Monkey Mia is world famous for its dolphin interaction experience, a rare encounter with wild animals that has become a major tourism attraction. The area is beautiful in its own right, rusty red sand dunes - quartz with a coating of iron oxide- contrast with white sandy beaches and a turquoise bay. You’ve come a long way why not spend a few days and really immerse yourself in the wonder of this place.
You can access Monkey Mia by two wheel-drive car or by air.
You can drive yourself to Monkey Mia, take a commercial tour or travel with a coach company. Monkey Mia is 24km from Denham and 151km from the Northwest Coastal Highway. All roads are sealed therefore suitable for caravans.
It is approximately 850 km from Perth (around ten hours drive) and 420km from Geraldton (minimum four hours drive).
There are regular flights to the Monkey Mia airport from Perth, Carnarvon and Geraldton. Flights from Geraldton take about 90 min and from Perth two and a half hours. The airport is ten minutes drive from Monkey Mia and pickups can be organised when booking accommodation at Monkey Mia. Scenic flights over Monkey Mia are also available.
For more information on commercial tours visit: Tourism Western Australia's website.
For bus timetables visit: www.greyhound.com.au.
For flight information visit: Skippers Aviation
For scenic flight details visit: http://www.sharkbayair.com.au/
There are plenty of facilities at Monkey Mia, including a public boat ramp, jetty, barbecues, public toilets, public telephones and drinking water. There is also a small general store that sells snacks and souvenirs.
Discover more about Shark Bay’s dolphins and other marine creatures at the Monkey Mia Visitor Centre. Learn the history of the beach dolphins, have fun with the interactive displays, or visit the amphitheatre for free activities and presentations. International researchers often give informative talks about their work. For the most recent activity program go here.
The nearby Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort has internet access, a café, restaurant, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a variety of accommodation options. There is also a range of shops, restaurants and fuel outlets in Denham, 24 km (about 20 minutes drive) from Monkey Mia.
A range of accommodation is available at Monkey Mia and around the Shark Bay region. At Monkey Mia the only accommodation is at the Monkey Mia Resort. Here they cater for all tastes with a range of units, villas, cabins, backpacker accommodation and a camping area on offer. An impressive range of accommodation is also located in Denham, 24 km (about 20 minutes’ drive) from Monkey Mia. Search for accommodation and make a booking here.
The Dolphin Experience
In an amazing wildlife ritual that has been going for over 40 years, a small number of dolphins come ashore at Monkey Mia almost every day to the delight of patient onlookers. These bottlenose dolphins are fed a small amount of fish up to three times a day between about 8am and 12pm. Department of Parks and Wildlife staff supervise the feeding and ensure the wellbeing of the animals is maintained. The chance to see dolphins is almost guaranteed and days when these wild dolphins do not visit the shore are rare.
- Who gets to feed the dolphins?
- Can I swim with the dolphins?
- For all of the answers to our frequently asked questions click here.
Visit our Monkey Mia dolphin pages to learn all about the biology and history of these delightful animals.
Other wildlife encounters
Emus and pelicans can be seen at Monkey Mia as well as some threatened native species if you look closely. Emus and pelicans are often spotted looking for food. Please do not feed these or any other animals because there are many problems associated with feeding wildlife as explained here. Close to the main car park you may see the rare thick-billed grasswren, many other birds and a variety of reptiles. On the water if you're lucky you may spot dugongs, small sharks and turtles!
Tours and Other Activities
Most people come to Monkey Mia to see the dolphins, but there are plenty of other things to see, do and enjoy! While you’re at Monkey Mia, why not give these things a try:
- Join a wildlife cruise and enjoy unforgettable encounters with dugongs, turtles, manta rays, sharks and dolphins from the deck of a catamaran!
- Get a better view of the local scenery from the back of a friendly camel! Guided rides along Monkey Mia beach are available most days.
- Join a Malgana guide for a cultural walk that will both entertain and educate you. Learn about local Aboriginal language, history and traditions, plus bush tucker, medicinal plants, identifying animal tracks and much more.
- Go swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and sailing in the Shark Bay Marine Park, one of the world’s most diverse and pristine marine environments.
- Try your luck fishing. You can go line-fishing away from the main activity area, or launch your boat at the nearby public boat ramp and go further out into the bay. Charter fishing tours are also available. Going fishing? Go here first!
Note that fishing, swimming, boating and non-motorised water sports are all prohibited in the dolphin interaction area to ensure the protection and safety of the wild dolphins.
For all your commercial tours and accommodation click here
! You can book in person at the booking office on Knight Street in Denham or the booking office at Monkey Mia.
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Discover fascinating natural and cultural history on the Monkey Mia Walk Trail (Wulyibidi yaninyina). An easy stroll of about 1.5 km, the trail loops from the visitor centre into the surrounding sand dunes and back to the beach. The best time to do the walk is just after sunrise or just before sunset, when the land birds are most active. Download the Monkey Mia Reserve brochure and map here
The Department of Parks and Wildlife charges a fee on arrival for entry into the Monkey Mia Reserve. This fee pays for the care, management and research of the Monkey Mia dolphins. It is also used to provide visitor facilities, including interpretation and school holiday activities. Please note that entrance fees are subject to change.
- Adult $10.00
- Concession $8.00
Child 6-15 years $4.00
- Family (2 adults, 2 children) $24.00
Holiday permit (four weeks duration)
- Adult $16.00
- Concession $13.00
- Child 6-15 years $6.50
- Family (2 adults, 2 children) $38.50
Take a Virtual Tour
View a 360 panorama of the dolphin feeding experience here
Watch a video of dolphins in waters off Monkey Mia here
Watch a video of a dolphin 'sponge feeding' here