Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is said to be Western Australia’s answer to the Great Barrier Reef, and what an answer it is. But its the differences between the two that make Ningaloo stand out, as well as the similarities. Stretching for 260 kilometres up the North West Cape, the reef sits very close to the shore, meaning you are able to walk straight from the beach onto the coral.

Ningaloo Reef, which is a protected Marine Park, has become a mecca for snorkellers and scuba divers keen to experience its underwater delights. There is nothing more soothing than gliding through these waters lazily taking in some of the 220 coral species and 500 fish species present here. Surrounded by thousands of tropical fish and all the colours of the rainbow this underwater world can entertain and surprise you all day long. The smooth waters and the shallow depths mean that anyone can enjoy snorkelling here, no matter how young or old you are. Even if you are simply wading through the shallows, the colourful fish swim and feed around your feet. For those who do not want to get wet at all, a semi submersible submarine in Exmouth does tours around the reef, and through its clear floors the coral gardens and the fish are clearly visible. This is perfect for photography opportunities, and the expert commentary going on the whole time will educate you about the marine environment.

Scuba divers are often attracted here for the opportunity to dive with the amazing whale sharks in the deeper parts of the reef between the months of March and June. These gentle giants grow up to fourteen metres in length, and because of their strictly plankton diet are safe to swim with. Their presence attracts thousands of smaller fish, making a dive with these creatures a diverse and moving experience.

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