By Gabrielle Blitz
May 12, 2014

Gentle giants aren't only bound to fairytales and bedtime stories. Western Australia’s Whale Shark season has officially commenced in the Ningaloo Marine Park, giving travelers the opportunity to swim with the graceful creatures until late July.

World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef as one of the most accessible and reliable places in the world to swim with whale sharks. There’s no doubt that many travelers will be crossing this experience off their bucket lists this summer.

It’s the goal of Western Australia's tourism organizations to keep the species happy and continuing to grow up to 60 feet in length. With these conservation efforts in mind, part of the fee visitor’s pay for tours, goes towards protection and research.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.