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Dive Review of Dive Ningaloo in
Australia/Exmouth , WA

Dive Ningaloo: "Ningaloo Reef Western Australia", Apr, 2018,

by Robert M Symington, BC, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 10723 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Headed to the Great Barrier Reef for the trip of a lifetime and while I as in the Gold Coast visiting friends a non-seasonal Typhoon roared through. My reservations at Great Heron Island were cancelled by the dive operator the day before I was to head out. Spent and afternoon researching in my hotel in Brisbane and re-booked the whole trip to Exmouth via Perth leaving the next day for the Ningaloo Reef.

Spent 3 days diving with Dive Ningaloo, 2 days on their large well laid out boat and one day on the Navy Pier. Exmouth is a quiet little town of 2,000 or so with a great history of the town in the local community centre. Be prepared to see Emu's and Kangaroos wandering the streets of this little beauty.

Diving was carefully monitored and coming up with less than 500 lbs was a no-no. However, the diving is very shallow on the fringing barrier reef with total depths of no more that 75' and average dive depths of 30 to 50' so air consumption was not an issue and dives ran for 50 minutes to an hour. Nitrox is not required. Did two days diving on the boat to the Muiron Islands and to the Ningaloo Reef and then one day on the dive bus to the Navy Pier. The corals are in great shape with absolutely no signs of bleaching.

Navy Pier has wonderful and extensive marine life with WT and Wobbegong Sharks, large fish, turtles, frog fish and many others. Reasonably strong current, swimming around the pier struts and a large drop to the water meant this was more for experienced divers.

Ningaloo Reef was great for corals and saw sea krait, turtles and others and easy diving.

Muiron Islands on the other hand was better for small and large fish and less so for the corals and also very easy diving.

Great dive operation and well organized considering most travellers had to be set up with dive gear every day.

Also spent one day diving at Coral Bay but that is a different article.

Stayed at the Ningaloo Lodge which was friendly and clean accommodation and very basic.

Do not miss the Froth Craft Brew Pub in town or the Thursday night live entertainment at the Whalebone Brewing Company.

If you like the idea of real Australian outback and quiet times this is your place.

Websites Dive Ningaloo   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao, Honduras, St Lucia, St Vincent Grenadines, Cayman, British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta
Closest Airport Exmouth Getting There Fly or Drive from Perth

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with small groups of 6
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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