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Ningaloo Reef Whale Sharks

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Swimming alongside the biggest fish in the world is simply an incredible encounter you will always remember

coral bay tours whale sharks

Our dedicated crew are passionate about the conservation and research of the mystical creatures of the deep with our aim being your safety first and your time spent in the water swimming with these beautiful creatures.

This full day tour starts at 7:20, meeting in the dive shop to check in and collect all your snorkelling equipment for the day – including a full length wetsuit! We then take a 5 minute drive down to the jetty on our new, air-conditioned buses where we then embark one of our two fit-for-purpose vessels, each with ample room on the covered main deck to comfortably sit, move around and sight see as we cruise out to the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.

Our first stop on the water is a guided snorkel at a beautiful coral garden area on the reef where you get the chance to see up to 250 species of corals and such marine life as colourful fish, sea turtles, stingrays, octopus, cuttlefish, reef sharks, amongst many many others! Once everyone is back aboard you can indulge in some morning tea as we head outside the reef in search for a whale shark! The pilot of our dedicated spotter plane will coordinate directly with our skipper to get you in the best position possible to see a whale shark. If we find a whale shark, you will have a chance to get in the water and swim alongside them.

Once back inside the reef, a delicious buffet lunch will be served. While you enjoy your lunch, we will begin cruising back toward Coral Bay as we endeavour to find as much marine life in the water as possible for your sight-seeing pleasure. The Ningaloo is host to many incredible animals that you may get the chance to view from the boat on this tour, such as dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, sting rays, sharks and whales!

In the afternoon we will go for another snorkel at yet another beautiful reef location if time permits.

This tour generally returns to Coral Bay between 4:30pm – 5:30pm but this can vary depending on the conditions of the day.

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9 Hours (approximately)

What is included

  • All equipment rental, including a full-length wetsuit, included in price
  • All parks fees included
  • All staff are highly trained dive masters, instructors or bronze medallionists
  • This tour includes a morning snorkel on a beautiful coral garden and an afternoon snorkel if time permits
  • Our onboard photographer provides you the opportunity to purchase your whale shark experience via a dropbox link! The ideal way to keep your memories forever.

Additional Information

Please keep in mind that our dealing with wild animals in their natural environment are not predictable. Our commitment to you is that our crew will make every possible effort to ensure that you have the best experience possible, however we can not guarantee that we will see all or any of the wildlife mentioned.

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WHALE SHARK SAFARI 2025

Whale Shark - Coral Bay

Coral Bay Whale Shark Swim

Whale Shark - Ningaloo Reef

Let us take you on a tour of a lifetime.  Join us on an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for a chance to swim with the biggest fish in the sea, the majestic Whale Sharks. 

Your tour begins at 7:30 am at the Coral Bay Ecotours office, followed by a short bus transfer to the jetty to board the vessel. Then we head out for your first reef snorkel experience in the beautiful coral gardens, where you may encounter numerous fish, reef sharks, and other marine species.

After morning tea, we begin our journey to the outer reef. By this time our spotter plane is already searching for our whale sharks and informing us of any other exciting marine life spotted along the way! We will do our best to allow you to experience as much wildlife as possible during our tour. Once our spotter plane has found a whale shark, our boat will make its way there. Guests will be split into 2 groups of 10 and take turns to swim with the whale shark. To ensure that we don’t disturb its natural habits, we are allowed a maximum one hour of swimming time with the whale shark.

We stop along the way home for a second reef snorkel at a different site. To finish the day, we celebrate with a glass of champagne and fruit platter.

We Provide:  A full buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea, all snorkel equipment including long wetsuits, fresh drinking water, tea, coffee, toilet facility and underwater photo-package.

What you need to bring: Towel, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, water bottle, warm clothing.

Please note:  While every effort is made to provide you with the opportunity to see and interact with the wildlife, we cannot guarantee nature. 

We do not offer non-sighting repeat offers or refunds for this tour.

This tour is recommended for experienced swimmers. For Child/Infant policy please check the Terms & Condition below.

Child passengers are defined as being an age of 6 years old to 16 years old. 17 year old passengers are defined as adults. Family prices refer to 2 adults and 2 children between 6 and 16 years old. Children 5 years and under at the time of tour are Free of Charge (FOC) EXCEPT when swimming with whale shark s, manta rays or humpback whales. In these cases, the child will be charged at child prices. All minors must be accompanied by parents or guardians AT ALL TIMES who are entirely responsible for their care. Children must n ot be left unattended by parents or guardians on any tour boat or whilst in the water at any time.

Ningaloo Marine Interactions

Whale shark Odyssey at Ningaloo Reef

This is a dynamic full day odyssey designed to give you the best experiences possible on any given day. We don’t follow a script, we don’t promise what we can’t deliver, we aim to open your eyes to the wonders of Ningaloo and hope that through the days incredible experiences and thought provoking insights, that you join our global team of reef ambassadors, who speak up for our ocean friends.

The Details

  • Snorkel with Whale Sharks
  • Launch Provided
  • Duration: 9 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Coral Bay, WA

Ready to book? Call us on 08 9467 7968 or click ‘Book Now’ below

For those who are searching for the ultimate, unforgettable experience of swimming alongside the biggest fish in the sea – The Whale Shark.

Embark on an expedition like no other where knowledge unlocks adventure on our Whale shark Odyssey at Ningaloo Reef. 

Awaken your inner marine biologist and delve into the fascinating world of the Ningaloo Reef as our knowledgeable and passionate guides share insights about the majestic Whale sharks, their ecology, behaviour’s and the vital role they play in the oceans delicate ecosystem. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience as you share the water with the worlds biggest fish and witness the endless wonders that Ningaloo Reef has to offer. 

We use a designated spotter aircraft to assist us in finding where whale sharks are and allow us to choose the best Whale shark to interact with on the day.

Whale sharks are generally slow-moving filter feeders, which are often found at the surface feeding or basking in the sun. These gentle giants can grow up to a whopping 18 metres and can live over 100 years. They themselves are ocean explorers, visiting Ningaloo during Autumn to feast on the seasonal bounty of rich plankton swarms. Swimming with these incredible creatures can be a cosmic experience with their striking patterns resembling a galaxy as they swim through cobalt waters. This experience will truly be with you for years to come. 

Our Whale shark Odyssey incorporates not only the star of the show but its environment and all of the critters within it. We aim to show you the absolute best of Ningaloo reef and explain the reasons that Whale sharks visit. 

During the day you will snorkel amongst spectacularly diverse coral gardens, laden with tropical fish and abundant life, where your understanding of Coral Reef ecology will begin. Habitat diversity within the lagoon leads to a rich diversity of resident megafauna which we will interact with whenever opportunity presents. Whilst whale sharks are our priority on this odyssey, we will make the most of all opportunities to search for turtles, dolphins, dugong, benthic rays, sharks and manta rays that call the Ningaloo Reef home.

We pride ourselves on delivering you a memorable and informative day on the Ningaloo Reef, hoping to inspire a greater respect of all the animals that visit the reef and a better understanding on why the Ningaloo reef was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2011. 

Join Us Aboard Utopia

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We invite you to join us aboard “Utopia” – our shallow, reef friendly vessel which has a spacious, fully shaded deck and comfy seating on the fly bridge for optimum wildlife viewing. Our tours are Edu-Tours, drawing upon a wealth of knowledge gathered from our very own marine biologist with over 20 years combined crew experience in the Ningaloo area.

Many visitors come to Ningaloo Reef to get away from the crowds. That’s why we pride ourselves on small, personalised groups to maximise your experience. We are committed to working towards providing a fantastic experience for all of our customers while maintaining the importance of sustainability in the Marine Park for future generations. Our trips are for the snorkelling connoisseur and those who really want to explore the best of the pristine Ningaloo Reef.

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What we Provide

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Snorkel Equipment

All the kit you need for your underwater adventure.

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To keep you warm and protect from the elements.

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We offer a selection of polarized sunglasses.

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Lunch Included

Or snacks to enjoy during the whale watching.

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Tea, coffee or chilled water. Take your pick.

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You will be provided with a link to complimentary photos of your day

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A tiny oasis amongst vast natural wonders

Ningaloo coral bay, where the reef touches the beach.

A World Heritage-listed site, Coral Bay is untouched in its pristine beauty - which we’re passionate about protecting and sharing for everyone to enjoy. We're home to a thriving marine sanctuary of whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, coral gardens and over 500 different species of fish.

A little history

First founded by Bill and Alison Brogan in 1973 as Bayview Coral Bay, the Brogan family are proud to welcome you to our holiday village, filled with everything you need to enjoy your stay. From modern dining in Bill's Bar to shopping as well as guided trips, tours, and beachfront accommodation. Only here can you experience the reef right from the beach, at Ningaloo Coral Bay.

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Manta Ray magic in the heart of the Ningaloo Reef - Coral Bay ✨ My favourite time of year for Manta Rays on the Ningaloo is winter. Despite year round Manta interactions being a great - with nature it is mostly a lottery. Winter tends to provide a higher rate of Manta Ray ‘mating chains’. A mating chain is when the female is chased and courted tirelessly by any given number of males hoping to mate with her. What an experience to witness first hand for myself and all out on tour with boatsningaloocoralbay. The female in this mating chain is the Melanistic (black) ray at the centre of the image, she was easily 4 metres wide! Her experience in this situation was evident, as she dodged and weaved in between the customers and I. Displaying incredible spatial awareness and trust in our lack of threat toward her. Magic! . . . . #australianmarineconservationsociety #mantaray #manta #mantatrust #mynikonlife #nikonaustralia #underwaterphotography #wildlifephotography #ningalooreef #westeraustralia #amazingcoralcoast #closer2ningaloo

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I R W I N Everyone meet Irwin. The last time I met Irwin was back in May 2019 when I did the best experience ever, the whale shark swim in the #ningalooreef with whalesharkdive and after getting the amazing pictures from oceanaimee and a few of my own I sent them to a website called www.sharkbook.ai which do an amazing job at tracking these amazing animals. Over the last few years I hadn`t heard a thing and did wonder where Irwin would be however, today I got an email saying he had been spotted again back in the Ningaloo Reef. It`s good to know he`s still travelling the oceans 4 years later! Irwin ya legend!!! #whaleshark #whalesharkswimming #whalesharks #whalesharkwatching #whalesharkencounter #whalesharksnorkeling #ningaloo #ningaloomarinepark #ningaloowhalesharkswim #ningaloocoralbay #ningalooreefdiveandsnorkel #exmouth #exmouthwa #coralbaywa #coralbay #northwestwa #sharkconservation #sharkidentification #sharkaddicts #sharkweek #sharklover #westernaustralia #seenwa

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Tour De Broome is coming to an end unfortunately. If you haven`t had a chance to catch us this is your last chance before we boogie south. They`re gonna be big ones! don`t miss out! FRI 29/07 @ bullarastationstay SAT 30/07 @ backpackersningaloocoralbay SUN 30/07 @ billscoralbay ∙ ∙∙ ∙∙∙ ∙∙ ∙ #Coralbay #Billsbar #coralbaybackpackers #ningaloobackpackers #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers #bullara #bullarastation #bularrastationstay #bullarastationburgernight #bluesandroots #travlingduo #travelingbluesandroots #buslife #vanlife #travelingband #doublebass #localmusic #Travelingmusic #touringmusic #touringduo #bluesandrootsduo

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An Elegant Sea snake swims back towards the sea floor after taking a breath at the surface on a near perfect Ningaloo day ... Most people are afraid of sea snakes but just like their cousins on the land these beautiful reptiles are far less dangerous than they`re made out to be. Often hyper inquisitive animals, if you`re lucky enough to come across one whilst diving you might be subject to some investigation ! sonyalpha.anz ikelite Sony a1 + Sony 14mm f/1.8 GM + Ikelite Housing 1/500, f/11, ISO 800

