Diving off the Coast of Western Australia 

Diving off the Coast of Western Australia

Diving off the coast of Western Australia is an incredible opportunity to explore the biodiversity of the many seas, inlets,lagoons and Indian Ocean. The abundance and variety of marine life include whales, sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, penguins and an array of fish and underwater flora and coral. In addition to the wonders of the untouched habitats, shipwrecks are strewn throughout the waters, which provide an exciting and adventurous experience. Coastal cities in Western Australia provide chartered excursions to many locations, which are suitable for both diving experts and novices alike.

Ningaloo Reef is a World Heritage Site where turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and humpback whales frequently visit. It is located off the northwest coast of Australia and is approximately 160 miles long. The reef is one of the closest reefs to land, about 330 feet from the shore. The reef consists of colorful coral and is breeding vicinity for loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. The best time of year to visit the reef is in the winter when dolphins and whales migrate through the area.

The Abrolhos Islands are a chain of 122 islands that are important to the preservation of seabirds. Tourism is limited in this area, which is situated in the Indian Ocean, about 50 miles west of Geraldton. There are beautiful coral reefs situated off the coast of the islands was well as 19 shipwrecks: ideal for the adventurous diver. One of the most famous shipwrecks is the Batavia, a Dutch ship that sunk in 1629 when it ran aground off the coast of one of the islands. The Zecwijk is another Dutch ship that sank in 1727 when it ran into the Half Moon Reef.

Rowley Shoals is a remote area about 160 miles west of Broome, in Northwestern Australia. This chain of coral atolls are situated on the edge of the continental shelf and are home to giant clams, mackerel and tuna. The shoals are considered one of the best diving areas in Australia. The perfectly preserved reefs include Mermaid Reef, Clerke Reef and Imperieuse Reef. Charter boats from Broome are available for divers to easily access the area.

Shoalwater Island Marine Park consists of limestone islands with reefs that are home to sea urchins, bottlenose dolphins, sea stars, mollusks and an array of fish. The island chain begins from the northern section of Garden Island Causeway and extends down to the southern section of Becher Point. Penguins and Australian sea lions frequent the area and are easily spotted by divers: they remain close to the surface of the water to breath.

Ningaloo Reef
Abrolhos Islands
Rowley Shoal


Shoalwater Island
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