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Monkey Mia fun!

We recently traveled to Monkey Mia for a birthday treat for three nights. Probably due to it being during term time there were very few other children there until the weekend - and even then there were just a handful. Every morning at 7.45am the Department of Parks and Wildlife start the dolphin feeding at the beach near the jetty. The crowds are quite large lining the beach and its not long to wait until the dolphins appear. Only the five female dolphins are fed three times daily before 12 noon. While the first feed begins at 7.45 am the other feed times are totally dependant on when the dolphins return. It could be 10 minutes or 2 hours later so if you don’t get a chance to see or feed them at the first feeding you need to hang around the jetty/restaurant area so you don’t miss out on the next feeds, which can occur at anytime. Expect a crowd. The talk given by the Departments employee is very informative and great to learn about the individuals dolphins they encounter every day at the resort many of which have been visiting the resort for several decades. While everyone gets to wade into the water ankle deep and watch the dolphins close to us, at each feeding just eight people are chosen to feed the dolphins a fish. We were lucky enough for our children to be chosen to feed a dolphin called Piccolo on the second feed of the day. If you aren’t lucky enough to be selected there are so many opportunities to see the dolphins that you don’t feel left out. They seem to fish within a few meters of the shore line and you can be paddling around and they will come right up to you affording you a good view of them anyway. Apart from the dolphins the children were excited to see the emus wandering around the campsite and some large lizards in the dunes. The pelicans on the beach are also very curious and impressive. Monkey Mia is very much a nature wonderland with dolphins, pelicans, stingrays and turtles to name a few being very easy to see from the beach making it great for kids. Don’t expect kids facilities at the site there are no play parks or other amusements as such so if you are staying take some games to entertain kids once they have worn out their curiosity on the beach or for evenings.

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