While staying in Nanga Bay near Denham, everyone had told us to make the trip to Monkey Mia to see the dolphins. This meant an early start to make sure we were there for their first feeding at 7:45am.
Dodging roos at sunrise we set off bright and early and by 7.25am we were queuing to get into the park. As we’ve arrived at all the touristy destinations smack bang in the middle of the school holidays, we’ve realised that everything is quite a bit busier than usual!
The dolphins come right up to the edge of the water as the rangers give a really interesting talk on their behaviours and patterns.
The park has been open since the 80s and they’ve been feeding the same families of dolphins for generations. They act on a strict no-touch policy as back when they first opened children would regularly be subject to dolphin bites.
They look after five dolphins and their young at any given time. Once one passes on they select another dolphin for the programme depending on its tendencies towards humans and its behaviours.
After the informative talk from the rangers, the volunteers came down into the water with the buckets of fish. A few people are chosen depending on how many dolphins have turned up for breakfast.
There are three feedings throughout the morning up until about 9/9.30am. It took us until the last one before our pleading faces were given into and we were able to feed a dolphin!
After a coffee with a view and the whole day ahead of us, we took a kayak out for a few hours and paddled around the bay and up to a secluded beach.
We managed to see a turtle on our way back and dolphins swam right up to the kayak and underneath, following us all the way back to the beach.
It’s a really special way to see dolphins and the best way to see them up close.
The stop off in World Heritage listed Shark Bay was part of our Western Australia road trip from Perth to Darwin. Take a look at some of our other highlights here.