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. 

FAMILY BUSINESS EST. 1994

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.  

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

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

Whale Sharks

March - July

Manta Rays

All year round

Humpback 

Whales

Humpback season between

July 1st - Oct 31st

Sea Turtles

Dolphins

All year round

All year round (watching only)

Dugongs

Although rare, dugongs can be seen May - Sept.

(watching only)

OUR VESSELS

KAI AURA
KURNI KU
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; Kai Aura, 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! 

PARTNERSHIPS

Prue started diving on the east coast of Australia when she was 14 years old. She got her first underwater camera 2 years later and has been photographic the underwater world ever since. Working extensively in the diving industry, she has spent thousands of hours under the sea. She loves sharing her work at the surface to give people an idea of the magic that happens beneath the waves! 

email    |    sealifedifferently@yahoo.com.au

website    |   www.sealife-differently.com

Prue Wheeler - Photographer onboard our Whale Shark Safari & Humpback Whale Safari 

SEALIFE DIFFERENTLY

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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.

instagram|   @alexkyddphoto

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

ALEX KYDD PHOTO

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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!

email    |    daniel.browne@hotmail.com.au

instagram    |    danielthomasbrowne

Dan Browne - photographer onboard our Marine Eco Safari

DANIEL THOMAS IMAGES

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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  |     indepthimagery@outlook.com

Instagram |  indepthimagery

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

INDEPTH IMAGERY

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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

CORAL BAY CONSERVATION GROUP

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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

PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

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