Shark Bay Marine Park
25 km north-east of Dehnam there is the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort by the Shark Bay Marine Park where a friendly pod of bottlenose dolphins visit the beach front of the resort each day.
One stretch of the shoreline is designated as the dolphin meeting place and in this area visitors are asked to stand no deeper than knee deep because this is the depth for the dolphins to come to you.
Rangers helps and mostly control the interaction with these anyway wild animals, we tourists can be really terrible!!!
The rangers provide you with fish with which you can feed the dolphins.
The first day I was so lucky to be choosen by rangers to offer them a fish and the second time with my brazen face I offered as the volunteer who helps them keeping the bucket with the fish for dolphins... it was simply great to have dolphins swimming between my legs and following me even if only for food reason...
But if you go very early in the morning and you enter the water risking a freezing if not really in the right season, they approach to you also without the protection of the rangers and not for food reason: this was for me unique feeling!
The resort which is Monkey Mia itself offers facilities like complementary BBQ's, licensed restaurant,cafe, mini-mart, of course souvenirs, volleyball and basketball, snorkelling, hot tub (I would advise to try it but be prepared to queue because it's a small but sooooo pleasant. And it's not prerogative of the deluxe accomodation ;-))), swimming pool and tennis court. And here you can find deluxe beachfront villas, park homes, caravan park, camping, and accomodation for backpackers.
Monkey Mia Road, Shark Bay, W.A. 6537
ph. 9948 1320
fax 9948 1034
frecall 1800 653 611
In addition to dolphins, there are the mysterious dugongs which are at the origin of the mermaid myth.
They look like a walrus, are related to the elephant and are callled a sea-cows. They eat sea-grass and grow to 3 meters and 400 kg.
And the sailing catamaran, Shotover, with its cruises is a perfect way to spot them.
Because of their "shyness" they are difficult to approach and to take a picture at :-(((
If then you get a Sunset Cruise for free with the one to see dugongs, obviously you don't turn down and enjoy the sunset on the sea! It could be sitting near a very nice aged couple who in addition brought with them a bottle of good wine to better enjoy it!
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