Ningaloo Reef & Muiron Islands in Western Australia is one of our favorite parts of Australia trip. In my last post about this Coastal World Heritage Area, I told you about the Exmouth environment. We spent lots of time on the water; we did two days of boat dives. I promised to share a glimpse of the fantastic underwater environment, our dive experience, so here are the photos…
On Land in Exmouth
The small town of Exmouth has few commercial establishments, and tour operators who specialize in snorkel trips to see the whales. We only found 2 dive operations between Ningaloo and Exmouth that do both. We chose Exmouth Diving Centre, the original dive operation in the area. They are friendly, attentive, organized and professional.
Ningaloo Reef & Muiron Islands – Getting Ready to Dive
After reading so much about the great diving from Exmouth, and coming off of a great whale shark snorkel day with Exmouth Diving Centre, we were looking forward to diving with them. Meeting at the shop for a 7:30 check in, we assembled our gear and the dive masters drove us to the marina.
While we were given a discount by Exmouth Diving Centre, this is a totally independent and honest review based on our experience.
At the Marina in Exmouth
After the divemasters loaded the boat, we boarded.
We were off to the Muiron Islands. I was quite excited about going there, as everything I read touted its abundance of coral gardens – hard and soft, many dive sites, manta rays, turtles, sharks, nudibranchs, and much more.
Our day on the water started with a 45 minute boat ride out to the dive sites at the Muiron Islands.
Cruising to the Muiron Islands
We were entertained by the sea life.
Diving Ningaloo Reef + Muiron Islands
What is most spectacular, unlike anything we have ever seen, is the multitude of fish. Swimming through many fish schools is amazing. We watched large schools of yellow juvenile barracuda.
The huge beds of live staghorn corals filled with sea life all around are like an amazing jungle beneath the sea.
The the hard and soft corals are so beautiful!
Fish life everywhere – living in the corals!
The plentiful and gigantic anemones with adult and baby clown fish!
And the Mantas!
Spiny Lobsters (or crayfish as the locals call them)
Ohh! And the Colorful Nuibranchs!
So many more …
Exmouth Diving Centre provided knowledgeable dive masters, lunch, snacks, drinks and lots of information about the underwater environment.
We had 2 great days of diving! We were sad to leave. For more about the Exmouth area, see my last post.
The land environment is more natural; you can swim and snorkel from the beaches without risk of crocodiles like at Great Barrier Reef. The corals, big fish and small creatures are plentiful and beautiful at Exmouth’s Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area. Exmouth is the best spot in Australia to see the gorgeous underwater living environment, spectacular beaches, and animals in nature. I highly recommend Exmouth, which is far away from hotels, bars, nightlife, stores, and crowds. If you are looking for a great company to take you diving or snorkeling, Exmouth Diving Centre gets my vote.