Day eight: Coral Bay. Manta ray tour was amazing, love how graceful manta rays are in the water. Swam with a turtle and saw about 10 reef sharks at a cleaning station. Spotted a tiger shark from the boat, and swam with a leopard shark (see above). Incredible day with ningaloocoralbayboats . Thanks emilieunderwaterphotography for the amazing shot! . #ningaloo #ningaloocoast #ningalooreef #ningaloocoralbay #ningaloocoralbayboats #reef #australia #westernaustralia #sharks #shark #leopardshark #leopardsharks #snorkel #snorkelling #dive #diving #ocean #sea #coral #coralreef #coralreefs #travel #swim #swimmingwithsharks #swimmingwiththefishes #coralbay #coralbaywa #coralbayaustralia #coralbay

wow... what a long journey... due to a brakedown of a bus i had to stay one more night at the hostel, i mean yeah... there could be worse places to be stucked honestly than  #coralbay🤣 but #integritycoachlines for me is not very reliable and there is nothing of goodwill for such a situation from them... pretty poor and maybe the reason why the westcoast is not yet so travelled and hast still not so many tourists because if the coaches are so unreliable, travelling with limited time gets really difficult... however Jacinta and Dania from the hostel turned the situation into something amazing in offering a FREE night for me 😍😘 thanks again to #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers ... you made my day 😍 and now a long jouney has startet that cost me my Broome and Darwin stay... so heading directly to #katherine more than 40 hours... and to mention it: the busdrivers were awesome and nice but i would not recommend #integritycoach too much if there is any alternative left ... but hey: always look on the bright side of life 😍

wow... what a long journey... due to a brakedown of a bus i had to stay one more night at the hostel, i mean yeah... there could be worse places to be stucked honestly than  #coralbay🤣 but #integritycoachlines for me is not very reliable and there is nothing of goodwill for such a situation from them... pretty poor and maybe the reason why the westcoast is not yet so travelled and hast still not so many tourists because if the coaches are so unreliable, travelling with limited time gets really difficult... however Jacinta and Dania from the hostel turned the situation into something amazing in offering a FREE night for me 😍😘 thanks again to #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers ... you made my day 😍 and now a long jouney has startet that cost me my Broome and Darwin stay... so heading directly to #katherine more than 40 hours... and to mention it: the busdrivers were awesome and nice but i would not recommend #integritycoach too much if there is any alternative left ... but hey: always look on the bright side of life 😍

Yep we drag our kids everywhere!!!!! 😆 and when the bar is completely empty with 2 empty pool tables why not have a play around???? 🤣 . Piper had a blast watching us play pool (good to know lol) she kept yelling "GOOOOOOOAL" ( 👆 watch our story to see ). . They were both sooo well behaved for a pub lunch. billscoralbay have these kids packs which kept Piper entertained for a while and Tate just loves to be apart of it all (awww) 😙 #betson #dadwon #wherestate #billscoralbay #parentsdayout #parentlife #thesepoorkids

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Yep, if you look closely enough you`ll see a sargassum frogfish 😊 I have been looking for it in every patch of seagrass I came across in my swimming life! So happy to finally be able to spot one drifting with seaweed in the Coral Bay lagoon, I had to blink my eyes couple of times and look again to fully believe I found it! This odd fish is named after the sargassum sea grass beds it camouflages itself in. The colour can change rapidly to match its surroundings. It is a voracious hunter and will eat other sargassumfish. Sitting very still, the sargassumfish ‘fishes’ with its rod-like illium topped with a lure-like lump. It crawls around the sargassum with its specialized fins, and when threatened, can hop out of the water onto the sea weed mats for extended periods of time. Always look amongst seaweed, there is a whole world made of great skilled creatures taking advantage of its floatation to save their energies and escape predators. Thank you to aussie_marine_adventures for taking me out for a fantastic day in the Bay and to gabrielle.lui to be my smiling model!

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Dreaming of underwater paradise? The crystal blue waters of the Ningaloo Reef are home to an abundance of marine life and coral gardens. What are you waiting for? Sensational pics thanks to @oceancollectivemedia #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers #ningalooreef #divein #marineparadise #bucketlist #amazingwa #coralcoast #westernaustralia #perthisok #ningaloocoralbay #closer2ningaloo

They bread them different in Coral Bay! #the42yearoldgreynomad #coralbay #billscoralbay

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Another to save ↗️ to them bucket lists! Just 40mins from Coral Bay Oyster Bridge is an absolute beauty!☀️🏖 Stop in at the coral bay dive shop and purchase a 2 dollar mud map to view the off-road trails. You’ll need a 4x4, air compressor and at least 2 max tracks. Drop them tryres down and you should make it there no worries 🤙 . . . . . #coralbay #oysterbridge #4wd #westernaustralia #4wdaustralia #exploringaustralia #lensbible #australia_shotz #ningalooreef #closer2ningaloo #perth #earth_shotz #amazing_wa #perthisok #perthlife #holidayherethisyear #skybangerz #dronepals #droneofficial #dronenature #wanderoutyonder #hikeaustralia #thisiswa #nakedplanet #perthvibes #seeaustralia #aussie_images #australiascoralcoast #OurPlanetDaily #ig_australia

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With the breaking news of the Perth and South West Regions Hard Lockdown from 6pm tonight, we understand that you may not be able to travel to Coral Bay as planned this week. Our Perth Reservations office will be closed for the coming week, but rest assured we will be open again as soon as possible and available to discuss your postponed accommodation arrangements. * For everyone who has dutifully marked the opening of the APRIL 2022 SCHOOL HOLIDAYS in their calendars, we have re-scheduled the opening to: *** 9AM, WEDNESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2021 *** As always, reservations must be made via phone: 9385 6655. Our team wishes you well for the coming week. Stay safe and dream of cool clear waters, marine life in abundance and the white sand beaches of Coral Bay waiting for you on the other side... #closer2ningaloo #paradisepostponed #openagainsoon #ningaloocoralbay #bayviewningaloocoralbay #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers #ningaloocoralbayboats #billsbarcoralbay #australiascoralcoast #westernaustralia #coralbay #westernaustralia #hangten #seeyousoon #coralbayaustralia

Yum! Our delicious Surf & Turf 🍽 Thanks for sharing @amuck37 #BillsCoralBay #CoralBay #SurfAndTurf #delicious #foodlover #instafood

Yum! Our delicious Surf & Turf 🍽 Thanks for sharing @amuck37 #BillsCoralBay #CoralBay #SurfAndTurf #delicious #foodlover #instafood

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Is there any better way to spend your morning than watching the sunrise through the natural window in the Kalbarri National Park and doing the 9km loop before 9.30am? ⛰️ #camping #kalbarrinationalpark #beach #adventure #getaway #sunrise #sunset #outdoors #ningaloocoralbay #outdoors #nature #theweekendexplorers #couplecampingtrip #ningalooreef #campingaustralia #campinglife #reels #coralbay #queenslandtourism #campingaustralia #beachdriving #beachcamping4wd #snorkelling #exmouth #ospreybay #denham #kalbarri #vanlife #australia #jurienbay #shellbeach #westernaustralia

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With breaking news of the Perth, Peel and South West Regions Hard Lockdown from 6pm tonight, we understand that some of our guests may not be able to travel to Coral Bay as planned this week. While our Perth Reservations office will be closed for the coming week, rest assured we will be open again as soon as possible and available to discuss your postponed accommodation arrangements. Enjoy your week of laying low as best you can. Stay safe and dream of underwater adventures and sensational white sand beaches waiting for you on the other side... #closer2ningaloo #paradisepostponed #openagainsoon #ningaloocoralbay #bayviewningaloocoralbay #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers #ningaloocoralbayboats #billsbarcoralbay #australiascoralcoast #westernaustralia #coralbay #westernaustralia #hangten #seeyousoon #coralbayaustralia

Watched squidlive beerfarm in Margaret River last weekend and bumped into him again billscoralbay tonight! Only a little 1300km drive between the two! Great show again Squid! See u in the uk next year #ningaloo #billscoralbay #coralbay #beerfarm #margaretriver #westernaustralia #pomsontour

Watched squidlive beerfarm in Margaret River last weekend and bumped into him again billscoralbay tonight! Only a little 1300km  drive between the two! Great show again Squid! See u in the uk next year #ningaloo #billscoralbay #coralbay #beerfarm #margaretriver #westernaustralia #pomsontour

This is my land child. Lux said to me this morning “why do we have to always have holidays at the beach mum, can’t we just go and see grandma in Bunbury?” 🤭 God bless him. When I then enquired as to why he doesn’t like beach holidays he said the water is cold, I hate the sand and the itchy salt drives me nuts. “But if I’m surfing Mum, I love it, other than that it’s just not my thing”. So I’ve been on a mission to get this one prepped and ready to snorkel for our manta ray tour tomorrow, and I think I got him. Today we went for a drive to the iconic Turquoise Bay to have a snorkel in the drift. A two hour drive north of Coral Bay to Exmouth but it was totally worth it. I had to work my butt off out in the drift with him. The snorkel kept filling with water so the salt would sting his eyes, he hated the mouth piece and struggled with his flippers, but about 20 minutes in he looked at me and said “mum, I’ve got this now”. That moment 🥰 And off we went. We held hands drifting down the whole bay. We spotted a turtle, a sting ray, schools of blue fish, a massive snapper and so much more, it was incredible!!! Once on the shore he jumped around so happy with his achievement 💙 then almost immediately it was wetsuit off, land clothes on and he was done. Mission accomplished!!! All I kept thinking I was ‘thank god we spotted a turtle’. Not sure the experience would have had the same impact if me didn’t 😆 Bring on the manta rays!!!! So proud of this one. It’s moments like these that make this mum thing pretty fricken incredible 🙏 Feeling tonight like I’ve accomplished something special 🥰

The Tribe ☀️💦 . . . #coralbay #familytime #family #familyadventures #closer2ningaloo #campingtrip #ningaloocoralbay

Amazing day in Coral Bay 🌊📷 Ocean Collective #mantaray #manta #coralbay #trilogie #waterlust #underwater#ningaloocoralreef #ningaloocoralbayboats#onceuponatimeinaussie#dancingwiththemanta #dance#vitaminsea

Amazing day in Coral Bay 🌊📷 Ocean Collective #mantaray #manta #coralbay #trilogie #waterlust #underwater#ningaloocoralreef #ningaloocoralbayboats#onceuponatimeinaussie#dancingwiththemanta #dance#vitaminsea

So much room for activities!!! 🥅🏐💧 Fun & affordable accommodation in the heart of Coral Bay❣️ . . . . #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers #ningaloocoralbay #coralbaywa #backpackerscoralbay #hostelcorabay #backpackersaustralia #hostelaustralia #australiascoralcoast

Deeeelish 🥙🍔 Thanks for the tag @w_2991! #BillsCoralBay

💙 What a view, isn`t it? 💙 . . . #ningaloocoastworldheritage #ningalooreef #ningaloocoast #coralbay #coralreef #closer2ningaloo #clearwaterphotographer #bluewater #colorsofnature #travelling #travelphotography #coupletravel #coupletravelling #whataview😍 #travelaus #backpackercaptures #fujifilmaustralia

Happy Friday! Happy days! #cheers #tgif #whatsyourpoison #billscoralbay #ningaloocoralbay #bringoncocktailhour #itsmiddaysomewhere #treatyourself #billsbar

Lovely mum and calf...🥰 Did you know that 15% of the world’s population of dugong live along the Shark Bay and Ningaloo coasts? 🔁 ningaloocoralbay 📷 jakewiltonphoto . . . #ecotourimaustralia #ningaloocoralbayboats #ningaloocoralbay #ningalooreef #WA #westernaustralia #advancedecotourism #ECOcertification #australiascoralcoast #marinemammals #indianocean #coralbay #dugong #dugongs #seacow #ecotourism #sustainabletourism #sustainabletravel #responsibletourism #responsibletravel #ecotourismaus

Lay by the pool🌴💧 Or shoot some pool 🎱 Our Common Areas have something to suit everyone! All activities pair nicely with a cold drink from our on-site Manta Bar🍹🍻 . . . #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers #closer2ningaloo #ningaloo #coralbaywa #ningaloocoralbay #ningalooreef #hostelaustralia #backpackersaustralia

Jellybean winner!!!!! . This little poppet guessed the right number of jelly beans in the jar last night. . Chuffed to bits 👏 . #billscoralbay #billsbarcoralbay #jellybeans #sweets #lollies #anyamaeb #shareyourjellybeans nleoamanda

Last night feels 😢 I’m going to miss these incredible sunsets. What a holiday 💙 Now for the 12 hour drive home 😑 denim jacket is hb.x.rose 💁🏼‍♀️

