Monkey Mia Reserve
Monkey Mia Reserve
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Famous for its wild dolphin experience, Monkey Mia is surrounded by rusty red sand dunes, white sandy beaches and water teeming with wildlife. For more than 50 years wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins have visited the shallows at Monkey Mia. This encounter is one of the world’s great wildlife experiences and attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year. Today dolphins are only fed according to strict guidelines and under supervision of Parks and Wildlife Service officers to ensure the dolphins continue to hunt and behave naturally. Outside this experience it is illegal to approach within 30 metres of a dolphin in the water. Times for the dolphin experiences depend on if and when the dolphins visit the beach between 7:45am and midday. You can also explore the area’s cultural history along the Wulyibidi Yaninyina trail or book a tour in the Visitor Centre. Volunteer opportunities available.
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  • william P
    Plymouth, United Kingdom23 contributions
    Great wildlife, poor food
    The wildlife, dolphins, emus, turtles, rays,was fantastic, we stayed in a beach view chalet, very basic with beach view. Had meal in Boughshed restaurant, very poor, wife ordered snapper, don't know what was pre sented but sent it back as definitely not snapper, when ordered meal arrived very good. I order fillet steak what was served I wouldn't class as decent rump, when I complained I was told that I shouldn't have expected a fillet as ( and I will use their pronunciation) I was served a fee- lay, what an insult to my intelligence. Fantastic place for the wildlife but give the steaks in the Boughshed a miss.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 17, 2023
  • Rick W
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom2,106 contributions
    Very special dolphin encounter!
    Feeding the dolphins at Monkey Mia has to be one of the highlights of our holiday. We arrived at 7:30am ready to join about 70 people for the 7:45am dolphin feeding experience. You do need to pay to enter the wildlife reserve which is $10 per person (concessions) and $15 per person for those who are not concessions! We walked down to the sandy beach and watched the dolphins interact with one of the guides who gave a very clear explanation of the life of the dolphins and their longevity. It was an excellent opportunity to take pictures, but 10 minutes later there was a second experience and 10 minutes after that a third experience. I do recommend you hang around for the second and third experiences because we saw five dolphins initially but 13 on the third experience. Altogether, very educational enjoyable and interesting. Incidentally, Monkey Mia monkey is nothing more than a beachside resort. Your entrance fee enables you to enjoy the two swimming pools and sun loungers and cafes in the resort. It is a great place to stay for the day but I would have felt isolated if we had booked to remain overnight. My advice – stay in Denham and just drive 30 minutes over the peninsula for the day.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 28, 2023
  • rhianyn
    Caerphilly County, United Kingdom119 contributions
    The highlight of our road trip
    This is a must do! Such a beautiful beach and so lovely to see so much wildlife! We were lucky enough to see emus, dolphins, turtles, pelicans and an echidna The dolphin feed is great, stay around after the first one as it’s less busy then We had a whole day there and ate lunch at the restaurant which was really tasty We walked through the Accomodation part and that looked good- I’d like to stay there if we return and would get one of the huts looking out onto the beach
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2023
  • bluechippm
    Bristol, United Kingdom337 contributions
    Mums and baby from the jetty
    We drove the short distance from our accommodation in Denham to visit this resort specifically to see the dolphins. We arrived at 0745 just as the park warden was starting their explanations of what we would see. Within a couple of minutes there were 2 dolphins in the shallow waters and after a little while we saw 4 adult dolphins and one young one of about 3 months old. The young one was snacking by swimming on his back and forcing small fish to the surface which he promptly caught and ate - this was very entertaining. The rest of the park looked clean and entertaining but we did not spend any time in the other facilities.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Kate S
    Perth, Australia14 contributions
    Felt like a money grab.
    A brief experience that we possibly would not have paid for had we known what it was, and wouldn’t do again. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice to see the dolphins. Our daughter mostly wanted to go just for the chance of feeding one of them, but they fail to mention anywhere that because of COVID that isn’t happening anymore. Felt a little bit mislead to be honest. The person from Parks and Wildlife was good, her information was interesting and it was presented well. Just feels incredibly stagnant, and is becoming clearer and clearer it’s just a bit of a money grab.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Bea T
