Did you know?
Whale Sharks can grow up to 12 metres (40 feet) long and weigh more than 20 tonnes
You get your own spotter plane for free!
Using a spotter plane significantly increases the chances our guests will swim with a whaleshark during their tour – whilst our skipper and crew and passengers also spot a fair few whalesharks before our pilot does, its the pilot that lets us swim with as many whalesharks as we do.
Whale Shark Spotting
We also are the first whaleshark tour company to choose to operate our own spotter plane, rather than sharing one spotter plane between multiple whaleshark tour boats. Why do we do this given it costs a whole lot more? Because our own spotter plane means your own whaleshark to swim with. On average our guests spend significantly longer swimming with a whaleshark than most other whaleshark tours. (Our average swimtime per passenger, and swimtimes for every other whaleshark tour operator, are recorded by the Department of Parks and Wildlife for every tour run each year, with this information being published monthly.
We choose NOT to charge our guests any sort of profit margin on top of the costs we incur to run our own spotter plane. No remuneration is paid to the pilot, the shareholders or our tour company as a result of our plane undertaking its spotting activities. Our ticket price includes a component for our plane that is calculated solely to reimburse us the costs of operating our spotter plane in a manner that is fully compliant with CASA requirements. Rather than earning any form of remuneration on the aerial work undertaken by our spotter plane, our business makes profits if we can delight our guests as they jump off a perfectly good boat in the middle of the open ocean to swim with the largest shark in the world!