Monkey Mia is world famous for its wild dolphin encounters however there’s plenty more to do here than just relax on the beautiful white sand waiting for the dolphins to come in to feed (…although that is pretty nice too!). Whether you’re visiting for a few days or a few weeks, this post rounds up all the great things to do in Monkey Mia so that you can make the most of your visit here.
Due to its geographical location, most people don’t just ‘drop by’ Monkey Mia. And that’s a good thing. Staying around for a few days not only increases your chances of getting close to the dolphins but also gives you time to explore this beautiful little corner of Western Australia and experience some of the other amazing things on offer.
It’s likely you’ll have a long journey here so you’ll be pleased to discover our compilation of things to do in Monkey Mia involve activities which are a short drive drive of the resort. In fact, half of them you can do directly from the Monkey Mia beach. Yay!
So, here goes…
10 amazing things to do in Monkey Mia
1. Monkey Mia Dolphin Encounter
It goes without saying that the Dolphin Encounter at Monkey Mia is an absolute must do.
It’s the only place in the world (that I’m aware of) where you have the opportunity to safely hand feed wild dolphins. Being up close with these beautiful animals is a once in a lifetime experience you’ll never, ever forget.
The daily feeds are led by the conservation team and volunteers choose spectators to come and feed the dolphins. To increase your chances of getting picked, there’s two things I’d recommend.
Firstly, stay on the beach for the whole morning. The crowd dies down massively after the first feed of the day therefore your chances of getting picked increase the next time. Secondly, smile politely and wear something brightly coloured. The volunteers are asked not to pick people who call out or try to attract attention. So, smile and wear neon!
2. Go explore in a Sea Kayak
Hire sea kayaks from the Monkey Mia beach hire hut and explore Shark Bay World Heritage Marine Park. Pack sunblock, plenty of water, a snorkel and a picnic – you’ll be able to get an umbrella and waterproof bags from the beach hire hut.
Follow the shoreline down to a beautiful beach spot called Red Bluff where the red earth meets the crystal clear ocean. Along the way, and even sat on the beach, you’ll spot some truly amazing marine life! Sting rays, sharks, dugongs, turtles and, of course, the resident Dolphins all make regular appearances.
If you do spot Dolphins, please respect and adhere to the Monkey Mia interaction guidelines.
3. Cruise the Indian Ocean on a Catamaran
Sit back, relax, and experience Sharks Bay from the water!
There are many companies who offer different types of cruises in Sharks Bay but one of our favourites is Perfect Nature Cruises.
Artistocat 2 is the only boat licensed to interact with marine life in the Exclusion Zone. This means they can stop at any time to take full advantage of the marine life sighting experience. Dont miss the chance to experience a natural sea spa in their onboard Boom Net! There’s a range of daily cruise options which depart from the Monkey Mia Jetty.
4. Hit the skies with a scenic flight!
Taking a scenic flight is one of the most amazing things to do in Monkey Mia. Sharks Bay is a 2.2 million hectare area of World Heritage and includes one of the largest and most diverse seagrass beds in the world. Seeing the deep red earth contrasting against the white sands and azure blue waters is a truly wonderful sight.
Sharks Bay Aviation offer seven different flight options ranging from twenty minute to ninety minute. They operate from Sharks Bay airport, a fifteen minute drive from Monkey Mia.
5. Go Off-Roading in Francois Peron
Once a sheep station, Francois Peron National Park is one of the the most important areas of wilderness in Australia and is home to many rare, native species.
If you have your own 4WD, you can visit the park and explore at your leisure. Tips for 4WDing in the park can be found here.
When visiting, make sure you don’t miss…
- The Peron Heritage Precinct – experience what life was like here during the pastoral days. A self guided walk around the area explains the history of the sheep station and also the culture, history and nature of the surrounding area. Dont miss the artisan hot tub!
- Bottle Bay – the cliff top views from here are breathtaking
- Wanamalu Trail – this walking trail is a 1.5km route between Cape Peron and Skipjack Point. Incredible coast views are enjoyed throughout and the viewing platforms at Skipjack Point are a great look out for marine wildlife!
There are plenty of organised 4WD experiences and tours. For a more cultural experience, Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures offer an immersive 4WD experience hosted by a local aboriginal guide.
6. Visit Blue Lagoon Pearl Farm
For something a little different, visit the Blue Lagoon Pearl Farm.
The Pearl Farm is a floating pontoon which is just 8 minutes from the Monkey Mia Jetty. On the journey across to the pontoon you’re likely to spot some local marine life including dugongs, sharks, rays and turtles. From the Sea Lab pontoon you’ll experience seeding, cultivating and harvesting of pearls. The Morgan family are 4th generation pearl farmers and have a lifetime of knowledge to share with visitors.
The 90 minute tours depart daily from the Monkey Mia jetty.
7. Watch Shark Feeding at Ocean Park Aquarium
Ocean Park is an award winning eco-aquarium on the shore of Sharks Bay, roughly half an hour drive from Monkey Mia.
The eco-aquarium has a wide range of marine life native to Western Australia including sting rays, sea turtles, sea snakes and sharks. Also included in your entry fee is a fun, educational 45 minute guided tour with a marine scientist. The tour also includes the opportunity to watch the sharks feeding – a truly awesome experience!
Once you’ve finished, head to the onsite restaurant “Oceans” for delicious snacks and coffee. The terrace boasts beautiful undisturbed ocean views.
8. Hamelin Pool Stromatolites
Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve is one of only two places in the world with living marine stromatolites (living fossils).
You can safely explore the area and view the stromatolites via the Boolagoora broad walk.
The 1.4km loop trail goes through the old coquina quarry and telegraph station. The telegraph station has a tea room and offers tours of the station museum. There’s also a stromatolite display explaining the significance and importance of these formations.
9. Visit the only Shell beach in Australia
Shell Beach is a very unique place to visit from Monkey Mia. Created from billions of tiny shells, it is one of only a handful of places on earth where shells completely replace the beach sand.
The beach is a great place for anyone to swim on a calm day. Like the Dead Sea in Jordan, the water is hyper saline (very salty) and therefore easy to float.
10. Relax the day away at Little Lagoon
Little Lagoon is a beautiful area perfect for swimming, fishing, snorkelling, canoeing and walking. The calm waters make it the ideal spot for children to splash around and play. Take a picnic, relax and enjoy the view.
Little Lagoon is very close to Denham so great to team up with a morning/afternoon at the Eco-Aquarium.
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