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How to Spend 3 Days in Exmouth

How to Spend 3 Days in Exmouth

The UNESCO-listed Ningaloo Marine Park and adjacent Cape Range National Park are Exmouth’s claim to fame. With a coral reef so close to the mainland, wildlife sightings are pretty much guaranteed, even if you miss the whale sharks—aka the largest fish in the sea. Here are some options for a 3-day stay.

Day 1: Marine Sanctuaries

With so many offerings around Exmouth, it’s impossible to go wrong, whether you spend a few hours or a full day on the water. If you have your own snorkeling gear, set off to Turquoise Bay and its coral gardens at the Cape Range. Ningaloo’s fringe reef is home to more than 500 fish species, and drift snorkeling is popular here, with easy access from the shore. 

Kayaking tours are suitable for adventurers with all levels of experience, and scuba guides know the best spots for certified divers and novices alike. Cruise out to the Tantabiddi or Bundegi sanctuary zone from Exmouth Gulf and get a view of Vlamingh Head Lighthouse from the water, or check out the Mildura Wreck or the Muiron Islands.

Day 2: A Whale (Shark) of a Time

Whale sharks are the star of Exmouth. From April to August, these slow-moving filter feeders visit the Ningaloo Reef to eat plankton attracted by spawning coral. Don’t pass up the opportunity to swim within safe proximity.

If it’s late in the season, you’re still in luck. Manta rays and migrating humpback whales hang around from August to November—this is one of the few places in the world where you can both observe them from the deck of a boat and snorkel in their natural habitat.

Day 3: More Ningaloo Adventures

On your last day, step aboard a luxury vessel for a chartered exploration tailored to the interests of your private party. A smaller boat delivers you to exclusive snorkel or dive sites that bigger groups can’t reach, away from the crowds. Or, if you’re an experienced angler or scuba diver, rent a lightweight dinghy and head out from Tantabiddi Beach for a self-guided tour of the reef.

Alternatively, book a multi-day excursion to the far reaches of Ningaloo Reef. Some tours include wreck sites and pristine beaches rarely visited by other tourists. Snorkel among manta rays and reef sharks, and savor sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

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Deluxe WhaleShark Swim Tour on the Ningaloo Reef from Exmouth

Deluxe WhaleShark Swim Tour on the Ningaloo Reef from Exmouth

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Discover the Ningaloo Reef and swim alongside whale sharks on this all-day guided tour. Learn how to interact with the whale sharks and snorkel around the reef. Spotter planes help locate the sharks, so you’ll be in a prime location to swim with them. Along the way, an onboard marine biologist will teach you about the sharks and reef ecology. In addition, you will have the chance to spot manta rays, humpbacks, dugongs, and dolphins.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Luxury Sailing Catamaran

Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Luxury Sailing Catamaran

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Experience the thrill of spotting a whale shark—the largest fish in the world—during this catamaran sail in World Heritage–listed Ningaloo Reef. A professional photographer takes photos above and below the water while you swim at a safe distance from these gentle giants. Spend your day snorkeling, relaxing on deck,  stand-up paddleboarding, or kayaking (weather permitted). Morning/afternoon tea, lunch, and a glass of bubbly are provided.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$345.03
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Lagoon Explorer - Ningaloo Reef Full-Day Kayaking and Snorkeling Adventure

Lagoon Explorer - Ningaloo Reef Full-Day Kayaking and Snorkeling Adventure

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Spend a day kayaking and snorkeling around the coral reefs of Ningaloo Marine Park on a full-day tour from Exmouth. A 45-minute drive takes you into Cape Range National Park where your guide provides all necessary gear and an introduction to kayaking and snorkeling basics. When ready, set off on the turquoise waters to see an abundance of marine life such as turtles, rays, reef sharks, colorful fish and the occasional dolphin or dugong. Your tour includes morning tea, lunch, snacks, snorkeling and kayaking gear, an informative guide and transportation.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Swim with Whale Sharks- the largest fish in the world!

Swim with Whale Sharks- the largest fish in the world!

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Spend a day snorkeling on the UNESCO-listed Ningaloo Reef and you just might spot a whale shark—the world’s largest fish (April–August). Or, you may have the opportunity to swim at a safe distance to humpback whales (September–November). Relax aboard ‘Ningaloo Blue,’ a 65-foot (20-meter), state-of-the-art vessel with comfortable seating, shade, and an observation deck. Buffet lunch, snorkel gear and wetsuit, and round-trip hotel transport from Exmouth included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$341.16
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Scuba Dive Ningaloo Reef

Scuba Dive Ningaloo Reef

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Explore the Ningaloo Reef on this double-dive tour. Head out by boat to two different dive sites with a guide who will help you navigate the underwater areas. The reef is home to over 250 species of corals and over 500 species of fish including giant trevally, cod, and snapper, plus turtles, reef sharks, and sea snakes.
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  • 7 hours
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Muiron Island Dive & Snorkel Tour

Muiron Island Dive & Snorkel Tour

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Murion Island lies along the UNESCO-listed Ningaloo Reef and is renowned for its vibrant coral reefs and exotic marine life. On this full-day tour, cruise out to swim and snorkel along the reef, and enjoy two thrilling scuba dives at two different locations. There are options for certified and beginner divers, and chance to spot turtles, reef sharks, sea snakes, and snapper.
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  • 1 day
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5 Night Ningaloo Reef Ningaloo Escape from Coral Bay

5 Night Ningaloo Reef Ningaloo Escape from Coral Bay

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During this 5 night Ningaloo Escape Tour spend 6 days aboard Shore Thing exploring the pristine Ningaloo Reef. This tour is like a marine safari with numerous sightings of mega-fauna including turtles, rays and reef sharks. We sail in smooth calm waters winding through spectacular dense pristine coral formations and remote reef between Coral Bay and Norwegian Bay. We visit the historical ruins of Norwegian Bay whaling station and hear tragic tales of the many shipwrecks that lie on the Ningaloo Reef. We also get an opportunity to snorkel on one of these historic shipwrecks. You can view Turtles, Dolphins, Dugongs, Manta Rays, Whales (seasonal) and so much more. Within the calm protected waters of the Ningaloo Reef, there are an abundance of snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking opportunities available along with stunning secluded beaches to explore. No other Ningaloo Reef tour accesses these areas.
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  • 2 days
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US$2,636.21
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