Posted by Georgina Golling on 23 September 2019 | Comments

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Accessible from Exmouth in the north of Western Australia and Coral Bay in the south, Ningaloo is the world’s largest fringing reef and an integral part of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast - an interconnected ocean and arid coast forming some of the most aesthetically striking landscapes and seascapes known to man.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef WA Coast

Photo Credit - Sal Salis

Over 300 kilometres long, the Ningaloo Reef is home to more than 200 species of coral and 500 species of tropical fish. And, from March to August every year, the world’s biggest fish – the elusive whale shark – congregates in its water, joined by more turtles, manta rays, humpback whales, dolphins, and dugongs than anywhere else on Earth.

So, for those that want to swim amongst the multitude of colourful fish, beautiful coral formations, graceful turtles and gentle giants, we’ve put together a list of some of our most passionate, professional and friendly certified operators along the Ningaloo Coast that would love the opportunity to take you on an unforgettable adventure.

For all your underwater activities, the following operators have got you covered:

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Photo Credit - Ningaloo Discovery, Live Ningaloo, Ningaloo Whaleshark N Dive, and Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours

Ningaloo Discovery offer marine based eco tours that take passengers on a reef-wide search for whale sharks, humpback whales and so much more! You’ll spend the day snorkelling coral gardens, swimming with marine animals and cruising crystal clear waters on either a luxurious 55ft power vessel or their luxurious and super stable 60ft sailing catamaran.

Wanting to showcase Ningaloo’s beautiful biodiversity and rich aquatic life, Live Ningaloo specialise in bespoke boat tours of the reef that’ll bring you up-close with a variety of ocean life – including majestic whale sharks and giant humpbacks. Never knowing what you’ll find from one day to the next, they carefully tailor your excursion to create an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll treasure forever.

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Photo credit: Live Ningaloo

Ningaloo Whaleshark N Dive are a dynamic ecotourism company providing whale shark tours, humpback swims, whale watching, diving and snorkelling tours that’ll exceed your expectations, while minimising disturbance to marine life along the Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth Gulf.

Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours  specialise in eco-friendly, interactive whale shark snorkels between April and July. Additionally, passengers have the opportunity to snorkel around the Ningaloo Reef, and non-swimming observers can enjoy the vessel’s warm and friendly atmosphere, with ample space and shading to ensure a relaxing day on board.

If staying above the water is more your style, another one of our great operators is Sea Force Coral Bay, who specialise in deep sea and sport fishing charters off the coast of Coral Bay. They offer exclusive group charter packages that can be designed to suit any group′s needs – whether it’s fishing, snorkelling, sightseeing or just cruising the reef.

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Photo Credit - Sea Force Coral Bay

And of course, you’ll need somewhere to rest up after a long day exploring the reef. So, nestle yourself where the desert meets the sea, and book outside the box with one of our certified operators.

Towards the south end of the reef you’ll find Gnaraloo Station and Quobba Station and Red Bluff. Famous for their stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, wildlife, fishing, waves and wind, you’re guaranteed fantastic views, spectacular sunsets, gorgeous stargazing, incredible surfing, and easy access to the reef from here!  You’ll also find a vast array of accommodation including camping, cabins, cottages, shacks, bungalows and homesteads available.

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Photo Credits: Gnaraloo Station, and Quobba Station and Red Bluff

Taking a slightly different perspective is Sal Salis – an exclusive beach safari camp, located in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park near Exmouth. In addition to their eco-luxe wilderness tents and reef tours, they also offer guided walks through the Mandu Mandu and Yardie Creek gorges, giving you the opportunity to explore both the seascape and landscape of the Ningaloo Coast.

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Photo Credit - Sal Salis

So, whether you’re planning to snorkel, dive or just sit back and enjoy the views, coral reef experiences don’t get much better than Ningaloo. And best of all, all the action happens mere footsteps off the beach!

For more information on our Ningaloo operators and what to do in the area, check out the links below or visit our Green Travel Guide and search for ‘Ningaloo’.

Check out these for more amazing (certified) Ningaloo experiences:

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