Shark Bay Marine Park

Over 70% of the World Heritage Area is marine waters, an area of over 1.5 million hectares and one of Australia’s largest embayments. The shallow and mostly protected waters of the bay are home to vast herds of dugong, intriguing stromatolites and the world’s largest seagrass beds. In fact many of the reasons for Shark Bay’s World Heritage listing are within the waters of the bay!

Marine reserve zones were created to ensure the long term protection of important natural treasures, like the stromatolites and seagrass beds, whilst at the same time allowing for you to enjoy and appreciate these places. Click on the links below to find out where the zones are and the activities permitted in each zone.

Interactive Marine Zoning Map

Marine reserves brochure

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Boat access to the marine park is from numerous formal boat ramps located around the bay at Monkey Mia, Denham, Nanga and in Carnarvon (for access to the northern part of the bay). Less formal beach access for smaller boats is available at numerous spots including the northern beaches of Francois Peron National Park, the beaches around Steep Point, Tamala Station, Carrarang and Gladstone
Access to the water for other activities such as kayaking, swimming and snorkelling is possible from many of the beaches in the World Heritage Area and also out the front of town.


Aside from the boat ramps mentioned above there is a marina facility in Carnarvon and anchorages at Denham and Monkey Mia. Denham has limited marina pens and moorings administered through the Shire of Shark Bay and the Department of Primary Industries and there are moorings at Monkey Mia administered by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Boating and fishing

Boating and fishing are some of the most popular activities in the bay and there are literally thousands of square kilometres of open water ready for exploration. Note that fishing is not permitted in the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, sanctuary zones within the Shark Bay Marine Park, or the dolphin interaction area at Monkey Mia. Visit our interactive zoning map for more details or download our Shark Bay Marine Park brochure here.