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Address: 1 Monkey Mia Road, Shark Bay area | Gascoyne Region, Western Australia 6537, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 9948 1366
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Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Description: Monkey Mia is one of Western Australia's icon tourism experiences...
Monkey Mia is one of Western Australia's icon tourism experiences attracting around 100,000 visitors a year. Monkey Mia is one of the few locations in Australia to see wild dolphins, get close to them and have an opportunity to feed one. In addition, visitors can learn a lot 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 in the interpretation display or movie playing in the air-conditioned theatrette. Visitors are also able to buy unique gifts and souvenirs or book a boat charter in the Shark Bay Marine Park, enabling them to see not only dolphins but also dugongs, manta rays, turtles and other marine species. Similarly, local indigenous guides offer cultural tours of the reserve. Visitors can also walk the Wulyibidi Yaninyina walk trail to further explore the area.
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Daily starting at 7.45 you gather & wait until 8am to stroll down into the water were you are given a 15 min spiel on the history of the dolphin feeding & why it is a controlled... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Cheddar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

No dolphins at 8.00am, but by 10.00am there were several just cruising along the beach. Eventually they came back to the viewing zone and we were treated to five dolphins hanging around for five or ten minutes, even though Piccolo didn't want to eat the offered fish.

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We only spent a day here but we found it very relaxing. We stayed in Denham for the 2 nights we were in this area but definitely wished we had stayed in 1 of the beach front cabins at MM. Looks to be a first class relaxing time.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We were warned for that anyone who enjoyed sailing that this would be a disappointment. They were right. It is a long out of the way drive for a costly and uninteresting tour.

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Burekup, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Too expensive for little to do! Explorers be warned - $8.50 per person and all there is only a resort and 2 Dolphins came in with 50 people in the crowd. Better things to do!!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Visited Monkey Mia many times before & to us IT WAS paradise, sadly not any more. Since when did the Rangers become a police force, we believe in conservation we donate in 3 countries (oz nz uk) children were told to get out of the water adults were told to move away from the water's edge when I asked the... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Daily starting at 7.45 you gather & wait until 8am to stroll down into the water were you are given a 15 min spiel on the history of the dolphin feeding & why it is a controlled feed. After the chat several national parks volunteers (depending on the number of Dolphins that appear, enter the water with a bucket &... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Beautiful location, fabulous wildlife, well worth the detour to go there. The rangers risk being a little too overprotective of the dolphins however, and by doing so have reduced the numbers and availability of dolphins. Still worth a visit but if they reduce much further it may not be , given its a long way from anywhere to get there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Beautiful spot to visit, but be aware it costs to visit this beach. Something we didnt know until we travelled the 100 odd kms off the main drag to get to it. Its in a National park so you pay to get to the beach and pay again if you wish to camp there. Lovely to see the dolphins cruising... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is a one operator resort. As a result there is no competition. Despite this, it is surprisingly varied and reasonably priced. There is a variety of accommodation and food supplies. Don't expect to swim with the dolphins. You will see them: some for a distance and some very close up. If you are lucky, you may get to feed... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We luckily caught the last feed for the day and what an experience! The Dolphins swim right up to you it was seriously amazing! This part alone it worth the visit. Unless you enjoy swimming or bird watching there isn't really much else to do, just bring a book and relax otherwise.

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