Whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef where dreams come true
I have just returned home (Avoca NSW) from Perth where my daughter and her family live.
It was a wonderful 10 days catching up with the family.
Perth is one city I really enjoy visiting as it’s spacious, modern, clean and has a great vibe.
In this modern city the infrastructure is well designed and the traffic flows easily, even during peak times.
Perth’s modern-day trains run like clockwork and the railway line has recently been extended to suburbs further north.
Trips in Western Australia
Last time we were there we went on a camping trip for a couple of weeks staying at places like Margret River, Busselton and even an old logging town which was awesome.
My next visit will be longer because I have included snorkeling with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef.
About Ningaloo Reef
Since first I heard about the whale sharks at Ningaloo reef and the fantastic experience it can offer, it has become an obsession for me to get there.
Ningaloo reef’s hub town Exmouth is 1250 kilometre (777 mile) north of Perth, so to enjoy all it offers I will definitely need more time.
So, what blows my hair back about this place
Ningaloo Reef is the best place on Earth to swim alongside the gentle whale shark.
I have sailed on most of the oceans around the world and this is one sea creature that continues to elude me. I have added snorkeling with a whale shark as a definite must do on my ‘experience list’.
The Ningaloo Marine Park and I quote: –
“Ningaloo Marine Park is a World Heritage-listed site found half way up the West Australian coastline.
The crystalline water harbours the world’s largest fringing reef, a 260 kilometre (162 mile) long coral reef swarming with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and the elusive whale shark.
Nowhere on earth do these majestic creatures reliably congregate in such large numbers as here, at Ningaloo Reef.”
It is still a dream of mine to snorkel slowly alongside one of these huge and completely harmless whale shark and watch its dotted skin shimmer in the sunlight.
Large groups of massive 18 metre plus, plankton feeding whale sharks visit Ningaloo Reef regularly between April to July.
Because strict protections are in place to care for all threatened species, charter boats collect data for scientists and conservationists to ensure Ningaloo’s aquatic visitors stay safe.
For the best experience you need to join a tour in Exmouth or Coral Bay and pick a boat with its own spotter plane for best results.
The Exmouth Visitor Centre can provide you with the many tour options available.
5 more things to do at Ningaloo Reef
- You can swim with humpback whales that arrive here during May to October on the “the humpback highway”.
- Out of whale season there are manta rays, turtles, dolphins, dugongs and tropical fish to swim with.
- Soar overhead marine life in a microlight.
- Drift snorkel in a gentle current at Turquoise Bay in glass clear shallow water.
- Luxe glamping hideaway, Sal Salis – ranked fourth in Lonely Planet’s 2017 Best Places to Stay in the World list.
So, add this adventure to swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef to the top of your bucket list and I’m positive you won’t be disappointed.
Read the latest University Of Queensland post The secret life of whale sharks no longer a mystery and the conservation status of whale sharks was changed from vulnerable to endangered last year.
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