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Address: 1 Monkey Mia Road, Shark Bay area | Gascoyne Region, Western Australia 6537, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 9948 1366

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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The long drive into shark bay and the dolphin experience are clearly worth it. Cool to see these animals so close up. We went very early since all travel guides we have been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to come and even though it's very busy you get to enjoy and appreciate dolphins up close Recommended viewing especially for kids

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The long drive into shark bay and the dolphin experience are clearly worth it. Cool to see these animals so close up. We went very early since all travel guides we have been reading suggested to be there at 7.30. We were there with a massive crowd but learned that there are two more encounters later. Those we much quieter... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Monkey Mia is famous for its dolphins. They come to be fed by hand, which can be quite thrilling. Shark Bay is 880 kms (550 miles) from Perth. A non-stop drive would take around 10 hours. You are not going to do it by yourself in one day. Please remember that the dolphins are wild animals, they don't work to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Watched dolphins from the shore hunting fish and having a stand off with a pelican over another one.Really amazing day and one to always remember. ..do not miss.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sunset cruise was lovely. 2 hours on the serene waters of Monkey Mia. Fantastic crew who were friendly and catered for your needs, easy to talk to. Dolphins of course and spotted a dugong.

Thank Sharon M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were going north and went by on our way to Exmouth. Were expecting a bit of a natural park experience, but ended up pretty much just seeing the dolphins in the morning and then driving towards Exmouth. The show was good though, because the ranger was friendly and made sure, that people lined up, so everyone could see the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have always wanted to visit Monkey Mia, very disappointed. Should have gone to Sea World. Over crowded, no hope of our family seeing any dolphins unless you are accompanied by cute little kids and arrive 2 hours early and secure a spot. Not worth the stop, head further north to Exmouth for real marine life without the commercialisation of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Nice beach, it was good to see dolphins so close, and owners are really careful about animals. Nevertheless, it was really overcrowded, very hard to see anything. I'd a long road and I am not sure it really worth it, unless you have children or really love dolphins

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Last visited 18 years ago with our son and had a great time. Not so much this time. Great for the kids and if you haven't seen dolphins in the wild before but if you have it's more of the same.

Thank Neil W
Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Visited Monkey Mia 18 years ago and it was great lots of dolphins and Pelicans. Went today really disappointed. We drove up from Perth spent yesterday at Shell Beach Eagle Bluff and other inlets they were great. Then went to Monkey Mia today very sad.We saw dolphins down the Swan River last week up close that was awesome. The guy... More 

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