Jervis Bay - Go snorkelling with Whales & Seals!
The beautiful coastline in the Shoalhaven region on the NSW South Coast is blessed with many vantage points to spot majestic whales. Jervis Bay is one of the most popular spots, with spectacular headlands, and the Jervis Bay Marine Park is a haven for migrating whales and a home for dolphins and seals!
Jervis Bay marks the halfway point on the whales’ 5,000km migration route and it is the only place in NSW where the waters are calm and still so close to shore. The whales use the bay as a place to rest and play with their newborn calves, making for incredible viewing.
Shoalhaven is also home to two fur seal colonies, found at either headland of the Jervis Bay Marine Park. That makes to an excellent opportunity to go snorkel with these fun little guys too! You can also encounter friendly stingrays and more than 220 species of fish including weedy sea dragons and eastern blue devil fish.
✨ Whale & Seals Snorkel Experience ☀️
- 4-hours snorkelling experience
- Snorkelling gear (though we recommend you bring your own to ensure a perfect fit and you have the best experience!)
- Light refreshments
- 12 years old
- Be a confident swimmer
- To respect social distancing, maximum amount of divers is 6
How it works
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.
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.
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.