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Dive Review of Ningaloo Reef Dive in
Australia/Coral Bay, Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef Dive: "Surprisingly good coral life, mantas almost guaranteed", Aug, 2023,

by Phil Johnston, Bayswater, AU (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports with 22 Helpful votes). Report 12595.

Photos Submitted with this Report

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Turtle at �Asho�s Bommie�, Coral Bay, Western Australia Grey reef shark, Asho�s Bommie Nembrotha, Coral Bay
Grey reef sharks, Ash�s bommie Grey reef shark, approaching cleaning station Staghorn coral, Coral Bay Healthy hard corals, Coral Bay
Hard corals, Blue Maze reef, Coral Bay Female & male mantas, Coral Bay

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments This operator offers a number of half & full day dive / snorkel tours, I did the full day "Ningaloo Adventure & Manta Ray Tour" on 2 separate days. These were combined 2 tank dives / 1 manta snorkel. Around half the passengers on both days were pure snorkelers, many being family groups.
I dived 3 sites over the 2 trips - Blue Maze, The Elbow & Asho's Reef. Whilst Coral Bay is essentially the southernmost extent of hard corals in Western Australia (winter water temperatures being a maximum of 20-21 degrees), I was very imp ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Ningaloo Reef Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia (Bali, Komodo, Rajah Ampat, Lembeh, Manado, Ambon) Cocos Islands, Mexico (Cozumel & Soccorros) Tonga, Galapagos, Tahiti, Maldives, Mozambique, Bahamas, Red Sea, Roatan, Philippines, Hawaii (Kona, Maui)
Closest Airport Learmonth Getting There I drove from Exmouth in rental vehicle, around 2 1/2 hour drive

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 21-22°C / 70-72°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15-20 M / 49-66 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions The usual, no deco diving, return with 50 bar. Dive sites were quite shallow so hard to get into trouble.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No rinse tub on the boat. Basic rinse tub back at the shop. oat ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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