Ningaloo Reef Tourism & Travel
Ningaloo Reef Australia
The Ningaloo Reef meets the beach of the North West Cape. It is a virtually untouched barrier reef of 260km length protecting a shallow, brilliant white sandy lagoon of clear tropical waters. One of the rare places on earth where you are able to walk from the beach straight onto a coral reef. More than 500 species of tropical fish and 220 species of coral make up the Ningaloo Reef; a protected marine park. With the sea only up in your knees, allow the many coloured fish to swim and feed between your legs. From eighteen months to eighty years of age enjoy the thrill of snorkeling amid the dazzling display of tropical species and colours of fish and coral in the shallows 'like swimming through the stars'.
Ningaloo Coral Reef
Ningaloo Reef is Australias largest fringing coral reef, and runs 260km along the length of the North West Cape. Best access to this beautiful part of Australias Coral Coast from Exmouth in the north and Coral Bay in the south of the North West Cape.
Ningaloo Marine Park
The warm waters of Ningaloo Marine Park are home to the largest fish in the world, the Whale Shark as well as an utter abundance of marine life including soft and hard corals, manta rays, sea snakes, whales, turtles, sharks and over 500 species of tropical fish.
Exmouth is 1270km from Perth on the Exmouth Gulf and Coral Bay marks the southern extreme of the teeming reef. Exmouth was established in 1967 as a joint Australian-U.S. communication base and submarine re-fuelling station due to its proximity to the Southeast Asian waters.
Exmouth is a modern outback town and Learmonth Airport, 40km south of Exmouth, provides an airstrip for regional airlines. Coral Bay is a smaller settlement that offers visitors stores, restaurants and a pub. Either town makes an excellent base to explore the nearby Ningaloo Reef.
North West Cape
Activities on the North West Cape include magnificent snorkelling in pristine waters; Ningaloo Reef starts close to the shore making it accessible to everyone, including small children. Tropical fish swim around your feet in the shallow waters.
Ningaloo Reef Snorkelling
Strap on your mask and fins, paddle for a few metres and youre in an underwater wonderland!
Ningaloo Reef Viewing
For those who want to explore the reef but do not want to get wet, a semi-submersible cruise is available with an introduction to the amazing underwater world of coral gardens and vividly-coloured tropical fish. Expert commentary gives you the chance to learn about this marine environment and offers excellent photographic opportunities. Fishing is superb; beach fishing is easy and fun or perhaps deep ocean species like Red Emperor, groper, North West Snapper, mackerel or tuna.
Ningaloo Reef Diving
Navy Pier Dive
Scuba-diving enthusiasts come from around the world to explore the massive reef. The water is warm and clear and visibility is excellent. A hot spot for diving is the famous Navy Pier, a haven for over 200 different species of fish, as well as countless invertebrates.
A range of different dive sites to suit varying levels of experience: entry-level dive sites include Gullivers, Blizzard Range, The Labyrinth and the Fish Pit while advanced divers can take things further at Helgas Tunnels, Helby Bank or the Sponge Garden Drift.
Guided tours from Scuba experts are available; small groups make for a better dive experience.
Double sea kayaks are the perfect way to explore the sheltered lagoons, where the water is rarely more than 3m deep. They are smooth and quiet, allowing you to get up close to wildlife.