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Traditional Owners

Coral Bay Ecotours respectfully acknowledges the traditional occupants of the region, Baiyungu people of the Yamatji language group, and thank them for their continued cooperation with us, allowing us all to appreciate and enjoy the Ningaloo Reef area. 

The Ningaloo Coast is part of the Baiyungu, Yinikurtira & Thalanyji peoples’ traditional land and sea country.  They have inhabited the area for over 35,000 years.  The region is extremely significant containing aboriginal sites such as burial grounds, middens and fish traps, and provide the earliest record of marine resource use in Australia. The word Ningaloo means “deepwater” from the local Yinigudura tribe. Reference - Ocean Wise

ABOUT US

Swim with whale sharks, humpback whales, manta rays, turtles & much more on the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef

You're comfort & safety is our priority

Our charter vessels are designed for the Ningaloo Reef

Experienced crew offering professional service

Wildlife experiences that you won't forget

CORAL BAY ECOTOURS

Coral Bay Ecotours is a marine tour company specialising in marine interactions on the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Marine Park of Western Australia.

 

Located in Coral Bay with a backdrop of red desert, there is over 500 species of fish, 200 species of coral and an abundance of Australia’s most prized megafauna.

 

With daily encounters with Manta rays, Sea Turtles, Reef Sharks, Dolphins and seasonal encounters with Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales and Dugongs

there's no wonder this place is

Australia’s best kept secret!

OUR MISSION

To provide high quality marine wildlife tours in the most professional, educational & sustainable way possible. 

Aerial shot of Coral Bay &Ningaloo

Aerial shot of Coral Bay &Ningaloo

Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Lilly checking a green sea turtle

Lilly checking a green sea turtle

Swimming with turtles on tour with Coral Bay Ecotours

Green sea turtle at Coral Bay

Green sea turtle at Coral Bay

Turtle Eco Tour - Coral Bay | Ningaloo Reef

Coral Bay Ecotours

Coral Bay Ecotours

Bait Ball

Coral Bay Ecotours

Coral Bay Ecotours

Stingrays

swim with Whale sharks in Coral Bay

swim with Whale sharks in Coral Bay

Whale Shark Safari, Swim with Whale Sharks, Coral Bay Ecotours, Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay, Western Australia

Girls enjoying freediving

Girls enjoying freediving

Coral bay ecotours , Ningaloo Reef

swim with green sea turtles

swim with green sea turtles

Swim with turtles on tour with Coral Bay Ecotours

Humpback Whale Swim

Humpback Whale Swim

Swim with Humpback Whales, Coral Bay Ecotours, Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Orcars

Orcars

Orcars, Coral Bay Ecotours, Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Whale Shark Swim

Whale Shark Swim

Swim with Whale Sharks, Coral Bay Ecotours, Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

shades of blue in Ningaloo

shades of blue in Ningaloo

Manta Boat of Coral Bay Ecotours

Manta Boat of Coral Bay Ecotours

Kurni Khu in blue waters of ningaloo while customers swim with Manta Rays

Aerial shot of Ninagaloo

Aerial shot of Ninagaloo

aerial shot taken from our spotter plan used to find Manta rays, Humpback whales and Whale Sharks of Ningaloo

Swim with Whale Sharks

Swim with Whale Sharks

Whale Shark Safari, Swim with Whale Sharks, Coral Bay Ecotours, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Enjoying snorkeling

Enjoying snorkeling

Whale shark approaching the boat

Whale shark approaching the boat

Whale Shark Swim, Whale Shark Safari, Coral Bay Ecotours, Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Mobula Ray in Ningaloo Reef

Mobula Ray in Ningaloo Reef

Whale watching tour

Whale watching tour

coral bay ecotours, coral bay, Ningaloo Reef

Guest swimming with spango fish

Guest swimming with spango fish

1 hour coral viewing

Swim with Humpback Whales

Swim with Humpback Whales

Humpback Whale Swim, Swim with Humpback Whales, Coral Bay Ecotours, Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Humpback Whale Swim

Humpback Whale Swim

Swim with Humpback whales, Coral Bay Ecotours, Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

FAMILY BUSINESS EST. 1994

Nhanya Khu, glass bottom boat of Coral Bay Ecotours

Coral Bay Ecotours is a family business founded in 1994 by the Bailye’s. 

