“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. This was officially recognised in June, 20011 when the Ningaloo Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Area.
The Ningaloo Marine Park protects the Ningaloo Reef – one of Australia’s most ecologically important and easily accessible tracts of coral reef. In fact, the Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing coral reef in the world, stretching over 300kms from Bundegi Beach near Exmouth to Red Bluff, south of Coral Bay. Along this entire length the Ningaloo Reef and its surrounding waters are extremely rich in marine life.
What makes the Ningaloo Reef even more special is its close proximity to the coast – in many areas the reef is only steps from the shoreline – making the Ningaloo Reef by far the easiest access coral reef in the country.
The outer reef protects a shallow lagoon known as the Ningaloo Lagoon. The lagoon is a wonderland for snorkellers, with an average depth of only 2-4m and absolutely brimming with brightly coloured tropical fish and coral. In fact, some 250 species of coral and 500 species of fish have been recorded in the Ningaloo Marine Park.
Young people and families enjoy the limitless number of snorkelling sites along the Ningaloo coastline, the vast majority of which are accessible via 2WD vehicle. There are many pleasant ways to experience the Ningaloo Reef – from a dive charter boat, pleasure craft or dinghy, glass bottom coral viewing boats, snorkel or underwater scooter tour, sea kayaks, or simply by snorkelling straight off the beach. The Ningaloo Reef and Lagoon make an absolutely spectacular sight from the air, and scenic and microlight flights are available year round.
The Ningaloo Reef truly is one of the plant’s last ocean paradises. Come see it for yourself.