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Divers in Western Australia will find the spectacular Ningaloo Reef and plenty of opportunities for excellent shore and wreck diving.
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Unfortunately, Western Australia is overshadowed by the Great Barrier Reef as Australia's primary diving destination. The Coral Coast of Australia is located on the West Coast of Australia starting at Exmouth and ending about 200 kilometers north of Perth, 1100 kilometers further. This is the most popular area for scuba diving with interesting reefs, an enjoyable climate and warm waters. Its desert like beach settings provide for spectacular scenery, not to be seen elsewhere in the world. But the underwater world reaches behind this fringing reef alone.
In the south you can dive near Bremer Bay, Albany, Dunsburough and Busselton at spectacular wrecks named the HMS Perth and HMAS Swan. Perth and Fremantle offers excellent shore dives and the pretty dives just offshore at Rottnest Island. Famous is Shark Bay, a world heritage area with plenty of dolphins (Monkey Mia), dugongs and fields of sea grass. In between Shark Bay and Exmouth, we will find the Ningaloo Reef which is one of the largest fringing reefs in the world. It is often possible to dive right from shore with humpback whales, whale sharks and manta rays not uncommon. Although often rough with reduced visibilities, Muiron Island offers superb dive sites and is an easy daytrip from Exmouth. The Rowley Shoals are a series of three small coral atolls located west of Broome offering some of the best diving in Australia.
Besides scuba diving and snorkeling, there are plenty of other attractions in Western Australia. You can explore Perth, with its beautiful skyline, historic architecture of Freemantle and the Swan Valley. There are interesting Aboriginal tours, Karri and rainforest walks, many National Parks, museums, outback experiences, steep gorges and a wicked coast line. It is a diverse place with plenty of attractions and sites to see.
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