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Best Exmouth Tours: Your Ultimate Adventure Awaits in Western Australia

On the edge of the Ningaloo Coast, Exmouth offers an extraordinary escape into nature’s most pristine landscapes and waters. This town in Western Australia is a sanctuary for adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone looking to immerse themselves in the unparalleled beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef.

Living in WA, I’ve been lucky to visit Exmouth over the years. So, join me as I uncover the best tours Exmouth offers.

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Exmouth Tours

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Top Tours in Exmouth

Whether you’re looking to dive into the vibrant underwater world of Ningaloo Reef or explore the rugged landscapes of Cape Range National Park, Exmouth has something for every type of traveller.

Ningaloo Reef Snorkelling and Diving Tours

Dive into the heart of the world-renowned Ningaloo Reef with guided snorkelling and diving tours that cater to all skill levels. Experience close encounters with a diverse array of marine life in crystal-clear waters. Highlights include swimming alongside the majestic whale sharks and manta rays and exploring the colourful coral gardens.

This Ningaloo Reef Double Dive Tour by Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo visits two different dive sites to experience the diversity in this fantastic region. You may see turtles, sea snakes, manta rays, wobbegongs, sea fans, soft corals, moray eels, batfish, whitetip reef sharks, nudibranchs, and colourful reef fish. Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo constantly add new dive sites and choose the best sites on the day.

Other excellent options are:

Full Day Outer Reef/Islands Snorkel Tour by Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo
Outer Reef or Muiron Island Dive and Snorkel Tour by Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo
2 Hour Coral Viewing & Snorkel Tour by View Ningaloo
Half Day Snorkel + Coral Viewing Exmouth by View Ningaloo

Whale Shark Adventure Tours

Experience the thrill of swimming with the world’s largest fish – the whale shark. These gentle giants visit Ningaloo Reef between March and July, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an up-close encounter. The eco-friendly tours emphasise respect and conservation, ensuring a sustainable experience with these magnificent creatures.

Some of the best-rated tour providers are:

Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo
Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours

Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim and Ningaloo Dive – April to July Tours and August to October
Deluxe Mega fauna Humpback/Whaleshark Swim Tour (supplied by Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo)

You can also choose to watch these incredible creatures from the comfort of a boat without getting wet:
Observer Mega Fauna Tour (supplied by Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo)
Deluxe Observer Only Bluestrike Whaleshark Tour (supplied by Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo)
Jazz Observer Only Deluxe Whaleshark Tour (supplied by Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo)

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whale shark close up

Whale Watching Tours

Whale Watching Tours in Exmouth present an awe-inspiring opportunity to witness the majestic beauty of the ocean’s giants in their natural habitat. Between August and October, the waters around Ningaloo Reef become a prime viewing spot for humpback whales on their annual migration, offering visitors a chance to see these magnificent creatures up close.

These tours are expertly guided, providing not only spectacular sightings but also insightful commentary on the behaviours and conservation of these marine mammals.

Whale Shark/Humpback/Eco Sea Life Tour (AUG-SEPT) (Supplied by Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours)
Priority Plus Humpback Whale Tour Booking | July onwards  (Supplied by Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim and Ningaloo Dive Exmouth)

aerial view of humpback whale in the ocean

Kayak Tours

If you want a touch of adventure mixed with serenity, Exmouth’s kayak tours offer an idyllic way to explore the tranquil waters of Ningaloo Reef. Glide across the ocean in a kayak, navigating through the calm, clear waters to discover hidden coves, secluded beaches, and vibrant coral gardens teeming with marine life.

These tours cater to all experience levels, providing a unique vantage point to observe the reef’s biodiversity up close, including turtles, rays, and a kaleidoscope of fish. Guided by experts who share insights into the ecosystem and conservation efforts, kayak tours in Exmouth are perfect for those looking to combine physical activity with the awe-inspiring beauty of Western Australia’s coastal paradise.

Some excellent ones from Exmouth Adventure Co are:
Turtle Tour – Half Day Sea Kayak & Snorkel Tour  
Lagoon Explorer | Full Day Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Coral By Kayak

kayakers in clear ocean water

Semi Sub Tours

Viewing the Ningaloo Reef without getting wet on a semi-submersible tour is one of Exmouth’s most unique and family-friendly ways to explore the underwater world. These tours offer a stunning view of the reef’s vibrant marine life through large, clear windows, allowing you to meet with various sea creatures face-to-face.

As you glide below the water’s surface, your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating commentary on the ecosystem’s complexity and the conservation efforts that keep it thriving. Perfect for those who prefer not to snorkel or dive, semi-submersible tours in Exmouth promise an immersive and educational experience, showcasing the reef’s spectacular beauty in a comfortable and accessible format. This is an ideal adventure for all ages, offering a glimpse into the aquatic wonderland beneath the waves of the stunning Ningaloo Coast.

