Top 10 things to do in Coral Bay

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Coral Bay is a beautiful, small town along the Coral Coast of Western Australia. It is well known as the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef. You could walk around this tiny town in less than 5 minutes. With only a few bars and a handful of shops, Coral Bay has an extremely slow pace of life. Everything in this town revolves around one giant sand beach and turquoise blue waters that stretch out to the reef. Life in Coral Bay is idyllic. Being isolated keeps a lot of tourists away, leaving the place detached from the rest of the world. Miles away from the busy East Coast of Australia.









How to get to Coral Bay.

Coral Bay is not the easiest place to get to. It is in the middle of the Western Coast of Australia. The nearest airport is a few hours away in Learmonth. Shuttle buses can be organised from the airport, but at a cost! If you plan to drive from Perth, expect the journey to take at least 12 hours, or a 14 hour drive from Broome.


The best time to visit Coral Bay.

The best time to visit Coral Bay is between April and October. The weather is warm with less chance of high winds making it the best time for fishing and snorkelling. Its also whale shark season.


Where to stay in Coral Bay.

Peoples Park – Accommodation options include camping, villas and cabins with facilities such as BBQs, laundry and a camp kitchen. Camping starts from $60 per night.

Ningaloo Backpackers – This is a budget friendly option with a pool, kitchen, bar and laundry facilities. Dorm rooms start from $35 per person per night.

Bayview Coral Bay – This is one of the most popular resorts, including camping, villas, cabins, and houses. Facilities include a playground, laundry, kitchen use and a pool. Unpowered campsites start at $45 per night.

RAC Ningaloo Reef Resort – Apartments and studios available for 2-6 people. You can expect to pay $250 plus a night depending on what option you choose.

*Beware, accommodation in Coral Bay books out quickly during peak season and school holidays.


Coral Bay is a very small town that only has a tiny grocery store which is extremely costly. It is best to do your grocery shop on the way down in Carnarvon. You can fuel up at the service station just across from the boat ramp.









Top 10 things to do in Coral Bay.

If you are a water lover there is no shortage of awesome things to do in Coral Bay. From swimming with whale sharks and manta rays to quad biking on the sand dunes, it is an ocean lover’s paradise just waiting to be explored.


1: Swim with Whale Sharks

Between the months of March and July you’ll see these magnificent creatures peacefully swimming around the Ningaloo Reef. They use a spotter plane to locate the whale sharks and inform the boat of there whereabouts. Coral Bay Eco Tours include snorkelling gear, lunch, a 1 hour swim with the sharks and snorkelling at the best spots around the Reef. A once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with whale sharks! Of all the things to do in Coral Bay this is the most popular and highly rated activity.


2: Ningaloo Reef Turtle Encounter

Turtles can be seen all year round on the Ningaloo Reef. This tour takes you out on a glass bottom boat and visits many hotspots to watch the turtles in their natural habitat. All snorkelling equipment and food are provided for the day.


3: Explore the Shark Nursery

Bill’s Bay is home to the protected shark nursery where at certain times of the year you can witness up to 200 reef sharks swimming in the shallows. Between September and March, they hang out in the bay. This is a protected area with signs advising you not to interact with them.


4: Go Scuba Diving

There are few places in the world better than the Ningaloo Reef to dive. Whether you’re new to diving or looking to head out for the day, you can find every level offered at Ningaloo Reef Dive and Snorkel.


5: Hop on a Coral Bay Quad Bike Tour

Jump on a unique and exciting quad bike adventure. You’ll be taken off the beaten track to some of the most pristine beaches, dunes and lookouts. There’s several tours to choose from. Each tour lasts about 2 hours depending on what time of the day you choose to go.


6: Try your hand at Deep Sea Fishing

When it comes to Coral Bay, fishing is without a doubt a very popular activity. Full day and half day fishing charters depart daily. Some of the fish you can expect to find in this area are Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Cod, Snapper and Trout to name a few. All fishing equipment and lunch is provided. You can book this excursion through the Malu Malu Fishing Charters.










7: Have a Beach Day

A relaxing beach day in Coral Bay is an absolute must. The clear, calm and incredible coral reef only metres from the shoreline. Absolute paradise is an understatement. Grab your snorkel, a book, some sunscreen and make your way to the stunning bay for some peace and quiet.


8: Swim with Manta Rays

Get excited for a full day of swimming alongside some amazing marine life. Manta rays are present in the area all year round, so no matter what time you visit, you’re bound to see them. The manta ray tour is offered through Coral Bay Eco Tours and is a half day tour.


9: Coral Bay Snorkelling Tour

The Ningaloo Reef is often referred to as ‘the great barrier reef of the west’ and for good reason. The Ningaloo is just as impressive if not more but is still largely undiscovered which adds to the appeal. A snorkel along the Ningaloo Reef is one of the most popular tours in Coral Bay with an abundance of wildlife to see manta rays, whale sharks, turtles, reef sharks and plenty of other fish.


10: Drive out to Five Fingers Reef

One of my favourite places and not too far from Coral Bay is 5 Fingers Reef. You’ll find this magical spot about 4km south of Coral Bay town just off Monck Head Drive on your way to the Boat Ramp. You will need a 4WD to get here. The quad bike/buggy tours also head out this direction. You can see the coral in the water as far as 700 metres out with easy access to amazing coral gardens and marine life. A spot not to be missed.


Coral Bay is a great place to enjoy the natural Australian landscape and stunning Ningaloo Reef. Theres plenty of activities to keep you busy and pristine waters to be explored.

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