Eye to Eye Marine Encounters

Want to swim alongside the world’s friendliest whales? Be eye to eye with one of the most intelligent minds in our oceans? All while contributing to research to ensure their protection?

Then join an expedition with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters.

Eye to Eye Marine Encounters runs 4-6 day expeditions to the best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef and aims to provide unforgettable interactions with Dwarf Minke Whales. For a few short weeks each year these amazing animals actively approach and engage divers, snorkelers and boats (sometimes for hours on end), an event that happens no-where else on earth. Eye to Eye Marine Encounters pioneered this industry and helped develop the Code of Practice for swimming with whales. We are considered world leaders in sustainable and ethical marine animal interactions as all encounters are carried out on the whale’s terms.

As the only permitted vessel with no fixed itinerary, we are free to make the most out of changing sea conditions and seasonal highlights to ensure you have the very best experience. The cost of your trip also helps to fund fieldwork by leading marine scientists. In return they:

  • provide fascinating on board lectures as well as informal discussions
  • allow you to observe and take part in the science (participation optional)
  • share cutting edge techniques and discoveries in real time

This unique arrangement allows you to get closer to wildlife than ever before (often within an arm’s length!) while also supporting valuable research and conservation. And don’t forget that all trips include ample opportunity to dive and snorkel at some of the top sites on the Great Barrier Reef.