Every year, between June and July in Australia, minke whales congregate around Ribbon Reefs, south of Lizard Island. This annual phenomenon provides the opportunity for close encounters with these inquisitive creatures.
The explorer yacht BELUGA, based out of Port Douglas, has a great deal of experience in cruising and conservation around the Great Barrier Reef. Its captain and crew have also developed close ties with the Minke Whale Project—a Queensland-based research organization focused on dwarf minke whale biology and behavior, the social and economic values of the whales, and the sustainable management of swim-with-whales tourism.
You’ll be joined on your BELUGA yacht expedition by a guest researcher from the Minke Whale Project. You’ll assist them in gathering data, tagging, and identifying individual whales. When you reach the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll be briefed before your first dive at the world-famous ‘Steve’s Bommie’. Accompanied by dive masters who specialize in minke whale encounters, you’ll descend into Steve’s Bommie to see minke whales, rays, reef sharks, and a vast array of marine life inhabiting the waters around the vibrant coral.
(Best time to go Jun-Jul (perfect for a post-graduation celebration). Experience starts at AUD 99,000 for 5 nights / 6 days and up to 8 guests (inclusive of special permissions and yacht charter).