Delve beneath the crystal azure waters off the coast of Western Australia and get to know this lesser known world wonder.
Most people put the Great Barrier Reef at the top of their Australia travel bucket list when putting their itinerary together, however the Ningaloo Reef stretches for 260 km and is one of the world’s largest fringing reefs, as well as being the only large coral reef positioned close to the shore, with its closest point within just 100 metres of shore.
The Ningaloo Reef is renowned for its annual visitors, the gargantuan Whale Sharks that visit every April – June, but there is more than just these giants to be found within these waters, another giant lurks, just waiting for you to marvel at its sheer size, beauty and majesty as it glides through the ocean, and that is, of course the Manta Ray.
Reaching a disc width of up to 670 cm (yes you read that right, that’s a whopping 6.70m) the Manta Ray is a gentle giant, which isn’t dangerous to humans, as they have no sting or venomous spine. Due to their placid nature you can take in both the beauty of snorkelling the stunning Ningaloo Reef as well as observing these fish in their natural habitat, as they filter vast quantities of plankton through their vacuous mouths.
Ningaloo Experience’s “Outer Reef Experience – Snorkel with Manta Rays” tour allows you to get a close up, all whilst respecting these beautiful creatures as they waft through to Indian Ocean. Their small 12 person tours ensure that the creatures do not become overwhelmed and give each passenger a good view with no crowds to fight for premium position.
Of course other creatures can be found on the Ningaloo Reef including Loggerhead and Green turtles, Dugongs, over 500 varieties of fish and 300 species of coral making it the perfect location for snorkelling.
To book your tour discovering the beauty of the Ningaloo Reef visit www.ningalooexperience.com.