By Jade Johnston
ATV Adventures in Coral Bay with Coral Bay Eco Tours
I gripped the handles on the side of the bike as tightly as I could, as our ATV sat perched at the edge of a very tall, and very steep sand dune. So steep in fact, that from my current position, I couldn’t even see the slope, only a drop off into nothingness.
Since I don’t have a drivers license myself, I now found myself a passenger on my friend Lauren’s bike. I have to admit, at that moment, my trust in her driving abilities began to falter.
Let me just stop and say that I am a very cautious person. I dislike personal injury very much, and try to limit my encounters with it. I don’t like swimming, driving, sports, or jumping off anything of any height.
Most things make me nervous.
So when we smoothly slid down the hill which gave me so much fear, I must admit I was pretty relieved when we hit the bottom, and level ground again.
Coral Bay is famous amongst travellers for the amazing snorkelling and diving activities which can be found here. But there is more to this little town than just what is in the water.
The town is surrounded by extensive sand dunes and desert – a truly desolate landscape at times. And Coral Bay Eco Tours endeavours to show it to you. (Although of course, they do have plenty of water based activities for you as well)
We had a small tour group today. It was just us, our tour guide Mick, and a couple from Victoria. Mick gave us a short driving lesson (which as the passenger, I ignored), and we were soon on our way.
We didn’t have to go far outside of town to get to the dunes. Within minutes we were zipping around, bouncing over uneven patches, and taking corners on an angle which made my heart jump into my throat every time.
After a bit of driving, we came to a spot known as Five Fingers. It was here that we stopped for our first snorkelling break. The water in this section was pretty rough, and I soon re-discovered that I am afraid of swimming, especially in rough water. After inhaling a lung full of water, I decided that I am more useful getting a tan than in the water.
After the snorkelling break, Mick decided to take us to another great swimming area, which is not easily accessible if you dont have a 4 wheel drive or an ATV. It was a bit of a long drive through the sand, but the hills were not as high, and the corners not as sharp, so I took it as a great opportunity to relax in this other worldly landscape.
Our second snorkel spot was at Oyster Bridge, and the water here was much calmer. Mick was determined to get me in the water, and soon I was snorkelling. Not like a pro… but I wasn’t drowning either.
Soon the water began to get colder, as evening began to fall, and we realized that we would need to hurry if we wanted to get to an ideal spot to watch the sun set over the dunes. We made it just in time to watch the fiery sun melt into the sand.
The Nitty Gritty
- Coral Bay Eco Tours offers several ATV tours, you can check them out on their webpage
- You need a drivers license to drive your own ATV
- Snorkelling gear and helmets are provided by Coral Bay Eco Tours
- You must bring your own food, water, and sunscreen, and wear enclosed shoes for safety
- Prices for ATV tours range from $95 – $150 per adult driver, and less for an adult passenger.
For more information, or to book your tour, contact Coral Bay Eco Tours
Our ATV tour was provided complimentary by Coral Bay Eco Tours, but all opinions remain our own.