Ningaloo Reef Liveaboard Dive Trips
Ningaloo Reef liveaboard dive trips provide the ultimate way to experience this World Heritage listed wonder. The Ningaloo Coast was added to the international UNESCO World Heritage listed in 2011 as a natural site, joining its eastern seaboard cousin the Great Barrier Reef, as a must do for divers around the world seeking the ultimate Australian diving adventure.
Ningaloo Reef is perhaps best known for its large number of whale sharks. It’s estimated that between 300 – 500 whale sharks annually aggregate in these waters, providing visitors with the unique opportunity to come face to fin with these gentle giants of the sea. Of course Ningaloo is home too much, much more including coral gardens, manta rays, turtles, sharks and hard and soft corals.
There is only one Ningaloo reef liveaboard dive trip, which offers set departure dates from Coral Bay from March to December [closed January and February due to inclement weather]. The trips vary from 3 nights to 5 nights, allowing for a great range of diving and snorkeling. Water temperatures range from 22 – 29 degrees and wet suits and lycra suits are provided for all divers.
Benefits of Ningaloo Reef Liveaboard Dive Trips versus Day Trips
Ningaloo Reef is big. There’s lots to explore and beyond the obvious attraction of in-water activity with the whale sharks (seasonal), there’s coral gardens, drop offs and even wrecks. By choosing to do a Ningaloo Reef liveaboard dive trip, over a day trip, you can see and do a whole lot more of this natural wonder.
Ningaloo Reef water depths vary from 5 – 25m and these dive trips will be suitable for and appeal to everyone from a beginner diver to an advanced diver. Beginner divers will appreciate the shallow waters and opportunity to complete multiple dives over multiple days. This means there will be more than enough time to get comfortable in the water and really start to enjoy your diving and exploring as the trip progresses.
Experienced divers will enjoy the diversity of Ningaloo Reef diving attractions and locations. They’ll also get the opportunity to take some early morning dives and night dives, which in my opinion, are some of the best times to dive in regards to marine diversity and experience.
This operator does give you the opportunity to complete some PADI courses during their Ningaloo Reef liveaboard dive trip. Contact us today, to discuss departure dates and whether this trip is the best choice for you and your dive experience / expectations.
Ningaloo Reef Liveaboard Dive Trip Destinations
Ningaloo Reef liveaboard dive trips visit a few great destinations, providing varied experiences which we will look at in more detail below.
Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef and one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world. It’s part of the Ningaloo Marine Park which is home to approximately 200 species of hard coral and over 500 species of fish, as well as dolphins, turtles, whales and sharks.
The Ningaloo Marine Park protects fringing reef which extends for 260km along Western Australia’s mid north coast. There’s many dive sites within the reef, offering a range of experiences and marine encounters. The best sites are selected during your liveaboard trip to maximize your experience, pending conditions. Water / dive depth varies anywhere from 5m to 25m. You can expect to see an amazing diversity of corals and wildlife.
Coral Bay is 1,200km north of Perth. It’s a remote little coastal settlement, providing the very best access to the world famous Ningaloo Reef. Indeed, the coral comes practically up to the water’s edge making it very accessible for people of all ages and abilities, including non-divers.
Coral Bay is the departure point for the Ningaloo Reef liveaboard sailing dive trips and offers divers a range of great locations and experiences. Its inner reef dive sites are home to turtles, rays and reef sharks and have fantastic coral coverage. Outer reef dive sites include cleaning stations for sharks and manta rays, wall dives, ledges and ship wrecks. Water depths are 5 – 25m and the water temperature varies between 22 – 29 degrees.
Ningaloo Reef provides visitors with an almost guaranteed opportunity to have an in-water encounter with whale sharks, between March and June. Why? Every year approximately 300 – 500 whale sharks congregate here to make the most of the mass coral spawning and seasonal nutrient upwelling, which is the largest documented aggregation in the world.
Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish and shark, growing up to 12m in length. They are filter feeders and gentle giants which are quite happy to share their aquatic world with inquisitive people. Generally, they travel alone across the world’s oceans, but annually they come together to enjoy the abundant food supply at Ningaloo Reef.
Manta Rays are another critter which feature highly on many divers bucket lists and can be found in abundance on Ningaloo Reef. See them at cleaning stations and at play. Dive and snorkel with them and make the most of your experience and interactions on a Ningaloo Reef liveaboard dive trip. Manta Rays can be seen all year round at Ningaloo Reef.
Ningaloo Reef Liveaboard Dive Trip Durations
The one Ningaloo Reef liveaboard dive trip offers various departures throughout the year from March to December. The trips are small groups only (maximum of 8 divers) so should definitely be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment. Divers can choose between a 3 or 5 night trip and the scuba diving needs to be booked in advance.
Booking a Ningaloo Reef Liveaboard Dive Trip
Dive in Australia is pleased to provide an easy booking service for the Ningaloo Reef liveaboard dive trips and you can save money with no booking or credit card fees. We have visited and dived all of these great locations. We offer first-hand experience and advice: contact us today on 1800 323 703.