    Wellington, New Zealand369 contributions
    Not really worth it and I was so looking forward to it.
    Of course it is amazing to see dolphins so close by but overall I thought it was a disappointment. I was looking forward for so long to go to Monkey Mia, but it felt like a big tourist trap. Staff is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. But I kept the feeling that it was not about wild dolphins, but that they got released somewhere. The emus walking on the beach was actually more fun and I am really fond of dolphins. I think indeed it is better to get there in the afternoon and hope that there will be some dolphins swim by.
    Visited March 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Caroline T
    2 contributions
    Absolutely stunning location - magical beach & waterfront outlook
    Had a non-powered campsite, and was high on amenities, excellent service, but also overlit, overcrowded & closer to a glamp (we felt scruffy putting our gear out haha). On the plus, great bar n the restaurant was 5 star. The dolphin ‘show’ was fairly awful - so hyped, so much info n those dolphins just wanted a feed because that’s a lot easier. But great place to have a fine meal, do some kayaking or SUP, use laundry, hang on the beach & all around is stunning landscape.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Explore827719
    3 contributions
    Fabulous
    So wonderful to see the dolphins being prioritised here. The experience is tightly regulated and the dolphins dictate the proceedings. The dolphins will not do circus tricks and you won't be able to touch, swim with or feed the dolphins. Sometimes they might not even show up. This is how it has to be for the dolphins protection. Can you imagine the boofhead free-for-all if it wasn't this way? We absolutely loved it. Dolphins in their natural habitat, doing what they do, being expertly cared for. A beautiful beach, lovely resort and gorgeous dolphins.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Bozeman-Dublin
    Trim, Ireland8,858 contributions
    Beautiful Place
    We had a lovely afternoon in Monkey Mia. We were too late for the Dolphin feeding, but no matter, we knew that before we arrived and they were still visible in the shallows swimming along the shore and under the pontoon. There is a lovely walk along the coast and through the dunes, well worth doing. The contrast between the red sand dunes, the white coral beach sand and the blue waters is quite something to see. Very disappointed by the pricing though. Every National Park charges you by the car, here they charge you per person and it is not cheap. I found it very disappointing that they can't wait to get the money out of you and then they just leave you to it. We had to ask them about the dunes walk, you'd think if they are going to fleece you for so much money that they'd at least tell you how to get some value out of it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
  • L251255
    Launceston, United Kingdom47 contributions
    An engineered experience
    Don’t be fooled into thinking this is the place to see lots of wildlife. It is a resort, charging an entry fee, and whilst there is wildlife to see quite a lot of it is scripted. The dolphin feeding may float your boat but surely better to watch them in a more natural way. However, that said, once the feeding was over, it is worth scanning the deeper water as dolphins do cruise by. Also loggerhead turtles and sting rays.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
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Perth, Australia13 contributions
Oct 2020
Underwhelming. Left Denham in what we thought was plenty of time but there was a very long, slow queue to get into the resort to pay the $15 per person followed by another queue to have the dolphin experience. Despite being there at the designated time we were too late to get onto the beach for the first experience and presumed the tickets they gave us were for the 2nd experience. Note this is not the case. Once a feeding commences you need to line up again for a token to see the next feeding. Having said that I think the view from the jetty was just as good if not better than the beach (depending where you were standing). The dolphins were nice to see but probably more exciting if you haven't seen them in the wild before. Ok experience but enjoyed the rest if the day in Francois Peron national park more.
Written October 7, 2020
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Jila M
Perth, Australia2 contributions
Nov 2020
We visited in November 2020 as part of our up north trip. Paid to see the dolphins and when they asked if anyone is interested to feed the dolphins I put my hands up. No one else was interested but the lady in charge didn’t want me to feed the dolphins even though I showed lots of interest. Very racist. I do not recommend them at all. Such a horrible experience. A month has passed and I wasn’t gonna write a review but the racism with this lady was shocking and she needs to be named and shamed. Disgusting behavior. Walk away. Don’t visit the dolphin areA.
Written December 28, 2020
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David_Povey
Perth, Australia73 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
An over rated, over regulated experience that is not worth the lengthy drive.

