Monkey Mia

Coral Coast, Western Australia


General Questions

What is the additional fee paid on arrival? And why isn’t it included in the accommodation cost?
A reserve entry fee is charged by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) for entry into the Monkey Mia Reserve where the RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is located, and Shark Bay.

This fee is not paid to the Resort but paid direct to the DBCA for the continual care, welfare, management and research of the Monkey Mia dolphins and is not included in any accommodation costs.

Thank you for your support in sustaining the valuable wildlife at Monkey Mia.

For more information on the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions fees visit:

Where did the name Monkey Mia come from?
The Nomenclature Advisory Committee of the Department of Lands and Survey has failed to find a definite origin for this name. The term was probably given by the European pearlers in the 1890’s. What is definitely known is the ‘Mia’ is the Aboriginal term for home or shelter. It is possible that the term Monkey was derived from:

– Malay pearlers who camped at Monkey Mia during the pearling period may have had pet monkeys with them. – Monkey Mia was used by early pastoralists for loading and uploading sheep. The Macquarie Dictionary recorded that the term ‘Monkey’ is a colloquialism for ‘Sheep’. – It is also possible that the name was derived from a schooner called ‘Monkey’ which arrived in 1834.

What else is there to see and do at Monkey Mia?
There is a lot to see and do at Monkey Mia, refer to Things to Do section of this website for details.

How far is Monkey Mia from Perth?
Monkey Mia is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes flight from the capital of Western Australia – Perth. It is also 8 – 10 hours drive and 850 kilometres north of Perth. Please refer to ‘Getting Here’ section of this website for further details.

What does World Heritage Area Mean?
World Heritage Areas are natural and/or cultural landmarks around the world that are recognised by The United Nations as places valuable to humanity and that will be preserved in their natural form for years to come. Monkey Mia, as one of the world’s natural beauties is a World Heritage Landmark.

What is World Heritage?
Shark Bay is Australia’s largest bay and most westerly point, the place where Europeans first set foot on Australia and Western Australia’s first World Heritage Area.

There are over 360 World Heritage Areas in the world, all of which have exceptional natural or cultural values. Shark Bay is one of only 16 sites on earth to meet all 4 natural criteria for listing, it ranks in significance alongside the Galapagos Islands, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park and Great Barrier Reef.

The four criteria for World Heritage are:

  1. Outstanding examples representing the major stages of the earth’s evolutionary history.
  2. Outstanding examples representing significant ongoing geological processes, biological evolution and human interaction with the natural environment.
  3. Unique, rare or superlative natural phenomena, formations or features of exceptional natural beauty.
  4. Most important and significant habitats where threatened species of animals and plants of exceptional universal value from the point of view of science and conservation still survive.

Monkey Mia Weather

What is the weather like in Monkey Mia?
Monkey Mia’s average temperatures are 23°C (73.4°F) in winter and 33°C (91.4°F) in summer. As with all weather it cannot be accurately predicted and there are some exceptions to these averages.  Monkey Mia’s beautiful beach is the only readily accessible beach in Shark Bay sheltered from the prevailing breeze, making it a perfect Mediterranean style holiday destination of warm days and cool nights – blue skies and sunshine 320 days a year.

Monkey Mia Dolphins

Can you swim with the dolphins?
The dolphins visit the beach at Monkey Mia on average three times a day to feed. They also hunt along the beach and should you be in the water swimming at that time there is a good possibility of you being able to enjoy an encounter with a dolphin.

They are wild animals so there are certain things the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions rangers advise people to do to ensure the best experience – this is, if a dolphin should swim up to you, don’t try and touch or pat them.

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Accommodation

Is there a shuttle bus service from the airport?
The Airport to Resort Coach Transfer Service meets all commercial flights – $20 per adult each way. (Children under 4 years free, 5-14 years $10). Family shuttle service $40 for 2 adults and up to 3 children one way. Private bus transfer up to 24 $95 one way.*outside of commercial flight times.

Why can’t I book a specific villa, caravan site etc?
Whilst every attempt is made by staff to ensure that our guest’s requests are met with regard to booking a specific room, powered site etc, we cannot guarantee any specific booking because unexpected events may prevent us from honouring the booking.

Does Monkey Mia have free movies?
Yes. The most recent addition to Monkey Mia accommodation is access to free digital latest release in-house movies. Movies are available in the Superior Beach View, Family Studio, Garden View and Beach View Rooms.

How can I purchase more Wifi?
If you run out of your daily allowance, we have 1gb, 5gb and 10gb of additional data available for purchase.

Additional data packages cost: 1GB for $3.00, 2GB for $5.00 and 10GB for $10.00

Dolphin Research

What sort of research takes place at Monkey Mia?
Established in 1992, Monkey Mia is the number one behavioural research site in the world for bottlenose dolphins and tiger sharks. Working in close collaboration with the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation, dolphin research into male association, female to calf association and juveniles is conducted. You can learn more about the research on our Dolphin Research page.

Full outfitted conference halls at RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, RAC Parks and Resorts