Coral Viewing Tour 1hr (Supplied by View Ningaloo)
Coral Viewing & Snorkel Tour 2hrs (Supplied by View Ningaloo)

Cape Range National Park Safari

Discover the terrestrial wonders of Exmouth with a safari tour through Cape Range National Park. Traverse rugged canyons, hike to breathtaking lookouts, and spot native wildlife in their natural habitat. The knowledgeable guides will share insights into the park’s geology, flora, and fauna, making for an enriching adventure.

See this Ningaloo in One Day tour (by Exmouth Adventure Co) for more information and availability.

a creek laeding out to the ocean surrounded by red rocks and scrub

Microlight Trial Introductory Flight

I haven’t done this due to my fear of heights, but feedback in my Facegroup has been excellent. Travellers have said it was their best experience in Exmouth.

Spot an abundance of marine wildlife while tasting what it feels like to fly! 

Choose from 30 min Gulf Classic, 60 min Birds Eye View Ningaloo, and 90 min NorCape Explorer by Birds Eye View.

people in a yellow microlight aircraft over ningaloo reef with whales swimmin gin the ocean
Photo by Birds Eye View

Yardie Creek Boat Tours

Glide through the serene waters of Yardie Creek on a guided boat tour, where the stunning gorge meets the sea. Learn about the area’s unique ecosystem, spot rare bird species, and marvel at the towering red limestone cliffs. This peaceful tour is perfect for those looking to experience the natural beauty of Exmouth without the adrenaline rush.

large cliffs between yardie creek in exmouth

Planning Your Trip to Exmouth

Taking an adventure to Exmouth requires some planning to make the most of your visit to this spectacular corner of Western Australia. These are my tips to help you plan your trip:

Best Time to Visit

Exmouth experiences a warm, semi-arid climate, making it a great year-round destination. However, the best time to visit largely depends on what you want to do:

  • March to July is ideal for swimming with whale sharks, as these gentle giants migrate through Ningaloo Reef during these months.
  • August to October offers excellent conditions for humpback whale watching and enjoying the wildflower blooms across the Cape Range National Park.
  • The Australian summer months (December to February) can be scorching but are good if you’re looking to escape the cold from other parts of the world, but remember to stay hydrated and protected from the sun. It is also wet season and from November to April cyclones are a possibilty.

Accommodation Options

Exmouth accommodation caters to a range of preferences and budgets, from luxury resorts to backpacker hostels and campgrounds. Whether you prefer the comfort of a beachside villa or the adventure of camping under the stars, you’ll find suitable accommodation. Booking in advance is highly recommended, especially during peak seasons like the whale shark migration period.

Getting to Exmouth

  • By Air: Learmonth Airport is the main gateway about 36 kilometres south of Exmouth. Direct flights are available from Perth; from there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle bus to Exmouth.
  • By Road: If you’re up for a road trip, Exmouth is approximately 1,250 kilometres north of Perth.

There are car hire booths at Perth Airport, but it’s best to pre-book your car rental.

To compare Australian car hire prices, Discover Cars is an award-winning car rental comparison website. They offer competitive pricing in over 10,000 locations worldwide and are highly rated.

DriveNow is a good resource to compare campervan hire in Western Australia. It includes all the large companies like Britz, Maui, & Jucy as well as smaller ones.

Compare Rental Cars Here.

Local Transportation

While Exmouth is a small town, having your own transport is beneficial, especially to access remote areas within Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park. Car and camper van rentals are available, and there are also guided tour options that include transport to and from your accommodation.

Tips for Visitors

  • Respect the Environment: The beauty of Exmouth’s natural surroundings is breathtaking, and it’s crucial to minimise our impact. Follow guidelines for responsible tourism, especially in protected areas like Ningaloo Reef.
  • Stay Hydrated and Sun-Safe: The Australian sun can be intense, so always carry water, wear sun protection, and seek shade during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Be Prepared for Remote Areas: Some attractions are in remote locations with limited services. When exploring, it’s wise to carry essentials like water, food, and a first-aid kit.
  • Read this guide to Exmouth to help plan your trip.

Perth to Exmouth Tours

Autopia Tours: Perth to Exmouth Explorer 7 Day Basic Shared Accommodation
Autopia Tours: Perth to Exmouth Explorer 7 Day Private Single Room
Autopia Tours: Perth to Exmouth Explorer 7 Day Standard Double/Twin Room
Perth to Exmouth Adventure 8-day return
(supplied by Red Earth Safaris)
Autopia Tours: Perth to Exmouth 6 Day Coral Coaster Basic Shared Accommodation
Autopia Tours: Perth to Exmouth 6 Day Coral Coaster Private Single Room
Autopia Tours: Perth to Exmouth 6 Day Coral Coaster Standard Double/Twin Room
Perth to Exmouth Adventure 6-day 1-way
(supplied by Red Earth Safaris)
9 Day Perth to Exmouth West Coast Trip One Way
(supplied by Why Not Bus)
(supplied by Why Not Bus)

Don’t let another day pass by dreaming of adventure. Book your Exmouth tour today and turn your dreams into reality. Exmouth is calling – are you ready to answer?

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