You can see the dolphins up close during the morning dolphin feeding sessions. You can learn about these endearing creatures at the Monkey Mia Visitor Centre, which provides information about the dolphins and other features of the surrounding Shark Bay Marine Park.
You can also book boat charters of Shark Bay Marine Park from Monkey Mia, enabling you to see not only dolphins but also dugongs, manta rays, turtles and other marine species. Local Indigenous guides offer cultural tours of the reserve. You can also set out on the Wulyibidi Yaninyina walk trail to further explore the area.
Things to do and see
Dolphins visit the beach whenever they choose to. They are fed on their first three visits each day which can happen anytime between 7:45am and 12 noon. Dolphins visit the beach more frequently in the early mornings and generally don’t visit in the afternoons. Please do not touch or swim with them.
Swimming and snorkelling
The clear waters of Monkey Mia are suited to swimming and snorkelling but these activities are permitted only outside of the dolphin interaction area. When swimming, snorkelling or diving:
- Be aware of dangerous marine life, including sharks
- Always swim, dive or snorkel with at least one other person
- Be aware of boats in the vicinity
A boat ramp is provided for access to the waters of Shark Bay Marine Park. No boating is allowed in the dolphin interaction area. There is a give knot speed zone 200 metres either side of the jetty and extending 300 metres offshore. Please don’t feed the dolphins
No camping is allowed in the Monkey Mia car park. The Monkey Mia Resort has full accommodation facilities.
The Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail
Distance: Two-kilometre loop
Time: Allow one to two hours
Grade: Moderate to deep sand in places
The Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail (Malgana Aboriginal language for ‘walking peron’) winds through a coastal sandplain and up a small slope to a bird hide and lookout on the top of the dune. It then continues along this sandy dune through acacia shrubland before descending to the beach.
The trail provides a good introduction Shark Bay’s World Heritage values and to the Aboriginal and European history of the region.
Take care, be aware
In this fragile ecosystem, the coastal dunes and sandplain are easily eroded. Please stay on the trail.
Visitors to the area are reminded to take all their rubbish with them and to wear a hat and sunscreen. Drinking water must be carried, especially during the hotter months of the year.