Ningaloo Reef

An extensive coral reef system with great variety of marine life including whale sharks and migrating humpback whales

Ningaloo Reef, Australia’s second largest coral reef, is located in Ningaloo Marine Park off the coast of Western Australia. The reef is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. It offers a unique opportunity to see whale sharks and migrating humpback whales in significant numbers.

Ningaloo Reef is an intricate coral reef system that fringes the North West Cape and, in some areas, lies mere meters from the beach. At 260kms (161 miles), it is one of the world’s largest fringing reefs, and home to over 450 different species of marine life, and 250 different species of coral.

The Navy Pier in Exmouth
Extending about 300 meters (984 feet) from shore, the T-shaped structure is 300 meters (984 feet) wide, including two outlying "dolphins" (platforms for larger ships to tie up to). On any given dive there were lots of nudibranchs and flatworms, eels, woebegone and white tipped sharks, octopuses, lion and scorpion fish, stargazers, and the usual smaller finned friends. visibility to 4-15 meters (13-49 feet).

Other noteworthy dive sites around Coral Bay are The Elbow and the 23rd Parallel. The dive sites range from 12-26 meters (39-118 feet) and act as cleaning stations as well as harbouring larger marine life such as mature turtles, large sharks and huge groupers. Soft corals and macro subjects are also found on outer reef dive sites.

Depth m/ft

10-26/33-85

Visibility m/ft

5-20/16-66

Temperature C/F

22-26/72-79

Ningaloo Reef (photo by Marc Russo)
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Ningaloo Reef (photo by Tory Bell)
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Ningaloo Reef (photo by Tory Bell)
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Ningaloo Reef (photo by Phil Hartell)
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