The Wildiaries Experience

Minke Whale Swims on the Great Barrier Reef

From $2950.00 * AUD

These are all SMALL GROUP tours

Discover the beauty of the ocean’s most inquisitive creatures, as you look directly into a minke whale’s eye and experience the awe of connecting with another species…an encounter that moves many to tears and leaves none unchanged.

You’ve almost certainly heard of Humpback Whales and you might know about swimming with dolphins. But what on earth is a Minke Whale? Like Humpbacks, Minke Whales visit the Great Barrier Reef from Antarctica each year. There is nowhere else on earth where you can swim with them. It was only a chance encounter with the animals years ago that led scientists to investigate. What they discovered was amazing. The animals seem to literally seek out human company … it’s not unusual to end up literally “eye to eye” with these 6m long animals, as world famous photographer Bryant Austin found when he visited the Great Barrier Reef recently.

Situated just near Lizard Island in the northern Great Barrier Reef, you’ll not only get the encounter of a life-time but get to learn about these fascinating creatures, with researchers. There’s also amazing snorkelling and diving opportunities, nesting turtle-watching and breeding seabirds. You may even get the chance to swim with a shark.


Thank you John and Linda, for the adventure of a lifetime!”

– Peta

I wanted to thank you for arranging a mind-blowing week on the Reef with the Dwarf Minkes. It was a perfect holiday for me and my teenage son.”

– Kate Parker, Sydney

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This is a  unique collaboration in which money from expedition guests is funneled directly back into marine research and conservation. The Minke Whale Project helped develop a Code Of Practice which ensures all interactions are carried out ON THE WHALE’S TERMS. These guidelines have since been adopted as world’s best practice by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and continue to be used as a model for sustainable whale tourism in other countries.

Available dates:

2015 dates are almost fully booked. Please enquire for details of this year or to reserve a spot for 2016.



  • All linen, including two towels per person
  • Superb meals - freshly prepared onboard using local produce.
  • Delicious snacks after every dive
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, Milo, water, cordial, biscuits and fresh fruit are available 24 hours/day
  • Tanks, weights & Safety Kits (safety sausage, whistle, cylume stick)
  • Optional guided dive (subject to instructor/divemaster availability)
  • Interesting & educational presentations on marine life biology, ecology, conservation & research.


From $2950.00 * AUD

Minimum price, twin-share per person. Note, current prices are only value until end July 2015.  

Our licensed travel agent can arrange all travel to and from tour locations. We can also arrange fully-guided options as well as tailoring packages for families and groups travelling together.

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