Coral Bay Tours
The Ningaloo Reef is one of the world’s most pristine marine eco-systems for snorkelling, diving and seeing incredible aquatic wildlife. This beautiful peripheral reef is one of the most easily accessible in the world. To get there, head to Coral Bay or Exmouth, which is a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Perth, or make the most of the West Coast by travelling the West Coast from Perth with Hop On Hop Off Pass.
When you arrive in Coral Bay or Exmouth there are plenty of hostels that provide front door access to this underwater playground. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll have the opportunity to see some impressive giants of the ocean and tick them off your bucket list!
The Ningaloo Reef is home to impressive wildlife as well as seasonal marine visitors as they make their way through the Indian Ocean. Here’s the big 5 to look out for whilst visiting the Ningaloo Reef.
Between June and October/November, enormous humpback whales make their annual migration back to Antarctica via the coasts of Australia. You may be able to spot them from the shores of Exmouth, but for a closer encounter, there are whale watching tours available from Coral Bay and Exmouth.
One of the main natural attractions of this area are the graceful manta rays, which can be found in the waters surrounding the Ningaloo Reef all year round. However, they are more concentrated in numbers, and more willing to engage with snorkelers and divers from mid-May to mid-September. It’s possible to book tours specifically designed to swim or dive with the manta rays, so don’t miss out on meeting these graceful and otherworldly giants of the deep during your visit to the Ningaloo Reef.
The whale shark is the world’s largest fish, and Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places in the world where they can be observed in coastal waters. They feed in this area from March to August/September and it’s an unbelievable experience to come face-to-face with these incredibly huge creatures. Think we’re exaggerating? Whale Sharks on average measure at around 32 feet, however the largest ever recorded was 40 feet long!
Ningaloo has a healthy population of dugongs, which can be found at any time of year. This strange-looking creature is an herbivore and closely related to the manatee. They are classified as having an extremely vulnerable extinction risk and the Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places in the world to see them. Encountering a dugong is quite special, as they are extremely shy and elusive creatures.
This gorgeous and vulnerable turtle is an endangered species which is currently protected by the Wildlife Conservation Act. They can be found nesting in the Muiron Islands, near the Ningaloo Marine Park, from October to early March. Hatchlings appear from December to April. It’s best to contact the Ningaloo Turtle Program to ensure viewing them responsibly.
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Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark Tours
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Swimming with Whale Sharks is an experience of a lifetime. Exmouth and the surrounding Ningaloo Reef is the only place in Australia you can swim with whale sharks. This article will provide you with 10 options of Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark Tours to make your life easier.
Ningaloo Whale Sharks Facebook
Telephone: 1800 994 210
From overseas: +61 8 9949 4777
Address: 31 Maidstone Cres, Exmouth Western Australia
Ningaloo Whale Sharks are the first whale shark operators to win the Advanced Ecotourism certification from Ecotourism Australia. With this company you can enjoy Ningaloo reef in Western Australia on their 17 meter Westcoaster cruise ship or get on their spotter plain to find out your own whale shark to snorkel with.
Experience Oz+Nz Facebook
Address: 46 Cavill Ave, 4217 Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Phone: 8 1300 935 532
International: +61 7 55922233
With Experience Oz+Nz you can explore the Ningaloo Reef and enjoy Whale shark swim on comfortable and luxuries catamaran. All cruisers include morning tea and professional photographers. Also stand up paddle board and kayak experience available to make the Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark Tours more enjoyable.
Visit Ningaloo Facebook
Address: Murat Rd, Exmouth, Western Australia
Phone: +61 8 9949 1176
Visit Ningaloo offers full day Whale shark snorkel tours beginning with snorkel on the coral gardens, snorkel with sharks and on the journey back you will get an opportunity to spot some of the Ningaloo’s other mega fauna, including humpback whales, manta rays, dugongs, spinner dolphins and more.
