Trip Start Jun 28, 2010
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Ningaloo Reef is often compared to the famous and popular Great Barrier Reef on the east coast because although the scale of the reef is much smaller, it is a lot easier to access the snorkel areas of the reef.
All you have to do is wade through the water from the shore rather than having to go on our tour boat trip.
Poor little Coral Bay was, (with it's tiny population of 160), transformed into a holiday-makers' haven whilst we were there because it was the school holidays.
Luckily, there was still a great vibe to this brilliant location which is also renowned for having the biggest population of whale sharks in the world which are harmless to humans
Whilst snorkelling here, Sean spotted a huge ray with around a 2 metre span above the water - I qucikly bobbed my head under with the snorkel on to check it was a ray and soon came back up as it was really close to me! Eek!
From Coral Bay we continued our trek to find more super spots for snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef at Cape Range National Park near Exmouth in the North West corner.
This whole area was absolutely stunning - on the coast there were several beaches; Turquoise Bay being the best for snorkelling and then the other half of the National Park offered rugged walking trails over gorges - one walk we did had some quite challenging parts but once we tackled them, the views were incredible.
We actually camped at the National Park and whilst cooking in the evening we were joined by cute and curious rock wallabies!
Again, this area has confirmed that WAis magnificent - there's something fantastic round every corner.
From Exmouth, it was time to head back down to Perth in time for a short stay at the Hindley's and then Mum and Dad's arrival! Yippee!