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Wildlife Region

Ningaloo & Exmouth

Ningaloo & Exmouth

Fringing the North West Cape coastline, Ningaloo Reef is one of the world’s largest and most magnificent fringing coral reefs. This intricate reef system stretches over 260 km and at some points, is only metres from beautiful secluded sandy beaches.

The Reef is home to a myriad of marine life, including one of the rarest, and largest fish ever found, the Whale Shark. Up to 18 metres in length, Ningaloo is the only place in the world where visitors can swim with Whale Sharks from March to August everyday, when the plankton rich waters draw them close to the reef in search of food.

They are only one of the many seasonal visitors to the Ningaloo Reef. Humpback Whales are also in abundance, with over thirty thousand whales migrating to the area. Calving & resting whales take advantage of sheltered warm waters in their masses with Humpback swims occurring from August to late October.

Manta Rays cruise along the reef, April to November, feeding alongside Whale Sharks & whales, your opportunity to see the big three. In late Autumn, turtles are seen in huge numbers, with the Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill Turtles beginning their mating season and climbing enmass the beaches, nesting everywhere along our coastline. Hot January nights will see Turtle hatchlings bustlling out of the sand racing down to the ocean every evening. 

With the bio-diversity of 300 species of corals, an assortment of uniquely coloured Nudibranchs and over 500 different species of fish makes Exmouth an impressive destination all year round.

Experiences

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    Exmouth Diving Centre

    As the region’s original eco-tourism operation, Exmouth Diving Centre is synonymous with experiencing the aquatic treasures of the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Debbie & Mark Ferguson have been involved taking ecotours around Western Australia for over 20 years, managing the operations of a number of boats in various locations.

    Fuelled by their passion for the ocean, above & below the surface, the couple have travelled the world, enjoying the wildlife and marine life on every continent. But it was the unparalled megafauna congregations found across...

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