We arrived at the designated time of 7:45, in time for the briefing from the ranger about the rules of engaging with the dolphins. This consisted of a 20 minute speech outlining all of the things that you cannot do. It soon became clear that the only safe way to interact with the dolphins is to not interact with them at all.

People were finally ushered onto the beach (with constant reminders to stay at least 2 metres back from the waters edge), with each family having to stand next to a plastic cone on the beach. The only people allowed to get anywhere near the dolphins were the rangers.

I've had closer encounters with dolphins while walking around the Swan river in Perth.

There is a fee of $15 per adult and $5 per child per day. This isn't included in the accommodation fee if you are staying at the RAC resort and is not covered by a National Parks pass.
Written January 19, 2021
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CocoTampa123
Perth, Australia1,714 contributions
Jul 2020
The entry to the area is a fiasco, very long line of cars to get in and then exorbitant price to enter. A definite tourist trap for those who have no seen dolphins in the wild.

These dolphins know that they are going to be feed, so they are essentially tamed, they swim in, get some food and play around,

OK for folks who have not seen dolphins in the real world, BUT.
Written July 30, 2020
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Riccardo C
Brisbane, Australia62 contributions
Jun 2021
What a let-down. I've had closer views of dolphins at Brighton Beach in Melbourne, and Elizabeth Quay in Perth

They cram 500+ people into 'covid safe' (insert laughter here) rows on a small strip of beach. Of course, the little kiddies stand in front to get the best views. The people standing at the back may as well have slept in, because you see nothing.

There are only 3 dolphins, and they are fed about two fish each by a few randomly selected people from the crowd.

This ordeal goes for two to three hours. I gave up after 15 minutes and headed for the bar.

If you visit Monkey Mia, the best option is to go for a swim before this embarrassing event, and you might get lucky, and the dolphins will swim up close to you....but then again you're probably better off not spending the time and money to go to a boring place like Monkey Mia for this experience, and just go to your nearest Seaworld and pay to swim with the dolphins there.
Written June 13, 2021
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hmt002
Katikati, New Zealand309 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Absolutely must do. What an amazing experience. We arrived at the reserve about 7.30am and a pod of 19 dolphins came in To socialise.
Only two dolphins are fed and the process is strictly controlled to avoid reliance on humans.
It is not possible to get in the water however the dolphins swim just inches away from the spectators. It is easy to see distinguishing marks which identify the dolphins. Two dolphins had their calf with them.
The feeding process is repeated and the dolphins get the opportunity to have a ten minute break between interactions.
After the dolphin encounter we went and had a coffee in the cafe and a mother emu and her eight chicks paraded past
Written February 6, 2020
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Written February 17, 2020
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Michelle Burke
34 contributions
Jun 2020
This place could and should be absolutely beautiful however it is just a commercial enterprise now - nothing in keeping with the natural environment. Came for a drive from Denham - $15 to get in EACH spent half an hour walking around and seen one turtle, beach cordoned off (due to Covid 19) and generally very sad. Saw more dolphins frolicking around from our Caravan Site over in Denham as well as at Eagle Bluff and all in their natural environment which was spectacular to see. Spoke to a family back in Denham who had come over the day before and they advised that only 1 dolphin turned up for the feeding which was very disappointing to their young children. Overall would definitely not pay to visit and the cost of a beachside site for a caravan was very expensive. Cannot recommend unless you like to be herded around like sheep and charged for the experience.
Written June 8, 2020
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Tia
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Friends
The staff working at the dolphin reserve should update their website. You CANNOT feed the dolphins due to covid restrictions, so you essentially travel 1000km from Perth, with petrol costs of AUD2.10 per litre and paid AUD15 per perosn to enter, to use stand ankle deep in cold water and use your eye balls to look at dolphins. You can literally do the same thing on a sofa with national geographic on your television and it doesn't waste money. And in the morning, at 7.45am, there are at least a hundred people squeezing with you along the shoreline to look at the 2 dolphins, each with a calf, and all they do is swim around and around and thats all. What a waste of time and money.
Written June 13, 2022
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Graham C
1 contribution
Jul 2021
Feeding between 8am and noon, day we visited dolphins turned up early at approx 7.55am with approx 200 visitors in attendance. Even though guides were there, talk and rules couldn’t start until 8am and started a little late. Dolphins moved on and that was it. Disappointing, but on speaking to someone staying there, the same thing happened the previous day when the dolphins turned up at 11.50am.
If you take the entry fee, a small amount of flexibility would seem appropriate. I’m sure private operators would be more accomodating. Very disappointed and would not recommend.
Written August 10, 2021
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Sue G
Brighton, UK4,257 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a daily experience offered by the national Park Rangers, the cost you pay is for entrance to the Park , you pay it even if you stay at the RAC and dont go.
Each morning the rangers enter the water with the public on the beach at the edge, If the dolphins come in, which most times one or two will , they will select several of the public to assist give fish to the selected dolphins , they do this about 3 times each day.
Firstly these dolphins are wild, they form part of a family pod which has been interacting with fishermen and now rangers since the 60's.
They are only given the equivalent of 1/3 of what a dolphin needs , this means the dolphins still need to hunt and also teach their youngsters to do the same.
How long or if the interaction happens is solely the dolphins choice.
The rangers will also tell you the family history of the dolphins and other important information regarding these creatures, so it is educational as well.
To me this is how people and children should be taken to see dolphins and experience them ,not in pool or so called "eco" experience where the dolphins have no choice,
It was lovely to see and balanced the wish to interact with the welfare of the creatures well
Written January 23, 2020
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