Last night feels 😢 I’m going to miss these incredible sunsets. What a holiday 💙 Now for the 12 hour drive home 😑 denim jacket is hb.x.rose 💁🏼‍♀️

We are once again open & ready to welcome guests from 11am daily! While we are still adhering to our, slightly more relaxed, COVID-19 social distancing measures, bar service is available from 11am. Lunch is offered from 12-2:30pm and dinner from 5:30-9pm🍖🍔🍟. We thank you for your continued support through the last few months and as we ease back into normal operations. Stay tuned for advice on when our weekly Pool Comp 🎱🎱🎱 will resume. In the mean time, pop in, relax, enjoy! We look forward to welcoming you to Bill`s Bar! #billsbarcoralbay #billsbar #ningaloocoralbay #closer2ningaloo #ningalooreef #coralbay #australiascoralcoast #westernaustralia #whatsyourpoison #drinkanddinewithus #relaxandenjoy #cheers

#holidayinwa day 5! This morning we all went out on a glass bottom boat with #ningaloocoralbayboats. I can even explain how amazing it was, the glass floor was great so Claire could see all the fish. Matt and I both went snorkeling as well and what you see Is just so amazing. If you are heading to coral bay I can’t recommend doing this enough, such an incredible experience. Hopefully we will get some of the go pro footage from the reef up shortly along with the drone footage. We are just editing them at the moment. After the boat trip when then drove the 2hr trip to Exmouth. Being here is just the relaxed life you would want to live. We had an amazing lunch at #frothcraft and then settled into our amazing accommodation which I will show you all tomorrow. #familytime #mumswithcameras #mumlife #perthbrandrepsearch #aussiebrandrepsearch #coralbay #toddlersofinstagram #familyholidays #isolife

Do you hear the call of the ocean? #coralbaydreaming #closer2ningaloo #ningalooreef #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers #australiascoralcoast #westernaustralia #amazingwa #catchyouincoralbay Reposted from @ellemayell The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. -Jacques Cousteau 🌊 @em.hanney 📷

Happy 4th birthday to this lil grommet, Jagger 🎁❤ Looking pretty stoked with his new hat from the crew at 📍billscoralbay - thanks guys . . . #happybirthday #birthdayboy #itsyourbirthday #travelkid #kidsonaroadtrip #mumofboys #dadofboys #perthfam #perthfamily #coralbaywa #coralbay #surfkid #exmouth #exmouthwa #surfrat #littlecreatures #freehat #ningaloo #pelican #westernaustralia #wanderlust #grommet #billscoralbay #visitcoralbay #summerinwa #wablogger #travelblogger #familytravelblog #familyholiday #familyoffive

October 2019 (when I still had tan 😆) Whole day tour with ningaloocoralbayboats • I think that day spend on the boat the whole day snorkeling and seeing the massiv Manta rays, is in the top ten days of my life so far 🙈😍. So I’ve you have the chance to do a Tour like that DO IT !! • TRAVEL TIP • I booked the tour with the camping ground I was staying on and got 10% off that way. I will always recommend to finde the best deal always check the prices between companies and talk with the people. They want you as a costumer and will usually give you some kind of deal, when they see you are informed what others have to offer. 😉😉😉 #closer2ningaloo #ningalooreef #ningaloo #boattrip #snorkeling #diving #wetlook #visitningaloo #coralbay #westaustralia #backpacking #backpacker #backpackerlife #travel #traveler #travelblogger #travelphotography #wanderlust #explore #picoftheday #instatravel #travelgram #fernweh #traveladdict #exploretheworld #globetrotter #reisen #weltenbummler #instadaily #travelblogger

Happy Halloween! 🎃🎃 Treat yourself to Happy Hour from 5-6pm and try your luck at our weekly Pool Comp, tonight at Bill`s! #billsbar #ningaloocoralbay #bestteam #happyhalloween

Not Happy Harry I couldn’t find a wet suit or snorkelling gear to fit Harry when we headed out to swim with Manta Rays with the crew from Ningaloo Coral Bay Boats. Living the Dream, Sharing the Experience. australiascoralcoast westernaustralia ningaloocoralbayboats happily__made global.monkey.trails ningaloocoralbay #australiascoralcoast #westernaustralia #happilymademonkeys #globalmonkeytrails #ningaloocoralbayboats #ningaloocoralcoast #coralbay #explorelocal #lovemyjob #explore #adventure #travelwriter #harryrocks #harry #getoutthere #canon6d #unsealed4x4 unsealed4x4

If you haven`t already swum with these magnificent ocean creatures in Coral Bay`s signature turquoise waters, it`s time to book your Ningaloo Reef holiday! Manta Ray Tours are available year round with @ningaloocoralbayboats . Our friendly Reception Team can assist you with tour bookings along with accommodation. This spectacular shot was taken by Coral Bay spotter pilot, @pauly.carlyon Get this experience on your bucket list! #ningaloocoralbay #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers #backpackers #bucketlist #turquoisewater #manta #closer2ningaloo #amazingwa #westernaustralia #coralcoast #coralbay

Sitting in Bill’s Coral Bay enjoying what they do best! #seafoodgalore #billscoralbay #exmouthprawns #wanderoutyonderwa

Sitting in Bill’s Coral Bay enjoying what they do best! #seafoodgalore #billscoralbay #exmouthprawns #wanderoutyonderwa

Another day another sunset. After over 2 weeks in Australia we arrived in Coral Bay, Western Australia. Ningaloo reef is Australia’s only fringing reef. In contrast to other locations the coral starts right at the water’s edge. It is a marine sanctuary of whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, coral gardens and over 500 s pieces of fish and other wildlife. #paulinkainaustralia #sunset #coralbay #visitwesternaustralia #ningaloocoralbay

Another day another sunset. After over 2 weeks in Australia we arrived in Coral Bay, Western Australia. Ningaloo reef is Australia’s only fringing reef. In contrast to other locations the coral starts right at the water’s edge. It is a marine sanctuary of whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, coral gardens and over 500 s pieces of fish and other wildlife. #paulinkainaustralia #sunset #coralbay #visitwesternaustralia #ningaloocoralbay

They don’t call it Coral Bay for no reason 🙌🏻💦 How incredible is the Reef? 💕 ningaloocoralbayboats operators tours daily offering visitors to the area an opportunity to experience the incredible coral gardens, the schools of fish, the friendly turtles and we can’t forget, one of our favourites... Manta Rays 💦💦💦 It’s seriously an incredible experience, you’ll almost book on the next day because you can’t get enough 🙌🏻😆 📸 nicolemclachlanphoto from oceancollectivemedia #ThisisWA #CatchYouinCoralBay #Ningaloo #CoralBay #AustraliasCoralCoast #NingalooReef #SeeAustralia #Australia #JustAnotherDayinWA #CoralGarden #Snorkeling #UnderwaterPhotography #FreeDiving #Ocean #Snorkel #VisitWA #VisitAustralia #NingalooCoralBayBoats

They don’t call it Coral Bay for no reason 🙌🏻💦 How incredible is the Reef? 💕 ningaloocoralbayboats operators tours daily offering visitors to the area an opportunity to experience the incredible coral gardens, the schools of fish, the friendly turtles and we can’t forget, one of our favourites... Manta Rays 💦💦💦 It’s seriously an incredible experience, you’ll almost book on the next day because you can’t get enough 🙌🏻😆 📸 nicolemclachlanphoto from oceancollectivemedia #ThisisWA #CatchYouinCoralBay #Ningaloo #CoralBay #AustraliasCoralCoast #NingalooReef #SeeAustralia #Australia #JustAnotherDayinWA #CoralGarden #Snorkeling #UnderwaterPhotography #FreeDiving #Ocean #Snorkel #VisitWA #VisitAustralia #NingalooCoralBayBoats

Whale Shark season is on it`s way! If you`ve ever dreamt of swimming with these majestic giants, migrating populations are generally seen in the crystal waters of Ningaloo from March to June. Contact our friendly reservations team to book your stay and bring your dreams to life! [email protected] #closer2ningaloo #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers #ningaloocoralbay #whaleshark #amazingwa #coralcoast #bucketlist #livingthedream

Time gets so warped on camping holidays, the earliest one of us (me) went to crack a beer was 10:43 and the earliest we (lach) went to bed was 6:37. Never better than camping on the edge of the ningaloo, bathing in reefy rock pools, watching eagle rays glide past, finding reef shark nurseries and constant glowing coral. I loved Warroora for the isolation it brought along this phenomenal stretch of coastaline. #catchyouincarnavon #australiascoralcoast #closer2ningaloo #thisiswa #amazing_wa #perthisok

ABOVE or BELOW the surface 🌊 Where do you prefer to experience the ocean❓⁠ ⁠ Excellent shot by 📷 davideriaud ⁠ ⁠ "A window to another world. Glass-bottom boats are a great way to explore shallow reef ecosystems. And with an educational approach to these tours, love and respect for the underwater world can spread very quickly."⁠ ⁠

CORAL BAY, W.A. Today is sadly moving day but we just couldn`t farewell Coral Bay without a trip on the glass bottom boat ⚓ The boys had a blast, Hamish was on the lookout for Nemo and Albie kept pointing out the various fish and coral he recognised and knew the names of. You don`t have to go far here to enjoy the coral, it is only 50m from the shore in places and abundant. Beautiful coral gardens extending as far as you can see in every direction plus brightly coloured tropical fish going about their fishy ways. It was great to show the kids what we had been enjoying on our snorkeling adventures the past few days. The one-hour coral viewing tour took us to Lavender Patch an area of beautiful purple coral and also to Ayers Rock a huge brain coral about 3500 years old, 4m high and about 8-9m from one side to the other (pic 2). Ash thought it looked like a huge cheese wheel when she had snorkelled around it. The boat also stops for a little while to view and feed the fish before moving along. There are also longer tours available that include snorkeling at the various hotspots and the outer reef. #therednomadandco #coralbay #westernaustralia #ningaloocoast #coralcoas #ningaloocoralbayboats #familyadventure #familyfun #travelaustraliawithkids #seeaustralia

We`re waiting for you to come around that bend... Ningaloo Coral Bay Backpackers will be the first thing you see as you drive into Coral Bay. We`re in the midst of a sensational season with mantas and whale sharks a plenty! Come see for yourself! Contact our Reservations team to book - details on our website: www.ningaloocoralbay.com/backpackers This awesome pic reposted from @katiebibblechronicles - #coralbay #coralbaywa #bluesky #westernaustralia #australia #clouds #travel #beautiful #coralbaybackpackers #closer2ningaloo #ningaloocoralbaybackpackers - #regrann

lunch #billscoralbay #coralbayWA #explorewa #westoz #goodtimes #greatcrew

lunch #billscoralbay #coralbayWA #explorewa #westoz #goodtimes #greatcrew

Afternoon walk to the shark nursery (YES these are sharks in the water and NO we didn`t go for a swim 😆) #thesecolors #nofilterneeded #closer2ningaloo #sharks #familyfuntime #freedom #australia #unevalisepourtrois #paradise #holidayfun

Afternoon walk to the shark nursery (YES these are sharks in the water and NO we didn't go for a swim 😆) #thesecolors #nofilterneeded #closer2ningaloo #sharks  #familyfuntime #freedom #australia #unevalisepourtrois #paradise #holidayfun

Loving the welcome sound of laughter, chatter, music and the chink of glassware and cutlery! Happy days! #billscoralbay #ningaloocoralbay #comeonin #yum #amazingwa #coralbay #westernaustralia #catchyouincoralbay #bringyourappetite #relaxafteradayonthereef Reposted from @misscecilecupcakes #yum #delicious #fish #meal #foodporn #food #lunch #amazing #billsbar #coralbay #instafood

CORAL BAY, W.A. Unfortunately no Nemo`s in this part of the ocean but still plenty of other sealife to keep the kids squealing with delight on this glass bottom boat tour 🐟🐠🐡🐙🦀🐚🦑 #therednomadandco #coralbay #glassbottomboat #ningaloocoralbayboats #ningaloocoast #coralcoast #herefishyfishy

CRUSING  THROUGH   KARIJINI Karijini has seven gorges to explore; Dales, Joffre, Knox, Hancock, Weano, Kalamina and Hamersley Gorge, each having something unique to offer. It`s a BIG place, and trust me, we didn`t do it the most logical way on our first visit. Knowing what we know now, this is how we`d plan our next family visit. Day 1- Free camp at Buddhas Overnighter (Wiki camps) visit Hamersley Gorge (Spa pool). Day 2- Camp at Eco Retreat visit Weano (Kermits pool/Spider Walk) and Hancock Gorge (Handrail Pool). Day 3 - Camp at Eco Retreat visit Joffe Gorge and Knox Gorge. Day 4- Camp at the Eco Retreat and visit Kalamina Gorge. Day 5 - Either Camp at the Eco Retreat or move campsite to Dales Campground and visit  Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool. Day 6- Head out to Tom Price and Free camp at Tigers Eye Free Camp (wiki camps) This guide would also work in reverse depending on which way you come in 🙂. 🥾🥾Trail difficulties range from class 2 up to class 5. Dales and Hamersley are the more accessible walks, while Waneo and Hancock are challenging but short. 🏕 There are two campgrounds in Karijini NP. The National Park run Dales Campground and the Eco Retreat. We stayed at Dales for our visit because it was better value. However, it`s also further away from most of the gorges. The money we saved on camping fees we burnt with all the extra fuel we used, not to mention all the time we spent going back and forth. So next time, we`d fork out the extra cash to enjoy the convenience and showers. Drop us a comment if there is anything else you`d like to know more about 😀.

