About this place
Enjoy a day visit or stay longer and enjoy this special part of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.
The best way to see dolphins is to join one of the morning dolphin viewing experiences. Dolphins visit the beach more frequently in the early morning when they are offered small amounts of fresh fish. They sometimes return in the afternoons to hunt fish in the shallows. Please respect the dolphins by never touching or approaching them.
The clear waters of Monkey Mia are suited to swimming and snorkelling but these activities are permitted only outside of the dolphin interaction area.
Boat charters enabling you to see dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, turtles and other marine species can be booked from Monkey Mia.
Local Indigenous guides offer cultural tours of the reserve.
A boat ramp is provided for access to the waters of Shark Bay Marine Park. No boating is allowed in the dolphin interaction area. There is a five-knot speed zone 200m each side of the jetty and extending 300m offshore. Please don’t feed the dolphins.
Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail named from the Malgana Aboriginal language term for ‘walking Peron’, the trail winds across the coastal sandplain and acacia shrubland. Information along the way provides a good introduction to Shark Bays World Heritage values and to the European history of the region.
The trail is best experienced early in the day or late in the afternoon when birdlife is more active.
Camping is not permitted in the Monkey Mia parking area. The RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort has full accommodation facilities.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
When swimming, snorkelling or diving:
- Be aware of dangerous marine life, including sharks.
- Always swim, dive or snorkel with at least one other person.
- Be aware of boats in the vicinity.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen and carry drinking water, especially during the hotter months of the year.
Canoeing and kayaking
Plants, wildlife and fungi
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In this fragile ecosystem, the coastal dunes and sandplain are easily eroded.
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience.
We recognise and acknowledge Malgana people as the traditional owners of Monkey Mia Conservation Park.