Mart's Third Big Trip travel blog

Lights, Camera, Action? No, fins, snorkel, camera!

A terrible place to have to wait!


As I had a bit of time to spare I headed up to Coral Bay to try and snorkel with Whale Sharks - the biggest fish in the world. They come along the Ningaloo Reef April to June-ish each year, presumably to feed, timed with the spawn of the coral of the reef.

Its a pricy thing to do, about 150 GBP, but I figured it would be worth it, and what else did I have to do?

When I arrived in Coral Bay, they hadn't spotted Whale Sharks for 2 days after a period of 19 successful days. I was booked on in a trip in a couple of days so I wasn't too concerned...they'd be back.

Alas, on my trip, they still weren't back. This meant that it was a day of snorkelling and waiting in vain. Still, it was a nice day and I saw some cool sharks. Some grey sharks at a "cleaning station". Its somewhat un-nerving having a shark coming in your direction with mouth open and teeth showing, but it was only for the cleaner fish to acces thank goodness. I also saw a striped wobbygong (almost impossible to see, its camoflage is so good) and a white tipped reef shark - both of which I got close enough to reah out and touch.

Also saw dolphins and turtles....but they weren't Whale Sharks, were they?

Fortunately you get a second chance for free, so I booked in on the next free spot a couple of days later and hoped for the best.



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