Coral Bay - Sea And Wildlife.

Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2018


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Friday, November 10, 2006

G'Day, G'Day we have made it to Coral Bay and settled in as managers, in fact just had our three month review and we are still the managers!! Being a totally new field for us it has been a steep learning curve, but we have pretty much now got a handle on how things should work. Coral Bay is quite small but Bayview (www.coralbaywa.com.au) is substantial, we represent the Brogan family who are responsible for well over half the community, either directly in land mass or even in providing local accommodation, combined with having in excess of 30 staff.

So what can you do in Coral Bay, why has so much publicity been given to it? Well its the simplicity of the structure, it is still very much the little idyllic beach town, yet right on its beach lies the majestic Ningaloo Reef.

Ningaloo Reef is home to an amazing array of unique sea experiences from being able to swim with the enormous Manta Rays all year round to the elusive swim with the Whale Sharks in season (March to July). Other marine activities include a Hump Back whale watch adventure (again seasonal) to all year round activities of the turtle sanctuary and Reef Shark nursery.

Our first activity was a trip out on the Miss Coral Bay a glass bottom vessel which caters for 1 hour coral viewing or 2 hour viewing and snorkel trips. We took the 2 hour trip and had a fantastic time. The skipper explains the various types of coral as the boat glides over, and points out that the coral is the hard limestone type rather than the more colourful soft corals seen on the more tropical reefs. At the first snorkel spot, guests get to swim amongst the coral and if lucky spot a turtle or reef shark. Then its off to the second snorkel spot where you get to swim with spangled emperor (or northwest snapper) which are extremely placid and friendly.

On a later trip we took a whale watch tour on the MV Ningaloo. The whales were a little elusive, however once the spotter plane was put up we soon had success. We had the great pleasure to observe a female hump back and calf on the annual migration south. Quite an experience. We were also presented with a private moment between two turtles who were taking the opportunity to get to know each other a little more.

The wild life phenomenon does not just happen at sea, back on land (in fact right in our back yard) a very large bungarra (giant monitor lizard) comes and watches the clothes being hung out. A smaller version has made his home in our ceiling, gains access by climbing the bougainvillea in our patio and generally gives us a "look" half way up.
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