See Monkey Mia (Bottlenose Dolphins) on our camping tour
Wild Dolphin at Monkey Mia
The obvious highlight of Monkey Mia Shark Bay is the world renowned Bottlenose Dolphin. The dolphins are famous the world over for their almost daily ritual of swimming to shore to interact with humans (and get a free breakfast). As the Bottlenose Dolphins are wild dolphins, numbers and the exact time of their visit varies. However, on average the dolphins will visit the shore up to 3 times a day. When they do visit there will also be baby dolphins with their mothers. Feeding times are between 8am and 1pm.
A permanent Dolphin Discovery Centre provides information on these wonderful creatures.
The park here has a lot to offer. There is the hotel where you can indulge in your favourite drink. A wonderful swimming pool with a hot tub attached where you can just sit and enjoy the view. There is a tennis court. There are several walks available at your leisure - this can be along the beach or a walk inland up the hill where you can look down over the camp and beyond to the inlet. There is a store, cafes etc.
After a leisurely cooked breakfast I am sure you will want to see the dolphins. Note the rangers will be selecting people to feed the dolphins and you should not approach the dolphins at other times. If you happen to be lucky enough to have a swim with dolphins and you have a dolphin encounter do not approach them. If they swim up near you consider yourself lucky where you will be able to talk about it for years to come.
Once again you will probably take lots of photos here and for the people with movie cameras you should get some very good close up shots of the wild dolphins.
We will be leaving Monkey Mia about 10.30am and heading off to our next destination - Coral Bay via Shell Beach where we will be having lunch. Shell Beach is made up of over 6km (4 Miles) of tiny white shells up to 10 metres (yards) deep. Make sure you have sturdy footwear handy because these shells can be a killer on bare feet.