Ningaloo Reef

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Paul Pichugin @paulmp2 months ago · 4 min read
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Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Reef
As I slip into the water from the glass bottom boat, I wonder how this pristine reef isn't better known. Ningaloo Reef in the Indian Ocean stretches over 300 kilometres down along the western coast of Australia. It is a World Heritage listed reef and is one of the longest fringing coral reefs in the world.

The stretch of coast has a few small towns you can stay in including the appropriately named Coral Bay, the reef is very easily accessed with a short swim from the shore. A few years ago I worked on a project with the local tourism board to produce a set of images from the reef, the beaches and surrounding natural attractions. When visiting these areas you won't find the major infrastructure like you do on the Great Barrier Reef on the eastern coast of Australia, but I think that Ningaloo Reef is far better for it.

The glass bottom boat
The glass bottom boat

I don't know what it is about being in the water that brings about a sense of peace for me, but the moment I put my head under to snorkel it is like the noise of the world disappears. I guess focusing on breathing and holding my breath as I dive makes me remain in the moment, completely present and mindful of what I am experiencing. Ningaloo Reef is incredibly colourful and loaded with a massive array of sealife. I've swum with Leopard Sharks, Shovel Nose Sharks, Black Tip Reef Sharks and even Tiger Sharks (all of them are harmless except for Tiger Sharks).

Reef Shark
Reef Shark

I personally think Tiger Sharks are demonised to a disproportionate level. In Western Australia they are relatively harmless for the most part, they can most definitely attack and even kill but they are more curious than aggressive and are usually quite timid. The only time I've been really nervous with them was when I was out with some guys who were spear fishing, the speared fish were getting the tiger sharks more than a little excited and they were starting to frenzy, so I got clear of the area and out of the water.

Ningaloo Reef is one of the few places in the world where you can swim along side the enormous Whale Sharks and Humpback Whales, although you'll need to go with a registered tour company to do either of those. That is on my "bucket list".

Humpback Whales
Humpback Whales

I've snorkelled and free-dived on the Great Barrier Reef, on the reefs of Papua New Guinea (they are incredible) and Thailand, Ningaloo is hands down my favourite due out of those, the only place I get better visibility under water is also in the Indian Ocean on a tiny island called Christmas Island (story coming from that trip soon). The water clarity and health of Ningaloo Reef is incredible and relatively unvisited.

Exmouth Coral
Exmouth Coral

To get to Ningaloo Reef you can either drive from Perth, Western Australia.. quite a long drive, I'd recommend taking a few days to do it as you are driving through the outback and driving at night is not all recommended due to kangaroos, cows and camels. Alternatively you can fly from Perth to Exmouth. Exmouth is the main town on the Ningaloo Reef and well worth visiting. Other attractions within the Exmouth region include canyons and gorges that are worth a hike (winter only, too hot and dangerous in summer). Exmouth is on a peninsular so it is one of the few places you can watch the sun rise and set over the ocean.

Exmouth Sunrise
Exmouth Sunrise

I'll leave you with a few more photos of the pristine coral.

Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Reef

Coral Bay
Coral Bay


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Paul, these are incredible images. It is great to see the reef you were talking about. That water, it is so clear!


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The adventure tour I'm putting together will cover Ningaloo Reef as well as Karijini :)


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joshman
joshman @joshman2 months ago

Beautiful! There are pristine reefs in the Gulf of Aden near Djibouti. There's a little resort called Sable Blanc, where you can basically walk off the beach with your snorkeling gear into some great reefs. Not too far from there is the lowest point in Africa called Lake Asal, which is one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet, and is surrounded by an alien landscape. Also you can go during whale shark season and and see those massive animals.


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I've added it to my "to research" list :)


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joshman
joshman @joshman2 months ago

I'd really love to dive around Australia some day, added this to my bucket list as well! :)


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Some of the best diving in the world :)


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If you do cave diving, do some research on the Nullarbor Cave Diving. Enormous caves you can scuba dive through... in the middle of the Australian Outback!


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I lived for Australia for two years and if I can express my own opinion some places are less advertised but they also deserve to be visited and your post is an eloquent example.


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I think part of the appeal of these places is the fact that they are less visited :)


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I had to compliment you on how phenomenal the final results of your edits look! @paulmp Your underwater photographs are simply incredible! You make me want to grab snorkle gear and jump right through the screen into the Indian Ocean and Ningaloo Reef! 🐠🐚🐟


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Thank you!


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Great pictures - I totally love the second shot with the blurred boat in the back! Congrats on your pictures :)


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Thank you. It is hard to get the coral that was really close as well as the boat which was a little distance off, both in focus, so I went for the coral.


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Franz @greddyforce2 months ago

Wow, awesome shots! What camera you use for this or do you use a waterproof housing ?


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Most of these were taken on either the Canon 7D or Canon 5Dmk3 with an underwater housing and a dome port so that I could use my ultra-wide angle zoom.


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Perfect set!

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phortun @phortuna month ago

Stunning wildlife shots. It is good to know there are still places out there where the corals keep their colors (at least some of them). Unfortunately, most of the reefs that I saw in the Caribbean were already completely bleached...


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These are nice. Do you use color correction software for your underwater photos?


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I shoot in RAW, so all my photos need to be processed. I use Adobe Lightroom to process my photos.


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