Byron Bay Whale Swim

Dive into the underwater world of the incredible Humpback Whale

Swim with Humpback Whales in Byron bay

Each year between May and November, the East Coast of Australia witness the migration of over 30,000 Humpback Whales.

These gentle giants are inquisitive by nature and they will often approach us for a bit of people watching!

Swimming with Humpback Whales in Byron Bay is an experience like no other and each encounter is a privilege, one not to be taken for granted.

Wild Byron endeavours to conduct the most ethical and conscious whale interactions, using a ‘Soft In-Water Whale Encounter’ approach, with the utmost respect to the whales.

Whale swim Byron bay

Join us for an unforgettable “eye to eye” experience with the majestic Humpback Whales in their natural habitat.

Previous ocean swimming experience is essential

Please submit any expressions of interest via email

From AUD


Per person

What's included

Marine Naturalist Guide


(to listen to whale songs)

Free professional photos

Modern eco vessel

Mask, Fins & Wetsuit

Reef safe sunscreen

Your Byron Bay Whale Swim Adventure

Whale swim encounters are limited from late August to early September as we have found this is the time of the migration when the whales are the most curious, with the adolescents on their southern migration. 

We don’t swim with whales, the whales swim with us and each interaction is completely on the whale’s terms. If the Whales are not interested in us, we will not see them underwater nor get in their way.

The crew at Wild Byron is knowledgeable and experienced in reading whale’s behaviour and will aim to find the “right” whales, relaxed and inquisitive.

Given the opportunity and suitable ocean conditions, you will be able to slide in the water for a genuine wildlife encounter with these majestic creatures in their natural environment.

All humpback whale swim tours have a maximum of 6 people plus a guide in the water to maintain a personal and intimate whale encounter and increase the likelihood of curious whales approaching us. 

Our professional photographers will capture the moment to provide you lasting memories.

Time permitting there will also be an opportunity to swim at iconic dive sites such as Nguthungulli Julian Rocks Marine Reserve.

This is a totally organic experience with wild animals and we cannot guarantee that you will snorkel a whale. 

Whale swim encounters will not take place within the boundary of the Cape Byron Marine Park.

What to bring

Warm jacket or jumper


Drinking water

Underwater Camera


The vessel departs from the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour.

About whales

Humpback whales are amongst the largest animals on Earth and can grow up to 18 metres in length!

Despite their size, these gentle giants have an incredible spatial awareness and their inquisitive behaviour allows for amazing interactions that will leave you in awe.

There is no better place to witness these giants up close and personal than Byron Bay, recognised as one of Australia’s best whale watching destinations.

About us

Our mission is to provide you an experience of a lifetime on a safe and environmentally conscious tour.

We follow a strict Code of Conduct to comply with the regulations and guidelines for Whale Watching. The Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017 and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2017 are in place to protect and conserve Whales and Dolphins.

We uphold the requirement not to interfere with the Humpback Whale’s migration path.