Monkey Mia dolphins

The story of Monkey Mia and our world famous dolphins goes back many, many years. In 1982 the American researchers, Richard Connor and Rachel Smolker, visited Monkey Mia and discovered a small group of wild bottlenose dolphins that would swim to the shoreline to be fed by humans nearly every day. Since then, visitors from all over the world have been flocking to Monkey Mia to experience these beautiful creatures for themselves.

Today, the Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience is managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, along with a team of researchers who monitor the experience and provide guidance to the team of friendly rangers.

At the RAC, we have been proud supporters of dolphin research at Monkey Mia for over a decade and, as a visitor, you get to play a part, too. The small fee you pay to enter the reserve goes directly to our dolphin interaction program.

Why not come and have a look for yourself?

Nowhere else in the world can you interact with dolphins in the wild on an almost daily basis. In the last five years, the dolphins of Monkey Mia have only missed four days.

Come and see the incredible dolphins at their home at RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, RAC Parks and Resorts
Dolphin feeding at RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, RAC Parks and Resorts

Monkey Mia world leading research

Established in 1992, Monkey Mia is the number one behavioural research site in the world for bottlenose dolphins and tiger sharks and often works in collaboration with the West Australian Government. Dolphin research includes male association, female to calf association and juveniles.

The Resort has provided hosted accommodation for film crews from numerous programs including National Geographic and the Discovery Channel and has also accommodated the filming of the Blue Planet while it produced a documentary on Shark Bay with David Attenborough.

The Resort 100% supports the world leading research conducted off the beaches of Monkey Mia.

Since its humble beginnings, research has developed hugely at Monkey Mia, and to this day we still host and support a team of dolphin researchers under the direction of Dr. Janet Mann, a professor of Georgetown University, USA

Hundreds of dolphins are surveyed and cataloged each year, they survey their behavior, ecology, genetics, development, communication, social structure, predators and prey, providing a huge insight into dolphin life. All of this research is accomplished non-invasively without tagging or capturing the dolphins.