Ningaloo Reef and Coral Bay are located in the western part of Australia. The region is isolated from populated and popular tourist areas, so its ecosystem has been preserved untouched. Nowadays, the reef and the area surrounding are a national reserve.
Divers may explore the incredible Ningaloo reef system with its amazing polyps and stunning wildlife. Here you can swim with sharks — and if you come in certain seasons, you'll be able to spot slow humpback whales. The place is notable for its incredibly beautiful coral reefs of differing colours. Soft and stony corals grow on the reefs; and rare sea animals, tiger shrimps and octopuses swim nearby. Long brown algae grow above the rocky fissures.
The closest airport accepting international flights is located in Perth. From there you should go north, to Learmonth. Flights from Perth arrive here daily. You can reach Ningaloo Reef from Exmouth which is a 25-minute drive from Learmonth.
As it is dry and warm here all year round, diving is available at any time. However, the best time to visit is from April to June. Corals bloom during this period, and whale sharks visit the local waters. The air temperature from June to August is between +25 and +28 °C, and from December to March it rises above +30 °C. The visibility varies from 18 to 30 m.
The 15-meter-deep Navy Pier will delight you with its vibrant sea life. Here you will see both a lot of small underwater creatures and large animals such as silvertip reef sharks, nurse sharks and spotted wobbegongs.
While diving at the outer dive site of Ningaloo Reef, from April to August you can find whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales.