Travel with us and visit Monkey Mia and Shark Bay using an Express ticket or Hop on Hop Off Pass.
Well, where did June go? We have been kept on our toes taking bookings, offering assistance and information, setting itineraries and generally keeping up our exceptional customer service (even if I do say so myself hehe) that June has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Our awesome drivers have had some wonderful feedback from passengers because not only are they great at doing their job, but they go above and beyond to ensure travellers are comfortable and looked after. Holiday makers have really taken the opportunity to either discover or revisit WA. They remind themselves and others, what a truly beautiful, big backyard we have.
Shark Bay and Monkey Mia
Tourist season or not, there are few places that remain a popular destination all year round. Monkey Mia and the Shark Bay area definitely fits the bill here.
There is no definitive answer when it comes to how Monkey Mia got its name, but here is a couple of suggestions; Mia meaning the Aboriginal term for home or shelter and Monkey is allegedly derived from a pearling boat called "Monkey" that anchored at the now, Monkey Mia in the late 19th century. Interestingly, research also stated that the most likely origin of the name is that it was included in a list of Aboriginal names and their meanings supplied by the Geraldton Police Station in around 1899! The meaning of the name is given as "Salt, or bad water", or after the pet monkeys owned by early Malay pearlers who camped at the location.
However the name come about, it is one very popular tourist destination attracting roughly 100,000 visitors per year. While not specifically for the wild dolphin experience, they are certainly a draw card as it is one a few locations where you can see and get close to wild dolphins with the possibility of feeding one. It is also the location for extensive behavioural and biological research on bottlenose dolphins by marine biologists, who have had a research project there, since 1982.
Visitors to the area can learn a lot about these loveable creatures at the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery & Visitor Centre, which provides information not only about the dolphins, but other features of the surrounding Shark Bay Marine Park in the interpretation display, or from the movie playing in the air-conditioned theatrette.
Something I would love to do one day, is learn about the traditional culture from local guides at Wula Guda Nyinda Adventure Tours, who offer unique cultural experiences. Wula Gura Nyinda conduct a range of non-strenuous ‘on Country’ tours based in this spectacular location, exploring the ancient cultural ties of the region’s first people (Nhanda and Malgana Aboriginal People), to the place they call ‘Gutharraguda’. Visitors can also walk the Wulyibidi Yaninyina trail to further explore the area.
There are so many attractions available in this area ranging from:
· Dirk Hartog Island
· Quad Bikes
· Scenic Flights
· Snorkelling and Diving
· Wildlife and Sunset Cruises
. Visit Ocean Park Aquarium
· Whale watching
· Kite Surfing
· Camel Rides
So if you’re feeling fit, grab your paddle and go for a kayak or pick up the snorkeling gear and dive into the great unknown to look at the magnificent ocean life beneath the waves. For those lazier days when your feet just won’t do the walking, book a cruise and watch the sunset, put on your helmet and quad bike your way along the dunes or grab some line and tackle, pick a spot (outside of sanctuary areas) and cast a line.
For the ultimate travel around Shark Bay, why not book a camel ride! Much loved members of the team, the camels are well looked after and are more than happy to take you on a Camel Safari!
Contact the team at Shark Bay Camel Safaris, maybe they can give you a gorgeous make over, just like this beauty as seen on their website! What a fun way to spend the day!
Forget about the love lock bridge in Paris, how about the Thong Shack in Denham!
Here, you will find a memorial and salute to our good ole Aussie icon, the thong!
Visitors have donated their pluggers to decorate the shack. Seriously, can you get any more Aussie than that?
Dont forget, if you are booking our coach service for travel to Monkey Mia or Shark Bay, our drop point is the OVELANDER ROADHOUSE. From there a separate shuttle service is needed but can be booked with your Integrity ticket at the same time, to travel onto either the Monkey Mia Resort or a nominated address in Shark Bay (Denham). Please note that the shuttle is a separate cost. Shuttle services are not included in the km's allocated onto a Hop on Hop off Pass. Visit the Monkey Mia destination page on our website for more information or give us a call to discuss.
Have you seen our Destination WA segment? Ross talks to the delightful Chrissy Morrisey about our services and how you can use a Hop on Hop off Pass not only to see all of the wonderful destinations along our route between Perth and Broome, but how you can use it for a fantastic long weekend away!
To watch, click on the link: Integrity Coach Lines and Destination WA
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