When Ken Bailye and his wife first arrived in 1993, Coral Bay was a very different place to what it is now. An undeveloped community situated on a reef that was so remote very few people knew of it. All boats were launched from Bill’s Bay and the town had an off-grid kind of feeling to it. It was a popular holiday place for farmers and other adventurous souls escaping the winter months. But for Ken and his family, Coral Bay was a back-to-nature lifestyle change. Ken was a passionate environmentalist and began running tours in 1994 through “Glass Bottom Boat Ecology Cruises”. With concerns about the future of Coral Bay, Ken formed close connections with the Baiyungu people, the traditional owners of the Coral Bay area and surrounds. These connections remain strong to this day through Ken’s three sons John, Roger & Gavin.

Roger is the second eldest and has lived in Coral Bay for 17 years managing the family business. Roger (BSc Sustainable Management) continues to share his family's passion for the Ningaloo Reef with his guests and staff members.  

NINGALOO MARINE PARK

Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is a world-renown marine wonderland and is the world's largest and most accessible fringing reef.  It hosts an incredible diversity of tropical & temperate marine flora & fauna.

 

The abundance of marine life and the contrasting white sandy beaches against the red desert lands, makes this little piece of paradise Australia’s best kept secret!

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 UNESCO World Heritage Site 

The Ningaloo Coast was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 due to it’s outstanding natural assets and cultural significance. The 604,500 hectare marine & terrestrial property of Ningaloo Coast, is one of the largest nearshore reef systems in the world. 

 

The land features an extensive network of underground cave & water courses, holding high species endemism (unique to this area). An estimated 300 to 500 whale sharks aggregate annually coinciding with the mass coral spawning and upwelling currents. The marine environment contains a high diversity of habitats including lagoon, reef, open ocean, the continental slope & the continental shelf.  Intertidal systems such as rocky shores, sandy beaches, estuaries and mangroves are all found locally as well. Reference - UNESCO

CORAL BAY WILDLIFE CALENDAR

March - June

All year round

Humpback 

Whales

Humpback season between

July 1st - Oct 31st

Dolphins

All year round

All year round (watching only)

Dugongs

Although rare, dugongs can be seen May - Sept.

(watching only)

OUR VESSELS

Our whale shark vessel is built for speed, comfort and safety for open ocean cruising.

THUNDER

Designed for shallow water cruising and wildlife interactions, Kurni Ku is the perfect vessel for swimming with mantas.

KURNI KU

Designed specifically for the shallow reef systems of Coral Bay, there is no better way to experience the reefs 

NHANYA KU

Our 3 charter vessels are designed for cruising the Ningaloo Reef. They each have specific features that make them ideal for different wildlife encounters. 

Your comfort & safety is our priority! 

 

MEET THE TEAM

We believe our experienced & passionate crew members are what sets us aside from just a regular tour company. 

Each of our crew members holds a current First Aid Certification and have undertaken Whale Shark Interaction Training & Humpback in-water Interaction Training with the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Among our team we have 5 qualified skippers who drive our 3 boats; Thunder, Kurni Ku & Nhanya Ku. Our crew also attain a wealth of knowledge about marine ecosystems & the Ningaloo Reef to add an educational spin to our tours. 

In the team we also have Marine Biologists, Snorkel Instructors, Underwater Photographers, Tourism Experts, Sailors and Free-diving & Scuba-diving Instructors.

 

Check out our crew profiles below to see who will be taking you out to explore the Ningaloo Reef! 

