Shark Bay Marine Park boasts the world’s largest meadows of seagrass, a population of more than 10,000 dugongs, large marine animals such as humpback whales, and of course the famous bottlenose dolphins of Monkey Mia.
The many bays, inlets and islands in the Shark Bay Marine Park support a profusion of turtles, prawns, scallops, sea snakes and sharks, sponge gardens and other invertebrates, together with a unique mix of tropical and temperate fish species.
Unique diving experiences
Shark Bay Marine Park offers a unique diving experience with corals present, sometimes in large patches such as at Broadhurst. Monkey Rock out from Steep Point in about six to 18m, is one of the area’s most renowned dive sites. Dive charters are available (by request) and this is recommended as the best way to dive in Shark Bay if you don’t have good local knowledge.
Non-divers can have just as much fun, with an array of marine or boat-based adventures on offer. They include tours of a working pearl farm, boat cruises, fishing safaris, sea kayaking, whale watching and much more.
You are welcome to fish in most areas within the Shark Bay Marine Park (those outside sanctuary zones – see map) but first check the latest size, season and bag limits (fish.wa.gov.au). Spearfishing (breath hold only) is permitted only in general use zones. Recreational boating, swimming, windsurfing and kitesurfing are also popular.
To reach the Shark Bay Marine Park by road, take the Brand Highway to Geraldton and the North West Coastal Highway to Overlander, then turn left to Denham. Boat access is available via several boat ramps at Denham, Monkey Mia and Nanga. Discover Western Australia's Marine Parks. Download the Marine Parks App on Google Play and the App Store.
For more information on the area, including itineraries and a virtual tour, go to
Shark Bay World Heritage Area