Who else needs a Monday pick me up? Get your week off to a cracking start & try your luck at Jag the Joker tonight - our jackpot has reached $2400!! #feelinglucky #billsbar #ningaloocoralbay #gottabeinittowinit

Manta courtship dance. This beautiful male and female manta ray were dancing around together for so long on today’s tour! Such a magical experience, so much love on the Ningaloo 💙 📷 onboard ningaloocoralbayboats . . #mantaray #manta #mantarays #mantamating #mantadance #courtship #courtshipdance #mantatrust #projectmanta #projectmantawa #westernaustralia #coralbay #coralbaywa #coralbayboats #ningaloocoralbay #ningaloocoralbayboats #ningaloo #ningalooreef #ningaloomarinepark #ningaloocoast #westisbest #justanotherdayinwa #padi #paditv #paditravel #freedive #freediver #freedivephotography #photography #sonyalpha ningaloocoralbayboats mantatrust projectmanta mantarayadvocates westernaustralia australiascoralcoast caravanandcampingwa carnarvonvisitorcentre

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Happy Sunday from Bill`s! 🍻🥂🍾🍹 Have you tried one of our cracking cocktails yet? Why not join us for a Sunday session? Happy Hour starts at 5pm every day! #billsbar #coralbay #ningaloocoralbay #cocktails #closer2ningaloo #happyhour

The perfect weekend refresher! A cold Corona + lime at Bill`s, via @jassumms #BillsCoralBay #NingalooCoralBay #CoralBay #Corona #Weekend

The perfect weekend refresher! A cold Corona + lime at Bill's, via @jassumms #BillsCoralBay #NingalooCoralBay #CoralBay #Corona #Weekend

Manta magic today was epic!! ✌🏼🐠💙 ningaloocoralbayboats for oceancollectivemedia 📷🛥 #manta #mantaray #mantarays #mantaraysfordays #ningaloo #ningalooreef #ningalooreefwa #coralbay #coralbaywa #ningaloocoralbay #ningaloocoralbayboats #uwphotography #uwphoto #uwphotographer #uwphotographyguide #photography #photo #photooftheday #photographer #sonyalpha #sony #sonyphotography #nauticam #nauticamhousings

Monday nights at @bills_coral_bay #billscoralbay #bills #coralbay #ningaloo #mondaymadness #ourwesternaustralia #australiascoralcoast #justanotherdayinwa #seeaustralia

Monday nights at @bills_coral_bay #billscoralbay #bills #coralbay #ningaloo #mondaymadness #ourwesternaustralia #australiascoralcoast #justanotherdayinwa #seeaustralia

The Ningaloo Reef 🐬🐟🐠🦈-Epic day snorkelling the outer reef with Green Sea Turtles, Manta Rays and Bottlenose Dolphins #closer2ningaloo ningaloocoralbayboats #visitwa -thanks for the 📷 oceancollectivemedia

The Ningaloo Reef 🐬🐟🐠🦈-Epic day snorkelling the outer reef  with Green Sea Turtles, Manta Rays and Bottlenose Dolphins #closer2ningaloo ningaloocoralbayboats #visitwa -thanks for the 📷 oceancollectivemedia

Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, WA for the 7 Wonders of Australia: Australia’s largest fringing reef and ranking as one of the largest of its kind in the world, Ningaloo Reef is renowned for its outstanding physical beauty, its diversity of marine life, and its Whale Shark swim experiences which rank highly on many Australian must-do lists. The 300km-long focal point of the greater Ningaloo Reef Marine Park – in itself a prime focus of the greater Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area – the region’s gorgeous turquoise waters are striking to behold.⠀ .⠀ These glowing waters stand in vivid contrast to the arid landscape of the Cape Range National Park that lies alongside much of it on the Western Australian mainland, making for an incredibly colourful panorama. The reef itself lies far closer to the shore than its larger counterpart on Australia’s east coast, making direct beach access possible from multiple points.⠀ .⠀ Those entering Ningaloo’s waters on the edge of the Indian Ocean will be provided with some wonderful snorkelling and diving opportunities that rank amongst the most unique of their kind in the country.⠀ .⠀ Cast your vote for Ningaloo Reef online (link in bio), text/SMS the code NINGALOO to 19 719 777, or vote via Instagram using the hashtags #7wondersofaustralia and #ningalooreef for the chance to win one of 7 epic trips to visit your voted Wonder of Australia!⠀ .⠀ visitningaloo ningaloodiscovery ningaloocoralbay liveningaloo oceanecoadventures westernaustralia australiasnorthwest

Explore the caves and caverns of the Ningaloo 💎🔱. . . 📸Shot by @sealife_differently . . . #closer2ningaloo #ningaloocoralbay #coralbaywa #coralbay #ningalooreef #ningaloo #ningaloocoralbayboats

A few pics and vids from an excellent weekend up in Exmouth & Coral Bay with privatepickledj and creativetones_design (Heavy T) Fri night at frothcraft and Sat at billscoralbay as well as Whale Shark diving with whalesharkdive . . . . #filthandpleasure #filthybeatsdigital #frunk #exmouth #coralbay #frothcraftbrewery #billscoralbay #djsontour #giglife #techhousedj

It`s FRIYAY!! Don`t miss Happy Hour from 5-6pm at Bill`s! Cheers! 🍹🍸🍻🍾🥂 #billsbar #ningaloocoralbay #happyhour #friyay #cheers #closer2ningaloo #coralcoast #westernaustralia

It's FRIYAY!! Don't miss Happy Hour from 5-6pm at Bill's! Cheers! 🍹🍸🍻🍾🥂 #billsbar #ningaloocoralbay #happyhour #friyay #cheers #closer2ningaloo #coralcoast #westernaustralia

The beginning of the season is just around the corner and these Black tip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) are getting ready and spruced up by cleaner fish, which occur at natural cleaning stations scattered along Ningaloo Reef 🐠 Wonderful 📷 by @oceancollectivemedia #closer2ningaloo #ningaloocoralbayboats #coralbaywa #ningalooreef #visitningaloo #protectningaloo #ocean #snorkel #blacktipshark #justanotherdayinwa

Our lovely Steph presenting one of six meat trays we raffle off every Monday! All proceeds go to St John Ambulance to keep our town safe..don`t miss out next week! #bills #billscoralbay #billsbar #coralbay #ningaloo #ningalooreef #coralbaywa #justanotherdayinwa #seeaustralia #australiascoralcoast #meattray #mondaymadness #stjohnambulance

Our lovely Steph presenting one of six meat trays we raffle off every Monday! All proceeds go to St John Ambulance to keep our town safe..don't miss out next week! #bills #billscoralbay #billsbar #coralbay #ningaloo #ningalooreef #coralbaywa #justanotherdayinwa  #seeaustralia #australiascoralcoast #meattray #mondaymadness #stjohnambulance

I’m not sure what day it is but I know I’m having and ball. Best thing about this time of year 💙 Blessed to be in our stunning south west, bunkering up in Gracetown for the next few days 🙏 Sipping on Ice-cold, Blood Orange littlethingsgin while we’re at it 🍸 Happy ‘what ever day it is today’ day to you all 💋

🐼🐼🐼Had a surprise guest appearance by Hook and family on Friday. What a day, smiles all round. Photos courtesy of oceancollectivemedia samlawrencephoto taken on board ningaloocoralbayboats #seapandas #orca #killerwhale #coralbay #ningalooreef #protectwhatyoulove #ningaloocoralbayboats #ningaloo #ningaloocoast #savetheningaloocoast#closer2ningaloo

🐼🐼🐼Had a surprise guest appearance by Hook and family on Friday. What a day, smiles all round.  Photos courtesy of oceancollectivemedia samlawrencephoto taken on board ningaloocoralbayboats #seapandas #orca #killerwhale #coralbay #ningalooreef #protectwhatyoulove #ningaloocoralbayboats #ningaloo #ningaloocoast #savetheningaloocoast#closer2ningaloo

It`s Mojito Time! #TGIF #BillsCoralBay 📷: @poopidoggi

I am scared of forgetting beautiful moments like this one, so many new memories, so many new and exciting places 🤩 . Thanks so much 😘 to ningalooreefdive crew for the unbelievable day at Coral Bay, and thanks to peterwandmakerphoto from oceancollectivemedia for capturing this incredible moment 📸 . . . . #coralbay #coralcoast #ningalooreefdive #snorkel #turtle #coralcolours #dive #adventure #travel #austtraveller #travelblog #underwater #underwaterphotography #underwaterworld #picoftheday #explorecoralbay #australiacoralcoast #closer2ningaloo #moments #memories #paranoolvidar #behindthescenes

Ningaloo; do yourself a favour and visit this part of WA.

Ningaloo; do yourself a favour and visit this part of WA.

It`s been a pleasure welcoming so many families like @family_travelling_aus keen to explore the Ningaloo Reef with us aboard @ningaloocoralbayboats Thanks for sharing your sensational experience! #closer2ningaloo #ningaloocoralbay #ningaloocoralbayboats #oceancollectivemedia #ningalooreef #amazingwa #westernaustralia #australiascoralcoast #catchyouincoralbay Reposted from @family_travelling_aus Manta Ray experience at Coral Bay, what a perfect day out with Josh, Ash, Fabio and Scott. We saw sting rays, heaps of fish, manta rays, dolphins, turtles, dugongs and a big tiger shark! The crew aboard the Ningaloo were just amazing, they made our day just perfect! A big thanks to Josh for taking so much care to make sure we all had the best views, and to Ash for capturing these great photos. Fabio for keeping us all safe and Scott for being our perfect skipper! We had an awesome day..... thanks guys 🙏😁👌👍✨💫🌊🐬🐠🦈 ~ ~ ~ #ningaloocoralbay #manyarays #oceancollectivemedia #westernaustralia #livepassionately #grateful #australiaadventure #seeaustralia #familytravellingaus #travellingaustralia #travelblog #lappingaus #livingthedream #experienceaustralia #makingmemories #lifeisbetteratthebeach #beachlife🌊 #amazingviews❤️ #nofilters #travelphotography - #regrann

My boys Melbourne cup day coral bay style🌴🤙 #holidays #coralbay #billscoralbay #melbcupday

S O U T H L E F R O Y - W A ———————————————- This place has been one of our fave camp spots! The Ningaloo Reef at your literal doorstep. Hundreds of turtles, fish, manta rays! It’s incredible! The water clarity is beyond imaginable! I still cannot believe we are here 🥹🙌🏼 #closer2ningaloo #wadreamstate #destinationwa #droneoftheday #dji #theviewfromabove #biglapbible #seeaustralia #hiddengemsaustralia

Another magical part of our gorgeous country. #coralbay #ningaloocoralbay #westernaustralia

Another magical part of our gorgeous country. #coralbay #ningaloocoralbay #westernaustralia

“Great place, great excursion”

Very nice and satisfying excursion with attentive and knowledgeabel guide Tegan, hard working fotographer Tom and captain sir Scott today. Lucky with the weather as well. One of the best experiences in my life!

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Book one of our amazing Coral Bay Whale Shark Tours and swim with the whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef. This is unquestionably one of the top bucket list adventures not just in Western Australia, but in Australia. 

Thankfully, BlueSun is here to help with the most comprehensive list of whale shark boats to choose from. covering both Coral Bay and Exmouth whale shark tours in Western Australia, as well as other parts of the world.

Our Coral Bay Whale Shark Tours take you on unforgettable West Australian boating adventures.  At Coral Bay, people of all ages and swimming abilities can join the whale sharks in their world. You can swim and snorkel with these gentle giants and come home with memories to share with your friends an family.

Coral Bay Whale Shark Tours  involve snorkelling and swimming with the Whale Sharks on Ningaloo Reef. They are considered one of the 'must-do' bucket list of adventures for anyone visting Western Australia, including  humpback whale interaction tours . 

All our whale shark tour include transfers to and from your accommodation, as well as snorkelling gear, meals, soft drinks, water, coffee and tea. On top of this, you have the knowledge of the skipper and crew to make your day truly unforgettable.

Where is Coral Bay ?

Coral Bay is located on the North West Cape of the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. It sits adjacent to  Ningaloo Reef , the world's largest fringing reef system, which covers 604,500 hectares (6,045 km 2 ) of the eastern Indian Ocean and stretches over 300 kilometres (190 mi) along the coast of Western Australia.   Whale Shark tours are only operated in Western Australia from either Coral Bay or Exmouth. 

The closest towns are  Carnarvon , 238 kilometres (148 mi) to the south, and  Exmouth , 152 kilometres (94 mi) to the north. To the east, Coral Bay is bordered by the Lyndon pastoral station. Approximately 43 kilometres (27 mi) south along the eastern boundary is the wetland system  Lake Macleod . The town is accessed via  Coral Bay Road , which connects to  Minilya–Exmouth Road . The closest major highway is the  North West Coastal Highway .

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Booking through BlueSun Travel is easy. We are also Australia’s number one marine tourism company. We have the most comprehensive list of  Coral Bay Whale Shark Tours  and boats to choose from, and we know the operator and boats really well.    We offer the chance to swim with the best whale sharks boats in both Exmouth and Coral Bay. Most tours can be booked online, but you can also call our reseravtion number too:  1300 799 758 .

Bluesun Travel offers the most complete resource for Whale Shark Swim & Snorkel Tours in Western Australia covering almost all licensed charter boats. We are the only company to provide a comprehensive list of dive boats on one website, thus making your choice easy.  Knowledge makes a big difference which is where BlueSun fits in. We know these boats like the back of our hands.

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Most of our boats provide online, real-time information allowing you to check and purchase and secure your tickets in advance. Whale Shark tickets vary in cost depending upon whether you are an adult, child, senior, group or simply an observer. Thankfully, BlueSun is here in Western Australia to help with the most comprehensive list of whale shark boats to choose from. We offer the chance to swim with the best whale sharks boats in both Exmouth and Coral Bay.

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There are only a few Whale Shark Swim Dive tours operating out of Coral Bay. These are:

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Exmouth has the largest choice of Whale Shark Swim Dive boat tours and these are the top choices:

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WHALE SHARK SWIM SNORKEL CORAL BAY ON THUNDER

Let us take you on a tour of a lifetime with our Whale Shark Swim Snorkel Coral Bay on Thunder .  Join us on an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for a chance to swim with the biggest fish in the sea, the majestic Whale Sharks.  The tour runs for approx. 8 to 10 hours.

Your tour begins at 7:30 am at the Coral Bay Ecotours office, followed by a short bus transfer to the jetty to board the vessel. Then we head out for your first reef snorkel experience in the beautiful coral gardens, where you may encounter numerous fish, reef sharks, and other marine species.

After morning tea, we begin our journey to the outer reef. By this time our spotter plane is already searching for our whale sharks and informing us of any other exciting marine life spotted along the way! We will do our best to allow you to experience as much wildlife as possible during our tour. Once our spotter plane has found a whale shark, our boat will make its way there. Guests will be split into 2 groups of 10 and take turns to swim with the whale shark. To ensure that we don’t disturb its natural habits, we are allowed a maximum one hour of swimming time with the whale shark.

We stop along the way home for a second reef snorkel at a different site. To finish the day, we celebrate with a glass of champagne and fruit platter.

Our photographer will be taking photos and/or video footage of your day; available for purchase on a USB for an additional cost at the end of the tour.

We Provide:  A full buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea, all snorkel equipment including long wetsuits, fresh drinking water, tea, coffee, sunscreen and toilet.

What you need to bring:  Towel, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, water bottle, warm clothing.

Please note:  Although every effort is made to provide you with the opportunity to see and interact with the wildlife, we cannot guarantee nature. If you do not see a whale shark, we offer a FREE one-time repeat voucher to have a second chance to swim with the Whale Sharks*. There is no refund or discount for your tour.

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ADULT $470   pp

FAMILY (2 + 2) $1,550   pf

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Top 5 Whale Shark Tours in Exmouth And Coral Bay | How To Pick The Right Tour For YOU, What To Expect, And More

Most whale shark tours in Exmouth (and Coral Bay) are really good, have raging reviews, and offer similar experiences. This is wonderful! You can’t go wrong either way.

But… you still have to pick one whale shark tour. Here’s when having so many high-quality options can be a curse instead of a blessing.

It’s tempting to use the cost of the whale shark tour as the only deciding factor , but it shouldn’t be. Two boats can have different experiences – both of them incredible, but different nonetheless.

The experience itself will depend on the number of passengers, whether the spotter plane is shared, and the policies and guarantees of the operator, among other factors.

But don’t worry – this guide will make it easy for you to pick one whale shark tour in Exmouth or Coral Bay . We’ll share the best Ningaloo whale shark tours, our own tour experience, and insider tips so you can make an informed decision:

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In a hurry? Here are the 3 BEST whale shark tours of the Ningaloo Reef:

Table of contents, 5 best whale shark tours in the ningaloo reef (coral bay and exmouth).

All these tours are excellent and have great reviews. Also, you’ll have the same odds of swimming with a whale shark regardless of which one you pick, as this mostly depends on the season and the weather (more on that below).

That’s why the final decision will depend on your personal preferences :

Note: Most of the links included are guaranteed to have the lowest price available – take advantage of that!

Whale shark in Exmouth Western Australia. Best tour to choose from.

1) Exmouth: Three Islands Whale Shark Dive

This is one of the cheapest whale shark tours out there , but that doesn’t mean it’s low-quality – on the contrary.

Their tours are exceptional, even winning awards for them. They offer all the basics and, although they don’t offer a Good Swim Guarantee, they have a solid No-Sighting guarantee.

What we like the most is their efforts to offset their carbon footprint. To do this, they partnered with Carbon Neutral and have planted thousands of trees since then.

2) Exmouth: Ningaloo Blue Dive

This tour is another affordable option similar to the previous one.

It’s a full day tour that includes 2 snorkelling sessions, hotel pick-up and drop-off, as well as a buffet lunch. They also provide free photos!

3) Exmouth: Exmouth Dive Whalesharks Ningaloo

If you want to go with a smaller group (14 people tops) book this tour.

It’s a bit pricier than the previous two (which makes sense, as the group is smaller). It includes snorkelling sessions, pick-up and drop-off, and lunch.

4) Coral Bay: Coral Bay Eco Tours

If you’ll be in Coral Bay, look no further. This is one of the best tour operators on that side of the Ningaloo.

They include pretty much everything (wetsuits, snorkelling sessions, spotter plane, food), but not photographs.

5) 7-Day Exmouth Explorer Tour

This is the best option if you want to fully experience everything the coast north of Perth has to offer , including swimming with whale sharks (optional and depending on the season).

The 7-day tour starts in Perth and will take you through some incredible places, including:

  • Monkey Mia.
  • Exmouth (where you’ll do the whale shark tour).

They take care of pretty much everything for you. Plus, the group is small – 12 travellers tops.

5 Things to consider before booking the best whale shark tour

Apart from the price, you must consider the location of the tour, what’s included, the maximum number of passengers, the spotter plane, and the policies/guarantees offered:

1) Location: Exmouth or Coral Bay?

During your visit to the Ningaloo Reef , you can do a whale shark tour in Exmouth or Coral Bay .

We prefer Exmouth, as the likelihood of swimming with whale sharks tends to be higher than in Coral Bay .

This doesn’t mean you can’t swim with these gentle giants in Coral Bay, though. But there are fewer tours there compared to Exmouth.

Depending on the right seaon you could see many whalesharks in one day! In Exmouth of Coral Bay Western Australia

2) What’s included in the tour?

All tour operators include in their prices:

  • Snorkelling gear.
  • Hotel pick-up for most accommodations.
  • Snorkelling sessions. These will vary depending on where the whale sharks are and how long it takes for the spotter plane to find them.
  • Free photos. Some also offer videos for free, while others provide them for an extra cost.
  • Food on board. This varies a lot between operators. Some include morning tea and afternoon tea, while others have a gourmet lunch according to dietary needs.
  • Fees and taxes.

A few operators also offer underwater scooters for a fee. This can be helpful for some, as whale sharks can swim fast. If you aren’t in good physical shape to keep up, you may want to consider renting one.

3) Number of passengers

By law, whale shark tour operators can carry up to 20 passengers per boat. This doesn’t sound like much but keep in mind that you will swim with whale sharks in groups of 10 .

Big groups usually mean fewer swims, but lower prices.

As for smaller groups, they often have up to 10 passengers. This gives a more intimate experience and more swims but for a higher price.

You can also see Manta Rays on our whaleshark tour in Exmouth, WA

4) Spotter plane

Most tour operators share a spotter plane (up to 4 boats per plane), which makes the tour more affordable.

But sharing a spotter plane means that, when it spots a whale shark, up to 4 boats will go to that same area. And as you can only swim in groups of 10, some people may have to wait in queue for their turn.

The waiting isn’t as bad as it sounds, but it’s an important thing to consider. Do you mind the wait? Or would you rather pay more to have a dedicated spotted plane for your tour?

On that note, all tour operators work together to make sure every tourist gets to swim with a whale shark. It’s awesome, they help each other a lot.

5) Policies and guarantees

As Mother Nature is in control (not the tour companies), the truth is that sometimes whale sharks just don’t show up .

This largely depends on the moment of your visit (more on that below), but if that happens, it’s useful to check the policies and guarantees of the tour operator.

All tour operators have no-sighting policies in place . Depending on the company, if you don’t see a whale shark you could get:

  • A partial refund.
  • Another tour for free on the next available day.
  • A voucher, valid for 2-3 years.

A few companies take it one step further, offering a “ Good swim guarantee “. So, if there were whale sharks but couldn’t swim with them for more than 1-2 minutes, you can go again on the next tour available, for free.

If you’ll visit the area for a few days, try scheduling the whale shark tour on the first or second day. So if you need to reclaim a no-sighting policy, you’ll still have days left to get on the next tour available.

S&C Travel Tip

When is the best time to do a whale shark tour in the Ningaloo Reef?

The best time to do a whale shark tour is between late March and July.

But if we had to be extra specific, we recommend doing it in the first weeks of July .

It’s a very high season, but that’s when the migration of whale sharks overlaps with that of humpback whales. This gives you the best chance to see the big three – humpback whales, whale sharks, and manta rays!

If you are slightly out of the season, like early March and August, it’s a bit of a 50/50 chance on whether you see the whale sharks or not.

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With that said – whale shark tours are 100% worth doing, even if you don’t see them.

This happened to us (TWICE!) because we went very late in the season. We still would’ve paid full price for what we received though, the snorkelling was absolutely incredible.

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The guides are mostly locals, so they take you to hidden gems and spots only accessible by boat, thus free of tourists. Also, crews tend to be extremely friendly and caring, which really adds to the experience.

But whichever whale shark tour you pick – book in advance!

Spots fill very, very fast. The good news is that you don’t have to pay the full price right away – most of the links above let you reserve now and pay later .

