Swim Or Dive With Sharks in Perth, Western Australia

Is swimming with Sharks on your bucket list? Well if you’re in Perth it’s your lucky day as you can actually swim with sharks in Australia’s largest single aquarium located at AQWA in Hillarys Boat Harbour.

Where can you swim or dive with Sharks in Perth?

AQWA at hillarys boat harbour
Myself and my son checking out one of the sharks at AQWA

The Aquarium of Western Australia (Known as AQWA) offers people the option to either snorkel or scuba dive with sharks within their massive aquariums located within Hillarys Marina.

What shark swimming options are available?

Depending on your preference and whether or not you have your scuba diving licence you can either snorkel or dive with the sharks.

1. Snorkelling with the Sharks

Snorkelling with Sharks (Photo credit: GetYourGuide.com.au)

This is your opportunity to plunge into AQWA’s shipwreck coast aquarium to swim with the sharks! 

Being led by one of AQWA’s PADI-qualified instructors, you will be taken on a surface snorkel tour where you get to swim with the sharks and other marine life in Australia’s largest single aquarium!

What is included:

  • Approximately 30-minute guided snorkelling tour;
  • An all-day entry to AQWA (Only for participants).  Spectator tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate)
  • A souvenir certificate;
  • All snorkelling equipment; and
  • Detailed briefing by the instructor.

For the snorkelling experience, it’s worth noting the following:

  • You need to have snorkelled before and be a competent swimmer
  • This is a guided surface snorkel tour with no duck-diving permitted
  • You must be 14 or older to snorkel with the sharks.  Also, if you’re under 18 you will need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver for you

(Read further snorkelling terms and conditions here)

2. Scuba diving with the Sharks

Photo credit: AQWA Perth, Western Australia

This is your opportunity to enter Australia’s largest single aquarium and SCUBA dive with sharks! 

Being led by one of AQWA’s PADI-qualified SCUBA diving instructors, you will be taken on a SCUBA diving adventure where you get to dive down and swim with the sharks and other amazing marine life.

What is included:

  • Approximately 30-minute guided SCUBA dive;
  • An all-day entry to AQWA (Only for participants).  Spectator tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate);
  • A souvenir certificate;
  • All scuba diving equipment; and
  • Detailed briefing from your instructor.

For the SCUBA diving experience, it’s worth noting the following:

  • At minimum, you must be a qualified SCUBA diver and have your Open-Water certification who is able to provide proof of this (PADI or equivalent certification);
  • You must be a competent swimmer and have SCUBA dived during the last 24 months;
  • This is a fully guided SCUBA dive tour with participants required to follow the dive instructor at all time;
  • You must be 14 or older to scuba dive with the sharks.  Also, if you’re under 18 you will need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver for you.

(Read further SCUBA diving terms and conditions here)

What else can you expect to see apart from the Sharks?

The aquarium you’ll be swimming in is not only home to sharks, but it’s also home to a vast range of other sea life from WA’s coastline. 

Therefore, apart from having a close encounter with sharks, you’ll also get to see the likes of some of the biggest stingrays in the world, large snapper, dhufish, trevally and even loggerhead turtles!

How to book your shark swimming experience

So you’re good to go?  You can use the button below to book your shark swimming experience today.  

Once you’ve selected the experience you’re keen on you will be taken to the booking page where you’ll be able to view availability and costs to do so.

How much does it cost to swim with sharks?

The cost for swimming with sharks at AQWA starts from $195 per person.  It’s worth noting that there is often a discount on offer during the winter.

(Note, this is the price at the time of writing this article.  Please use the button below to check)

What do I need to bring?

All snorkelling or diving equipment is provided, however, it’s the responsibility of the participant to bring:

  • A towel
  • Swimmers/bathers
  • Waterproof camera (if desired)

Do I get proof that I swam with the sharks?

You do! The great thing is that after swimming with the sharks you receive a souvenir certificate as proof that you took the plunge and went swimming with the sharks at AQWA.

What else do I get to do apart from swimming with sharks?

Apart from swimming in the aquarium with the sharks and other fish the participant also gets an all-day entry to AQWA.  

This gives you the opportunity to walk around and check out all the other exhibits on offer within AQWA either before or after your shark swim experience.

Cafes at hillarys boat harbour
One of the board walks at Hillarys Boat Harbour

Once you’ve finished at AQWA then for those that haven’t done so already, I’d highly recommend taking some time out to check out Hillarys Boat Harbour which has a collection of nice souvenir shops, restaurants, ice cream bars and the like.

Can family or friends watch your experience?

Yes, spectators are able to receive discounted entry to AQWA, allowing them to watch you swim with the sharks.

What are others saying about swimming with the sharks in Perth?

Overall the feedback is very positive, with current ratings sitting in the high fours! To see what people are saying check out the reviews here.

Can you cage dive with Sharks in Perth oceans?

Unfortunately, cage diving with Sharks in Perth isn’t an option.  If you’re keen to cage dive with the likes of great white sharks then the closest destination that offers that is Port Lincoln in South Australia.  For more information check out our page about cage diving with Sharks in Perth.

Swim with Whale Sharks!

Swimming with Whale Sharks
Swimming with a whale shark off the Ningaloo Reef

If you love the idea of swimming with sharks at AQWA then you may like to consider swimming with Whale Sharks! Yes, that’s right… operating off WA’s coral coast, there are a number of tour operators that can take you out to swim with whale sharks.  

This has to be up there as one of the best experiences on offer in Western Australia with visitors from all over the world travelling to the Ningaloo Reef to swim with these amazing creatures.

See also: Swimming with Whale Sharks in WA

Final thoughts

I hope you found this article helpful and like myself, if you do plan to go for a swim with the sharks at AQWA then I hope you have a fantastic experience.  Feel free to revisit this page and provide some feedback on your experience for others to read in the comments below. Cheers!

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