When Is the Best Time
Snorkelling during high tide only! Please avoid low tide to protect the corals. At low tide, the water level is too shallow, and you may destroy corals while you are snorkeling. Check the tide times either at Milyering Visitor Centre or follow the link. Tide Times Exmouth
Top Tours to Ningaloo Reef
We already went on three snorkel trips from Exmouth and all of them were breathtaking. After the hot summer months in April and May, the sea temperature is bearable whereas September is pretty cold. However, we swam several times with a whale shark and humpback whale. We were in absolute awe the entire time watching these majestic giants.
The region has a tropical-hot-desert climate. In autumn and winter from April to September with pleasant temperatures around 25° C which cause an average water temp of about 22°C. It's hot during summer with an average daily temp of 35°C and water temperature around 26°C. It doesn't rain much here; less than 30 days of precipitation with the highest chance for thunderstorms from January to April. Fewer clouds from August to December. Cyclones can occur and are more likely to happen from January to March. In March 2015 Exmouth was hit by one, and at the end of April 2014, record-breaking heavy rainfall caused flash floods.
Best Months to Visit
Location and Tips
Oyster Stacks is part of a sanctuary zone in the Ningaloo Marine Park and the best snorkel site in this area. It's a popular spot to snorkel self-guided. It is located 60 km from Exmouth on the west side. We saw a huge amount of different colourful fish species, green sea turtles and a moray eel. The wintertime is pleasant, but sea temperatures range between 25-21°C close to the shore. I recommend a wetsuit for snorkelling during this time of the year.
Don't come here in a rush just for the whale sharks. Ningaloo and the Cape Range National Park have so much more to offer. Hike through the Mando Mando Gorge, and maybe you spot a black-footed wallaby as we did. One of the best situated hotels next to Exmouth beach is the Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort.