The best time for diving on the Ningaloo Reef and around Exmouth is autumn and winter, which on Western Australia’s Coral Coast runs from March until September. It's during this time (mid-March through to mid-July) that the whale sharks visit these waters on their annual coastal voyage.
If you time your trip correctly, you can also witness the extraordinary phenomenon of coral spawning. The reef’s annual breeding ritual occurs during March, precisely seven days after the full moon at times of minimal tidal disturbance. For marine enthusiasts, it’s a truly amazing spectacle as the coral creates an iridescent blanket of light on the surface of the water.
For those seeking the thrill of open water diving experiences, courses are available through local operators in the Exmouth region of Western Australia’s Coral Coast. They provide training, equipment and trips to the Ningaloo Reef where you can put your skills to the test. Operators cater for the travelling diver, with many providing multilingual services.
Other Exmouth dive sites
- Gullivers Navy
- Pier Blizzard Range
- Exmouth Gulf
- Bundegi Sanctuary
- The Fish Pit
- Nor-West Reef
- Sponge Garden Drift
- The West Coast and Mandu Wall