We visited the Shark Bay Tourist Information Centre in Denham. We were not sure where we'd stay and decided it might be good to set up at the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort as the dolphins were coming in around 7.30am, so it would be easier if we were there rather than drive up from Denham at that time. The lady at the centre said it wasn't as windy at Monkey Mia as it is in Denham. However, it blew a gale on our first night.
The dolphins have been coming into Monkey Mia to be fed for about 40 years. They only feed 5 female dolphins at a time and do 3 feeds a morning. The first feed we witnessed had so many people standing in the water but the dolphins still come right up to them. There was even a 6 week old dolphin who swam around with its mother. We went back to the third feed on the first morning here. There were a lot less people. I got to feed Surprise, one of the dolphins. I had to grab the fish by the tail and place it on the water for the dolphin to take. You are not allowed to touch them. It was a great experience to be so close to her. We went back and watched them again this morning before packing up.
Other activities we undertook in Monkey Mia was swimming and walking.
As I said the first night was so windy it was difficult to sleep. The next day our neighbours, Darren and Melinda (from Katherine), said they thought the canvas on their Jayco camper trailer was going to blow off. As they had a four month old baby, Amelia, they decided to get one of the rooms at the resort. We ended up going and having a drink with them on their balcony, which overlooked the water, Monday night. Drinks turned into dinner and we bought a couple of pizzas from the Monkey Bar at the resort. It was a very enjoyable evening having a chat with some people our own age.
Monday night the wind didn't blow so we were able to sleep peacefully.