Western Australia diving is highly rewarding and offers unforgettable experiences with large pelagic species. Based out of Exmouth on the North West Cape, your adventure here goes well beyond the reef.
Starting in Perth, this itinerary allows time to explore the city at your leisure. From here, it's a short flight and transfer to Exmouth, the gateway to Ningaloo Reef and the breathtaking Cape Range National Park.
Spend your days diving the variety of sites found along the reef and in the Gulf, exploring the coral bommies and keeping an eye out for potato cod, turtles, sharks, nudibranch, manta rays and whale sharks, to name a few of the 500+ marine species found in these waters.
At the end of your Australian adventure, you’ll have the chance to familiarise yourself with some of the country's iconic wildlife, visit the ancient desert sculptures of the Pinnacles Desert, and end your day with a thrilling experience over the vast white sandy dunes at Lancelin.
This is an incredibly rewarding trip, timed to optimise your chances of encounters with manta rays, whale sharks and humpback whales (both seasonal visitors).
Day1: Depart UK
Day2: Arrive Perth
On arrival in Perth, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation for a two night stay in the city.
Day3: At leisure in Perth
Spend your time relaxing or discovering all that Perth has to offer, from a leisurely walk in Kings Park with its beautiful views over Perth City and the Swan River, to a sunset cocktail on Cottlesloe Beach.
Day4: Fly to Exmouth
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Learmonth and onward transfer to Exmouth. Check in to the Potshot Hotel Resort for a nine night stay.
Days5-11: Dive Ningaloo Reef
Your dive package beings today and includes 14 boat dives on Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth Gulf over seven days. Dive sites visited are dependent on local conditions. You will depart in the morning and return in the afternoon.
Expect to see colourful critters and fish amongst the hard and soft corals, moray eels, rays, bat fish, potato cod, reef and wobbegong sharks, green turtles and plenty more. The marine life is abundant and diverse with each area seemingly specialising in something!
Manta rays are seen throughout the year and whale shark encounters are almost guaranteed in season and humpback whales migrate along the coast. Whilst they are undoubtedly the stars, you can expect to see a plethora of wildlife at this famous location.
Diving is also available at the Muiron Islands and Navy Pier (by request) for an additional charge (paid locally).
Day12: At leisure in Exmouth
Spend your final day in Exmouth either relaxing, snorkelling with the whale sharks or humpback whales (in season), or perhaps heading out on a safari tour of the outback. All activities are optional and incur an additional charge (paid locally).
Day13: Return to Perth
Today you will transfer back to the airport for your flight to Perth where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation for a two night stay.
Day14: Topside highlights and adventure
Enjoy a full day tour of some of the highlights near Perth. You will be collected from your hotel and visit Caversham Wildlife Park, home to koalas and kangaroos. From here, continue to Cervantes to learn about the local lobster industry whilst enjoying lunch.
Your tour continues to the mystical Pinnacles Desert where you’ll have time for a leisurely walk around this fascinating landscape. The final part of the day includes a 4WD excursion and a chance to try sand boarding in the vast sand dunes of Lancelin. From here, you will return to your hotel in Perth.
Day15: Depart Perth
At leisure before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Day16: Arrive UK
You should note: This trip idea is timed to optimise the opportunity of BIG fish encounters. However, it is possible to visit throughout the year and extend your time in Australia to meet your holiday requirements.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 16 daysfrom £3,795 pp
Single supplement: From £1,100
When to go: Apr-Aug: Best time to travel for chance of most pelagic encounters
Included in the price/package:
Return flights from the UK
4 nights Perth
9 nights Exmouth
7 days, 14 dive pack
Tanks, weights and Nitrox (qualified divers only)
Full day tour from Perth
Ningaloo Reef stretches 250 kilometres along the mid-west coast of Australia, where you can dive amongst a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life. Suitable for snorkellers as well as divers, expect whale shark, manta ray and humpback whale encounters in season.
Ideal for viewing: whale shark, loggerhead turtle, green turtle, manta ray, humpback whale