The Dolphins of Monkey Mia in the Shark Bay World Heritage area are famous for their almost daily ritual of swimming to shore to interact with people. As many as five wild bottlenose dolphins regularly visit the beach, usually in the morning, moving up and down the shoreline within arms reach of the crowd, making Monkey Mia one of the most incredible dolphin watching destinations in Australia.
A specially trained ranger controls the interaction session, choosing a few lucky onlookers to handfeed the dolphins.
While you’re sure to see dolphins in the mornings, keep an eye on the bay at other times as dolphins frolic and feed, regularly leaping into the air.
At Monkey Mia you’ll learn all about these friendly creatures, including how to gain their trust. Guidelines involve being gentle, not making noise, and especially not touching them.
Researchers at the Dolphin Information Centre at Monkey Mia carry out important studies into dolphin interaction and are on hand to tell you about their findings.
Monkey Mia is half an hour’s drive from Denham. Get to Denham in a day’s drive from Perth or fly there in two hours.
ADULT From $12 to $18
Daily and monthly passes are available.
CHILD From $5 to $8
Family passes are also available.