Step into the pristine waters of the aptly named Turquoise Bay near the town of Exmouth and you're swimming within a few metres of Ningaloo Reef. Known as one of Australia's best beaches, Turquoise Bay is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon relaxing, swimming and snorkelling.
When is the best time to snorkel Turquoise Bay? We recommend the site is snorkelled at a high tide - 1.2metre and above.
This beach frequently tops the best beach in Western Australia by Trip Advisor, and is a drift snorkel spot for swimmers of moderate to high fitness and capability. Moderate/strong currents prevail through the Turquoise Bay area due to a break in the reef further out, weak or inexperienced swimmers are not advised to attempt this snorkel. Walk along the beach on the southern end, then letting the current wash you north to the sandbar where you exit before the point. You'll see colourful coral, turtles, squid, and plenty of fish - more than 500 fish species reflecting every colour of the rainbow live in and around the reef. Be sure to exit the water onto the sandbar and not allow yourself to be swept out in the rip through to behind the reef!
Respect for the environment is the key to keeping the coral in pristine condition.
To get to Turquoise Bay drive 60 kilometres south of Exmouth. You can fly to Exmouth with Qantas from Perth - it's 90minutes by plane.
Accessible all year
Please check the tide chart at Milyering Discovery Centre or Exmouth Visitor Centre as the site is best snorkelled at a high tide - 1.2metre and above.