Coral Bay’s main beach at the southern end of Bill’s Bay is a paradise! It is just perfect for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, long walks or simply relaxing on the sand or in the water.
The Coral Bay Village is at the southern end of the 4km long beach of Bills Bay, so while staying at Coral Bay, this beautiful beach is never more than a 2 minute walk away from your accommodation or the shops.
The corner of the bay that borders the town is well protected from the southerly breezes (the most common wind direction), so it’s almost always a tranquil, relaxing place to swim and sun bathe, whatever the weather.
Swimming here is heavenly, and safe for little kids. The water gets deep gradually for atleast 50 – 100m, beyond which the coral reefs begin.
One of my favourite Coral Bay experiences is night-swimming here in Bills Bay. It’s probably not the most sensible thing to do (what with all the sting rays and sharks and other scary things that could be lurking), but there’s nothing better on a balmy windless evening after the long, hot and boring drive from Perth.
Big Fish in the Shallows of the Coral Bay Town Beach
Even in water only a foot deep, large fish (mostly north-west snapper), baby fish and the occasional big, brightly-coloured reef fish (such as blue-barred parrotfish) are seen swimming around.
The big snapper are quite inquisitive and fearless around people, not realising what a delicious meal they make! They get fed every afternoon at about 3:30pm down at the main beach, which is a lot of fun. You’ll notice more and more fish starting to hang around after midday, and at feeding time it’s a frenzy!
Snorkelling at the Coral Bay Town BeachBill’s Bay is so riddled with coral reefs that you’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to snorkeling there.
The first place where most travellers choose to snorkel when they get to Coral Bay is just off the town beach – and why not? It’s so easy and relaxing there. Swim out into the dark blue deeper water from almost anywhere along the beach and you’ll encounter the coral and lots of fish 100m or less from shore.
Some nice coral gardens are only about 50m directly offshore from the north-facing section of beach in front of the resort and caravan parks, or 100m from the west facing beach in front of the New Shops and the houses.
In all honesty, the town beach is nice enough for snorkeling and you’ll see plenty of fish, but it doesn’t have the best snorkeling that Coral Bay has to offer. Quite a lot of the coral close to the beach has been damaged (presumably by previous boating in the bay).
For better snorkelling a short walk around the corner from the town beach, see Snorkeling at Purdy Point.
Kayak and Snorkeling Gear For Hire on the Coral Bay Town Beach
From the caravan (pictured right) located towards the south-westernmost point of Bill’s Bay near where it curves around into Purdy Point, you can hire:
- Snorkeling equipment
- Glass-bottom kayaks
- boogie-boards that have a perspex window cut into them
The Coral Bay Houses Beach, and the Walking North to Skeleton Beach
North of town, past the houses, the beach becomes narrow and rocky beneath steep sand dunes. This section isn’t so good for swimming, and walking over the wobbly rocks can be treacherous. This is a great place to spot lizards. They’re everywhere, but very well camouflaged against the rocks.
Beyond the point at the end of the narrow rocky section of beach, Skeleton Bay begins. Skeleton Bay makes up the northern half of Bill’s Bay. Its shallow water next to the beach are home to baby reef sharks every year during spring.
Last Updated: 25th September, 2014.
First posted on 17th October, 2013 by Bonny.
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