Scuba diving at Ningaloo Reef is highlighted by rare and unique interactions with marine mega fauna. Sail Ningaloo dive sites range from 6m down to 30m, with the most abundant marine life usually seen around the 8 to 12 metre depth range. Interactions with sea turtles, reef sharks, stingrays and manta rays are relatively common. Schooling pelagic fish can be found on the outside of the reef. Coral coverage is excellent, in particular in the inner reef areas around Coral Bay.
Dive sites close to Coral Bay and Exmouth can be accessed by recreational vessels with suitable local area knowledge, or the easiest way to get out and make the most of diving on the Ningaloo Reef is on board Shore Thing, with Sail Ningaloo!
Scuba diving from Coral Bay offers many inner reef dives sites suitable in all weather conditions for all skill levels. Inner reef dive sites offer brilliant coral coverage and a safe haven for turtles, rays, reef sharks along with all the smaller critters, such as nudibranchs and moray eels. Outer reef dive sites include wall dives, historic shipwrecks and reef ledges, known cleaning stations and more!!
Scuba Diving from Exmouth offers access to a range of sites dependent on weather conditions. Lighthouse Bay and the Muiron Islands are the most common areas which offer a range of sites suitable for all skill levels. Diving on the outer reef from Exmouth is referred to as diving the ‘West Side’ and is dependent on weather conditions and more suited to advanced scuba divers.
The Exmouth Navy Pier is one of the top ten shore based dives in the world. Due to its restricted access the fish and marine life has remained protected and unspoilt for over 50. Combined with the nutrients from the Exmouth Gulf and considerable tidal flow it is booming combination of marine life. Common sights are reef sharks, giant groupers, schooling pelagics, nudibranchs and many more.
As it is located on an active military base access is highly regulated and only one tour operator is able to access the dive site. Due to Cyclone Olwyn in March 2015 the Navy Pier is currently closed to diving, due to required maintenance.
Please ask your Sail Ningaloo travel consultant for more information and to enquire on your behalf and let us help you create a memorable time on the Ningaloo Coast.