Ningaloo Marine Park was declared in 1987, in an attempt to protect Western Australia’s largest coral reef by controlling its public access. It is a unique area, as the reef is so close to dry landmass and because it is here that the Australian continent is closest to the continental shelf.
Ningaloo Marine Park stretches 260km along the Western Australian coastline, beginning from Bundegi Beach located about 14km from Exmouth and stretching south to Coral Bay. At some points the reef is no more than 100 metres from the shore; allowing visitors to enjoy the rare opportunity to inspect both the reef itself and its residents from a close and more personal angle. It is easy to walk straight from the brilliant, white sandy beaches of the peninsula onto the coral reef and allow the fish to swim and feed right between your legs. The waters are home to some amazing creatures including the whale shark, dugongs, mantarays, whales, and of course over 500 species of tropical fish. In summer you can watch the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.
Whales migrate through the area from June to November, moving through the warm waters of the Indian Ocean hugging the coastline and playfully breaching and performing in the water. April to October is whale shark season, allowing both divers and snorkellers to swim with these gentle giants. In May there is a Whale Shark Festival celebrating their arrival. The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) include an educational component for visitors to learn more about these amazing creatures.
The protected marine park is a great place to go snorkelling or diving as the water is generally warm and full of marine life. You will be able to discover the 250 species of reef-building corals that exist on the reef. There are many tours available that can take you out onto the reef; and these can be booked through the Exmouth Visitor Centre.
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