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Monkey Mia
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3-Day Monkey Mia Dolphins, Pinnacles Desert and...
Ranked #399 of 1,716 things to do in Western Australia
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Owner description: Monkey Mia is one of Western Australia's icon tourism experiences attracting around 100,000 visitors a year. Monkey Mia is one of the few locations in Australia to see wild dolphins, get close to them and have an opportunity to feed one. In addition, visitors can learn a lot about these endearing creatures at the Monkey Mia Visitor Centre, which provides information about the dolphins and other features of the surrounding Shark Bay Marine Park in the interpretation display or movie playing in the air-conditioned theatrette. Visitors are also able to buy unique gifts and souvenirs or book a boat charter in the Shark Bay Marine Park, enabling them to see not only dolphins but also dugongs, manta rays, turtles and other marine species. Similarly, local indigenous guides offer cultural tours of the reserve. Visitors can also walk the Wulyibidi Yaninyina walk trail to further explore the area.
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

One of the highlights of our road trip! Room with sea view was quiet and had an exceptional sea view! Dinner was good, curry and snapper for my wife and service was lovely! Well done to all who made our stay great! Tip, if you are booking a room, pay for the sea view and ask for first floor!

1  Thank Martin13Wokingham
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

With great anticipation we decided to take the 250km return trip detour to see the world famous Monkey Mia dolphin interaction. 100 or so people line up at the waters edge at 7.45am listening to (in our case) Mary who is wearing a microphone extol the characteristics of dolphins for half an hour. Remember this is nature and she did very well filling in time before 3 dolphins appeared. Mary is standing 4 metres off the edge knee deep. Puck which is the Grandma of dolphins obviously likes Mary as it rubbed gently against her leg. Mary asked us to wave at Puck in her cootchy koo voice ...all very sweet.
Mary had this show under total control, so now the part for the interaction I thought. OK, she said you can shuffle ankle deep into the water and stay there. So now we were 3 1/2
metres from the dolphin. Non stop talking by Mary and if you were one or two people in a hundred you could stand by Mary and feed a dolphin a dead fish...but NO touching.
The dolphins drifted off and so did the crowd and my wife and I looked at each other and said is that it? We have seen 100s of dolphins closer than 3 1/2 metres in our NZ waters.
I feel it is a bit misleading using the word "interacting". Quite a detour to experience something mediocre. Anyway while we were there we saw a fleeting glimpse of a dugong whilst on a catamaran cruise.

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

We travelled early morning to see the dolphins, along with plenty of others. It is wonderful that the feeding of these beautiful creatures is now very restricted but I think that the advertising is a bit misleading for those who expected to have unlimited access to the dolphins.
We chose to watch from the pier and that was perfect for us, but others were very disappointed at the few numbers that came in to be fed - and feeding is very restricted.
The information provided about the dolphins was excellent, though at times a bit hard to heard with a few problems with the microphones.
The whole area is stunning, beautiful beaches and lovely views. We spent some time at Monkey Mia, going out on a cruise and eating lunch there.
There is no need to arrive for the early morning feeding as there is another later in the morning and we saw more dolphins during the day than in the early hours.
Still worth a visit.

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Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Really, ....... in the age that we do not feed wild animals I find it very courageous that PARKS still hand feed the Dolphins for tourists. Therefore it is very limiting as to what the general punter can be involved in other than watch. Under the circumstance I think they do a fantastic job and offer a very educational presentation.

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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Our first shock at Monkey Mia was the charge to park in the public car park outside the establishment. We were then set back when a further charge per person was asked for if we wanted to join the feed the Dolphins group. At that time we were also informed we would have to be selected as a feeder from the group. People other than the selected feeders were not permitted to enter the water at that time. So we elected to walk the pier and view the beach from that vantage point. Then we were told to stay off the sand as the feeding was done only 3 times per day and the Dolphins may think they could get fed again if we ventured too close.
So we obliged but enjoyed a walk around the facilities and accommodation areas and observed a very clean and well appointed village that seemed to be run by Back Packers.
We certainly will not be returning to Monkey Mia and will not be urging friends to visit.
An absolute left down to a well advertised tourist attraction on our west coast.

5  Thank Dianne M
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