Located off the coast of Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef is 260km | 161mi long and the largest fringing coral reef in Australia. In some places the reef is less than 1km 0.62mi offshore. Tours to the reef depart from Coral Bay and Exmouth. The small township of Coral Bay provides accommodation and provisions for travellers in the region. Living up to its name the coral starts close to the water’s edge and can be experienced by snorkelling or from viewing boats.
Ningaloo Reef is synonymous with Whale Sharks. Whale sharks can usually be seen between March and August. Both divers and snorkelers can experience whale sharks. Whale sharks are one of the largest creatures on the planet and are the largest fish in the world. They can grow up to 13m | 43ft in length and weigh more than 21.5 tonnes. Their nature is gentle and inquisitive.
The reef has extensive hard and soft coral gardens and supports over 500 fish species. During the winter months the reef is home to dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales. The local beaches provide breeding grounds for loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles.