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Ningaloo Reef - Perth, Western Australia , Australia Scuba Diving Guide
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Ningaloo Reef is the longest fringing reef in the world. Starting from the small
town of Exmouth, the reef extend southward all the way to Coral Bay which is
about more than 260km away. The town of Exmouth is located some 1300km North of
Perth Western Australia.
Ningaloo Reef is home to 500 species of fish, 250 species of corals and 600
species of molluscs. Green Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles and Hawksbill Turtle can
be sigthed here. Green Turtles, in particular, nest in a number of sites along
the coast that runs parallel to Ningaloo Reef during the nesting season.
This reef offers tourists a chance to see many exotic creatures. Gentle and
beautiful Dugongs are residents here and can often be seen feeding on the sea
grasses that grows in the shallow water along the coast.
Whale Sharks, the
largest cold-blooded animal in the world, visits Ningaloo Reef from March until
June to feed in the plankton rich water during the coral spawning season. In
these 3 months, spotter planes are used to track the Whale Sharks so that their
precise locations is fed back to the boats to bring snorkellers and divers to
these magnificient animals. Then from August to October, Humpback Whales
migrate down to the coast to kick start whale-watching tours.
In additions to the exotic creatures, the reef also has a healthy population of
reef fish. While the water in Ningaloo Reef is rich with plankton, visibility
is still good with an average of about 20m.
Dive Sites around Ningaloo Reef
Coral Bay is located at the southern tip of the Ningaloo Reef. This site is
filled mainly with hard corals. Residents of the sites are turtles, reef
sharks, mackerel, schools of barracuda, schools of trevally and sweetlips.
Other reef fish that are commonly found here are parrot fish, anemone fish,
surgeon fish, angelfish and gobies.
Norweigian Bay is located near the center of Ningaloo Reef and close to
Ningaloo town. This is a typical coral garden site with common reef fish such
as surgeon fish, angelfish. Rock cods, turtles and stingrays can be found here
Mandu Wall is a wall dive site located near the upper half of Ningaloo Reef.
The wall here drop into 20m depth of water and does not boast alot of coral
growth. However, the fish life here is quite spectacular. Divers can expect to
swim with schools of trevally, sweetlip and barracuda. Grouper, coral trout,
batfish, unicornfish and reef sharks are never too far away. Current can be
quite strong here at time, as such, most operators usually conduct a drift dive
at this site.
Blizzard Ridge is located on the northern part of Ningaloo Reef close to
Exmouth. This is a shallow site with a depth of only 15m. There is a good
collection of corals, sponges and gorgonian. Divers can look out for wobbegong
sharks, stingrays coral trout, lionfish, grouper and sea snakes.
Sponge Gardens is located near the north tip of Ningaloo Reef. The site is
filled with sponges, gorgonians, soft coral and sea whips at a depth of about
22m. Moray eels, stingrays and sea stars can be commonly seen at this site. The
site also has a healthy collection of reef fish and nudibranch. For the
observant divers, there will alway be wobbegong sharks and cowries to look out
Best Time to Dive in Ningaloo Reef
The best time to go to Ningaloo Reef is from March to June.
Where to Stay in Exmouth
The best town to stay to visit Ningaloo reef is Exmouth. This is a small town
that caters to travellers whom come here to dive with whale sharks.
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How to get to Exmouth
The nearest domestic airport to Exmouth is at Learmonth just 35km south. From
the airport, there are shuttle bus services or taxis to bring you to town.
Flight to Learmonth Airport can be taken from Perth International Airport.
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