Photo Friday: Aqua

Ningaloo Reef

Snorkeling in Turquoise Bay, Ningaloo Reef

With its clear turquoise water contrasting with its red sand beach and cliffs, Turquoise Bay is a beautiful landscape, and thats before you even get in the water. The secret here is to  start at the southern end of the bay, and drift with the current which will carry you gently over the colourful reef, shallow sandy bottom and abundant fish life which makes up a breathtaking underwater landscape. After about 45 minutes you will have floated around the crescent of the bay and its time to head back inshore before the current takes you past the end of the sand bar and out to sea. In this photo the school of silvery fish appear almost transparent against the sandy backdrop and clear turquoise waters. This is one of the bays on the West Australian coastline that butts right up against Ningaloo Reef, making the reef exceptionally accessible from the beach, but infrequently visited due to its remote location, truly a hidden paradise.