NINGALOO REEF: SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS
Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia is one of the best places in the world to swim with the world’s largest fish, whale sharks. These gentle giants can grow to a whopping 12 metres in length and visit the reef each year from mid-March to late July. Thankfully for us, they feed primarily on plankton and krill, taking in huge gulps of water and filtering out their microscopic meals. For confident swimmers, few water-based feats can rival the thrill of snorkelling alongside them.
Younger children and non-swimmers needn’t miss out though. Whale-watching trips can easily be arranged, offering chances to spot turtles, dolphins, rays and whale sharks from the safety of a boat. And unlike its famous east coast counterpart, Ningaloo is a fringing reef, meaning you can don a mask and snorkel and start exploring the coral straight from the white-sand beach.