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Bunbury or Monkey Mia

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Bunbury or Monkey Mia

Hi,

We are considering flying or driving upto Monkey Mia from Perth in January, our main reason is to see the dplphins and be in the water with them.

Does Bunbury offer a similar experience and is it as likely to see dolphins in the shallows swiming around your feet in Bunbury or rockingham ?

What else would recommend seeing South of Perth ??

many thanks in advance

C

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1. Re: Bunbury or Monkey Mia

See dolphins.com.au/swim-with-wild-dolphins.html for Rockingham details and www.dolphindiscovery.com.au for Bunbury details. You won't have them swimming around your feet in Rockingham.

At MM, depending on the number of people there, the rangers will monitor who is in the water with any of the dolphins that come in, so no guarantees.

Remember, no guarantees at any locations as they are wild animals.

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You can be in the water with the dolphins at Monkey Mia, but you don't get as close to them as you might think, as interaction with the dolphins is strictly regulated by the Dept of Environment & Conservation. DEC employees select members of the crowd to actually feed the dolphins and understandably they usually pick the youngsters.

During non feeding times, visitors are asked to not swim/frolic in the dolphin feeding area.

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3. Re: Bunbury or Monkey Mia

Friends of mine did the Rockingham swim with dolphins and highly recommended it. I have never seen dolphins at dolphin discovery Bunbury despite visiting 4 or 5 times. The closest I have been to dolphins was on a canal cruise at Mandurah standing outside at the very front of the boat. They often ride along in front of the boat and are so close you could almost touch them (but should not).

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4. Re: Bunbury or Monkey Mia

Hello,

thank you both for your responses!! which we understand they are wild animals and never guaranteed sight Monkey Mia almost is and we are tempted to fly from Perth to Monkey Mia for a couple of days and fly back as there is prob little difference in the price of driving or flying!!

any advice on who flys that route would be much appreicated ?

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6. Re: Bunbury or Monkey Mia

Agreed Perthite.

Basically at MM you are going to stand in a line in about 2 feet of water (usually with a whole bunch of tourists who forgot swimsuits and are in jeans soaked to their knees). The staff will have a bucket of fish and if the dolphins choose to show up the staff will feed them in front of you and may let some (not all) people do a feed. Then you will slop your wet jeans back up the beach to the resort and wait for them to dry and wonder what else there is to do !

If you were heading north to see the gorges at kalbarri or karijini then MM is worth dropping in to for a morning. But to go all that way for ten minutes entertainment just isn't realistic and will cost a small fortune.

Dolphins can be seen frolicking in many places along the coast and in the rivers round Perth and Mandurah.

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7. Re: Bunbury or Monkey Mia

Been there, to MM and can only agree - pity we turn wild animals into beggars for free fish from a bucket.

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8. Re: Bunbury or Monkey Mia

It was much nicer in the early 70's before the tourists discovered it. Back then it was just the dolphins (grandparents of the current lot) coming in daily to say hi to local fishermen.

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