Minke Whale Dive Trips 4 Night Fly/Dive

Tour Code: 671

Prices From

au$2,274

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$2,273.50
Family: au$9,094.00

Check Prices and Availability Have A Question? Call +61 7 4059 59 59

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Swimming with Minke Whales, an incredible experience! Every Australian Winter, the Dwarf Minke Whales make their annual migration from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef from May to August. Plan your swim with Minke Whales trip between June & July on the best liveaboard trip from Cairns.

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Highlights

  • 250km low level scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Swimming with man size Potato Cod at the world famous Cod Hole
  • Swimming eye to eye with the Dwarf Minke Whales 
  • Diving with sharks

Perfect Selfie

  • An underwater selfie with a Minke Whale
  • A selfie with a Potato Cod

Share your selfie on our Facebook page and tag your best Instagram pics with #barrierreefaustralia for your chance to be featured.

Itinerary

Swim With Minke Whale Expedition Description

Our swim with Dwarf Minke Whales expeditions on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns are dedicated to maximising your in-water interactions at the world’s only known Minke Whale aggregation sites, whilst also enjoying the other diverse and unique marine life interactions on the Ribbon Reefs such as the giant Potato Cod and our famous shark dives.

Whilst we are a liveaboard dive boat these Minke Whale tours are designed for both divers and snorkelers.

For some reason Minke Whales seem to prefer snorkelers to scuba divers. They tend to get closer to and hang around longer when humans are not wearing large bubbly air tanks.

Abiding by strict codes of practice from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, a maximum of two surface ropes will be placed in the water with snorkelers then positioned 3-4 metres apart whilst they wait quietly for these gentle creatures to approach.

The whales actually control the encounter in that they decide how close they then interact and how long they choose to swim with us

Minke Whales are known to be very generous with their time and once a few or a pod is spotted and they approach the boat voluntarily, it usually means they are keen for some interaction and play time.

The 4 day itinerary is dictated by the whales, visiting areas of high Dwarf Minke Whale activity and our key scuba diving sites. 

The number of scuba dives below is the approximate number of dives provided but may vary to enable our whale-focused itinerary. 

Since commencing our Dwarf Minke Whale Expeditions from Cairns in 1996 we have been fortunate to have had a 98% success rate to the delight of our guests.

The largest pod of whales we have seen was 28, and the longest in-water encounter was an unbelievable 10 hours of which we had to leave. We are sure these whales would have preferred for us to stay and play.

During the peak months on June and July every day has a high probability of whale encounters. 

If we are not able to locate the Minke Whales at our usual sites, up to two hours at a time is spent searching for whales further afield.

If we are unsuccessful we will dive and snorkel as many of the famous Ribbon Reef sites as possible.

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Included In Price

  • Accommodation in twin/double cabins
  • Delicious meals & snacks, wine and soft drink are included with the evening meal
  • Tanks, air fills and weight belt
  • Daily cabin service
  • Reef ecology programme
  • Dive computer workshop
  • Transfer to the airport or Cairns hotel after your expedition
  • Scenic flight Lizard Island to Cairns
  • Vivid Pix digital photo editing software workshop
  • Nautilus Lifeline GPS
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time

6:00pm

Departure Instructions

Check in before 4:00pm at the dive office

Destinations

Where the Dwarf Minke Whales hang out, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Pinnacle, Steve’s Bommie, The Cod Hole, Gotham City, Ribbon Reefs, Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, Coral Kingdom, Flare Point, Blue Lagoon, Vertical Gardens

Months of Operation

June - July

Days of Operation

Thursday

2019 departure dates: 6th June, 13th June, 20th June, 27th June and 4th July

Duration

4 nights

What to Bring
  • A luggage allowance applies to the flight from Cairns to Lizard Island: 25kg / 55lb per person plus 3kg / 6.5lb – carry on plus an additional 10kg/22lb is allowed for professional photo/video housed systems.
  • Excess luggage may be left at dive company office. We take care but not liability.
  • You should bring your own personal toiletries, hair dryer, personal medication, swimming costume, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, foot wear (sandals or tennis shoes), T-shirts, shorts, sweater and sweat pants – light weight pants and tops for the evening are a good idea. Also your wildest “loud” shirt/dress for the BBQ evening.
Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Beverages from the bar
  • Gear Hire: wetsuits, gloves, tanks, GPS, safety sausage, nitrox fills, tanks, weights, guages, BCD, light/torch
  • Note: we recommend you bring your own wetsuit, mask snorkel and fins to ensure they fit well.
  • Dive Courses are available on board, discuss options at time of booking
  • Underwater camera hire
  • Trip videos
  • Underwater photography course
Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active

Restrictions
  • This tour is recommended for confident snorkelers to advanced divers
  • We recommend that you allow 24 hours between your last dive and your onward flight (all diving is finished by 5:00pm Wednesday)
  • Passengers MUST understand English
IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Child Policy
  • We seldom have children onboard however we do welcome ONE family per expedition with children minimum age 8 years.
  • We are unable to supply dive gear in children’s sizes
  • Children must be over 12 years old and must be fully qualified.
Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

  • All cancellations must be in writing.
  • Less than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 30% of trip fee per person.
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure - forfeit 100% of trip fee per person.
  • Insurance should be taken to cover: weather problem; expedition cancellations; airline difficulties; medical problems and lost or damaged luggage.
  • Unforeseen weather or machinery problems may cause us to cancel or change an itinerary.
  • No refund is offered for time lost due to the medical evacuation of a guest or reduction of dives due to weather conditions.
  • No compensation is offered to guests to change flights or holiday plans.
  • DiveAssure offers cover for both Australian residents & non-residents traveling to Australia.
Swimming with Minke Whales, an incredible experience! Every Australian Winter, the Dwarf Minke Whales make their annual migration from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef from May to August. Plan your swim with Minke Whales trip between June & July on the best liveaboard trip from Cairns.

