Want to go swimming with whales?
BUNDABERG is blessed with many attractions on its doorstep and if a trial starting today is successful, swimming with whales could go on the list.
The Lady Musgrave Experience is bringing back its whale watching tours and for the first time, owner Brett Lakey will this year be taking tourists for a dive to get closer to the majestic mammals.
"We've seen them every day for the last week and a half as they migrate north," Mr Lakey said on Wednesday.
"Today was stunning - there were whales breaching, we had divers swimming with huge green and hawksbill turtles, and there were manta rays hanging out behind the boat."
In the Lady Musgrave Swim With The Whales experience, tourists will dive in small groups, with three snorkellers per guide. Wetsuits and snorkelling gear will be provided, and the tour will run with "strict numbers and strict weather conditions", Mr Lakey said.
"We'll be looking to get video footage underwater and that will go into a package as a souvenir of the day."
The water is currently 22 degrees and the trip out to sea takes between 20 and 40 minutes from the Bundaberg Port.
Lady Musgrave Experience landed in Bundaberg last year, with its first tour on the catamaran Main Event in August.
Mr Lakey said the tours had been received well.
"We've been averaging in the 40s and 50s (customers) most days, getting well into the 80s when the season is in full swing," he said.
His biggest task is "making people aware it's so accessible straight out of Bundaberg - knowing they don't have to travel too far."
The whale watching and swimming tours will be held on Thursdays and Fridays, and on Tuesdays and Saturdays the whale swim will be combined with the reef day tour as an all-in-one.
For more information, contact Lady Musgrave Experience on 0427 009 922.