The Second I Fell in Love with Ningaloo Reef
Armed with a snorkel kit and a camera, German travel writer Freedi Franze takes a dive into the watery wonders at World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.
To be perfectly honest when I thought about a Ningaloo Reef snorkelling tour, I was a bit scared. Although I was raised close to the coast, I have to admit that Germany’s Baltic Sea is terribly boring compared to our departure point at Coral Bay. With chattering teeth I climbed aboard the Ningaloo Marine Interactions boat, nervous of what might be expecting me down there in the depths. Our skipper Fraser immediately noticed that I was a bit frightened, so he promised me that my fear would disappear when I was in the water, and he was right!
While I prepared myself to dive in, the rest of the group seemed a little intimidated due to the animal’s big shadow. So it was only the two of us watching the huge stingray from a safe distance. It seemed he was searching for food and compared to other stingrays I’d seen, he looked totally different. Tom, the tour’s photographer told me later on that this impressive creature must have been about 4 meters long. I could hardly believe how lucky I was to meet such an animal in its natural environment.
This was a great and important experience for me and helped me to overcome my fear of sharks and to realise that it’s great to not only try new things, but to also be open to enjoy them completely. Most of all I am very thankful to our local Ningaloo Reef snorkelling tour guides Fraser, Ann and Tom. They were a great help and never tired of sharing all their knowledge of Ningaloo Reef, its inhabitants and this lovely piece of land with us.