Where is it? Just off the coast of Exmouth, about 1200km north of Perth, WA.

For four months every year, the world’s biggest fish hang out at Ningaloo Reef. And from April to July each year, every dive and snorkel operator on the coast starts their boat engines and sends up spotter planes to get people like us out in the water, to swim in the ocean alongside these gargantuan, graceful creatures. Happily, these wide-mouthed, speckled sharks are not carnivores, and they don’t seem to mind our curiosity.

“This is the one treat on my bucket list I always miss out when it comes up on Getaway, so I’ll have to do this on my own. I’d love to swim with these gentle giants once in my life.” – Catriona Rowntree

Swimming with whale sharks isn’t cheap – the most affordable operator charges about $350 per person, but this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and one well worth saving for.

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