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Monkey Mia
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3-Day Monkey Mia Dolphins, Pinnacles Desert and Kalbarri National Park Tour...
Ranked #346 of 1,574 things to do in Western Australia
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Owner description: 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.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Australia
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

brilliant - beaut caravan/motorhome facilities, clean modern bathrooms and pet friendly, lucky enough to be visiting while baby dolphins (approx 3 weeks old) about. rangers erudite and generous with their knowledge. pls do take the time to understand how to behave around the dolphins when visiting (attend a v instructive dolphin feeding (free)&/or read the pamphlet provided when you arrive) - we saw a baby dolphin beach itself because humans were behaving inconsiderately/ignorantly - luckily it worked ok but it may not have.did a trip on the aristocrat 2 large catamaran (you can board straight from the jetty on the day) the 3 hour cruise taking in the black pearl farm doing world first things(fantastic & beaut one off jewellery) and looking for dugongs (we enjoyed approx 6 sightings - amazing) turtles and of course more dolphins is not to be missed - also visited the shark feeding ocean park nearby and again had the best time with a great tour and shark feeding session and then a v pleasant lunch on there great deck overlooking the spectacular coast line - the water is beaut to swim in and the people we meet very friendly and keen to make the visit a happy one - we will definately be back

Visited December 2012
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

I've just spent 3 weeks traveling from Broom all the way down to Albany and back to Perth on the most amazing holiday. Shark Bay is def worth a few few nights to enjoy natural surrounding, sun, beach and the dolphins. Great state!

Visited November 2012
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Went to monkey Mia and was blown away so clean nd friendly. The rangers talking about the dolphins were so informative and u could tell they loved their job. Went on the aristocat saw dugongs, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and heaps of fish nd birds. Highly recommend the trip out!

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Perth, Australia
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“Dolphins, Dugongs and much more”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Monkey Mia is one of the few places where wild dolphins come close to the beach to be fed in front of up to 50 spectators. It's been a ritual on this part of Australia's northwest coast for at least 30 years, and it's fascination has not been diminished. But dolphins are not the only species in this world heritage area. Take one of the half-day cruises on a large catamaran from Monkey Mia and chances are you'll see dugongs, rays, sharks and other species as well as dolphins.

As for accommodation, the best is half and hour away in the tiny fishing town of Denham, also known as Shark Bay, but if you really want to maximise your experience here spend a night of more on-site. The development has expanded from a sandy caravan and camping site to the present eclectic mix of all of the above plus cabins and motel style units, and backpacker dorms.

You can cook your own meals in one of the community kitchens, or enjoy quite a surprisingly good meal in the only restaurant. Be aware however, that many of the staff are themselves visitors, usually on working holidays, so the standard of efficiency, competence and service sometimes falls short - but it's offset by their good humour and youthful enthusiasm.

Notwithstanding it's shortcomings, this place is jam packed during school holidays, so early reservations are necessary.

We stayed in one of the units in a two storey section, suggest the upper floor may be the best. All have unobstructed ocean views and are fair value for what is a basic motel unit. Alternatively, there are a few more spacious cabins with ocean views, more suitable for families.

To conclude - this is a place which should not be missed, if you're willing to get out and about and explore the locality, you are certain to have plenty of amazing yarns to share with friends back home.

We visited in November, known to the locals as 'Blow-vember' as a strong easterly breeze prevails during the late afternoon until mid-morning. It's also out of school holidays, so you can usually get a package deal of a room and breakfast, a sunset catamaran cruise and if you're lucky, a bottle of wine.

But note that there is a hidden fee - you'll have to pay to enter the National Park (it's a government agency that gets the money, not the Resort).

It's very unusual for the dolphins not to show up. This was our third visit and we have never missed seeing these amazing mammals at close quarters. On this trip we saw half a dozen dugongs, some close-up, and dozens of dolphins, a few sharks, eagle rays, and shovel-nose rays. You'll also see emus strolling around the grounds (don't feed them!). Get involved, get out and about, and it's unlikely that you'll be disappointed.

Visited November 2012
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“Disneyland targetting your wallet”
Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

First of all: we did not see any dolphins. Which is fine and most likely the most natural part of the whole set up. First disappointment was right at the entrance. If you are not a resort guest you pay 8Dollar per person and can come back the next day if the dolphins don't show up. All advertisements lead us to believe its free.
The information centre is quite nice and so is the beach especially for families and you could spend a whole day easily. The resort looks nice as well and they also have a little shop with groceries and a million things that show "Monkey Kia resort" on it just topped by some loudspeaker announcements.
All in all it has quite a rip off taste on the back of some animals... Best part was the drive there.

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