I am going to be traveling to the Ningaloo reef, near Exmouth in Western Australia. I will be there in May, which I have been told, is the best time of the year to find whale sharks around the reef.
I understand the Ningaloo is largely located within swimming distance of the shore.
Can I just swim out to the reef and see whale sharks?
Where is the best place along the reef to find whale sharks?
Would it be better to go with a tour? Why?
There are so many tour groups in the Exmouth/Coral Bay towns, but yes, an organised group is the only way to see them. there are restrictions on how close you can get to them and a tour operator will know the best places to go to see some.
If you are staying in Exmouth, you can head out to Turquoise Bay to do some snorkling over the reef in a natural current will just float over, its really pretty and great to go swimming. No whale sharks but beautiful and recomended. Exmouth also have the Pier Drive, popular and suposed to be one of the top drive spots in WA. almost 8 years ago