One of the highlights of our Western Australia trip was our day out with Ningaloo Reef Dive & Snorkel. Located in the beautiful tropical resort town of Coral Bay, approximately 1200 km north of Perth or 140 km south of Exmouth, Western Australia. Coral Bay is right on the doorstep of the Ningaloo Reef, Australia’s only fringing reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest of its kind in the world, you can even snorkel the reef straight off the beach!
The full day tour began at 8:00 am and returned around 3pm. On realising the night before that we were some distance away we set our alarm clock for sunrise and left Exmouth at 6 am, dodging kangaroos and stray cows before checking in at the shop and collecting all the equipment we needed for the day as well as meeting the crew and other guests, there were only about fourteen guests in total, five divers including ourselves and the rest snorkeling. We had two dives on the incredible Ningaloo reef. After our first dive we went out into Bateman’s bay, a sandy bottom bay and with guidance from the spotter plane above we opportunity to snorkel with a wild Manta! Followed by a healthy lunch (with low carb options which was great) and another dive.
During the dives we saw lots of tawny nurse sharks, green sea and hawksbill turtles, reef sharks, a stripped sea snake, tropical fish galore including some we’ve never seen before and some gorgeous coral in the dive sites known as the Canyon and then Ashos Gap, which had an awesome fish cleaning station where we watched loads of reef sharks up to two meters in length get a spa treatment from the smaller fish.
This was the cherry in the top of our Western Australian adventures, now we are in a gorgeous part of Sydney however they are currently receiving 3 months rain in one week, great for the farmers and bushfires however!
The closest airport is Learmonth (Exmouth) and you can get here by either using the Coral Bay airport shuttle or by renting a car in Exmouth and driving down.