Ningaloo Blue Dive Facebook
Address: Unit 2, 389 Cnr Thew and Kennedy st Exmouth, Western Australia
Phone: +61 8 9949 1119
Ningaloo Blue is the longest established operators located in Kennedy St. Exmouth, Western Australia, specialist in Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark Tours. The package provides courtesy bus pick up and drop off from your accommodation, full day boat trips, two snorkels, spotter planes, buffet lunch and morning tea.
Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours Facebook
Address: 856, Exmouth Western Australia
Phone: T: +61 8 9949 1764 M: +61 4 57 932 217
Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours offers lifetime experience of swim with whale sharks in Exmouth during April to August and various other tours all year around including snorkel with majestic manta rays. Get aboard on Magellan one of the biggest best charter boats operating on the Ningaloo Reef via Exmouth, comfortable with spacious deck , low marlin board with stairs for entering and exiting the water, and environmentally friendly facilities.
3 Island Whale Shark Dive – Ningaloo Facebook
Address: 1 Kennedy Street, Exmouth, Western Australia
Phone: +61 1800 138 501
Join the award winning team at Three Islands Whale Shark Dive as we take you on a snorkelling experience like no other. Starting approximately at 7.15am air conditioned courtesy bus picks you up from your Exmouth to the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp departure point. Following the morning snorkel, a whale shark interaction briefing is given over morning tea. And it’s only a wait for the spotter plane to notify whale shark been found to experience the Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark Tours.
Ningaloo Discovery Facebook
Address: 1112 Murat Road, Exmouth, Western Australia
Phone: +61 428 604 794
During the Ningaloo Discovery tour guests can also interact with manta rays, encounter dugongs, turtles, humpback whales, dolphins, amazing colourful tropical fish and coral in the Ningaloo Reef just off Exmouth Western Australia. Ningaloo Discovery tours provide snorkelling equipment, wetsuits, food and drinks, tour guides and professional photography package of the day, on board 2 magnificent vessels, Luxury sailing catamaran Windcheetah, and 55ft luxury powerboat Australia Blue.
Ningaloo Whale Shark N Dive Facebook
Address: 388 Maidstone Cres Shop C, Exmouth, Western Australia
Phone: +61 1800 224 060
The 20 meter ‘ALIIKAI’ the largest purpose-built dive vessel on the reef and has been recently refitted to offer the very best in safety, equipment and luxury in this life changing, exciting experience swimming among the Ningaloo whale sharks.
Included features in their tours are:
- A marine biologist on board
- Underwater scooters
- Stand up paddle boats
- Morning and afternoon snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef
- Complementary bus transfer
- Free Photography
Exmouth Diving Centre Facebook
Address: Payne Street, Exmouth, Western Australia
Phone: +61 8 9949 1201
Specialise in all Eco Tours – Exmouth Diving Centre offers Scuba & Snorkelling on the Ningaloo Reef with Whalesharks, Humpback Whales and Manta Rays. The Crew on All Whaleshark, Scuba & Snorkelling Tours, carry out Citizen Science. An act of volunteering to help the Environment, by taking a simple photograph or picking up a small piece of rubbish. Something you too can get involved in to help collect important information that is used to protect and better understand the Whalesharks, Manta Rays and Humpback Whales of Ningaloo.
Best Of The Kimberley Facebook
Address: 314 Embling Road, Glenrowan West Victoria (Formerly of Broome, Western Australia)
Phone: 1800 450 850
Phone: +61 3 5766 4301
The 18 metre vessel, Venture IV is specially designed and set up for whale sharking it has a large under cover lover deck, with easy access to the water and huge upper deck for observation and sun bathing. The tours include:
- Courtesy bus pick up and drop off from your accommodation
- Full day boat trip
- Morning tea & Lunch
- 2 x snorkels on the Ningaloo Reef
- Videographer on board daily to film your adventure (additional cost)
- A 4.5 metre Safety Zodiac in the water at all times
- Snorkelling gear provided or BYO
- Spotter planes to assist with sightings
- No show policy, if you don’t see a Whale Shark go again for FREE!
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