Dive into the pristine waters of Turquoise Bay about 60 km south of Exmouth (two and a half hours flight from Perth). Turquoise Bay is located in the Cape Range National Park along the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. You probably heard it a hundred times before “It’s better than the East Coast”, well we couldn’t say it is better, but it certainly is special and different!
Here’s some information you might find interesting…
What is so special about the Ningaloo Reef ?
First and foremost, the Ningaloo Marine Park is a World Heritage-listed site since June 2011. Therefore, it officially recognises the outstanding universal value of the area’s diverse and abundant marine life. Indeed, have you ever seen such a spectacular contrast between the colourful underwater universe and the arid land of the Cape Range?
It is the world’s largest fringing reef (260 km long coral reef) with an amazing variety of animals such as manta rays, humpback whales, whale sharks, turtles, tropical fishes! Being located within such close proximity to the shoreline, makes it Australia’s easiest access coral reef experience.
- 300-500 whale sharks gather during the peak season, making the Ningaloo Reef the largest documented aggregation in the world
- more than 300 documented coral species
- 700 reef fish species
- 650 mollusc species
- 600 crustacean species
- 1,000 species of marine algae
- 10,000 nests deposited along the coast annually
- highest cave fauna (troglomorphic) diversity in Australia and one of the highest in the world
Snorkel Drift at Turquoise Bay
Known as one of Western Australia’s best beaches, Turquoise Bay is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon snorkelling. The drift snorkel is considered as one of the best snorkels of all the Cape Range National Park Beaches. Even if you’re not the best swimmer, it will seem effortless and relaxing!
Go to the southern end of the beach, start swimming from there and let the current t
ake you north to the sand bar. Do it all over again, if you feel like you haven’t had enough!
Make sure to pay attention to where the current is carrying you. It’s preferable to exit the water onto the sandbar. Some days the current can be strong, and once it passes the sandbar, changes direction, avoid being swept out. Be careful.
Relaxing on the Beach
Enough snorkelling for the day? After the sand bar keep walking along the beach… The colours are surreal, the place can be a bit crowded depending on the season, but there’s still enough room for you to have a picnic, a photoshoot, play volleyball or simply meditate.
Once thing if for sure, you will find leaving this paradise very difficult!