SWIM WITH THE WHALESHARKS
The Ningaloo Reef Coastline is world famous for the migration of whalesharks. Usually arriving in the warm waters after summer around April and sometimes still in our waters as late as September. With a plethora of tour operators in Exmouth to choose from, accommodating a wide range of swimming and snorkeling capabilities. This is a very accessible and once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the giants of the sea. Tour operators will collect you from your accommodation with many offering all day packages to include a scuba dive, lunch, tours of the ranges or a gentle swim at one of our famous beaches. Shop around for the best ‘fit’ for your requirements. There are very few places on the planet where you can swim with whalesharks, which makes the Ningaloo Reef a rare find.
NINGALOO REEF - DIVE AND SNORKEL
The number 1 reason why so many people come to Exmouth as a base to experience the Ningaloo Reef. Recently World Heritage listed, the waters off the ‘westside’ of the Exmouth and Norwest Cape Peninsula. The Ningaloo Marine Park includes large fishing exclusion zones, better enabling our dive and snorkeling tourists the opportunity to fully experience the Reef. The Navy Pier Dive is rated in the top 10 dive spots in the world. You can easily snorkel off the beach at many access points along the coast to fully appreciate the coral reef and marine life. Turquoise Bay, Lakeside, Oyster Stacks are some popular spots. Scuba dive operators are in abundance with the opportunity to ‘learn to dive’ and get your ticket available also. For those not so confident in the water, who want to appreciate the reef but not get wet. There are some great glass bottom boat operators with a wealth of marine knowledge. No one has to miss out on the Ningaloo Reef.
For those who like to catch a sand whiting on the beach at dusk, to those more intrepid sportsmen/women who like to hook a marlin…and everything in between. The waters of the Exmouth Gulf and around the Murion Islands and beyond, are teaming with all manner of fish. Many visitors bring their boats into town and head out each day from the many boat ramps available. Some like to throw a line in from the beach, or off the rocks at the marina. There are numerous fishing charter operators happy to take you out for the day. Some are catch and release, some are focused on fly fishing and some are just happy for you to catch your limit to take home that night to the family. You can even hire a boat for the day, big or small. Tackle shops in town will provide you with all your requirements.
GORGES AND RANGES
Often overlooked in this water playground are the wonderful Gorges and Ranges that are the ‘spine’ of this peninsula. As you arrive into Exmouth you cannot help but notice the massive ranges. A drive into the landscape reveals deep gorges, towering cliffs of sandstone, native flora and fauna in abundance, and rugged country scarps. Four wheel drive tour operators will take you over the ranges, providing you with a wealth of information regarding local aboriginal culture, native wildlife, history of the region, and they even provide food and a swim! Most operators finish at Yardie Creek with a boat cruise through the gorge. The gorges and ranges are easily accessible for all guest to the region, however 4WD is highly recommended as the roads and bush tracks are not sealed.
KITE BOARDING AND SURFING
Coming from far and wide, the kite boarding and surfers are a smaller but very enthusiastic group of holiday makers chasing the long waves around the Northwest Cape. Local boardriders would be happy to keep the area a secret, but the word is out and surfers are loving the pristine and uncrowded waters in which to surf. With the weather being temperate in winter, it allows all water sports enthusiasts to catch a wave…or the wind! Kiteboarding is a huge attraction with all ‘westside’ beaches flying a kite most days. Sandy Bay is very popular for beginners as the water depth is at best, waist high, with a turquoise lagoon, and gentle breezes. New to the area are the many Stand Up Paddle Boarders, taking advantage of the flat waters and gentle conditions. Not to forget the numerous kayakers who love to paddle out over the reef for a quick snorkel and swim. All your water sport activities are easily catered for on the Ningaloo Reef.
PRISTINE DESERTED BEACHES
For those of us who just want to relax and do nothing on our holidays, then the multitude of deserted beaches are just the thing to waste away a day. Everyday can be a beach day in Exmouth. You have the Gulf Beaches running down the eastside of the peninsula and then the Ningaloo Reef Beaches over on the westside. A favourite with the town locals is Bundegi Beach just 10min drive north. A beautifully sheltered beach on most days of the year, with white sands and clear waters. Too many wonderful beaches to mention, but the most famous would be Turquoise Bay which every year is voted in the top 100 beaches in the world. Every little track leads to your own patch of paradise. Just leaving you to relax, swim with a giant turtle, watch an osprey circle above and…. soak up the sun.