The weather in Exmouth can be a bit unpredictable due to the wind. So, a week before your trip, call your tour operator and ask if your tour date has good weather. If not, they may be able to reschedule you for a better day.

How to prepare for your whale shark tour?

Whale shark tours are a full-day thing, so you’ll be out in the sea from early morning until afternoon.

They are very physical tours too. First, because you’ll be jumping in and out of the boat a few times. But more importantly, because whale sharks swim very quickly – you’ll have to keep up!

That’s why we recommend bringing:

  • Your own energy snacks. Operators will feed you, but extra snacks will keep you going for longer, so you can do as much snorkelling as possible.
  • Warmer clothes, as the winds make it a bit chilly in the afternoon.
  • Sea sickness tablets. You’ll be on the boat all day and the tour operators don’t provide them.

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What to expect on the very day of the whale shark tour?

Your tour operator will likely pick you up from your accommodation early in the day (6-7 am, depending on the provider).

After a 40-minute drive, you’ll get to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp , the starting point of most tours.

Once you’re out in the sea, the spotter planes will start looking for whale sharks. In the meantime, you’ll go on a morning snorkel to practice and check out the incredible marine life of the Ningaloo.

The whale shark is spotted – now what?

This is the moment you have been waiting for!

You’ll jump in the water, in a spot where the whale shark will swim by your group. After it glides by, it’s time for you to follow.

Generally, the whole experience lasts around 10 minutes, or until you are too tired to follow the creature. Then, you get back on the boat, where they take you a few metres ahead to repeat this all over again.

The experience is very exciting and intense, but it’s key to remain calm and try to not make too much noise – this can scare the whale shark away.

Book your Exmouth whale shark tour ahead of time! We can’t stress this enough. Take advantage of pages with “reserve now & pay later” features to secure your spot without spending a dime. Most links included above have this.

Also, leave your photo equipment at home and, if you can, pay for the photography package. Swimming with whale sharks is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you deserve to be 100% present in it, not worrying about getting the right angle.

Now, to make sure you get enough pictures to remember this day by , pay attention to where the photographer is. Try to position yourself in front of them a few times underwater.

Swimming with whale sharks will be the highlight of your trip to Exmouth, but there are other awesome things you can do there as well, such as:

  • Snorkelling these awesome spots
  • Scuba diving in Muiron Islands
  • Checking out Cape Range National Park

More awesome tours in Exmouth:

Did you know.

Ningaloo Reef is the world’s largest fringing reef, stretching for 300km. It goes from Carnarvon in the south, all the way up to Muiron Islands and Bundegi Beach, in Exmouth’s Gulf.

As for whale sharks, they are considered the world’s biggest fish. Their size varies between 4 to 18 metres long! Imagine that gentle giant peacefully gliding next to you.

When can you see whale sharks in Ningaloo?

You can see whale sharks in Ningaloo between March and July, but a few can still be there up to September.

Is Coral Bay or Exmouth better for whale sharks?

Exmouth is a bit better than Coral Bay for whale sharks, but only from a tour perspective.

There are more whale shark tours in Exmouth than in Coral Bay, making it easier for you to make your booking. Also, tours in Exmouth tend to be a bit cheaper than in Coral Bay.

Do whale sharks eat humans?

No, whale sharks don’t eat humans. They are giant filter feeders, just like humpback whales, so are not interested in humans as food at all.

The bottom line

The Ningaloo Reef, in Western Australia, is practically a highway for gentle giants as it has humpback and whale shark season. Exmouth and Coral Bay are the two main towns for tours to swim alongside them.

Doing a whale shark swim is a life-changing experience. So make sure to be fully prepared, bring snacks, and leave your camera in your hotel to be fully present.

If you visit in July, consider doing one of the many humpback whale tours available, too! And take at least one day to check everything the Cape Range National Park has to offer.

Finally, if you want to plan a visit to Exmout but don’t know where to start, check out our article about how to plan a one-week trip to Exmouth !

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The best choice of Whale Shark Tours for Exmouth and Coral Bay is with BlueSun Travel. Come swim on Ningaloo Reef and experience the whale sharks up close and in person. You can either swim in the water with them or just be an observer on the boat. 

Our boat operators are undoubtedly the best and most experienced whaleshark tour operators. They have been interacting with these gentle giants for years, providing knowledge and professional expertise to all our guests.

Bluesun Travel is the most complete resource for Whale Shark snorkel and swim tours. We are the number one marine toursim agency in West Australia with unprecedented knowledge. 

If you want to swim with whale sharks, you have two locations to choose from: Exmouth and Coral Bay. Most of the boats operate out of Exmouth and are fully booked, so make sure you plan ahead. Prices are very similar between all whale shark dive boat operators. Knowledge makes a big difference which is where BlueSun fits in. We know these boats and skippers like the back of our hands.

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Book a whale shark adventure tour online. Almos all our boats offer real-time information allowing you to check and purchase and secure your tickets in advance. Whale Shark tickets vary in cost depending upon whether you are an adult, child, senior, group or simply an observer.

Alternatively, you can give us a call on 1300 799 758 seven days a week and we will help you book your tour.

Whale Shark Tour Boats - Exmouth

Exmouth offers the largest number of boats doing whale shark dive tours. Unlike Coral Bay, many have spotter planes to assist them. Here are the most recommended whale shark boats in Western Australia :

  • Investigator
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Whale Shark Tour Boat Choices - Coral Bay

Coral Bay is a smaller tourist hotspot than Exmouth and roughly 1.5 hours drive by car south. It is still much loved by travellers and those wanting to swim with the whalesharks. However, there are significantly less boats in Coral Bay. In particular, we recommend:

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Exmouth may be famous for swimming with the whale sharks, but swimming with humpback whales has climbed fast up the list.

For more information on our  Whale Shark Tours  in Exmouth or Coral Bay, call us now.

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Choosing the right whales.

Below is a summary of our tour itinerary:

  • 7:00-7:40am: Passengers picked up at accommodations around Exmouth by our bus.
  • 7:50am: Arrive at Tantabiddi boat ramp to board our vessel, Seazone.
  • 8:30am: Depart Tantabiddi to head out into the Ningaloo Reef.
  • 9:00am: First snorkel on the amazing corals of the Ningaloo Reef.
  • 9:30am: Spotter plane takes off to look for megafauna.
  • 9:45am: Morning Tea
  • 10:00am: Vessel starts cruising the outer reef looking for megafauna to swim with.
  • 12:30-2:00pm: Head back into the inner reef for a delicious lunch.
  • 12:30-2:00pm: Snorkel on the spectacular Ningaloo Reef. Divers dive the Ningaloo Reef & Try Dives too if conditions and time allow.
  • 2:30pm: Afternoon tea whilst cruising back to Tantabiddi on the lookout for dolphins, turtles or dugongs.
  • 3:00-3:30pm: Arrive at Tantabiddi and board the bus for the trip back to Exmouth.

*Times may vary depending on the conditions and activities on individual days

How we choose the right whales to interact with in-water

Our Spotter Pilot and our crew are continually scanning the horizon, looking for distant spouts that signal humpback whale pods. The more pods we spot, the more pods our pilot gets to screen for suitability. 

When we locate a pod, our pilot flies overhead and checks:

  • the whales behaviour
  • if the pod is in a location suitable to attempt an interaction with, and
  • most importantly, that there are no undersized calves in the pod. (Our tours are operated to minimise risk of disturbance to under-sized calves or their mothers at any stage.) 

Our Pilot then lets our Skipper know that the potential pod has successfully passed screening. Our tour boat then heads over to the pod, where the skipper visually assesses the pod to confirm suitability to attempt an interaction with.

Once your Skipper confirms the pod is suitable to attempt an interaction with, they will direct your guide to get your group into the water. Your guide will then lead your group towards the optimal location for interacting with the target whale pod. 

Your guide has an in-water radio and is continually receiving directions from our skipper and our pilot where to head to get your group in the best possible location to successfully interact with these whales.

Hopefully leading you to witness the size and majesty of a humpback whale underwater.  

Our humpback whale tours will always be operated in a way that humpback whales choose whether or not to interact with us. We do not force an interaction on the whales – the only way this will work safely and sustainably is that the interaction has to be the whales’ choice at all times. 

Our staff are all trained to be able to participate in ‘Low Impact Whale Interactions’ – which is something we strongly support.

For more information about ‘Low Impact Whale Interactions’, see ‘ How the Humpback Whale interaction works ’.

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Western Australia’s Coral Coast Is the Road Trip Destination of Your Dreams

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For the American traveler, Western Australia might seem a bit far out. Getting to Perth from New York requires at least a 24-hour, two-stop journey. It’s a long haul even for east coast Australians , who might prefer to spend the flight time jetting off to Bali . Once you’ve touched down in Australia’s largest state (more than three times the size of Texas ), getting to know it will require driving for days on end—and, in some cases, calling in the help of a charter plane. The air begs for water and it’s so sparsely populated that your next town center is often few and far between. Some pretty gnarly creatures swarm these unforgiving environments, from reptiles with names like “Thorny Devil” and jellyfish the size of a penny, capable of doing serious damage.

But it’s all part of the allure. As some poet once said, the more difficult the journey, the sweeter the reward. In Western Australia’s case, it comes in the form of shockingly unspoilt, uncrowded pockets of natural splendor. And the best way to experience it is a road trip along the westernmost coastline, which runs from Perth all the way up to the seaside town of Exmouth. The Coral Coast , as it’s called, is named in honor of Ningaloo Reef, the world’s largest fringing reef and World Heritage Site that graces the floors of the Indian Ocean. The 800-mile drive along the Coral Coast Highway is a veritable feast for the eyes, brimming with ancient landscapes, otherworldly marine life, and rich, Aboriginal cultural heritage.

This road trip of WA’s greatest hits starts with the seaside town of Geraldton, to the west of which lies the Abrolhos Islands, an archipelago boasting biodiversity comparable to that of Galápagos . On your way to Kalbarri, where massive, red cliffs overlook the Murchison River, you’ll pass by the natural oddity that is the bubblegum-pink Hutt Lagoon. At Francois Peron National Park, the orange of the desert meets the blue of the ocean, a contrast so striking it can only be described as sublime. It all culminates on the Northwest Cape with a whale shark swim , an adrenaline-pumping experience that’ll have you questioning why you ever became preoccupied with the minutiae of life on land.

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What to know before hitting the road

The best time to hit the Coral Coast is between the months of March to October, which generally bring milder weather, ranging from about 50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Autumn in Western Australia (March to May) welcomes the start of whale shark season, while late winter to early spring (roughly the months of July to October) brings an abundance of wildflowers; we’re talking more than 12,000 species, half of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It’s best to avoid the summer months of December, January, and February, as the weather will simply be too hot and dry to endure, averaging a high of 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

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How to navigate the Coral Coast

To do the Coral Coast one way, you should allot yourself 10-14 days, depending on the kind of excursions you choose to take. From the U.S., you’ll fly into Perth Airport, then rent a car with a company like Avis , which offers one-way car hire between Perth and Exmouth. You’ll need to present your driver’s license (which you must have held for at least 1 year) along with an International Driver’s Permit . Once in Exmouth, catch a flight home via Learmonth Airport.

Once you’ve sorted out the logistics, it’s time to map out the very best stops along the Coral Coast:

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Get to know Western Australia’s City of Light

The place that brought us legends like Heath Ledger and Kevin Parker, Perth is so much more than a remote, touchdown city. For starters, it’s the sunniest capital in Australia, with an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine per day and clear skies 70% of the year. Walk along the banks of the Swan River by way of the ever-bustling Elizabeth Quay Waterfront , or the massive Kings Park , which boasts over 3,000 species of plants indigenous to WA. Grab a table overlooking the river at Cooee , where you can enjoy seafood sourced from Shark Bay and a glass of wine from Margaret River winery, Vasse Felix . Further down the coast, you can get your feet wet at the pristine Cottesloe Beach, stay for an epic sunset, then head over to the myriad of restaurants and bars lining the way.

