5 Things to do in Coral Bay in 2021-2022

August 9, 2021 11:35 am

Coral Bay is home to some of the most stunning beaches that the world has to offer, but this hidden gem remains somewhat undiscovered. 

This breathtaking and an idyllic seaside town in Western Australia offers keen travellers no shortage of activities and opportunities to kick back and relax, or even get the adrenaline pumping. 

Whether it’s swimming with manta rays or taking a glass-bottomed boat tour, all the best activities in Coral Bay revolve around the ocean. Coral Bay is one destination not to be missed and well worth the journey if you love the ocean. 

How to get to Coral Bay 

If you’re heading to Coral Bay, it’s relatively safe to assume you’re making the journey from Perth. Coming from Perth, you have two options to get there: drive or fly. 

If you choose to make the drive up from Perth, it will take you the better part of a day. However, why not take your time to stop and visit some of the beautiful destinations along the way like Kalbarri and Shark Bay?

Don’t feel like making the trip in a car? Flights are available from Perth to Learmonth Airport in Exmouth. However, keep in mind that you’ll still need to make a 1.5-hour transfer from the airport.

When to visit Coral Bay 

Because Coral Bay enjoys pretty fantastic weather year-round, it’s hard to say when is the best time to visit Coral Bay. In Perth, the weather begins to cool down around April. However, this is the same time that it enters into its dry season, meaning you’ll enjoy fairly steady 30-degree weather day in and day out. If you ask us, this is a pretty great time to plan your trip to Coral Bay. 

If you’d rather head up during Perth’s summer (October to March), Coral Bay usually sits in the high 30s to low 40s. However, be prepared for some pretty humid weather.  

With all that said, let’s take a look at the top 5 things you should do in Coral Bay.

Aerial view of Coral Bay
Aerial view of Coral Bay

1. Jump in a 4WD and hit the sand dunes 

There’s nothing quite like jumping behind the wheel of a 4WD and exploring the sand dune tracks along Five Fingers Reef.

If you get tired of driving, you can always jump out for some of the world’s best snorkelling, with Coral Bay being home to a beautiful and diverse selection of colourful reef fish and marine life, including turtles. 

Another excellent option for a bit of 4WDing is Mauds Landing. North of Coral Bay, Mauds Landing offers a great beach to explore and some amazing 4WD tracks. 

2. Swim with the whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef  

If you’re looking for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, you truly can’t go past our friends at Live Ningaloo. Their small group whale shark tours offer a bespoke, intimate, and educational experience. 

How often do you get the opportunity to swim with 12 to 18-metre whale sharks? Not big enough for you? What about swimming with humpback whales? 

Exmouth is home to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Directly accessible from the beach, the Ningaloo Reef offers travellers and adventure seekers access to stunning turquoise water, immaculate coral gardens, and almost endless possibilities.

3. Take a quad bike tour

If you consider yourself an adrenaline junkie, there’s no shortage of ways to get your fix. For a real rush, look no further than a quad bike tour. If you thought a 4WD tour was a rush, you’ve got another thing coming when you join in for a quad bike tour. 

Quad bike tours are a truly unique way to experience what Coral Bay has to offer, and it’s something you will never forget.

4. Swim with manta rays 

Did you know that manta rays are one of the largest species of ray to inhabit the ocean? The manta rays that visit Coral Bay can have wingspans of up to four metres. Because manta rays do not have a barbed stinger like a stingray, they are not harmful to humans.

There are plenty of tours on offer, most of which offer everything you’ll need, including wetsuits, lunch, and transfers. 

5. Hop on a glass-bottomed boat

We understand that not everyone is all that keen to jump into the Indian Ocean, and that’s why a glass-bottomed boat tour is a fantastic alternative. Just because scuba diving and snorkelling aren’t your thing, why should you have to miss out on all of the incredible underwater life that Coral Bay and Ningaloo Reef has to offer?  

Did you know that Ningaloo Reef is home to more than 500 types of fish? A glass-bottomed boat tour is an excellent way to sit back, relax, and take in some of the incredible sights.