The Ningaloo Marine Park is one of the longest fringing reefs in the world stretching 260 kilometres, and is one of two coral reefs in the world that have formed on the western side of a continent. What makes the Ningaloo Reef great is its close proximity from the coast in many areas being only 5-10 metres offshore. It contains an endless list of spectacular snorkel and dive sites for you to explore. Its abundance of extraordinary marine life is what brings us, and thousands of people to this special slice of paradise. Below you’ll find some information on some of the wildlife you can expect to encounter.
Coral Reef & Tropical Fish
The Ningaloo Reef contains over 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish with numerous studies continuing and developing within the area.
Dugongs are closely related to the Manatee and are very similar in appearance and behavior, sometimes referred to as a 'sea cow' the dugongs spend their days grazing on sea grass found locally in the Ningaloo Reef.
The Ningaloo Reef is home to four species of turtle out of seven in the world, most commonly the green turtle, the loggerhead turtle, the hawksbill turtle, and less frequently the leatherback turtle. They can commonly be found cruising around the reef in search of food.
Introducing our star of the show, our main attraction, our largest living fishy friend of the ocean... The whale shark!
Whale sharks have inhabited this planet for millions of years, dating back to the Jurassic period. Up until the 1980s there had only been 320 confirmed sightings worldwide.