Uncover the Best of the West: Top 10 Snorkel Spots in Western Australia

by Catalin Andries on May 13, 2024

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Western Australia's coastline is a treasure trove for snorkelling enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of marine habitats and breathtaking underwater landscapes. From vibrant coral reefs to fascinating marine life, there's no shortage of adventure waiting beneath the waves. Grab your snorkel mask and get ready to explore the top 10 places to snorkel in Western Australia, brought to you by Ninja Shark Australia.

Ningaloo Reef

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Ningaloo Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site renowned for its pristine coral reefs and diverse marine life. Snorkel alongside majestic manta rays, playful dolphins, and colorful reef fish. Don't miss the chance to swim with the ocean's gentle giants, the whale sharks, during the annual migration season.

Approximately 13 hours north of Perth lies the charming coastal town of Exmouth, your portal to an underwater wonderland. If you prefer to fly, the journey from Perth to Exmouth takes around two hours.

Between March and August, the reef becomes a haven for majestic whale sharks, granting you the extraordinary chance to encounter and swim alongside these gentle giants. As if that weren't enough, from August to October, graceful humpback whales grace these waters as they make their annual migration.

Rottnest Island

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Rottnest Island beckons as a snorkeler's haven, boasting sprawling coral reefs and a rich tapestry of marine wonders. Delight in over 400 diverse fish species that call these azure waters home, while unparalleled visibility promises unforgettable underwater exploration. Encounter an array of captivating creatures, from playful dolphins and graceful turtles to elusive octopuses and majestic lobsters, all amidst vibrant schools of fish that dance beneath the surface.

Just a short ferry ride from Perth, Rottnest Island boasts crystal-clear waters teeming with marine biodiversity. Explore the island's numerous snorkelling spots, including The Basin and Parakeet Bay, where you'll encounter vibrant coral gardens and friendly quokkas on land.

Coral Bay

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Coral Bay is a snorkeler's paradise, offering easy access to the fringing coral reef right from the beach. Slip on your Ninja Shark snorkel mask and wade into the turquoise waters to discover an underwater wonderland inhabited by colorful corals, tropical fish, and graceful sea turtles.

The underwater world teems with mesmerizing marine creatures – watch as vibrant reef fish flit among the coral as you glide along. Yet, the true stars of the show are the graceful manta rays, majestic humpback whales, and gentle whale sharks.

Turquoise Bay

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For the ultimate snorkelling experience at Turquoise Bay, head to the Bay Loop parking area, located towards the northern section of the bay. Avoid the potentially strong currents near the sandy point at the southern end. After parking, take a short walk approximately 200 meters south of the track leading to the beach from the Drift Loop parking area. Enter the water at the southern end of the beach and let the gentle current guide you over the reef for an unforgettable snorkelling adventure.

Exercise caution, particularly around the sandbar situated at the southernmost point of the bay loop and the northern end of the drift loop, as currents can be powerful. Your safety is paramount, so please take necessary precautions.

Shark Bay

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Shark Bay's allure earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list back in 1991, thanks to its natural splendor, rich biodiversity, and distinctive characteristics. Its waters boast an exceptionally high salinity, presenting a breathtaking array of turquoise and blue hues that beautifully contrast and complement the surrounding red terrain.

When to plan your visit?

With hot summers and dry winters, Shark Bay beckons year-round adventurers. While December to January and September draw the largest crowds, consider avoiding these peak months for a more serene experience. For temperate weather ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and exploration, set your sights on Shark Bay between April and May. Locals often regard this period as the prime time to immerse yourself in the wonders of Shark Bay.

Dive into azure waters and explore vibrant coral gardens teeming with an array of tropical fish species. For an unforgettable experience, head to designated snorkelling areas, such as the tranquil bays and coves along the coastline.

Jurien Bay

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Jurien Bay beckons with its enticing blend of swimming havens, aromatic coffee shops, pristine beaches, and diverse accommodation choices. Situated a mere 2.5-hour drive north of Perth along the scenic Indian Ocean Drive, and a quick 20-minute jaunt north of Cervantes, this coastal gem stands out as a premier fishing destination. The bustling Jurien Bay Marina serves as a secure harbor for numerous crayfishing vessels, adding to the town's vibrant maritime charm.

Venture to Jurien Bay and discover the underwater playground of the Jurien Bay Marine Park. Strap on your snorkel mask and dive into the protected waters of the bay, where you'll encounter colorful fish, playful sea lions, and even the occasional reef shark.

Abrolhos Islands

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Exploring the Abrolhos Islands off the coast of Western Australia is a quintessential experience for anyone venturing into the Geraldton Mid West region. Despite their rich history and breathtaking natural splendor, these islands remain a hidden gem beyond the region's borders, making a visit here a truly exclusive adventure.

When envisioning the Abrolhos Islands, one cannot overlook their magnificent coral reefs. Nearly as vibrant and diverse as the Great Barrier Reef, these underwater wonderlands are alive with an abundance of marine life. Embark on a fishing or tourist boat excursion for the rare opportunity to snorkel amidst these mesmerizing reefs, immersing yourself in a world unlike any other.

Whether you're delving into the crystal-clear waters for a snorkelling escapade, observing the local crayfishing fleet in action, or simply savoring a tranquil sunset stroll along the pristine beaches, you'll find yourself constantly enveloped in the islands' unparalleled natural beauty.

With its stunning coastline, diverse marine habitats, and abundance of marine life, Western Australia offers endless opportunities for snorkelling adventures. Whether you're seeking vibrant coral reefs, playful marine mammals, or historic shipwrecks, Western Australia has something to offer every snorkeler. So grab your snorkel mask, pack your sense of adventure, and dive into the underwater world of Western Australia with Ninja Shark.


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