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Can anyone suggest the best deal to go swimming with the whalesharks in Exmouth?
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Greetings from Perth and me!
There is a good dive shop just behind the Potshot Hotel, The Exmouth Dive Centre. They do whale watching trips etc. Can't say what the cost may be I'm afraid, but I did dive with them in 2002 and they were very good and very helpful.
The best company in Three Islands Marine.
They charge $330 for the full day, two day's they say a 8-9m pregnant shark most unusual as only the males really come towards the reef. Contact 08 9226 0660 for more information on the tour and how to get there the best way!
Travel Tips for Exmouth
There is limited places to stay at this amazing place, so you really have to take what is offered and enjoy the ultimate experience regarding swimming off shore on a spectacular reef.
I have noted all accommodation within this region.
Ningaloo Reef Retreat. www.ningalooreefretreat.com.au
Bayview Coral Bay www.coralbaywa.com
Ningaloo Club Coral Bay (backpackers) www.ningalooclub.com
Peoples Park Caravan Village - 08 9942 5933
Houses to rent - www.coralbay.org/
Snorkelling, fishing, boating and beach combing.
The Ningaloo reef is accessible from many beaches in The Cape Range National Park, 40-50 mins drive south of Exmouth.
There is a small fee to enter the park.
It's a fringing reef which means it is very close to the shore, at The Oyster Stacks and South Mandu Beach it is so close that you can walk to the edge of the reef at low tide.
You should not snorkel at low tide as it is easy to damage the reef.
Fins are not really necessary if you don't want to go our far, but you will need reef shoes to protect your feet as the broken bits of coral are sharp.
At Turquoise Bay, the reef is about 30 metres off shore, still very easy even if you are not a strong swimmer. Again, fins are not really necessary if you don't want to go our far, but you will need reef shoes to protect your feet as the broken bits of coral are sharp.
This beach is suitable for snorkelling at high and low tide.
At Coral Bay the reef is about 50 metres offshore, but many large fish come into the lagoon which is very shallow.
Glass bottomed boats go out from here for those who do not want to swim/snorkel. Departure times vary according to the tide. Book in advance as they are often full.
The reef here is quite unspoiled, but as with all reefs extremely fragile.
Please observe some basic precautions to protect the reef.
1. Don't stand on the corals, as well as the possibility of cutting yourself, it damages them.
2. Take all your rubbish home with you, and be especially careful with plastic bags. To a turtle, a floating bag looks like the jellyfish they feed on, but if they swallow them they die.
3. It is illegal to remove anything from the beach in the park. The coral and shells are extremely beautiful, but you cannot take them home with you. Even dead coral and empty shells are essential to maintain the ecological balance.
Other beaches are popular for fishing, both from the beach and off shore. Many off-shore fishing trips are available with all equipment provided. Snorkleling equipment is available for hire at Coral Bay, but if you want to go more than once or twice you might as well buy your own.
The camping and fishing shop in Exmouth town center has a large selection of camping and fishing equipment.
Bait and some equipment is available in Coral Bay
Drive to Turqouise Bay and snorkel on the reef.
Turquoise bay is about 40 minutes drive from the town in the middle of the Cape Range National Park, so called because of the exceptional turquoise blue colour of the water.
There is a tar sealed road through the park and a good unsealed raod and carpark to access the beach.
The reef is in shallow water only about 30 metres from the shore line so is suitable for those who are not strong swimmers and are unhappy swimming in deep water.
Fish are varied and plentiful, including starfish, sea cucumbers, turtles, manta rays and reef sharks at different times of the year.
You can drift in the current from one end of the bay to the other over the reef with very little effort (you don't really need fins as the current will carry you).
Certain precautions are necessary to avoid getting dragged through the gap at the end of the reef, but this is clearly explained at the entrance to the beach. If you feel unsure, ask the the visitors centre which you pass on the way before you go the beach.
There are no facilities apart from 'bush toilets' at this beach, no shop, no water, no shade. You have to bring everything you need (don't forget sunblock).
PLEASE PROTECT THE REEF, DO NOT TOUCH OR STAND ON THE CORALS, DO NOT LEAVE RUBBISH ON THE BEACH.
This beach is narrow and often crowded in high season, but the reef is accessible no matter whether the tide is high or low.
Oyster Stacks, the coral reef for non-snorkellers.
This stunning part of the reef is my favourite. It's just about an hour's drive from Exmouth through the Cape park.
There's a good road and car-park, but no facilities apart from a bush toilet.
The beach is rocky with not much sand, and the reef begins almost as soon as you get in the water. At low tide, you can walk between the clumps of and coral and see them in water only up to your knees.
TAKE CARE TO PROTECT THE CORALS, DO NOT TOUCH THEM OR STAND ON THEM.
SNORKELLING IS NOT RECOMMANED AT LOW TIDE BECUSE THERE IS NOT ENOUGH DEPTH OF WATER TO CLEAR THE CORALS.
As well as damaging the corals if you touch them, they can cause nasty injuries as some of them are poisonous as well as sharp.
But when the tide is more than 1/2 in, it's excellent for beginners who feel unhappy swimming out of their depth. There's spaces between the corals where you can put your feet down and have a rest.
Close to the 3 sacks which you can see in the photo, it's absolutely teeming with fish, even more so than at Turquiose Bay. My friend who is more experienced at snorkelling and swam out a little deeper saw a small carpet shark, and there were lots of baby sting rays along the shore line further down the beach. And of course there are lots and lots of the giant clams which give it it's name.
Don't forget to bring water, sunblock and your reef shoes as well as snorkelling gear.
I saw many of the fish and corals in this video less than 20 metres from the shore, but in real life they are far more brilliantly coloured.
South Mando Beach
Another beautiful beach for swimming and snorkeling, just a bit further on than The Oyster Stacks.
Access to the beach is via a 500 meter track through the dunes/bush, a delightful little stroll where you are likely to see all sorts of flora and fauna, with beautiful views across the bay.
The beach is sandy and the reef only about 20 meters from the shore.
As at Oyster Stacks, the water is too low over the corals for snorkeling at low tide, but you can walk out to the edge of the reef and see it without swimming.
This beach also houses the Eco-resort, fully equipped permanent tents for rent on the dunes very close to the beach, the only accommodation for hire in the park.
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Address: Lefroy Street, Exmouth, 6707, Australia