Here are some of the other attractions we recommend within a short drive of our glass bottom boat.
Located only 5km south from where we run our glass bottom boat tours at Tantabiddi, Mangrove Bay is heaven for bird-watchers. A bird observation hide has been built here which provides an excellent viewing area to study the birdlife in the area. This most unique and fascinating ecosystem teams with life both above and below water at high and low tides. Mangrove Bay is located in the Cape Range National Park – entrance fees apply.
Located about 30km south from where we run our glass bottom boat tours at Tantabiddi, Turquoise Bay is the most iconic and a must see destination for anyone visiting Ningaloo Reef. named the #1 beach in the South Pacific and #3 in the world in Trip Advisor’s 2022 Travellers’ Choice awards, with its beautiful sandy beach and a colour of the water that must be seen to be believed, Turquoise Bay is a dream-come-true to many visitors.
The drift snorkel site is a host to many beautiful varieties of fish and coral but is a subject to very strong currents and should be enjoyed with caution whilst in the water. Just follow the signs at all the beach accesses. While virtually all the coral species found at Turquoise Bay can be found whilst touring on glass bottom boat with us, we see numerous others as well, not found on the beach and along with them numerous other fish species (also not found in the proximity of the beach).
In season (April – July) the magnificent whalesharks arrive at Ningaloo. Sighted daily using spotter planes, the largest fish in the ocean have been recorded to be as large as 12m at Ningaloo. There are several whaleshark operators in the Exmouth area that can look after you very well. While coming on a whaleshark tour can take a good chunk of your travelling budget, the thrills of snorkelling with whalesharks truly are unforgettable and for many they top the “Bucket List”.
Vlaming Head Lighthouse
Located about 20km north from where we run our glass bottom boat tours at Tantabiddi, the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse overlooks Lighthouse Bay and has the distinction of being one of the few places in Australia where you can watch the sun rise and set over water. The Lighthouse was built in 1912 and stands on the northernmost tip of the Cape Range.
Yardie Creek Gorge
Located at the end of the bitumen road in Cape Range NP and only about 50km south from where we run our glass bottom boat tours lies Yardie Creek Gorge. Yardie Creek Gorge can be accessed on foot (along the approx. 1.5km walking trail), and on water (Yardie Creek boat tours). Both experiences are fantastic with the latter one offering a fascinating commentary from crew onboard the vessel. Rare Black Footed Rock Wallabies can be sighted here along with a multitude of bird life. Another must see.