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Awards, certifications, memberships

Did you know?

Whalesharks are covered by protective legislation in the Republic of the Maldives, the Philippines and off the United States Atlantic and Gulf coasts (Pogonoski et al. 2002).

Australian Tourism Industry Council

Ningaloo Whalesharks are proud recipients of an “Ecostar accreditation” from the Australian Tourism Industry Council. We were proud to be awarded this accreditation, which recognises our commitment and professionalism in the way we run our whale shark cruises and our whale shark cruise company.

The accreditation confirms that Ningaloo Whaleshark Swim is dedicated to the conservation of the environment, and maintains this commitment throughout all aspects of our whale shark tour and diving operations. As an operator, it recognises the level of support and contribution Ningaloo Whalesharks makes to our local community. And it acknowledges our efforts to increase knowledge, awareness and commitment to the amazing natural environment of the Ningaloo Reef, and providing ongoing opportunities to our guests to learn more about this environment.


The Ecostar accreditation logo is a globally recognized brand which assists travelers to choose and experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction, cruise or accommodation that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The Ecostar accreditation assures travelers that products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.”


To find more information about Australian Tourism Industry Council, please visit their website at qualitytourismaustralia.com

Memberships of industry bodies, tourist associations etc.

Ningaloo Whaleshark Swim is a proud member of TourismWA, as well as a member of Australia’s Coral Coast, Exmouth Visitors Centre, Kalbarri Visitors Centre, Broome Visitors Centre, Karajini Tourist Centre, Carnarvon Visitors Centre, Ecotourism Australia, TQUAL and other industry groups. Why? Because its by participating and contributing we have the chance to make a difference.