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Exmouth was established in 1967 as a communications base for the US Navy. Today it’s a small town of about 3,500 people situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, about 1,270 km north of Perth. In the early 1990’s, the US Navy left leaving the old navel base to the Australian Navy.
Ningaloo Reef is popular for its wide range of other recreational activities including swimming, boating, and water sports such as wind surfing and surfing. Recreational use of coastal headlands, dunes and long white beaches for walking and camping is also a major value of the area.
Exmouth has an average winter temperature of 25 degrees centigrade, while the summer averages 35 degrees. Luckily, Exmouth has no wet season, so the summer days are low in humidity. The water temperature during the months of October to May is 24 C to 28 C. During the winter months from June to September you can expect a temperature of 18C to 23 C.
The nearest airport is Learmonth, just 35 km south of Exmouth. A shuttle bus meets each flight arriving and departing from the airport. Taxis are also available.
Swimming pools, 2 Restaurants, Counter meals, 3 bars, pool bar, indoor sports, beautiful gardens
Levels range from Resort studio rooms to 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and Budget homestead rooms.
Homestead rooms & Resort studios:
Air Conditioned rooms, En-suite facilities, TV, bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities.
2 & 3 bedroom apartments:
Fully self contained, kitchen, dining and living area, air conditioned, BBQ.
Swimming, snorkelling, boating, and a wide variety of other water sports such as wind surfing and surfing
Along the remote northern coastline of Western Australia’s lies Ningaloo Reef. From North to South it stretches some 260 km along the coastline, making it the longest fringing reef in the world. The reef supports a myriad of marine life including over 220 species of colorful coral formations and a huge selection of over 500 species of fish. With the migration of Whale sharks and Humpback whales, Ningaloo reef will excite any avid snorkeler or diver.
During the months of March to July, Ningaloo boasts the biggest congregation of Whale Sharks in the world. Divers and snorkelers alike will be fortunate enough to snorkel with these amazing giants of the sea. The Whale shark’s can reach a size of up to 18 meters in length & weighs up to 40,000 kg, these creatures of the deep drift across ocean currents filtering water for the plankton they feed on.
As the marine life is quite seasonal, you can expect to see the following during the listed months of the year.
Whale Sharks: April to July
Manta Rays: May to November
Humpback whales: June to late September
Dugongs: May to August (tend to be quite shy)
Turtles, sharks, Stingrays & Dolphins: Throughout the year
The Muiron Islands are located about 10km north east of Exmouth. Keep your eyes open during the 45 minute trip across to the Islands for ospreys, shearwaters, turtles, manta rays, dolphins, dugongs and, during their migration, humpback whales.
With a maximum depth of 20m and usually gentle currents, the dive sites around the Muiron Islands are suitable for all levels of divers. Swim through’s and ledges provide plenty of places to search for shrimps, nudibranchs, eels, juvenile angelfish and other timid creatures. In mid-water and against the reefs, look for friendly potato cod, large rankin cod, turtles, nurse sharks, soft coral gardens, anemones, clams and 1000's of darting, colorful reef fish. Late in the year, manta rays grace several dive spots. From about November, the turtles head for the shallow waters of the Islands to mate and nest. On your trip you will spend your lunch break at the beach where you can watch the turtles in the water, see their tracks in the sand and enjoy a fabulous drift snorkel over lively corals.
The Navy pier was built in the 1960’s as a supply route for the US. It has since become a dive site with a world wide reputation for its amazing range of sea creatures. Diving under the Point Murat Navy Pier is an experience that all divers visiting Exmouth should undertake. Rated as one of the top dive sites in Australia, the Navy Pier provides the ultimate diving experience.
The 300 meter long Navy Pier is a great fish dive and the perfect complement to your Ningaloo Reef diving itinerary. The variety of marine life under the Navy Pier is just amazing: You will find Wobbegong sharks, white tip reef sharks, large cods and gropers, lion fish, angler fish, stone fish, scorpion fish, frog fish, moray eels, octopus and schools of trevally and barracuda. Most dive operators arrange a single Pier every day - the exact times vary with the tides. The Navy Pier in Exmouth is done as a shore dive; there is no boat access. The entry may be from the platform or from the beach depending on the work schedule for repairs and upgrades to the Navy Pier structure itself.
The Navy Pier is conducted as a group dive with an experienced, knowledgeable dive guide leading. Groups are a maximum of 8 divers per guide during the day and there will be a maximum of two groups on any dive.
The Abrolhos Islands lie about 60 kilometers west of Geraldton, on the Western Australian coast, and consist of 122 islands clustered into three main groups: the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group, which extend from north to south across 100 kilometers of ocean.
The area is home to an abundance of wildlife including sea lions, dolphins, migratory whales and sea birds. The extensive coral reef system stretches for a hundred kilometers and is home to many species. The unique wildlife and pristine beaches make for excellent swimming, snorkeling and beach walking. The Abrolhos Islands provide idyllic surroundings for a quiet picnic on the beach, or an afternoon snorkeling over coral gardens just under the surface.
The warm southern flowing current creates a marine environment that breeds both tropical and temperate sea life. The current maintains water temperatures at about 20 - 22 degrees allowing corals, sea grasses, tropical fish and other sea life to thrive. The Abrolhos are also famous for their historic shipwrecks, the best known being the Dutch East India Company vessel Batavia, which ran aground in 1629. The water surrounding the islands is the graveyard to 18 other wrecks, mostly believed to be from the 19th century.