Coral Bay and Exmouth

Submitted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 21:46
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Hi All
Just got back from Coral Bay and Exmouth. Didnt take the Patrol because I'm in Sydney and only had a week so we flew.

What a wonderful place, put this place on your bucket list people. I cant wait to go back with the Patrol and explore the area more extensively, having said that the scuba and snokeling are the best I have ever done and I have dived in a few good places, Great Barrier Reef, Samoa, Hawaii etc.

Really easy acces to Ningaloo reef, unlike the great Barrier Reef, Nigaloo reef is very close to shore, only meters in fact and the diverity of marine incredible.

I was only in about 60cm of water putting on my fins and noticed about 6 huge fish at my feet. They were sweet lip I think and looking for a free feed in the sand I was kicking up as I walked in the sand.

The fishing is amazing, plenty of charters available and excellent boat ramps. Swam with Whale sharks, manta rays and turtles. Saw dugong plenty of dolphins and soooo many fish. The navy pier Dive is THE most amazing dive I have ever done.

Really worth a vist.
Cheers
Stephen
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Reply By: Danielle T - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 22:12

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 22:12
Shhhhhhhhhhhhh Dont tell everyone! We've been going to Exmouth for years, its great isnt it! Seriously its a fantastic place and we are really spoilt to have such a beautiful reef, and holiday spot, with such easy access. My daughter learnt to snorkel at Turquoise bay when she was five and still loves it. Happy travels.
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Reply By: Waza & Wend - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 22:48

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 22:48
Stephen,

We have to agree. We thought Coral Bay was great, then we got to Exmouth. My wife has had an issue with either diving or snorkelling, but she overcome her fears in Exmouth, We did several passes at Turquoise Bay with our 10 year old daughter and it was one of the best experiences ever. We did the Drift Loop and recommend it to anyone in the area.

We are travelling back to Qld after spending the last 3 years in WA, and we are only just discovering the beauty of the north coast.

The fishing was great as well, I caught a 50 cm Cod and 65 cm Snapper off the rocks opposite the lighthouse.
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Reply By: dedabato (SA) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 22:50

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 22:50
Hi Stephen, Did you feed the fish at Coral Bay ? We where there in 2005 and every day at 3 pm. fish are turning up for feed at the shore. It was fantastic to see so many different type of fish. We stayed at the caravan park just opposite of the beach ( First one as you drive in the Coral Bay) Lovely spot. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 02:31

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 02:31
Yes that area of the country is fantastic, we spent our honey moon in Coral Bay back in 1971, then there was only the motel, and Service Station and two caravans in the caravan park which was a bare patch next to to the Service Station, there was only salty bore water to wash and shower in and that was just a small trickle from the tap and we won't mention the road on the way in!!!!! I don't know how the old Franklin caravan that we towed at the time got through in one piece, they were obviously made stronger in those days.
We have been back several times since then (it is one of our favourite spots and always has been) even though it has been over developed, not the biggest of fans for Exmouth.

Glad you enjoyed our beautiful State.

Cheers

D


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Reply By: happytravelers - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 07:01

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 07:01
Spent a couple of weeks camping at coral bay in the early 90's, we loved the place, it was a real highlight on our round Australia trip. I don't remember there being much more than a basic caravan park. I'd imagine it's been developed a lot since then, we'd love to go back but we maybe disappointed how development and commercialism spoils these unique places.
Jon
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 11:38

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 11:38
Would have to add to the above Gnaraloo station, about 100k north of Carnarvon, south of Coral Bay. Planned on only staying there 3 days, but spent a week. I took an inflatable boat to row out to the reef, but found that the reef came to me! Literally, pulled on the flippers and snorkel on the shore and snorkelled out. Fantastic coral reef, all healthy and undamaged with coral and fish of spectacular colours.
Must get back there soon. Gerry
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