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“Not a town, only a resort and dolphins to see”
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Monkey Mia
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3-Day Monkey Mia Dolphins, Pinnacles Desert and Kalbarri National Park Tour...
Ranked #358 of 1,592 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.
Perth, Australia
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“Not a town, only a resort and dolphins to see”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Over the Aust Day long weekend my b/f and I visited Shark Bay (Denham) and one of the mornings we went over to Monkey Mia to see the dolphins. I was warned the first feed of the day, around 8am, was the busiest and yes it was. We then got some brekkie at the resort and could see the dolphins had come in again, between 9am - 9:30am and the crowd was a quarter of the size, much more enjoyable. About 5 dolphins were swimming around and waiting to be fed. While they are being fed, they don't like anyone standing in the water. I was luck enough to be asked to feed one of them a fish, that was really nice. They talked about the dolphins and told you interesting facts. But don't be thinking you can go there to swim with them or touch them. Not even the guides are allowed to touch them, but the dolphins might rub up against their leg. These are wild animals. They might come up to be fed, or they might not, there is no control over them. But they feed them 3 times in the morning between 8am - 12pm. If you have young kids, they would love it as they do get to be quite close to them. If you are going to Shark Bay/Monkey Mia, I would highly recommend staying in Shark Bay (Denham). It is only 20mins from Monkey Mia and Denham is a town, Monkey Mia isn't a town, there is only a resort, nothing else. You have to pay a fee to be there ($8 per adult for a 1 day holiday fee), but that is ok coz this is a National Park and the money goes towards the research of the dolphins.

Visited January 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Not worth the visit, dolphins are no longer there”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We drove a long way to see this place and saw no dolphins. I also heard other people had had the same bad luck. And even though you would only see two dolphins, I wouldn't drive here and pay for the price of gas and tickets and valuable time.

Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Monkey Mia is OK”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

We were really loking forward to Monkey Mia, travelled across Australia from Sydney, drove over 2 days to get there only to be allowed to stand 1 mtr away from the waters edge to view a mother and her calf swim past. No one was allowed to feed the dophins, it was also wet, windy & cold. So, we left disappointed. The whole place was not well thought out and we could not book into a tour and there were no signs to tell you that it was booked out.

Much better staying at Kalbarri and fly to Monkey Mia for the day and see a few sights by air along the way. There are other places in WA to see wild dophins that are not so far away. Accomodation around Shark Bay is quite ordinary. Don't expect much from the restaurants either - it is quite remote.

Visited December 2012
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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“Dolphin Volunteer Project”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

I had the most amazing time at Monkey Mia. The beach is gorgeous and tranquil.
The Resort was clean and well looked after, I thought it was going to be commercialised but I was wrong. It was a small resort with brillant facilities and the dolphins were out of this world. If you want to get involved with the programme just email the address on the resort page.....this has to be one of my most amazing experiences, you help with preparing the fish, feeding of the dolphins you are literally next to them, one of them "Surprise" was pushing her nose into my leg, I was in heaven!!!

I saw the Dolphins every day I was there at least twice.

Visited November 2012
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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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