If you’re planning to spend a few days in Perth, pop over to the neighboring port of Fremantle, or “Freo” as locals like to call it. There’s a lot of maritime history in Perth’s old town, and you can get a taste of it at the WA Shipwrecks Museum , which houses relics from the infamous 17th century Dutch Batavia shipwreck. Grab a beer at Gage Roads Brewing Company before taking a SeaLink ferry to Rottnest Island , or Wadjemup, as it is known by its traditional owners, the Whadjuk Noongar people. There’s lots to do on this immaculate patch of land, from biking to snorkeling, but you’re really here for one thing: quokkas. Rottnest contains the world’s largest quokka population, so there’s a good chance you’ll see the cartoon-like critters up close. Keep in mind, though, that they are nocturnal, so early mornings and late afternoons provide the best spotting opportunities.

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Make your way to Geraldton for an island adventure

From Perth, it’s about a four-hour drive to Geraldton. You’ve got endless options for stops along the Indian Ocean Drive, like the town of Lancelin , where you can go sandboarding on Western Australia’s largest dunes, or Cervantes , where you’ll want to grab a bite of local rock lobster. For a bit of geological history, head to Lake Thetis to take a look at the stromatolites and strombalites, some of the oldest living fossils on earth, or Nambung National Park where 30,000-year-old limestone spires called Pinnacles rise from the ground. Over in Jurien Bay , you’ll likely spot rare Australian sea lions lazing in the sun.

Once in Geraldton, dedicate a day to an excursion to the Abrolhos Islands , located about 40 miles west. The Houtman Abrolhos Islands, as they are properly called, were discovered by Fredrick de Houtman in 1619. The word “Abrolhos” is thought to be a contraction of the Portuguese expression “Abri Vossosolhos,” understood by sailors as “watch out for danger.” That’s because this archipelago of 122 islands is surrounded by treacherous reefs, which take the blame for the Batavia shipwreck of 1629. There’s some other dark, nautical history associated with these islands—mutiny, starvation, mass murder, etc.—but today it’s a peaceful paradise teeming with diverse wildlife rivaling that of Galápagos . More than 90 species of seabirds inhabit the islands, including noddies, ospreys, and white breasted sea eagles. You might also spot Tamar wallabies, pythons, and Burton’s legless lizards. Book a charter with Shine Aviation and marvel at the turquoise flyover before setting up camp for a day of snorkeling, fishing, or diving.

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Head to Kalbarri by way of a pink lake

Next up: the red rocks of Kalbarri National Park , about a 2-hour drive from Geraldton. Along the Brand Highway, you’ll see an abundance of charmingly bizarre, horizontally leaning trees, bent as such by the sandy winds that blow off the coast of the Indian Ocean, before passing by Hutt Lagoon , otherwise known as Pink Lake. The lake gets its Pepto Bismol-pink hue from the fusion of salt and a carotenoid-producing algae. Depending on the season, time of day, and amount of cloud cover, the colors can range from red, pale pink, and lilac. There are a number of great lookout points along Port Gregory Road, and if you time it for sunset, you’ll experience a pretty magical fluctuation of roseate light.

Upon arriving in Kalbarri, fuel up at Finlay’s , an open-air restaurant decked out in kitschy road signs and plastic dolphins. Order the expertly-battered fish and chips, then wash it all down with an in-house beer. When you’re ready to explore Kalbarri National Park, park your car at The Loop and make a beeline for Nature’s Window , a rock formation with a natural viewing hole that overlooks the upstream view of the Murchison River. If you fancy a more challenging hike, head to the Z Bend and embark on the Z Bend River Trail , which will lead you deep down into the red-and-white striped gorge.

Beyond the hikes, there are a number of activities to choose from at Kalbarri—kayaking, canyoning, abseiling, etc.—but the new Skywalk is a must-see. Ascended about 300 feet from the gorge, the suspended trail will make you feel as though you’re floating on air. Kalbarri is part of the traditional lands of the Nanda people, and you’ll find local Indigenous artworks scattered throughout the structure. Pro tip: Visiting Kalbarri in the Spring will promise blankets of over 1,200 different wildflowers.

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See how orange sands meet blue waters in Shark Bay

Follow the Northwest Coastal Highway for two and a half hours to get to Shark Bay , a World Heritage Site in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. The most westerly point of the Australian continent, the area is famous for its large population of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, as well as one of the largest and most diverse seagrass beds in the world, which sustains around 12.5% of the world’s population of those gentle sea cows we call dugongs. Check in at RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort , where you can get a room right on the shores of the glistening, pristine waters of Shark Bay. Emus, pelicans, and echidnas roam freely around the resort, but the main attraction is the dolphins that swim close to shore, who have been studied by researchers for decades. Early in the morning, you can watch park rangers feed up to four dolphins a daily fish snack (less than 10% of their daily intake, to sustain natural hunting behaviors ).

Remember learning about complementary colors in your middle school art class? At Francois Peron National Park , traditionally owned by the Malgana and Nhanda people, you will see the breathtaking juxtaposition of rust-red cliffs and turquoise waters. Try your luck spotting dugongs at the Skipjack Point Lookout or set up camp right on the beach at Bottle Bay . Keep in mind, though, that you will need a four-wheel drive vehicle to drive to the northern reaches. Consider booking a tour with Darren “Capes” Capewell of Wula Gura Nyinda to see the area’s floral and fauna through the eyes of one of its original custodians. Capes will encourage you to feel, rather than see, all the beauty that exists in the park, from the acacia and eucalyptus trees, to the local mullet that he grills for dinner. It’s so remote out here, that you can come pretty close to having an entire national park to yourself—pretty unheard of in the States.

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Swim with the biggest fish in the sea at Exmouth

The beauty that awaits at the final stretch is worth the six-hour drive. On your way from Shark Bay to Exmouth, the northern gateway to Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park , consider stopping over midway through to snorkel in Coral Bay, home to Ningaloo Reef Marine Park , which boasts over 500 species of fish and 300 varieties of coral. It’s a “fringing” reef, meaning you can take just a few steps from the beach and see an octopus or sea turtle gliding underneath your mask. For a truly unplugged experience, treat yourself to a chic, safari-style tent at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef , nestled in the dunes of Cape Range National Park. There’s no Wi-Fi at this resort that’s thoughtfully built around the environment, so all you’re left to do is swing from your hammock, spend your mornings snorkeling, and completely unwind. With only 16 tents and shared dinners across a long table, you’re also bound to make a few friends.

When you’re ready to stretch your legs, make for the many hiking trails of Cape Range National Park, whose arid, limestone ranges are peppered with spinifex bushes and Red Kangaroos. Notable sights include Mandu Mandu Gorge , which you can access from a scenic walking trail; Yardie Creek , where water from the ocean provides a habitat for mangroves and rock wallabies; and Shothole Canyon , colored by three, vibrant rock layers—Trealla, Tulki, and Mandu limestone. The park is also chiseled with over 700 caves, many of which are said to be undiscovered. Over in the distance, you’ll see the blue horizon of Ningaloo Marine Park.

The best is saved for last in Exmouth, where you’ll chase the spotted backs of the largest fish in the sea. Book a tour with Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo , whose experienced guides will brief you on information about whale sharks, as well as how to best respect their boundaries. A spotter plane alerts the boat when a whale shark is in sight, after which you quickly slide off the boat in your flippers, plunge into the deep blue, and get up close. You’ll be astounded by how little you’ll feel next to these massive beauties—tears are not uncommon. When your session of aquatic therapy is over, and life continues ashore, grab a meal at Whalebone Brewing Co , a laid-back brewery with live music, kid-friendly areas, and top-notch pizzas—the perfect venue for sharing whale tales. Your journey ends here, at what feels like the edge of Australia, because it is.

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<p><strong>Snorkeling offers an accessible and magical way to explore the underwater realms that cover much of our planet. This guide, crafted with the discerning traveler in mind, explores the world’s premier snorkeling destinations. </strong><strong>Each location is selected for its vibrant marine life and crystal-clear waters and its commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism practices. From the kaleidoscopic coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef to the serene, turtle-filled waters of the Gili Islands, these destinations offer unparalleled opportunities to immerse yourself in the beauty of the underwater world.</strong></p>

Snorkeling offers an accessible and magical way to explore the underwater realms that cover much of our planet. This guide, crafted with the discerning traveler in mind, explores the world’s premier snorkeling destinations. Each location is selected for its vibrant marine life and crystal-clear waters and its commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism practices. From the kaleidoscopic coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef to the serene, turtle-filled waters of the Gili Islands, these destinations offer unparalleled opportunities to immerse yourself in the beauty of the underwater world.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Debra James</p>  <p><span>The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, comprising over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching over 2,300 kilometers. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to an extraordinary diversity of marine life, including over 1,500 species of fish, 400 species of coral, and a myriad of other marine creatures.</span></p> <p><span>The reef’s vast size means snorkeling spots are suitable for all experience levels, from shallow, calm waters for beginners to more challenging sites with strong currents for experienced snorkelers.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Visit the outer reef for the clearest water and most vibrant coral formations. Many operators offer eco-friendly tours that contribute to reef conservation efforts.</span></p> <p><b>When to Travel: </b><span>The best time to visit is from June to October, during the Australian winter, when the water is clearest and snorkeling conditions are optimal.</span></p> <p><b>How to Get There: </b><span>Fly into Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, with international connections through major Australian cities. From Cairns, numerous tour operators offer snorkeling trips to various parts of the reef.</span></p>

1. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, comprising over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching over 2,300 kilometers. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to an extraordinary diversity of marine life, including over 1,500 species of fish, 400 species of coral, and a myriad of other marine creatures.

The reef’s vast size means snorkeling spots are suitable for all experience levels, from shallow, calm waters for beginners to more challenging sites with strong currents for experienced snorkelers.

Insider’s Tip: Visit the outer reef for the clearest water and most vibrant coral formations. Many operators offer eco-friendly tours that contribute to reef conservation efforts.

When to Travel: The best time to visit is from June to October, during the Australian winter, when the water is clearest and snorkeling conditions are optimal.

How to Get There: Fly into Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, with international connections through major Australian cities. From Cairns, numerous tour operators offer snorkeling trips to various parts of the reef.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / MaszaS</p>  <p><span>The Maldives, a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean, is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and abundant marine life. The archipelago’s atolls offer some of the best snorkeling in the world, with easy access to the reefs right from the islands’ shores. Snorkelers can expect to encounter a wide array of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, rays, and even whale sharks in certain areas.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>For a unique experience, choose a resort that offers night snorkeling tours to see the reef’s nocturnal creatures come to life.</span></p> <p><b>When to Travel: </b><span>The dry season from November to April offers the best snorkeling conditions, with calm seas and excellent visibility.</span></p> <p><b>How to Get There: </b><span>International flights arrive at Malé International Airport. From there, seaplanes or boats are typically used to reach the various islands and resorts.</span></p>

2. The Maldives

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The Maldives, a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean, is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and abundant marine life. The archipelago’s atolls offer some of the best snorkeling in the world, with easy access to the reefs right from the islands’ shores. Snorkelers can expect to encounter a wide array of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, rays, and even whale sharks in certain areas.

Insider’s Tip: For a unique experience, choose a resort that offers night snorkeling tours to see the reef’s nocturnal creatures come to life.

When to Travel: The dry season from November to April offers the best snorkeling conditions, with calm seas and excellent visibility.

How to Get There: International flights arrive at Malé International Airport. From there, seaplanes or boats are typically used to reach the various islands and resorts.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image credit: Shutterstock / VicPhotoria</p>  <p><span>The Silfra Fissure offers a unique snorkeling experience in the crystal-clear glacial waters between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The visibility in Silfra is unparalleled, often exceeding 100 meters, allowing snorkelers to see the stunning underwater topography and vivid blue colors of the fissure. The water temperature is cold year-round, but dry suits provided by tour operators ensure a comfortable experience.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Book your snorkeling tour early in the morning for a more serene experience before the site gets busy with other tourists.</span></p> <p><b>When to Travel: </b><span>Snorkeling in Silfra is possible year-round, but the summer months of June to August offer more daylight and slightly warmer water temperatures.</span></p> <p><b>How to Get There: </b><span>Silfra is located in Þingvellir National Park, about an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. Guided tours can be arranged from the city.</span></p>

3. The Silfra Fissure, Iceland

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The Silfra Fissure offers a unique snorkeling experience in the crystal-clear glacial waters between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The visibility in Silfra is unparalleled, often exceeding 100 meters, allowing snorkelers to see the stunning underwater topography and vivid blue colors of the fissure. The water temperature is cold year-round, but dry suits provided by tour operators ensure a comfortable experience.

