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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

My family and I visited Monkey Mia after attending a wedding in Perth. The first thing that dawns on anyone wanting to be at Monkey Mia is the long drive. First impressions can be deceiving especially with it shows in google map as a near 10 hour drive.

As we had a little 3 year old with us, we decided to take a night stay at Geraldton to break the fatigue. The entire drive was straight forward and once on the NW Highway, setting the car to cruise control at 110 km/h did the trick for almost the entire journey, less the areas where speed needs to be reduced.

Monkey Mia itself has walking trails and other sea related activities which we didn’t take part in as the little one was more interested in the clear waters and sandy beach right outside the sea view chalet that we stayed in. At the same time, Monkey Mia was have a delayed summer and flies were everywhere.

The chalet was simple but nicely equipped with a multi purpose microwave oven, 1 King sized bed and 1 single bed for the little one. The patio is neat with a outdoor wash up shower for use after coming back from the beach and a coffee table for chilling and star gazing at night. The unit also has a gas powered BBQ that become our mini kitchen for our BBQ dinners and English breakfast.

The morning dolphin encounter is as advertised and very rewarding. These dolphins are wild and not in captivity. The encounter normally is ran 3 times a day starting at 7:45 with a 10 minute interval after each session. However, the number of sessions may change depending on the mood of the dolphins. The dolphins may also stay around the beach before and after encounters on their own accord.

Daily supplies can be topped up at Denham which also spot crystal clear waters, eateries and 2 mini super markets.

It was a very enjoyable trip for us and I believe family’s will enjoy it too.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Meh_things
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

I was a little apprehensive about this "Dolphin Experience", being confined to a wheelchair.

They do, however, have a beach wheelchair. It is unlike any other beach wheelchair I have seen, as they usually have large fat wheels to make transit over the sand easier. This one had very small fat wheels and you will need at least 2 fit helpers to roll you down the beach and literally drag you back up.

In all fairness, this contraption did allow me to witness the dolphin feeding from the water's edge. There have been mixed reviews here about the dolphin feeding and of course, it depends on how many dolphins decide to come on your chosen morning. We were reasonably lucky to see four, plus the injured one - recovering well after being attacked by a shark.

I saw the first feeding at 8am, but having breakfast afterwards in the restaurant, noticed there were about six dolphins for the second feeding at 9am.

Monkey Mia is in a lovely setting and the park provides an interesting talk about the dolphins and then allows members of the public to feed them, under supervision. All in all, a pleasant experience.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank wheelchairworld
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

If you are going to see wild dolphins then go somewhere else .Paid entry fee and stood on shore with 130 other suckers to watch 1 injured dolphin get 3 fish . That was it . Same dolphin stayed for all three feedings, and because it was injured, only park rangers were able to feed it. Go to Bunbury and do it for free. Don’t get me wrong, the beach and cruises are great , and Greg on Aristocrat2 , let us take our dogs on board. My advice ,dodge the ticket booth to the right and go for a cruise instead.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Tassieadventurer
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

We planned our trip to Monkey Mia months in advance and were thoroughly looking forward to visiting this unique resort.

Firstly, it is important to realise it is many hour’s drive from any major town. So plan your stops en route.

On arrival the current renovations are all too apparent, with no attempt to screen them, or reduce dust from blowing across the resort.

We were told there were major works being carried out, but assured we were well away from them in a beach front room. We were further told in an email, that only the campsite area was closed and everything else, the bar and restaurant would be open as usual.

The first thing we were told on arrival was that the bar was closed, but instead drinks and snacks were available in the restaurant, albeit during reduced hours. The restaurant is at the other end of the resort.

Anyone considering a visit to the Monkey Mia, should not be deceived by the very clever website, which gives the impression of a smart resort. Yes, the area around the restaurant is very attractive, but the area around the accommodation units has the appearance of a 3 star campsite with chalets. Many of the paths around the units consist of loose sand. When the wind blows and it does regularly, with some force, you literally get sand blasted! During the renovation works, this is compounded by everything being covered in a red coating of sand from the area being redeveloped.

Unless you upgrade to the renovated Superior Beachfront rooms, the standard Beach View rooms are very basic, small motel type rooms. (Some of the Garden View rooms are larger) They are claimed to have “Kitchenettes”, but there is no sink or any cooker/microwave. Just a kettle and a fridge. They do, however, have a very attractive outlook onto the beach.

There are no net curtains or privacy glass, so if you are on the ground floor, when you draw the curtains anyone walking past can see in. Total privacy is available on the first floor, but of course, you cannot walk straight out onto the beach.

Behind the beachfront rooms are the BBQs and a guest kitchen. During our stay this became very noisy at night and the smells were blown into our room. It also became noisy in the closed bar area, which was taken over by guests with their own supply of drinks

Having got the negatives out of the way, there are many positives. The beach setting is beautiful and the morning dolphin feeding sessions are very well organised by the park staff. There are also some stunning places to visit around Shark Bay. Our favourite was Eagle Bluff, about 25 kms south of Denham. There is a boardwalk along the cliff edge which gives views into the shallow water of the azure lagoon. We saw Sharks, Manta Rays and Turtles. Amazing.

Another positive about the resort is the Boughshed Restaurant. Prices are reasonable, the portions are large and the quality of the food is generally good.

All the staff we met were friendly and efficient.

They do not claim to have good Wi-Fi, but we found it adequate, except that you are limited to the amount you can use in any 24 hour period.

In conclusion, if you do not go with high expectations, (as we did) you will not be disappointed. The best experience will be in Superior Beachfront rooms (fully booked during our stay). You may, however, want to consider staying 20 minutes away in Denham, where you have a choice of accommodation as well as restaurants and cafes. Do however, bear in mind that some of the facilities are closed in Denham outside the main holiday season.

Do not worry about getting up early for the 07:45 Dolphin Feeding (actually at 08:00). There is another one at 08:45/09:00. During our stay there were actually more Dolphins during the second feeding – some obviously like to have a lie in! Less Dolphins were seen after this.

One final point, bring a torch with you. There are very few lights around the resort and you need a torch to see where you are going. (A smart phone light may not be adequate)

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank UkAlwaystravelling
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

It's a fine balance between over commercialising a beautiful place and preserving the beauty, and Monkey Mia gets it close to right. We visited for a day, so I can't speak for the accommodation, but the restaurant was excellent and coped with our needs, including two gluten free people. The beach is beautiful, crowded in places but everyone very good humoured. Watched the dolphins coming in to be fed, such lovely creatures and much care is taken to make sure they don't become dependant. Hired sea kayaks, went snorkelling. A perfect day.

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank bookworm451
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