Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Denham
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Nice Beach, Nice Lodge. May 17, 2011
Its a 175klm trip each way off the main highway but tar seal all the way, the drive is good with lots of beaches and bays to see on the way. The hotel at first looks a bit poor as there is big car parks and the one way traffic system takes you through the caravans and tents so it looks terrible but the lodges / rooms where I stayed were quite good with a nice view.
The food is good if you want someone else to cook for you but not cheap. Make sure you get up at 7am to see the beach at dawn and the Dolphins if they turn up.
The beach was clean and the water good when I was there, the showers hot and the onsite shop good for everyday items & food.
Worth a trip but you need to stay at least 2 nights to make the 350klm round trip worth the effort.
Part of the Oz April - May 2011 travel blog
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Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Denham Overview
The resort is located in the heart of Shark Bay World Heritage region of Western Australia, 27 km from Denham, overlooking the famous Dolphin Beach. Because. As the Resort is located within a Reserve guests have to pay entrance fees on arrival to CALM for the continual protection, welfare and research into the wildlife and dolphins. Spectacular contrast of sky, crystal clear water, white sand beaches and dark red hinterland. The Bottle Nosed Dolphins have been coming into the beach on average 3 times a day to feed and interact with humans - have been doing so for the past 40 years. The chance of interaction with the dolphins is very good, however as the dolphins are wild obviously no guarantees can me made.
'The dolphins are just the beginning. .. .'. There is heaps of things to see and do - Sailing Cruises, 4WD Tours, Aboriginal Cultural Walks with Capes is an absolutely must, Camel Rides, Astronomy and Dive Tours plus much more. There's a lot to learn in this wonderful part of the world. Exceptional facilities are available to all guests including two restaurants, a cafe, two bars, swimming pool, hot tub and tennis court. Additional facilities include internet cafe, digital photo lab, BBQs, mini-mart and laundries. This is a most recommended property and one of the nicest places to stay in Australia. There is a charge for entry into the Monkey Mia Reserve where the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is located. This charge is made by DEC.
The accommodation exterior is Low rise with balcony or patio. This resort is quite spread out with plenty of activities from fully stocked grocery store, internet cafes, outdoor eating areas, there is a natural outdoor hot tub which is extremely relaxing and an outdoor swimming pool to cool down in afterwards.
Beach front and Garden Villas plus motel style Beach side Dolphin Units only metres from the beach. Beach front and Garden Villas are comfortable, air conditioned units, with sink, fridge, kettle, crockery & cutlery. There are no cooking facilities these Villas have BBQ's on their verandahs and there are also gas BBQs throughout the grounds of the Resort. Beach side Dolphin Units are motel style with king bed and ensuite bathroom.
Bough Shed restaurant overlooks Dolphin Beach, and opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner. An fantastic menu with daily specials of freshly caught fish is highly recommended with a great selection of Australian wine. The New Monkey Bar Beer Garden is a good alternative to more casual dining with extremely reasonable priced items (hot and cold) and also overlooks the beach. There is occasional live entertainment in the bar during high season. There are also 2 fully stocked kitchens that guest can cook for themselves in the kitchens or indeed at any of the BBQ stations throughout the resort.
The lobby is of medium size where all tours can be booked from - or from their separate tour office either. Extremely helpful and friendly staff in this resort will spend time with you and advise you of the best way to spend your time in this wonderful place you will never want to leave.
22 kms to the airport (shark bay), 900 kms to the airport (perth), Centrally located, Close to the beach.
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