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Visiting Monkey Mia

If you are interested in visiting Monkey Mia to see the wildlife that the region has to offer, the first thing that you need to do is travel to Perth, Western Australia.

From Perth there are a few different ways that you can get up to Shark Bay. If you have a car or are interested in renting one, you can drive. It is about a 9-10 hour drive north from Perth via the North West Coastal Highway-1. You will eventually reach the Overlander Roadhouse, at which point you head west (turn left) for a 1.5 hours and follow the signs to Monkey Mia. (Note, you do not need a 4WD to get to Monkey Mia but if you decide to explore more areas of Shark Bay, such as Peron, there are a limited number of 4WD vehicles available in Denham. There are also 4WD tours offered in Monkey Mia.)

If you don't have a vehicle then you can take a bus (Greyhound Coachlines) or you can fly (Skippers Aviation). There are pros and cons to both of these methods. The bus is a long ride but it is less expensive than flying so it depends on your budget and your interests which method of transportation you choose.

The other option is to take a guided tour to Monkey Mia. There are several tours that leave from Perth, some of which are supporters of the Dolphins of Monkey Mia Research Foundation.

When you arrive in Shark Bay you have two options for places to stay. You can stay at the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, located right in Monkey Mia or you can stay in the town of Denham, about 20 minutes away.

If you have more questions, please contact the professionals at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort or another tour agency.

Support The Dolphins

The goal of our research is to further knowledge and understanding of the Shark Bay dolphins and the environment they live in. We greatly value any support that individuals or private foundations provide. Although scientific grant support is critical to our endeavors, full support is difficult to achieve. Thus, supplemental funding goes a long way in helping us purchase and maintain essential supplies, equipment, and assistance.

Usually people have specific interests in what they would like to support and how. You can visit our online store where you can purchase t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. with our logo and those funds support the development of research facilities on site at Monkey Mia, Shark Bay.

Individual research projects are generally supported from grants (e.g., National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, Australian Research Council). If you are interested in contributing to a particular enterprise, please click on the links to the right to contact the coordinating researcher directly. Please also see the researcher page and publication list for more information on the various areas of research. You can always request more information through

The following organizations and businesses have provided financial and in kind support:

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists
Airline Supply by J. Sink
American Museum of Natural History
American Society of Mammalogists
Animal Behaviour Society
Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
Aspen Parks
Australian Research Council
The Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
The Danish National Research Council
The Department of Environment and Conservation -Rangers of the Dolphin Information Center
The Eppley Foundation for Research
The Explorers Club
Florida International University
Georgetown University
The Helen V. Brach Foundation
Integrity Coach Lines
Kakulas Brothers
Magellan Australia
Marlin Boat Sales
The Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
National Aquarium, Baltimore
National Geographic Society
National Institutes of Health
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada
The National Science Foundation
Ocean Whaler
Pinnacle Tours
Seebie Trust
Shark Bay Ecosystem Research Project
Shipwrights of Deloy
Shotover Wildlife Cruises
The Society for Marine Mammalogy
Splash Dive Center of Alexandria, VA
The University of Maryland
The University of Michigan
The University of Queensland
The University of Western Australia
Western Australian Museum