Ningaloo Coral Bay Boats ECO Certification
Ningaloo Coral Bay Boats are committed to the implementation and maintenance of sustainable operations in order to preserve the delicate marine ecosystem of the Ningaloo Reef.
The Ningaloo reef is one of the world’s longest and pristine fringing reefs, encompassing an area over 600,000 hectares, stretching along 260km of Western Australia’s coast from Coral Bay to Exmouth.
The reef is estimated to be around 32,000 years old. The Baiyungu people are recognised as the traditional owners of these lands. The name ‘Ningaloo’ originates from the indigenous word ‘Nyinggulu’ meaning ‘promontory’, ‘deepwater’, or ‘high land jutting into the sea’.
Both the cultural significance and global importance of the Ningaloo Reef has been recognised worldwide with the region gaining World Heritage listing in June 2011 for it’s incredible natural beauty and biodiversity.
Our tours are proudly Eco Certified, having passed an independent assessment of our sustainable practices and management of high quality nature-based tourism experiences.
We are recognised as providing tourism experiences which focus on providing information and awareness of the protection of our delicate ecosystem while minimising our impact on the environment.
Our Company was instrumental in the development of nature based tourism in Coral Bay. Our Director, Bill Brogan, introduced the first whale watching tours, dive tours and manta ray interaction tours in the early nineties and invested in vessels designed for operations specific to Coral Bay. The Miss Coral Bay III is a flat bottomed coral viewing vessel with ultra shallow draft (0.2m) and the MV Ningaloo a jet boat purpose built for the shallow lagoons of Coral Bay.
Bill’s passion to share and protect the Ningaloo Reef and its abundant marine life led him to be a Foundation member of the North West Research Association and a major contributor to the establishment of the Coral Bay Research Station in 2003. This is the first permanent field research station in Coral Bay, initiated by Murdoch University’s academic chair of Marine Science, Dr Mike Van Keulen. The facility is utilised by Science and Biology students along with researchers to study and protect the ecology of the Ningaloo Reef.
Moving forward we remain committed to ongoing sustainable ecotourism and conservation in our region, utilising our passionate and experienced staff to provide excellent customer service while promoting greater appreciation and understanding of the World Heritage and traditional significance of the Ningaloo marine Park.