Monkey Mia and the Shark Bay World Heritage Area
The first region in Western Australia to be recognised as a World Heritage area, Shark Bay is the perfect destination for a unique holiday. The countless bays and islands contained within the peninsulas create an amazing sheltered environment for marine life. The bays are shallow, with waters that seem to be sparkling and perfectly clear. On any given day visitors are likely to see turtles, dugongs, manta rays and countless fish, just below the surface of the water. Visitors also have to chance to see whales during their migration to warmer waters during winter.
Shark Bay’s coastline is captivating – over 1,500 kilometres of wonderfully preserved white and red-sand beaches, sheer cliffs and crystal clear water. The area is larger than many European countries, yet only around 1,000 people permanently call it home. Monkey Mia Dolphins The area is perhaps most famous for its colony of wild bottlenose dolphins who swim to shore daily. Department of Parks and Wildlife officers are on hand to dispense a small supply of fish for visitors to feed to the dolphins, ensuring that the dolphins will continue to forage for the bulk of their food and not become dependent on the handouts from humans. Researchers have been studying this group of dolphins, and the larger group that remains offshore in Shark Bay, for more than 20 years. Destinations in this area include Monkey Mia and Denham.