What brings people to Monkey Mia is the warm weather, blue skies, sailing on calm water, and lots of wild dolphins. It’s known for being idyllic with red sand dunes, white sand beaches and lots of wildlife.

And sure, the weather wasn’t on our side, but that didn’t stop us from trying to discover why it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Coral Coast, on the Peron Peninsula.

Is Monkey Mia Worth Visiting? No, Here’s Why

In this guide, we’ve shared our reasons why Monkey Mia didn’t grab us and what you need to know about visiting.

Too windy

It was the first time in months we wore jumpers. On the morning we went to visit the Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins at Monkey Mia Beach, we even put beanies on the girls. It was freezing.


Feeding the dolphins at Monkey Mia Reserve can sometimes draw crowds of up to 700 strong visitors. I just couldn’t imagine!

They all hustle for space at the water’s edge to watch as the dolphins swim up and down with one eye up wondering what the hell all these legs and beady eyes are doing. “Why would you want to see me?” I’m sure they’re thinking. “I’m just a water mammal that likes fish. By the way, do you have any?”

Feeding Dolphins Is Not For Everyone

The rangers hand pick a few people from the crowds to feed them. Just make sure you do not have even a big toe in the water during dolphin feeding time or they will not pick you.

If you hang around after the first feeding, more people tend to leave so you have more of a chance to be chosen to feed the dolphins. If you’re lucky, you may even see turtles, dugongs and dolphin calves swimming next to the adult females.

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