Kane Freeman - Head Skipper
Kane Freeman - Head Skipper

Coral Bay Ecotours - Crew

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Olly Hill - Eco Guide
Olly Hill - Eco Guide

Coral Bay Ecotours - Crew

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Sierra - Eco Guide
Sierra - Eco Guide

Coral Bay Ecotours - Crew

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Sophie- Eco Guide
Sophie- Eco Guide

Coral Bay Ecotours

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Emily - Assistant Manager
Emily - Assistant Manager

Coral Bay Ecotours

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Dan - Daniel Thomas Images
Dan - Daniel Thomas Images

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Anna - Eco Guide
Anna - Eco Guide

Coral Bay Ecotours

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Kylie - Manager
Kylie - Manager

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Shirhan - Manager
Shirhan - Manager

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Alex Kydd
Alex Kydd

Coral Bay Ecotours

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OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS

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DANIEL THOMAS IMAGES

Dan grew up on the Western Australian coast spending his time sailing & surfing. It wasn’t until Dan started working in Coral Bay that he discovered his hidden passion for underwater photography. Dan loves changing peoples perceptions on sharks and wants to show his audience how misunderstood these creatures really are!

Awards:

Sony Alpha Awards- Winner "Nature" category -2019

35awards-Best Ocean Dwellers Photographer - 2020

35awards-Best of Ocean Dwellers contest - 2020

email    |    daniel.browne@hotmail.com.au

instagram    |    danielthomasbrowne

Dan Browne - photographer onboard our Marine Eco Safari

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ALEX KYDD PHOTO

Alex is an ocean lover who developed a passion for photography. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, he completed university studies in marine biology and worked on the Great Barrier Reef where he learned to take photos below the water with a basic compact camera. Four years on Alex is now based on Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia pursuing his dream. He works full time as a photographer.  The vast majority of Alex’s photography is taken while freediving. 

 

He is on a mission to showcase the beauty of our oceans in the hope that we can all do our best to protect and preserve.

Awards:

Australian Photography Awards - Winner "wildlife" category - 2019

instagram|   @alexkyddphoto

Alex Kydd - Photographer onboard our Whale Shark Safari & Humpback Whale Safari 

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NAOMI ROSE PHOTO

Naomi began scuba diving in Ireland and soon fell in love with underwater photography. During university, she spent more time in the ocean than studying! After graduating, she came to Australia to seek out bigger adventures. She is now living her dream of working as an underwater photographer and sharing the incredible beauty of the oceans with everyone.

email  |     naomirosephoto@gmail.com

Instagram |  naomirosephoto

website  |  www.naomirosephoto.com

Naomi Roche - photographer onboard our Marine Eco Safari and Whale Shark Safari

PARTNERSHIPS

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CORAL BAY CONSERVATION GROUP

The Conservation Group was established in 2006 and has been heavily involved in clean-up initiatives, the aluminium tin-can recycling project & holding market stalls promoting eco-friendly reusables to the community & tourists. 

The Conservation Group has been creatively finding solutions to help make our tour even more eco-friendly! Some of the initiatives we now partake in are: reducing our plastic use (bread bags for bakery orders & bees wax wraps), composting all food scraps, natural cleaning products & mask sprays and re-usable drink bottles among crew members. This is an on-going project! 

Caring for the Sea & the Community

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PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) manage the Ningaloo Marine Park and aim to protect its ecological, cultural and historical significance. They work closely with local stakeholders including Indigenous communities, science researchers, community groups, tour operators, recreational users and private land managers. 

 

Coral Bay Ecotours proudly works with DBCA, contributing to their world-leading Whale Shark Tourism management strategy. Part of your ticket proceeds contributes to on-going environmental research and education through ECOEANS (an Australian NGO).

 Managers of Ningaloo Marine Park

CORAL BAY LOCAL BUSINESSES

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CORAL BAY AIRPORT TRANSFER

Enjoy the convenience and smooth experience you’ll get when you are with experienced drivers. You can trust them to handle all unexpected traffic conditions and wildlife encounters on the road from Learmonth airport to Coral Bay.

 www. cbairporttransfers.com.au

+61 448619999

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    FINS CAFE

    Fins Café is Coral Bay's only café open all day and into the night. Open from 8am-late, this lovely little spot is your go-to for the best coffee in town and a great range menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner (BYO alcohol). Out recommendations would be the eggs benny or breaky wrap for breakfast!! Yum! 

    (08) 9942 5900

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    REEF CAFE

    Reef café, open only for dinner from 5.45pm till late is Coral Bay's famous licensed Italian restaurant, with a wonderful selection of pizza, pasta and other delicious meals, including the best fresh chicken schnitzels in town!

    (08) 9942 5882

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