Shark Bay, Western Australia

Dolphins at Monkey Mia
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The Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia.

Times for the dolphin experiences depend on if and when the dolphins visit the beach.  Between 7:45am and 12:00noon up to four mature female dolphins can be offered fish the first three times they visit.  If the dolphins visit more than three times or after 12:00 noon they will not be fed.  It is best to arrive early as dolphin experiences may finish well before noon.  There are days when the dolphins choose not to visit the beach, however these days are rare - Monkey Mia has a 99% dolphin attendance rate!

Instructions for enjoying the Monkey Mia dolphin experience:  (Entry fee $12 per adult /$4.50 children per day)

  • Please meet the Rangers on the boardwalk at the front of the Visitor Centre (near the steps to the beach) for a briefing at 7:45am.
  • Remain on the boardwalk until the time of the dolphin experience, at which point Rangers will invite you down onto the beach.
  • If you are lucky enough to be picked to feed a dolphin please follow the Ranger’s instructions and do not touch the dolphins.

Please help us look after the dolphins.  Your assistance will help to ensure the dolphins maintain their natural behaviour and do not spend too much time in the shallow waters where they are unable to feed their calves.  To avoid harming the Monkey Mia dolphins we ask you please do not touch or swim with them.  It is illegal to approach a dolphin within 30 meters.  If a dolphin approaches you please remain still and enjoy its company.  

Opening Hours

The friendly pod of wild bottlenose dolphins regularly swim to Monkey Mia’s shore to interact with humans up to three times a day.

This often occurs more frequently in the mornings, with feeding times occurring between 7.30am and 12 noon.