales to WA’s tourism offering will boost the range of ecotourism experiences the State has to offer, which are extremely popular with visitors.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the experience, which will be trialled in Ningaloo Marine Park next year, was well suited to Western Australia’s brand and reputation as a location with a coastal lifestyle and unique wildlife encounters.

“By offering this extraordinary experience in the Coral Coast region, the existing whale shark season will be extended due to overlapping humpback whale migration times,” Mr Hall said.

“This increases the opportunities for genuine wildlife encounters and an improved experience for visitors.”

With the chance to swim with humpback whales available in only a few places around the globe, having such an experience available in WA will enhance the State’s appeal and reputation as a world-class ecotourism destination, Mr Hall said.

“It is only possible to deliver this experience due to the unique combination of the successful conservation of humpback whales and the presence of trusted and accredited tourism operators who are assured to have the highest level of safety and experience in interacting with wildlife,” he said.

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