Having just undergone renovations, the RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort has something for everyone! We stayed a few nights in one of their brand new 2 bedroom villas and it was nothing short of amazing!
The villa, which sleeps 6, (3 bedroom villas, 8 pax villas also available) was right on the beach and contained all the mod-cons a family could want. The kid’s room had 2 sets of bunks and lots of storage. The parent’s room was spacious and had a flat screen tv. There was a private bathroom with separate powder room with top-end toiletries supplied. All linen, towels, beach towels are supplied.
The kitchen had everything you need, including a Nespresso machine and washing machine (very handy!) There dining table sat 6 but we didn’t use it, the view from the private deck was too good! Fully fenced in with a gate (great if you have wandering toddlers!) it had a BBQ and sink, having breakfast while watching dolphins swim past is a unique experience!
If you are bringing your own caravan or camper then this resort is a must. The whole campground has just been renovated. I can honestly say I have never seen such fancy camp kitchens in my life! The kitchens, of which there are 2, (plus an extra one in the backpacker’s dorms) feature top of the range appliances and plenty of seating options. They also have BBQs outside with tables for alfresco dining.
My kids loved the games room which has ping pong tables, a pool table and private tv screening room, with ocean views of course! The whole camp has been covered in shell grit to keep the blowing sands at bay which also makes it hard enough to ride a bike on. We also noticed that the “streets” in the camp were the names of the resident dolphins!
Part of the renos was a new pool will shallow kids splash pool, a new playground and a new general store to purchase supplies. All of these are located next to The Boughshed restaurant which offers Al a carte meals and a buffet breakfast. We stopped in for happy hour cocktails which were yummy!
The original pool is still there, located next to the Monkey Bar. The Monkey Bar is a more relaxed pub, they also do meals, we grabbed one of their takeaway pizzas the first night we were there and it was really good. As it was school holidays they also had outdoor movies for kids at the bar.
Next door to the resort is the world famous “dolphin experience”. The dolphins usually come 3 times during the morning, by far the busiest visit is the first one of the day (7.45am). The beauty of staying here is that you can simply wander up the beach, if there are too many people try again at the next time. We found the 3rd visit (around 10.30am) to be the quietest and gives you the best chance of being picked out of the crowd to feed a dolphin.
There is also a gift shop and small museum to learn more about the dolphins.
We loved our stay. The close proximity to the beach and the calm shallow water meant we could let the kids run down to the beach and we knew they’d be ok. Plus, there is nothing like relaxing on the sand watching dolphins swim past!
RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort has a wide range of accommodation available, from unpowered tent sites to ensuite sites, dorms, family units and beachfront villas. As it is in a national parks fees are payable upon entry.
Bookings can be made online.
RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
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