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If you are coming to Exmouth during the Whaleshark season, April – September every year, you would be wise to think about your bookings now.
This is a spectacular event, and every year guests book accommodation with us, sometimes 10 months in advance, just to have the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants of the oceans.
However they fail to book their dives until they actually arrive into town, or only weeks prior. May I suggest that you plan your swim and dive as soon as you can. Do the research with the Whaleshark operators and get the best price and product for your needs.
There are no ‘duds’ amongst the operators and we have had great reviews from guests regarding all the dive companies in town. Some are listed below;
Ningaloo Whaleshark n Dive – www.ningaloowhalesharkndive.com.au
Ningaloo Blue – www.ningalooblue.com.au
Ningaloo Reef Dreaming – www.ningaloodreaming.com
Three Islands Marine Charters – www.whalesharkdive.com
Ocean Eco Adventures – www.oceanecoadventures.com.au
Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours – www.kingsningalooreeftours.com.au
I just got this text message through on my mobile this morning…I thought I would share it with you all…enjoy!
We just had a fabulous sunset whale watch cruise, with Ningaloo Whale Shark and Dive!! Highly recommended. Saw heaps of whales close up in a pod and also a mother teaching her calf to breach – unbelievable !!! Got burnt snorkelling at Turquoise Bay yesterday, had a fab time though. Kids and I felt like Nemo as we followed a loggerhead turtle swimming lazily while many slver fish cleaned its shell. Off to Coral Bay today with a heavy layer of sunscreen and tshirts…how attractive!! Lianne
I just love it when guests are having a great time in our wonderful Exmouth.
You can contact Ningaloo Whaleshark and Dive on:
Phone: 9949 1116 Freecall: 1800 224 060
Cobia have shown up in the gulf lately. Many of them have been cruising through and attacking bait schools off Bundegi, while others have been spotted at Exmouth Reef. They quite often get attracted to a berley trail, so if you’re in the gulf in a boat chasing some reef fish, then expect a cobia to possibly show up if you set out a berley trail.
There have been many small school mackerel close to shore in the gulf. Some of them have been caught off Learmonth jetty. This week there was a surprise catch of a 60cm coral trout at Learmonth jetty! In fact a few trout have been caught this week by people in the gulf, including an 80cm beauty.
If you haven’t been to Bundegi boat ramp lately, then it’s worth a look to see massive schools of hardy heads that gather there. Queenies have been periodically coming through and smashing up the schools, so it’s worth a try
for one if you’re keen to see some action. The queenfish can jump and show some amazing leaps from the water when hooked. If you stay connected and land one, it is advisable to be careful as they can still be very active and have a few sharp spines that hurt! If you want to use a lure for these species, a small c’ultiva sinking shad works really well, so does a metal lure in about 10-20gm weight.
Sharks been showing up lately with an angler reporting that one jumped clear out of the water as it was chopping into bait schools on the west side. Sadly, they do tend to show up more often with the whales and their babies about,
but the other good thing about this time of year is the sailfish…as they say, where there are whales, there are sails! And there’s been plenty of them lately.
The shore fishing has been a little quiet this last week, but those who made the effort to walk the long beach towards the Navy pier have been rewarded with a few big GT’s after sunset. Don’t forget that there is a 100m exclusion zone either side of the pier. There have also been some big-eye trevally along that stretch of beach. It’s a good long walk and you certainly work your legs, so that spot is great for a bit of healthy exercise too.
A sighting of two whalesharks off the coastline last weekend has kickstarted the Whaleshark Season off a little early. No one is complaining as this is the highlight of the year for many tourists.
Travelling from waters unknown the gentle giant is present off the Ningaloo Reef coastline from April to June every year. They can often be up to 12m in lenght, with our two first whalesharks reportedly being around 4-5 meters.
May I advise you all to book your whaleshark dives and tours with the operators early as the boats only take so many and we would hate for your to miss out. The Exmouth Visitor Centre will be able to assist www.exmouthwa.com.au
Just a quick reminder that the Whaleshark Festival is on from May 28-30th. There will be lots of activities around town to inform and excite all our guests.
Happy whaleshark spotting!
A few weeks ago the stranded whale on the reef at Bundegi Beach made all the headlines. This poor giant of the sea unfortunately didn’t survive his ordeal. Now there is another whale stranded on Scarborough beach in Perth, sad, but nature has its own way of dealing with things.
But yesterday as I was sunning myself at Bundegi with a good book, there was a pod of whales just off the reef. They were not in a hurry to go anywhere and those of us on the beach were granted a wonderful exhibition of whales jumping out of the water, talking to each other and basically having a great time in the Ningaloo waters.
Exmouth treats us daily to the wonders of nature in all its glory. I feel privileged to experience the sights and sounds of this pristine Ningaloo Reef coastline and all its gifts.
Our beautiful whale sharks turned up early this year. From mid March people were reporting sightings.
If you haven’t come across the whale sharks let me tell you – they are massive. They can grow up to 18 metres long. In fact fish do not come any bigger.
Despite the name, they are a fish rather than a whale. They are also very gentle creatures.
Ningaloo is one of the few places in the world where these big fish come in so close to shore.
Taking a dive on a whale shark tour is well worth it. The water is crystal clear and swimming beside these wonderful fish is an unforgettable experience.
You can check out what is on offer at Things To Do.