The surrounding area

The environment in and around Coral Bay

Nowhere does the reef come closer to the shore than at Coral Bay.
Coral Bay is located in Australia’s unique North-West, and is the southern gateway to the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park and Cape Range National Park. The area’s many natural wonders attract excited interest from around the world, including that from scientists eager to study the abundant and in some cases rare marine life that thrives in this pristine environment.

Unlike reefs – such as the Great Barrier Reef – that are located much farther from shore, Ningaloo Reef virtually touches the shoreline, making it the largest coral fringing reef in the world. Nowhere does it come closer to shore than at Coral Bay, where it is possible to wade just a few metres into the water, see coral formations and swim amongst the fish.

Around 500 different varieties of fish inhabit these waters, as do whale sharks, humpback whales, manta rays, dolphins, dugongs and turtles at different times during the year.

The emerald waters immediately around Coral Bay are known as the Maud Sanctuary Zone. Snorkelling here is a magical experience whatever your age, as you come face to face with countless varieties of tropical fish gliding effortlessly between the stunning coral formations.

Endless white beaches, whale sharks, superb fishing, dolphins frolicking offshore, brilliant sunsets over the ocean and evening skies alive with stars – Your promise of a memorable time spent at Coral Bay.

The Brogan family is passionate about the Ningaloo Reef and Coral Bay. We do everything possible to ensure both the reef and surrounding areas remain in their pristine condition for the enjoyment of this and future generations.

Bayview Coral Bay is located in a fragile, coastal environment. While this makes it attractive to holidaymakers, it can also pose particular challenges.

The average annual rainfall is only 100mm (4 inches), and water is a valuable commodity to be used sparingly. Water within the Coral Bay townsite comes from an 830 metre deep bore installed and maintained by the operators of Bayview Coral Bay.

We use reverse osmosis to desalinate all drinking water. The bore water is perfectly suitable for showering, food preparation and cooking.

We have planted over 3,000 trees to provide shade and attract birds and butterflies. Salt resistant strains of grass have been established within the grounds of Bayview Coral Bay. Grassed areas are regularly replanted following peak holiday times.

We actively support and assist scientists in their collection of data and research of the Ningaloo Marine Park.

Bill Brogan – who established Bayview Coral Bay – has researched the history and formation of Ningaloo Reef. He instigated and was a contributor to “The Marine Life of Ningaloo Marine Park & Coral Bay” a book published by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM). Copies can be purchased from reception.

The two tour and charter boats operated by us – Miss Coral Bay II and MV Ningaloo – are specially designed to prevent damage to the coral reef, and are powered by environmentally responsible motors.

Wherever possible, we use environmentally friendly, biodegradable cleaning products.

Recycling facilities are not provided by the local authority, so we ask that you choose packaging carefully and take recyclable materials with you when you leave.

We have responsibility for the collection of rubbish, as this service is also not provided by the local authority.

Ningaloo Marine Park is a national park managed by CALM. For information about caring for the reef, contact their district office in Exmouth on +61 8 9949 1676, or visit the CALM website.

Fishing is not permitted within sanctuary zones along the reef. Collect a brochure on Marine Park fishing regulations when you arrive. For further information on fishing licenses and regulations contact Fisheries WA on +61 8 9335 6800.


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