It was a fantastic day out on the reef. Yesterday we joined Ningaloo Whaleshark-N-Dive on their boat, Aliikai, to swim with whale sharks. They did an early reef snorkel to assess us as swimmers and then headed out past the Ningaloo reef to the open ocean. With planes doing the spotting, we went straight for… Continue reading Is it a Whale or a Shark?
We booked a tour with Ningaloo Reef Dive & Snorkel for a chance to swim with manta rays. The snorkeling was OK. It was very windy and choppy and so visibility was poor. Also the variety of fish didn’t seem as great. The coral, however, was healthy and beautiful and is one of the area… Continue reading Coral Bay: Swimming with Manta Rays
One of the reasons I wanted to visit Western Australia was to see the Coral Coast, home of the famous Ningaloo Coast, a world heritage site and where you can swim with whale sharks, the biggest fish still in existence. We are staying at the town of Exmouth for the next five days so we… Continue reading Exmouth: Big Fish Worship
Visited Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Preserve, one of the least visually impressive places in Australia. But being a science geek, I loved it. The site is known for being one of the few places in the world with living stromatolites, living cyanobacterial and bacterial colonies creating structures whose fossil records go back to when single… Continue reading Still partying like it’s 1,999,999,999 BCE
We stopped overnight at Monkey Mia Reserve to see the bottlenose dolphins that visit the beach shores daily to get fed. Dubbed “The Dolphin Experience” we were allowed to stand in the shallows to watch the dolphins while they frolicked and got fed. About four dolphins showed up and a few lucky people were picked to hand-feed… Continue reading Monkey Mia: Dolphins & Emus
To clarify, where are the live kangaroos? You know the animal that is synonymous with Australia like these other Australian icons: Steve Irwin, Crocodile Dundee, vegemite…. We saw plenty of dead kangaroos on the side of the road being pecked on by big black birds, vultures and even a small fox but no live ones.… Continue reading Where are the kangaroos?
Our first stop was to the crayfishing village of Cervantes and to Nambung National Park, known for their amazing limestone pinnacle formations. On our first day we already violated the terms of our rental agreement by driving on a rutted dirt road to see this awesome desert landscape. But it was so worth it. I… Continue reading Cervantes & Nambung NP