The environment in and around Coral Bay

Nowhere does the Ningaloo Reef come closer to shore than at Coral Bay.

Here, you can wade just a few metres into the water to see the coral formations and swim amongst the fish.

Recognised as one of the most biologically diverse marine environments and the largest fringing coral reef in the world, the Ningaloo Reef is a protected marine park and has held UNESCO World Heritage status since 2011.

Lying at the heart of the Ningaloo Reef is Coral Bay - the southern gateway to the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park and Cape Range National Park. Over 250 species of coral and 500 species of fish inhabit these waters, as do whale sharks, humpback whales, manta rays, dolphins, dugongs and turtles at different times during the year.

The waters immediately around Coral Bay are known as the Maud Sanctuary Zone. Snorkelling here, you come face to face with countless varieties of tropical fish as they glide through stunning coral formations.

The Brogan family is passionate about the Ningaloo Reef and Coral Bay. We do everything possible to ensure both the reef and surrounding areas remain in their pristine condition for the enjoyment of this and future generations.

Some of our initiatives include:

  • Planting over 3,000 trees to provide shade and attract birds and butterflies
  • Desalinating all drinking water and maintaining Coral Bay’s bore water supply
  • Establishing salt-resistant strains of grass within the grounds of our park
  • Regularly replanting grassed areas following peak holiday times.
  • Supporting and assisting scientists in their collection of data and research of the Ningaloo Marine Park.
  • Usage of biodegradable cleaning products
  • Powering our tour and charter boats with environmentally-friendly motors, which are specially designed to prevent damage to the coral reef.

As Ningaloo Coral Bay is located in a fragile, coastal environment, it poses particular challenges.

The average annual rainfall is only 100mm (4 inches), and water is a valuable commodity to be used sparingly.

Recycling facilities and rubbish collection services are not provided by the local authority, so we ask that you choose packaging carefully and take recyclable materials with you when you leave.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (previously DPAW) manages the Ningaloo Marine Park. For more information about caring for the reef, please visit

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The environment in and around Coral Bay

“A day I will never forget”

It has taken us three years to get back to Coral Bay and our one must do was the Mantra Ray Swim. We did the full day tour on 20 May, it was just amazing. Not sure words can really cover the experience, I was blown away, we had a few really long swim with the rays and two great snorkels to round out a great day. The staff were amazing, so passionate and helpful, lunch was so yummy and everyone on board helped make our day one we will remember forever. Special thanks to Daisy in the booking office as well, the service these guys provide starts at the time of booking your tour.

Trip Advisor user Wendy Y