“One of the best kept secrets of Western Australia!” The Ningaloo Reef and Marine Park is one of the great wonders of the natural world, attracting people such as serious scuba divers, tourists and young holidaymakers from around the world.
The Park itself protects the Ningaloo Reef, one of Australia’s most important, and most accessible tracts of reef. In fact, the Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef in the world, stretching for 260km from Bundegi Beach near Exmouth to Amherst Point south of Coral Bay and is extremely rich in marine life.
What makes it even more special is its close proximity to the coast – in many areas it is only 5 – 10m offshore. The whole reef itself protects a shallow lagoon from the deeper water and is on average only 2 – 4m deep, brimming with fish and coral. In fact, some 250 species of coral and 500 species of fish have been recorded in the Park.
Young people and families enjoy the limitless number of snorkelling sites along the Ningaloo coastline with their many access roads to them. There are many pleasant ways to experience the Ningaloo Reef – from a dive charter boat, pleasure craft or dinghy (There are plenty of places where these can be hired at reasonable cost), glass bottom coral viewing boats, sea kayaks (single or double!) or simply by snorkelling from the beach.
From the air, scenic flights are available at hourly rates. There are many, many stunning bays down the west coast of the North West Cape such as the internationally famous Turquoise Bay where ‘drift snorkelling’ over the coral is considered one of the best snorkelling sites to experience. Just swim 10m out and let the current carry you as you look down on the colourful corals, fishes and marine life – definitely the way to go!