A UNESCO World Heritage site, Ningaloo Reef is the world’s largest fringing reef. The Ningaloo Reef Marine Park extends for about 260 kilometers and harbors an astounding diversity of marine life, but unlike the Great Barrier Reef, it’s easily accessible from shore. Marine life includes manta rays, dugongs, whale sharks, humpback whales, turtles, and more than 500 species of fish and 300 species of coral.
One of the top beaches for snorkeling is beautiful Turquoise Bay, a sublime stretch of blinding white sand and crystal-clear water laced with coral. It’s also one of the few places in the world where you can swim with whale sharks, an experience which graces the bucket lists of countless animal lovers.
The town of Exmouth is the main gateway to Ningaloo Reef and a popular launching point for reef trips. It’s also one of the top fishing destinations in Australia. Coral Bay is also a great base, with long, white-sand beaches and ideal conditions for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and boating. Off the coast are ample opportunities for scuba divers, with numerous wrecks round Point Cloates. Ningaloo Reef Marine Park also includes the coastal area of spectacular Cape Range National Park, where you can explore rugged limestone cliffs, dunes, and canyons.