Monkey Mia, an ocean-side hamlet, is located nearly 26 km north of
Denham in the
Bottlenose dolphins regularly swim into the shallows at Monkey Mia, to take offerings of food and to make contact with humans. It is a ritual that apparently began more than 40 years ago. While these wild creatures generally arrive daily, there is no guarantee when it will be - the dolphins come into to shore when they are ready to, not at the call of human trainers.
Stand in knee-deep water and you can enjoy the company of these dolphins who have come to play, laugh and "talk" with humans. Morning is the best time to see them, somewhere between 8am and 1pm. The dolphins tend to arrive daily during the winter months and less predictably during summer.
There is a vehicle entry fee charge to Monkey Mia Reserve and the Code of Behaviour, outlined in your entry brochure, should be observed.
You can also take a boat tour or a scenic flight to see the stunning scenery and marine life of the area: sea turtles, school sharks, dugongs (sea cows), manta rays and shore birds.
Allow at least one day when visiting to be sure of seeing the dolphins. Monkey Mia has a small range of restaurants and accommodation, or visitors can stay in nearby
, the largest township in the Shark Bay area.
Image: Feeding the Dolphins, Monkey Mia, Tourism Western Australia
Things to do
Dolphin Information Centre - can provide information about these dolphins and their habits.
Open daily from 7am to 4pm.
Monkey Mia Air Charter - flights over Zuytdorp Cliffs or around the bay
Cruises - to see dugongs and dolphins, contact Shark Bay Tourist Centre in Denham
Attractions in surrounding area
Hamelin Pool Stromatolites - sedimentary rock formed by fossilised algae, thousands of years old
Shell Beach - a beach made up entirely of tiny shells
Francois Peron National Park - has arid scenery, salt lakes and wilderness. Visit Peron's homestead and soak in the artesian 'hot tub'. Entry fee applies. 7 km north.
Dirk Hartog Island - take a cruise or charter a fishing boat around the island