There’s only one spot on the planet where you can swim with dwarf minke whales – and only a few lucky people get the chance to do so each year. These six-tonne (6.6-ton) creatures are renowned for their fascination with humans – they’re so curious they have been known to spend hours swimming back and forth around divers, making eye contact and even bringing their calves for a look.
However, they only congregate on Great Barrier Reef for a brief period each winter, the high season for swimming with Dwarf Minke whales generally runs from mid June to mid July.
Swimming with dwarf minke whales is a fiercely guarded privilege – only a handful of operators are licensed to offer the experience.
The dwarf minkes are a winter highlight on the northern stretches of the Great Barrier Reef – the season generally runs from June till August, with “high” season taking place between mid-June and mid-July – but the Graet Barrier Reef itself is a year-round wonderland. With 1500 species of fish, 300 species of hard corals, 4000 mollusc species and 400 sponge species, you’ll need to pack a few extra memory cards for your underwater camera.