Australia - Exmouth 28.05.10
5 day snorkeling adventure with Aurelie on the Ningaloo reef and swimming with a whale shark at Exmouth, North West Australia.
It took 2 hours to fly from Perth up to Exmouth, when we touched down I thought I had been sent to army camp! We were in the middle of nowhere (the Australian outback) surrounded by orange dirt and kangaroos.
After a half an hour drive we reached Exmouth a small coastal town visited regularly by people wanting to experience Ningaloo reef.
Between March and June Exmouth is a happening place as people from all over the world come to swim with the biggest fish in the world, the mighty whale shark. This was of course the reason why Aurelie and myself were in Exmouth.
After picking up our cosy campervan and supplies it was time to head to Ningaloo reef to see what it was all about. The weather wasn't the best but we could see why people came by how clear the water was. That night we were woken at 12:30 by a park ranger informing us that we weren't able to park there and to move on!
The next morning Aurelie drove the campervan in to a soft patch of sand burying the back wheels, panic set in as we had to meet our whale shark tour group in 15 minutes! Luckily the tour group drove past where we were stuck and picked us up after seeing us waving our hands wildly, not a good start to the break away.
After an outer reef snorkel we were briefed on the boat how to go about swimming with a whale shark once the spotter plane above us had found one. In a matter of minutes 'WHALE SHARK' was shouted from the skipper up above, by the time we got to its location it had already dived. Everyone on board could feel the excitement and were ready to swim. 15 minutes later we all got our chance and were swimming with a 4m long male whale shark. It was hard work swimming along side it and trying to keep up but the most incredible experience being so close to such a huge fish. We were lucky enough to spend a total of 52 minutes on and off with one whale shark, where as other companies that same day only got 8 minutes!
The rest of the day tour was spent watching dolphins, swimming with a manta ray and snorkeling.
We got back to our campervan and found out the company we hired it from had pulled us out of the sand yay :) Time to relax and watch the sun set, I tell ya we both slept well that night.
The last days of our holiday were spent taking lots of photos underwater snorkeling with many different species of fish in clear turquoise water, dodging kangaroos/emus while driving along cape national range and relaxing under the sun :)
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