A great eco resort right in the middle of Cape Range NP. Their snorkel with the turtle and blue lagoon combo is a must. You'll spend the night watching stars among sleepy kangaroos in a swag and check one of the most amazing snorkeling sites of Australia during the day. Very friendly staff ! Awesome !
There are some tourist bureaus where you can hire snorkeling trips with either Manta-Rays or Whales.
I don?t know if you can also do it from Exmouth, but you can sure do it from Coral Bay.
They take you out on a boat to the places where airplanes have seen the Manta Rays.
Then you go off the boat, swimming and snorkeling after the Mantas.
It is a great experience to see them "fly" elegantly through the water.
If you are lucky, you can also see some whales, sharks, etc.
Coral Bay is a small town, an excellent place to spend a few quiet days and relax.
It has a reef very close to the beach (hence the name), actually it starts right 5m from the beach. And it is really beautiful, like swimming in a zoo aquarium.
You can rent some wetsuits there, which is good, when the water isn´t that warm yet and it is easier to swim, too. 4 hours are only 7 AUS.
Also ask from where the current comes, so you can get in and swim with it (not against it).
The only things to be cautious are the glass bottom boats that are also in thet area and that you don´t end up to far from the beach (which is easy, because there are so many things to see in the water that you forget to look up).
The Ningaloo Reef - its close by and in parts near Exmouth, you can just swim out to it! There are dive centres all over Exmouth and alot of people stop to learn. There are boat trips and snorkelling trips to the reef from Exmouth.
Whale Sharks - These huge fish are around from April onwards. A trip is not cheap $280 for a day and you only get one other chance if you dont see them. But with the chance of seeing up to 18 metre long fish, its tempting. I was here a week or 2 too early.
Cape Range NP - see my Cape Range page but this is a must if you make it to Exmouth, full of beautiful bays, with clear water and kangeroos and a gorge.
Theres a naval base to go check out.
CORAL BAY!!!!!, I cant find it as a page to create on this site but Coral Bay, about 150k's south of Exmouth is a mini paradise! Its a small hamlet of about 100 people, a hotel, a campsite(with cabins), a couple of dive shops, a bakers and a convenience store, oh and of course, a bottle shop! The bay is beautful and from here you can swim out to the Ningaloo reef and snorkel(or go Diving). Bware the rays in the water, they can sting! We stayed at the campsite, the other camping but i got a cabin...tiny but with very much needed freezing aircon!!!! there are redback spiders in the showers so be careful!
At night, head to the hotel for a few beers and occasionally some live entertainment!
This is one experience I will never forget. After waking up nice and early and being picked up from our camp at 8am we were taken to Tantabiddi Landing where we piled into a dingy and got taken to our boat for the day.
I didn't know quite how it would work at first and was a little nervous at the thought of swimming with the huge creatures out in the middle of the ocean.
After getting fitted for snorkels, flippers and wetsuits we embarked on a bit of snorkelling. The water was quite murky as the day was windy but we could still see some beautiful coral and amazing fishes!
After a few false alarms of whale shark sightings we relaxed in the sun.
Another sighting and this time it was for real! The crew were madly preparing for the swim, and we all sat anxiously in our gear ready to jump off the boat.
As I jumped in the water there was so much excitement my heart was racing. As soon as I saw the 6 to 7 metre whale shark cruising by me my jaw dropped and i starred in amazement. He was so placid and gentle, hardly moving but with so much power.
We swam with him 2 more times after this then had to go back to land.
We have a video of our experience which I will cherish forever. If you ever have the chance to experience this DO NOT HESITATE!
The best ever!
Many years ago they ran boat cruises along Yardie creek. Was very interesting especially about the rare rock wallabys. Not sure if they still run here, bu if so, check it out.