Diving Ningaloo Reef

Arguably the biggest draw of diving at Ningaloo Reef is the seasonal feeding concentrations of the gentle giant, the whale shark, between March and July each year.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Whale sharks and mantas are just two of the draws at Ningaloo Reef.
  • Ningaloo is much less explored than the Great Barrier Reef and that's part of the charm.
  • The all-round diving on offer here is world-class.

Our Guide to Diving Holidays in Ningaloo Reef

Approximately 800 miles north of Perth, Western Australia's easy-going state capital, lies the Ningaloo Reef. While it is about much more than just whale sharks, the biggest reason most people visit is to snorkel with these magnificent creatures. At the right time of year this is virtually guaranteed. Throw in manta rays, turtles and humpback whales to name but a few of the creatures you are likely to encounter and you have the makings of a special trip.

Away from the diving there is much to see in this less-visited part of Australia. There is of course the city of Perth but there is much more. How about exploring the forests of ancient and giant trees, a night sleeping under a canopy of stars or marvelling at the strange beehive-like formations of the Bungle Bungles with the help of an Aboriginal guide? Not to mention the wine, stunning landscapes and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean


Original Highlight

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Diving or snorkelling with the world’s biggest fish, the whale shark, at the right time of year. An encounter with these gentle giants is something you will never forget.

Neill, Original Diver

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 23°C / 73°F
  • Rainfall — 12cm / 4.9 inches
  • Water Temp. — 24°C / 75°F



Australian Dollar

Flight from London

19:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +10 hrs

Best visit months

The tropical north of Western Australia is dry from June to August. Travel between March and July for the Whale Sharks.

Original Travel's dossier (restaurants, sights, useful tips) arrived through our letterbox before we left, and we sacked off TripAdvisor for the entire trip.


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