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Ningaloo Reef Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is a bit of a mixed review, we stayed for 5 nights and i was worried it was too long but we were really relaxed at the end of our stay. Friends recommended coming here for proximity to the reef and that's what makes Coral Bay special (unless you can afford sal salis prices!) as well as it being off the beaten track & its not at all touristy. Heres the best bits about the 'resort', Ideally we would have booked the penthouse suite but it was already booked out so we stayed in a sea view room on the upper floor. Rooms are basic, clean and functional. Aircon was effective & wifi was available. Theres' a laundry room, bar, cafe on site. Staff were very pleasant and helpful. The best bit about staying here was being able to walk a few minutes to the beach and snorkelling, as the reef is literally only a few steps away! We discovered Skeleton bay on one of our morning walks and found it was a shark breeding area - absolutely amazing to see and so unexpected too. I booked to go on a manta ray /snorkelling trip - from the shop in coral bay, which was fab too! Theres a supermarket stocking the basics in the centre of Coral bay and a couple of OK cafe style restaurants too. The less good bits: Its noisy!! I'd suggest checking school holiday dates before you come. We came before the kids broke up and it was fine but you can hear conversation from the people in the rooms adjacent and at the weekends its really busy at the bar. Accomodation i would describe as motel / functional style.

We booked the penthouse as previous reviews had mentioned the views from the balcony and the extra privacy, and we were so glad we did. The penthouse is very large and most importantly very clean. We weren’t expecting five star luxury as that is not what Coral Bay is about, however the whole resort was clean and the views over the bay made everything else pale into insignificance. Coral Bay itself is just stunning and being able to see reef sharks so close at Skeleton Bay was amazing, we can honestly say we did not want to leave. We would recommend anyone taking the long drive up to Coral Bay and staying at the Ningaloo Reef Resort.

We shared a beachcomber room. Amazing location across road from beach with ocean view and our own outside terrace. Room well thought out with good facilities (nice little kitchenette with useful utensils) and nice to have daily room service. Very dated and basic, but clean and comfortable. Bar very rustic, clientelle a bit noisy and very average food.

We stayed here for 2 nights in an ocean view room. The room contained everything we needed and could accommodate 4/5 people if required with an extra wide bunk bed in the lounge. There was also a verandah to sit on and admire the views. The rooms however, are quite basic and could probably do with a facelift, but then you don't come to Coral Bay for the room, but the beautiful beach and the coral, plus all the trips that are available. This is probably the best option in Coral Bay, but don't expect the Ritz! The staff were all very friendly and helpful with anything we needed.

The location is perfect, Bill's Bay is just in front of the resort. We were there for the beautiful beach, so I can't complain.... So if you are not camping or you don't have a caravan, I recommend it It is located in convenient place, but unfortunately, the resort is outdated. It would be good if they can update rooms bit better and fix any broken stuff. We stayed at Monkey Mia earlier on the trip and thinking that both resorts are run by RAC - it should consider to update this one quickly.

The resort is well situated straight across from the beautiful beach. I was a bit concerned that some of the rooms looked a bit tired and as if they were more geared up for families (bunk beds etc) so decided to book the penthouse. It was expensive but worth the extra as while it needed a bit of refurbishment, it was clean, spacious and comfortable, with a massive balcony overlooking the bay. It was noisy in the resort in the early evening with lots of people in the bar and children in the pool etc but we found it quiet and relaxing where we were. We did wish we had stayed longer.

Ningaloo reef fantastic place to be ,although November is not very busy there still good things to do ,quad biking along the coast beautiful views, boat trips out to the reef snorkel with reef sharks,manta rays and turtles amazing.unspoilt great place to be .reef resort great had ocean view apartment very nice ,well worth the trip👌

Had the best time at this hotel & reckomend it as food was great big serves cold drinks at a reasonable price snorkaling was terrific a must do location only issue it is a long way from perth 1100KM need to make a stop over unless two drivers can swap but worth the trouble

A 120 km drive through grey vegetation and red soil from Learmonth airport and eventually one reaches Coral Bay with mown green grass! Sprinklers spray water round the clock. At the end of the short main street, with turquoise sea to ones right and caravan parks to the left, is the 'Resort'. We were in a Castaway unit which lacked the perfect sea views of some units but was quiet and had a spacious area for sitting outside in the shade. Electricity, hot and cold water seemed amazing enough in such a remote location but we also found all we needed for self-catering including a large fridge-freezer. There is a bar and restaurant near the small swimming pool which were particularly busy on Melbourne Cup day. We were intrigued by a crab race preceeded by an auction for each of the 24 numbered shore crabs. We spent our four days walking in sand and batheing in the clear sea looking at fantastic corals and fish - all so close to the Ningaloo Reef Resort. A perfect place for a holiday.

Stayed 1 night at the Reef Resort and enjoyed sunset, snorkelling straight off the beach and the walk around to the Reef Shark Nursery at Skeleton Bay a 15-30min walk to the righ of the beach. The room was very clean, great linen and bathroom products, with a kitchenette and full fridge - views wonderful from the table and chairs at the front of the room. Only downside was the Wifi did not work, but hey too much to see and do for the short time we were there. A really nice place to stay.

1 Robinson Street Coral Bay WA

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Ningaloo Reef Resort is within the region of Ningaloo Reef. This 34-room, 3.5-star hotel has a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free self parking.


This hotel is home to a café and a bar/lounge. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


The 34 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchenettes and balconies or patios. Guests can expect to find flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Electric kettles and ironing boards are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Ningaloo Reef Resort enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and laundry facilities. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. Front-desk staff can assist with tours/tickets and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a garden, barbecue grills, and a picnic area.

Room options

Apartment, Garden View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 6

Apartment, Ocean View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 6

Beachcomber Studio Unit

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Penthouse, 1 Bedroom

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

54% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 404 reviews