What is the Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience?
The Monkey Mia dolphin experience is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia. Each morning for more than 40 years wild Indo Pacific Bottlenose dolphins have visited the shallows of Monkey Mia, in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. This rare and famous animal encounter is one of the world’s great wildlife experiences and attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year. Dolphins are fed under strict supervision of Department of Parks and Wildlife officers with feed amounts small so the dolphins continue to behave and hunt naturally and teach their young important survival skills.
Times for the dolphin experiences depend on, if, and when the dolphins visit the beach. Between 7:45am and 12 noon up to 4 mature female dolphins can be offered fish the first three times they visit. If the dolphins visit more than three times or after 12 noon they will not be fed. It is best to arrive early as dolphin experiences may finish well before noon. There are days when the dolphins choose not to visit the beach, however these days are rare -Monkey Mia has a 99% dolphin attendance rate!
Instructions for enjoying the Monkey Mia dolphin experience:
- Please meet the rangers on the boardwalk at the front of the visitor centre (near the steps to the beach) for a briefing at 7:45am.
- Remain on the boardwalk until the time of the dolphin experience, at which point rangers will invite you down onto the beach.
- If you are lucky enough to be picked to feed a dolphin please follow the ranger’s instructions and do not touch the dolphins.
Please help us look after the dolphins. Your assistance will help to ensure the dolphins maintain their natural behaviour and do not spend too much time in the shallow waters where they are unable to feed their calves. To avoid harming the Monkey Mia dolphins we ask you please do not touch or swim with them. It is illegal to approach a dolphin within 30meters. If a dolphin is to approach you please remain still and enjoy their company.
Although the feeds only happen in the morning, many visitors taking the time to enjoy Monkey Mia in the afternoons are rewarded with exciting displays of foraging by the dolphins in the shallow water along the beach. Other wildlife such as dugongs, rays, turtles, and emus are also known to make an appearance.
We hope this information assists in making your visit to Monkey Mia a memorable one and thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping to ensure the ongoing health of the Monkey Mia dolphins!
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. Click here for up to date fees.
- 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
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