Read More

Highlights

  • 250km low level scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Swimming with man size Potato Cod at the world famous Cod Hole
  • Swimming eye to eye with the Dwarf Minke Whales 
  • Diving with sharks

Perfect Selfie

  • An underwater selfie with a Minke Whale
  • A selfie with a Potato Cod

Share your selfie on our Facebook page and tag your best Instagram pics with #barrierreefaustralia for your chance to be featured.

Itinerary

Swim With Minke Whale Expedition Description

Our swim with Dwarf Minke Whales expeditions on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns are dedicated to maximising your in-water interactions at the world’s only known Minke Whale aggregation sites, whilst also enjoying the other diverse and unique marine life interactions on the Ribbon Reefs such as the giant Potato Cod and our famous shark dives.

Whilst we are a liveaboard dive boat these Minke Whale tours are designed for both divers and snorkelers.

For some reason Minke Whales seem to prefer snorkelers to scuba divers. They tend to get closer to and hang around longer when humans are not wearing large bubbly air tanks.

Abiding by strict codes of practice from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, a maximum of two surface ropes will be placed in the water with snorkelers then positioned 3-4 metres apart whilst they wait quietly for these gentle creatures to approach.

The whales actually control the encounter in that they decide how close they then interact and how long they choose to swim with us

Minke Whales are known to be very generous with their time and once a few or a pod is spotted and they approach the boat voluntarily, it usually means they are keen for some interaction and play time.

The 4 day itinerary is dictated by the whales, visiting areas of high Dwarf Minke Whale activity and our key scuba diving sites. 

The number of scuba dives below is the approximate number of dives provided but may vary to enable our whale-focused itinerary. 

Since commencing our Dwarf Minke Whale Expeditions from Cairns in 1996 we have been fortunate to have had a 98% success rate to the delight of our guests.

The largest pod of whales we have seen was 28, and the longest in-water encounter was an unbelievable 10 hours of which we had to leave. We are sure these whales would have preferred for us to stay and play.

During the peak months on June and July every day has a high probability of whale encounters. 

If we are not able to locate the Minke Whales at our usual sites, up to two hours at a time is spent searching for whales further afield.

If we are unsuccessful we will dive and snorkel as many of the famous Ribbon Reef sites as possible.

Read More

Included In Price

  • Accommodation in twin/double cabins
  • Delicious meals & snacks, wine and soft drink are included with the evening meal
  • Tanks, air fills and weight belt
  • Daily cabin service
  • Reef ecology programme
  • Dive computer workshop
  • Transfer to the airport or Cairns hotel after your expedition
  • Scenic flight Lizard Island to Cairns
  • Vivid Pix digital photo editing software workshop
  • Nautilus Lifeline GPS
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time

6:00pm

Departure Instructions

Check in before 4:00pm at the dive office

Destinations

Where the Dwarf Minke Whales hang out, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Pinnacle, Steve’s Bommie, The Cod Hole, Gotham City, Ribbon Reefs, Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, Coral Kingdom, Flare Point, Blue Lagoon, Vertical Gardens

Months of Operation

June - July

Days of Operation

Thursday

2019 departure dates: 6th June, 13th June, 20th June, 27th June and 4th July

Duration

4 nights

What to Bring
  • A luggage allowance applies to the flight from Cairns to Lizard Island: 25kg / 55lb per person plus 3kg / 6.5lb – carry on plus an additional 10kg/22lb is allowed for professional photo/video housed systems.
  • Excess luggage may be left at dive company office. We take care but not liability.
  • You should bring your own personal toiletries, hair dryer, personal medication, swimming costume, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, foot wear (sandals or tennis shoes), T-shirts, shorts, sweater and sweat pants – light weight pants and tops for the evening are a good idea. Also your wildest “loud” shirt/dress for the BBQ evening.
Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Beverages from the bar
  • Gear Hire: wetsuits, gloves, tanks, GPS, safety sausage, nitrox fills, tanks, weights, guages, BCD, light/torch
  • Note: we recommend you bring your own wetsuit, mask snorkel and fins to ensure they fit well.
  • Dive Courses are available on board, discuss options at time of booking
  • Underwater camera hire
  • Trip videos
  • Underwater photography course
Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active

Restrictions
  • This tour is recommended for confident snorkelers to advanced divers
  • We recommend that you allow 24 hours between your last dive and your onward flight (all diving is finished by 5:00pm Wednesday)
  • Passengers MUST understand English
IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Child Policy
  • We seldom have children onboard however we do welcome ONE family per expedition with children minimum age 8 years.
  • We are unable to supply dive gear in children’s sizes
  • Children must be over 12 years old and must be fully qualified.
Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

  • All cancellations must be in writing.
  • Less than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 30% of trip fee per person.
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure - forfeit 100% of trip fee per person.
  • Insurance should be taken to cover: weather problem; expedition cancellations; airline difficulties; medical problems and lost or damaged luggage.
  • Unforeseen weather or machinery problems may cause us to cancel or change an itinerary.
  • No refund is offered for time lost due to the medical evacuation of a guest or reduction of dives due to weather conditions.
  • No compensation is offered to guests to change flights or holiday plans.
  • DiveAssure offers cover for both Australian residents & non-residents traveling to Australia.

Tour Code: 671

Prices From

au$2,274

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$2,273.50
Family: au$9,094.00

Check Prices and Availability Have A Question? Call +61 7 4059 59 59

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