It was so exciting to be in Exmouth or to be more precise to be by Ningaloo reef! For a long time I have dreamed about diving and snorkelling here. We have unfortunately missed the whale shark season but there is so much more to see here. Turtle are nesting and they were everywhere! We snorkelled with them, waded in the swallows close to them and watched them mating! Not that Tommy seemed that impresed!
The reef is so close to the beach that it was great for the kids to be able to snorkel and see a huge variety of fish and corals. We spent a long time at picturesque Turquoise Bay where the boys played and practiced snorkelling with their noodles. Many of the spots are a short swim over the sand with depths around 3 m, to reach the reef that was generally between 1 to 3 metres. Bryce has really got his confidence in the water and was able to explore with Mike or myself a lot more. Tom too was confident with his snorkelling gear but liked to stay in his depth, so he loved a place called the Oyster Stacks with coral straight off the rocks. It was perfect for him and I was able to take him out further than he realized as there was so much to see.
Once the boys were cold and had had enough, Mike and I would take turns snorkelling. As a rule you should always snorkel with a buddy, but that wasn’t an option so we had to adjust accordingly and go alone. Generally this might mean that you don’t go out so deep and hang around the area of other snorkelers. But at times I found this hard, I went snorkelling at Oyster Stacks while Mike and the boys had lunch and rested in the car and at an amazing spot called Lake Side, I went out in depths of 10 or more metres with great visibility in the hope of finding some sharks and mantas. I would keep popping my head up making sure I could see the markers and the beach! It was great and scary at the same time, but worth it when I found a black tip reef shark resting on the bottom and swam though some huge schools of fish. I LOVE Ningaloo!! It’s exciting to see the boys getting a greater appreciation of the ocean.