Segment: Coral Bay Glass Bottom Boat
Presenter: Rebecca Johns
Date: 2nd December 2018
There is another world just below the surface of the water in Coral Bay, one buzzing with activity. If you don’t feel like getting wet but are still interested in checking out all of the action, a glass bottom boat is the perfect way to do it.
- Coral Bay Charters & Glass Bottom Boat is a family run business that has been operating for over 40 years. The glass bottom boat is by far the easiest and most relaxing way to check out the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef in all its glory and is a great option for those who don’t feel comfortable swimming in the water.
- The Ningaloo Reef is a fringing reef, meaning it gets more of the duller colours, such as purples, blues and browns. The tour guides love teaching everyone about the different species of fish and coral, and just why Coral Bay is so special.
- The Ningaloo Reef was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011, and with over 500 species of fish and 200 species of coral being found in the area, it’s no wonder the area is being preserved.
- The boat’s huge glass panels are specifically designed for Coral Bay’s shallow waters, and the boat’s flat bottom allows you to safely travel over the coral formations without disturbing it.
- The coastline is extremely important to the Aboriginal people, who have inhabited the area for over 35 thousand years. The region is home to burial grounds, middens, fish traps, and provides the earliest record of marine resource use in Australia.
- After a day in the boat, you may want to go snorkelling. It is places such as Ningaloo Reef that make you realise how lucky we are to have such beauty growing in our own backyards.