Shark Bay is a World Heritage site in the Gasgoyne region of Western Australia. The 2,200,902-hectare (5,438,550-acre) heritage–listed area is located approximately 800 kilometres (500 mi) north Perth.
We stayed at the Monkey Mia Resort at Monkey Mia which is the only place to get accommodation ranging from camping to fairly luxurious beach front villas and a variety of other options in between. Denham is the nearest town and is approximately 30km from Monkey Mia with more accommodation options.
For me it was a paradise – somewhere to totally relax and immerse myself in nature. We went mid March which was a reasonably quiet time to go which for me was perfect.
People visit Monkey Mia from around the World to see the wild dolphins regularly visit the shoreline to be fed fish and interact with humans. They visit at their own instigation and are fed only a 10th of their daily requirement over a maximum of three feeds so that their natural instinct to fish is not compromised. Aside from regular visits from Dolphins, turtles and sting rays are regular visitors. Visitors are allowed to offer a fish to a dolphin if chosen from the crowd but they are forbidden to touch them. I would recommend a visit to anyone who wants to experience the wonder of a dolphin up close.
We also went on a three hour wildlife cruise with Perfect Nature Cruises on catamaran Aristocat 2 and had an absolutely magical time watching dugongs and turtles, with the highlight watching a large pod of dolphins herding fish. Magnificent!
I have done a short video just over 4 minutes long showing the highlights of this trip – looking back at it I probably took too much footage on the dolphins feeding during the wildlife cruise but never mind – it was such a wonderful experience. Hopefully it gives you a taste of what to expect if you ever make the trip! The link to the video is at the end of this post.