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Old 08-07-2007, 06:29 AM   #1
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Ningaloo Reef

We are going to Perth, Australia at the end of March. We would like to dive the GBR before we go to our other event in Perth, but some say we will have a difficult time getting from one coast to the other without wasting several days on travel. The other option is to dive Ningaloo which is near Perth. Has anybody been there? Should we do some more digging into finding a way to the GBR or is Ningaloo just as good?
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:52 PM   #2
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You're in luck! The GBR is world famous but many Australian divers believe Ningaloo Reef is superior or at least on par.

I'm not speaking from personal experience, but I know experienced divers who have dived at both reefs and they give Ningaloo the thumbs up - it is world class diving with an understated reputation.

Don't waste your time trying to get to the GBR (from Perth it is a looong way away) stick with Ningaloo, you'll be more than satisfied.

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Old 08-07-2007, 11:50 PM   #3
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Ningaloo is a great dive and there is alot to see in WA

Ill leave some links for you

http://www.exmouthwa.com.au/afrontpage.asp

http://www.exmouth.wa.gov.au/tourism.../ningaloo.html

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Old 08-08-2007, 03:27 AM   #4
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Ooooh lucky, you will be there at the right time to see the Whale Sharks (I think?).

I had the opposite problem. I quite often go over to visit friends on the Gold Coast and we wanted to go over to Ningaloo however it was going to be a mission to get there. So we put it off (still on the list of things to do one day though).
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The other thing I forgot to mention was what do you call 'Near to Perth'
I guess in a world wide persective 1000 kilometers is close. For an airflight it is also 'close'

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I was at Ningaloo in June and had an awesome time. Just snorkelling is a blast there. Snorkelling with Mantas at Shark Bay probably the highlight. If you're there are the right time snorkeling with the Whale Sharks is a must but otherwise the diving is generally good all year round. Note summe is v.f hot! (Nov - Feb) so pack the sunblock. The old Navy Pier is now open again too. I missed this but on what I was told I'm going back.

There are a number of different dive shop/operators there most are ok but the gear is quite tired. There was a new operator called Dive Now that had great new gear and were really well organised (Please note I have no alliliation & got no kick backs for this).

I've dived the GBR as well but Ningaloo was far more pristine.
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Thanks for all the information. I think we will try Ningaloo since we will be on the same coast for another event anyway.
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