The Indian Ocean has carved a rugged coastline along Australia’s western shores, a remote side of the country often skipped by visitors. With a population of just over 2,500 people, Exmouth is one of the larger cities in the area – this is a place of exclusivity, serenity, and nature’s pure beauty. Just outside Exmouth, the Cape Range National Park is peppered with limestone canyons and gorges, most notably Mandu Mandu and Yardie Creek.
Snorkelers, divers, and marine wildlife fanatics flock to the Ningaloo Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its wealth of species and striking beauty, to catch a glimpse of the species that migrate through this unique area. This fringing reef stretches along the coast for over 160 miles – the largest in Australia – and attracts annual migrations of sea turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, manta rays, and manatees. The biggest star of this underwater show is the whale shark, a docile filter-feeder that averages some 40 feet in length. Snorkeling in Ningaloo’s turquoise waters with these speckled behemoths is an unforgettable adventure. Many of the same species congregate south of the Ningaloo in Shark Bay, and shallow bay with striking limestone cliffs and an incredible marine animal and bird population.