Insider’s Tip: Book your snorkeling tour early in the morning for a more serene experience before the site gets busy with other tourists.

When to Travel: Snorkeling in Silfra is possible year-round, but the summer months of June to August offer more daylight and slightly warmer water temperatures.

How to Get There: Silfra is located in Þingvellir National Park, about an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. Guided tours can be arranged from the city.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Ditras Family</p>  <p><span>Raja Ampat, located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, Indonesia, is considered one of Earth’s most biodiverse marine habitats. The archipelago’s clear, warm waters are home to over 1,000 species of coral-inhabiting fish, 700 species of mollusk, and more than 500 types of coral. The shallow reefs offer easy access for snorkelers, providing up-close encounters with the vibrant underwater life.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Stay at an eco-resort to support sustainable tourism practices and gain access to exclusive snorkeling sites.</span></p> <p><b>When to Travel: </b><span>The best time to visit is from October to April when the seas are calmest, and visibility is best.</span></p> <p><b>How to Get There: </b><span>Fly to Sorong via Jakarta or Bali, then take a boat to your chosen island within the Raja Ampat archipelago.</span></p>

4. Raja Ampat, Indonesia

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Raja Ampat, located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, Indonesia, is considered one of Earth’s most biodiverse marine habitats. The archipelago’s clear, warm waters are home to over 1,000 species of coral-inhabiting fish, 700 species of mollusk, and more than 500 types of coral. The shallow reefs offer easy access for snorkelers, providing up-close encounters with the vibrant underwater life.

Insider’s Tip: Stay at an eco-resort to support sustainable tourism practices and gain access to exclusive snorkeling sites.

When to Travel: The best time to visit is from October to April when the seas are calmest, and visibility is best.

How to Get There: Fly to Sorong via Jakarta or Bali, then take a boat to your chosen island within the Raja Ampat archipelago.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Dudarev Mikhail</p>  <p><span>The Bay of Donsol is renowned for allowing snorkelers to swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea. These gentle giants frequent the waters of Donsol from November to June, attracted by the abundance of plankton.</span></p> <p><span>Snorkeling with whale sharks in Donsol is regulated to ensure the safety of both the animals and snorkelers, providing a responsible wildlife encounter that is both thrilling and respectful.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Opt for a morning snorkeling session when whale shark sightings are most frequent and the water conditions are ideal.</span></p> <p><b>When to Travel: </b><span>Visit between November and June for the best chance to snorkel with whale sharks, with peak sightings from February to May.</span></p> <p><b>How to Get There: </b><span>Fly to Legazpi City from Manila, then travel by road to Donsol, which takes approximately 1.5 hours.</span></p>

5. The Bay of Donsol, Philippines

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The Bay of Donsol is renowned for allowing snorkelers to swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea. These gentle giants frequent the waters of Donsol from November to June, attracted by the abundance of plankton.

Snorkeling with whale sharks in Donsol is regulated to ensure the safety of both the animals and snorkelers, providing a responsible wildlife encounter that is both thrilling and respectful.

Insider’s Tip: Opt for a morning snorkeling session when whale shark sightings are most frequent and the water conditions are ideal.

When to Travel: Visit between November and June for the best chance to snorkel with whale sharks, with peak sightings from February to May.

How to Get There: Fly to Legazpi City from Manila, then travel by road to Donsol, which takes approximately 1.5 hours.

<p><span>At the Belize Barrier Reef, you’ll dive into crystal-clear waters to explore the famous Great Blue Hole, a massive submarine sinkhole. Surrounding this iconic spot, the reef’s diverse habitats support an abundance of marine life, including nurse sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, and schools of colorful fish. In areas like Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley, you can swim with stingrays and nurse sharks, making for an unforgettable underwater experience. </span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Dive the Great Blue Hole in the morning for better light and visibility. </span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>April to June for optimal diving conditions. </span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly into Belize City and take a boat or small plane to the coastal towns or islands.</span></p>

6. The Belize Barrier Reef, Belize

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The Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef system in the world, offering an incredible diversity of snorkeling sites, including the famous Great Blue Hole. The reef is home to a vast array of marine life, including endangered species such as the West Indian manatee and the green turtle. The clear, warm waters and the reef’s proximity to the coast make it an ideal snorkeling destination for all skill levels.

Insider’s Tip: Include a visit to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, where the shallow waters are teeming with fish, rays, and occasionally, nurse sharks.

When to Travel: The dry season from November to May provides the best snorkeling conditions, with calm seas and excellent visibility.

How to Get There: Fly into Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City. Take a domestic flight or boat to your chosen destination along the reef from there.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Dudarev Mikhail</p>  <p><span>Water-based activities, when conducted responsibly, can be both enjoyable and educational. Coral reef-safe diving, snorkeling with eco-conscious operators, and participating in marine conservation workshops teach families about marine biodiversity and the importance of protecting our oceans.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Ensure that any tour operator or activity provider follows environmentally responsible practices and offers educational content about marine conservation.</span></p>

7. The Red Sea, Egypt

The Red Sea is famed for its clear, warm waters, vibrant coral reefs, and abundant marine life. The extensive fringing reef system offers easy shore access for snorkelers, making it possible to explore the underwater wonders just steps from the beach. The Red Sea’s reefs are well-preserved, with strict conservation measures in place to protect the delicate marine ecosystem.

Insider’s Tip: For an off-the-beaten-path experience, visit the reefs around Marsa Alam, where there are fewer crowds and abundant marine life.

When to Travel: The best time for snorkeling in the Red Sea is from March to May and from September to November when the water temperatures are comfortable and the weather is pleasant.

How to Get There: International flights arrive at several airports along the Red Sea coast, including Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. Numerous resorts and snorkeling sites are easily accessible from these cities.

<p><span>The Galapagos Islands, a unique showcase of biodiversity, are a global model for sustainable tourism. The Ecuadorian government and local operators maintain strict controls to preserve the islands’ delicate ecosystems. Visitors can marvel at the unique wildlife and volcanic landscapes while contributing to conservation efforts. The islands offer a range of eco-friendly accommodations and tours that prioritize environmental responsibility. Activities include guided nature walks, snorkeling with sea lions, and observing the famous Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Opt for smaller, eco-certified cruises to minimize your environmental impact.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>Visit from June to December for cooler temperatures and active wildlife.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to Baltra or San Cristobal from mainland Ecuador.</span></p>

8. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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The Galapagos Islands offer a unique snorkeling experience, with the chance to encounter an array of endemic species above and below the water. The nutrient-rich currents attract diverse marine life, including sea lions, marine iguanas, and countless fish species. The islands’ remote location has helped preserve their pristine condition, offering a once-in-a-lifetime snorkeling adventure.

Insider’s Tip: Consider a liveaboard snorkeling cruise to visit the islands’ most remote and unspoiled snorkeling sites.

When to Travel: From December to May, the warm season offers the best snorkeling conditions, with warmer water and calmer seas.

How to Get There: Fly to Quito or Guayaquil in Ecuador, then take a domestic flight to the Galápagos Islands. Snorkeling tours are available from both Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal islands.

<p><span>The waters around Cancún are a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers. Explore the Great Mesoamerican Reef, the second-largest coral reef system in the world, home to a dazzling array of marine life. From shallow reefs to deeper shipwrecks, beginners and experienced divers can find suitable dive sites</span><span>. Snorkeling is also popular, with many accessible spots right off the beach or a short boat ride away. The clear Caribbean waters offer excellent visibility, making it a memorable experience for all underwater enthusiasts.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>For an extraordinary diving experience, explore the underwater caves (cenotes) just a short drive from Cancún.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Dive shops and tour operators offering scuba diving and snorkeling trips are located throughout Cancún, especially in the hotel zone.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>The best diving conditions are from May to September, but snorkeling can be enjoyed year-round.</span></p>

9. The Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

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The Yucatán Peninsula is home to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and a unique system of freshwater cenotes offering diverse snorkeling experiences. The reef provides a habitat for various marine species, while the cenotes offer a glimpse into an otherworldly underwater landscape of crystal-clear waters and dramatic rock formations. Snorkeling in the cenotes is an unforgettable experience, with the sunlight filtering through the water, creating a magical atmosphere.

Insider’s Tip: For a truly unique experience, snorkel in the cenotes early in the morning before the crowds arrive, when the light and visibility are at their best.

When to Travel: The best time to snorkel in the Yucatán Peninsula is from November to March, during the dry season, when sea conditions are calm and visibility is high.

How to Get There: Fly into Cancún International Airport, a gateway to the Yucatán Peninsula’s snorkeling destinations. The reef and cenotes are accessible by car or tour from Cancún and the Riviera Maya.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Iryna Shpulak</p>  <p><span>The Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is renowned for its clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life. The islands offer a variety of snorkeling experiences, from the shallow, sheltered reefs ideal for beginners to more adventurous sites with stronger currents. The Seychelles’ commitment to environmental conservation ensures that its marine ecosystems remain healthy and vibrant.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Visit the Sainte Anne Marine National Park, where you can snorkel among hundreds of fish species and pristine coral gardens within a protected reserve.</span></p> <p><b>When to Travel: </b><span>The best snorkeling conditions in the Seychelles are from April to May and from October to November when the water is calmest and visibility is at its peak.</span></p> <p><b>How to Get There: </b><span>International flights arrive at Seychelles International Airport on Mahé, the largest island. From Mahé, inter-island ferries and domestic flights provide access to the other islands.</span></p>

10. The Seychelles

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The Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is renowned for its clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life. The islands offer a variety of snorkeling experiences, from the shallow, sheltered reefs ideal for beginners to more adventurous sites with stronger currents. The Seychelles’ commitment to environmental conservation ensures that its marine ecosystems remain healthy and vibrant.

Insider’s Tip: Visit the Sainte Anne Marine National Park, where you can snorkel among hundreds of fish species and pristine coral gardens within a protected reserve.

When to Travel: The best snorkeling conditions in the Seychelles are from April to May and from October to November when the water is calmest and visibility is at its peak.

How to Get There: International flights arrive at Seychelles International Airport on Mahé, the largest island. From Mahé, inter-island ferries and domestic flights provide access to the other islands.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Patryk Kosmider</p>  <p><span>As you embark on your snorkeling adventures, remember that the beauty of the underwater world is a treasure to be cherished and protected. By choosing destinations committed to conservation and practicing responsible snorkeling, you contribute to preserving these ecosystems for future generations. </span><span>Snorkeling allows you to experience the incredible diversity of life beneath the waves, a reminder of the interconnectedness of all living things, and the importance of our role in safeguarding the planet’s natural wonders.</span></p> <p><span>More Articles Like This…</span></p> <p><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/barcelona-discover-the-top-10-beach-clubs/"><span>Barcelona: Discover the Top 10 Beach Clubs</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/top-destination-cities-to-visit/"><span>2024 Global City Travel Guide – Your Passport to the World’s Top Destination Cities</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/exploring-khao-yai-a-hidden-gem-of-thailand/"><span>Exploring Khao Yai 2024 – A Hidden Gem of Thailand</span></a></p> <p><span>The post <a href="https://passingthru.com/the-best-places-for-snorkeling/">The Best 10 Places for Snorkeling in 2024</a> republished on </span><a href="https://passingthru.com/"><span>Passing Thru</span></a><span> with permission from </span><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/"><span>The Green Voyage</span></a><span>.</span></p> <p>Featured Image Credit: Pexels / Daniel Torobekov.</p> <p><span>For transparency, this content was partly developed with AI assistance and carefully curated by an experienced editor to be informative and ensure accuracy.</span></p>

The Bottom Line

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As you embark on your snorkeling adventures, remember that the beauty of the underwater world is a treasure to be cherished and protected. By choosing destinations committed to conservation and practicing responsible snorkeling, you contribute to preserving these ecosystems for future generations. Snorkeling allows you to experience the incredible diversity of life beneath the waves, a reminder of the interconnectedness of all living things, and the importance of our role in safeguarding the planet’s natural wonders.

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The post The Best 10 Places for Snorkeling in 2024 republished on Passing Thru with permission from The Green Voyage .

Featured Image Credit: Pexels / Daniel Torobekov.

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