Ningaloo, Western Australia Holidays

The Ningaloo Coast is a World Heritage Site located in the north west coastal region of Western Australia. The 705,015-hectare heritage-listed area is located approximately 1,200 kilometres north of Perth, along the East Indian Ocean.

Swim with gentle whale sharks

There may be 500 species of tropical fish within Ningaloo Marine Park, but one really gets the heart racing: the giant but gentle Whale Shark. Swimming with one of these beautiful creatures is one of life’s most breath-taking experiences. Ningaloo is the only place on the planet where large numbers visit every year from April to July, so close to land.

Merge with "the humpback highway"

Thousands of humpback whales migrate up and down the West Australian coastline each year on what's sometimes referred to as the humpback highway. From July to October, visitors to Ningaloo Reef can jump in and swim with them as they glide along the reef. Only five swimmers at a time can swim with the whales. Strict, protective laws state that swimmers can get no closer than 30 metres (98 feet) to the playful cetaceans, but it's a different story if they choose to approach you – which they often do. If you can’t make it during the season, don’t worry. There are also manta rays, turtles, dolphins, dugongs and tropical fish to swim with here year-round.

Drift snorkel at Turquoise Bay

If there’s only one place you jump in the water, it has to be Turquoise Bay. Found 63 kilometres (39 miles) from Exmouth, the glass-clear water is shallow and there’s a lovely little current that gently pushes you along the water's surface, so all you need to do is float and admire the coral scenery beneath you. Walk 300 metres (330 yards) to the left of the sandy white beach entrance and wade in equipped with your snorkelling gear. You’ll see dozens of colourful corals and fish galore. Be careful to watch when you get to the end of the beach because you’ll need to swim in before the current leads to deeper waters.

 

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