Relax in land of ’milk and honey’
Exmouth is a stunning holiday destination.
And while you already know that, let me take a second to remind you.
Just on the edges of summer, Exmouth and Coral Bay are quiet and cosy.
One of the many beauties of Exmouth is you can head out and meet the reef after just a short boat trip. That was what happened when, on a recent trip to the coastal oasis, my travelling partner and I jumped on board a half-day snorkelling tour with Alek Nowak, of Ningaloo Ecology Cruises.
The early December afternoon was a good day for a tour with a “slight northerly puff ”, as Alek put it, welcoming us. Alek picked us up from our accommodation, a service many operators provide within their tour costs, and took us to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp as he gave us an informal history of the town.
Having spent more than a decade in Exmouth, Alek listed stories about the history of the town, the VLF frequency towers and the Mildura Wreck while keeping guests entertained and making some unscheduled stops to give them the full experience.
“I came to Exmouth as part of a round-Australia trip in a beat-up Kombi and I got in the water for a snorkel here and it was like instant love at first site,” he said.
“We finished the trip and we just knew we had to come back here.”
While winter is busy, the summer months are “really slow”, with mostly British, German and Swiss travellers heading to Exmouth.
Alek said while he was lucky enough not to need minimum numbers for his tours, many other operators weren’t so lucky.
“It’s fairly hot in the summer … and not so many people come to Exmouth because it’s just too hot,” he said. “But in season, I do four tours a day, seven days a week, with school holidays in April and July very busy.”
Business is also due to pick up as Alek recently bought another boat, keeping him and partner Gina busy.
With news last year that Exmouth operators would soon be able to host humpback whale tours, it could get busier.
Alek said he would watch to see how trials with tour operators went this year to see if it was an avenue worth exploring.
“Only 15 whale shark operators were given the permit,” he said.
Alek, a patron of the Royal Flying Doctor Service after receiving help when he broke his neck in a shallow water fumble years ago, said Exmouth was the “land of milk and honey”.
And with activities for the whole family, he’s not wrong.
Whether relaxing poolside at one of the hotels or resorts, renting a stand-up paddle board and testing your balance, or jumping on one of the many tours to see life under the water, Exmouth will not disappoint.
Flat waters make great conditions for stand-up-paddle boarding.