Bill's Bay Snorkeling
The 12th most popular snorkel dive spot in Western Australia.
Sunday 3 July 2016 06:46 GMT
North of Perth and west of Coral Bay, the snorkeling at Bill’s Bay is known for calm dive waters with brain coral, cabbage coral and giant calms. The Bill’s Bay snorkeling dive site is within the boundaries of the Ningaloo Marine Park. In this sheltered 4km-long bay, the water depth averages about 3m.
The Bill’s Bay snorkeling dive site is located at the end of Coral Bay Road. The best snorkeling is about 300 feet offshore amongst the brown colored coral gardens. While diving, make sure to look for Ayre’s Rock, which is a massive brain coral formation. Keep in mind that there is plenty of boat traffic within the channel markers.
The Ningaloo Reef is a 260km long fringing reef located 1,200km north of Perth. The Ningaloo Marine Park is part of the Ningaloo Coast Wold Heritage Area. In addition, the reefs are breeding grounds for green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles and loggerhead turtles. You may encounter reef sharks and manta rays as well. Ningaloo Reef is home to several species of sharks from blacktipped and whitetipped reef sharks up to great white sharks. There are shark attacks every year, though most encounters are by surfers and spear-fishermen. There is the occasional reef shark bite though in the shallow inshore lagoons. This reef is known to be occasionally frequented by the venomous Irukandji jellyfish and also the larger box jellyfish, so make sure to check with dive shops prior to heading out.
Overall, Bill's Bay is the 12th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Western Australia. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Bill's Bay including Ningaloo Reef, Quobba Point and Skeleton Bay.