Green Sea Turtle
As the region’s original eco-tourism operation, Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo is synonymous with experiencing the aquatic treasures of the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Debbie & Mark Ferguson have been involved taking ecotours around Western Australia for over 20 years, managing the operations of a number of boats in various locations.
Fuelled by their passion for the ocean, above & below the surface, the couple have travelled the world, enjoying the wildlife and marine life on every continent. But it was the unparalled megafauna congregations found across Ningaloo that convinced them to call the area home. The team is proud to specialise in small group tours for Whale Shark swims, Humpback Whale swims & watching, scuba diving and snorkelling.
The long term commitment to preserving the area has contributed to the team of guides providing guests with the region’s best pockets for diving and snorkelling, along with the most reliable and exciting interactions with the myriad of wildlife that bring this utopia to life. Everyday brings new surprises at Ningaloo; a region that never ceases to amaze all that visit this aquatic paradise.
As part of our commitment to sustainability we have also sought independent verification of our practices through the ATAP Ecostar Accreditation program. This program is for operators that demonstrate a level of environmental management over and above the base requirements of ATAP including managing impact and disturbance on the environment, contributing to conservation and sustainability, establishing environmental risk management strategies, supporting and benefiting the local community and recognition of the cultural & heritage issues of the area.
Ningaloo & Exmouth
Fringing the North West Cape coastline, Ningaloo Reef is one of the world’s largest and most magnificent fringing coral reefs. This intricate reef system stretches over 260 km and at some points, is only metres from beautiful secluded sandy beaches.
The Reef is home to a myriad of marine life, including one of the rarest, and largest fish ever found, the Whale Shark. Up to 18 metres in length, Ningaloo is the only place in the world where visitors can swim with Whale Sharks from March to August everyday, when the plankton rich waters draw them close to the reef in search of food.
They are only one of the many seasonal visitors to the Ningaloo Reef. Humpback Whales are also in abundance, with over thirty thousand whales migrating to the area. Calving & resting whales take advantage of sheltered warm waters in their masses with Humpback swims occurring from August to late October.
Manta Rays cruise along the reef, April to November, feeding alongside Whale Sharks & whales, your opportunity to see the big three. In late Autumn, turtles are seen in huge numbers, with the Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill Turtles beginning their mating season and climbing enmass the beaches, nesting everywhere along our coastline. Hot January nights will see Turtle hatchlings bustlling out of the sand racing down to the ocean every evening.
With the bio-diversity of 300 species of corals, an assortment of uniquely coloured Nudibranchs and over 500 different species of fish makes Exmouth an impressive destination all year round.
Meet our guides
Meet our guides
Debbie FergusonAs an experienced divemaster, holder of two science degrees and nearly 20 years experience in managing Ecotourism bodies, Debbie certainly has a very keen eye for spotting everything from tiny Nudibranchs, to distant whales. Her biggest passion being conservation and education of visitors to the Ningaloo area, in the interaction with all wildlife. Debbie is a volunteer with the Department of Parks & Wildlife turtle monitoring program, heading out early mornings, checking up on the nesting tracks and turtle behaviour. An avid scuba diver and snorkeller, finds her in the ocean even on days off, immersed in the reef, or tracking the wonderous North West Cape gorges, birding and enjoying the abundance of nature in the region.
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