A Marine Extravaganza
Coral Bay is one of the most reliable places in the world to see and swim with Manta Rays and you should have a great chance of snorkelling and diving with reef sharks, marine turtles and rays, as well as spotting humpback whales (June – Oct), dolphins, and the mysterious dugong. Whale Sharks are the only marine life you won’t expect to see on board Shore Thing, but you will have the opportunity to swim with Whale Sharks at your next destination – Sal Salis, your ultimate bush luxury camp.
Here you wake to the song of a butcher bird, the raucous squawks of a galah or the thump of a wallaroo passing by. Fill your days however you choose, relax in your tent’s hammock and watch the world go by, or laze on the beach and paddle in the warm Indian Ocean waters. The most popular experiences are in the water, as here on the Ningaloo Reef you can swim alongside the majestic whale sharks and the magnificent humpback whales. Right off the shores of Sal Salis, you will have access to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef where you will find more than 500 species of colourful fish, 250 coral species, rays and turtles.
Your guides want you to fall in love with this little patch of paradise and will tailor activities to suit the weather and tides. They will take you to the rugged landscapes of the Cape Range National Park and introduce you to Australia’s unique flora and fauna. You’ll spot red kangaroos, wallaroos, rock wallabies, goannas, echidnas and more than 100 bird species of all the colours of the rainbow. At night fall asleep to the sound of the waves on the beach and under a blanket of hundreds of thousands of stars.
You will love
- Remote bush luxury
- Swim with Whale sharks
- Snorkel amazing coral reefs
- Access spectacular shallow lagoons
- Pristine white beaches
- Small groups
ADVENTUROUS DAYS AMONGST CORAL REEFS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S NINGALOO REEF
DAY 1 | FIVE FINGERS REEF | 1 NIGHT
Join us on a journey to some of the most remote areas of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. The snorkelling and diving experience is world-class as you surround yourself with pristine coral reef and an abundance of fish life. Your first destination is the beautiful Sandy Point and Pelican Point Sanctuary, perfect places to explore the shallow reef lagoons either by kayak or by donning a mask, snorkel and fins. Enjoy walking along sparkling white beaches and viewing turtles in their natural feeding grounds. Dugongs can also be seen on occasions grazing on seagrass beds and inquisitive Dolphins can often be seen chasing fish throughout the clear water. Between June and October, Humpback Whales are a common site on the outer reef, as they make their way north on their annual migration and return south with their calves for the summer.
Your adventure begins as you board “Shore Thing” at the local marine facility for a 4pm departure. Enjoy a late afternoon snorkel or dive near “Five Fingers Reef” before enjoying a cool drink as the sunsets and the vessel sails to its overnight anchorage. Before the evening meal is served, have a go at fishing from the back deck, with the opportunity for a fresh caught meal.
DAY 2 | THE SANCTUARY | 1 NIGHT
Enjoy a morning snorkel at “The Stag Forest”, a beautiful coral garden exhibiting stunning branching coral formations and home to numerous marine turtles. After morning tea set sail for your next snorkel location the ‘Sanctuary’ where you see reef sharks and turtles cruising and large rays resting as you snorkel along sandy underwater pathways fringed by hard coral outcrops rising to the waters surface. Enjoy a freshly prepared gourmet buffet lunch before immersing yourself into Ningaloo’s clear waters or relaxing on the deck of Shore Thing. The day winds down with another snorkel before a sumptuous two course meal and well deserved rest.
DAY 3 | POINT MAUD | 1 NIGHT
Take a leisurely kayaking trip along the secluded coastline to Pelican Point, keeping an eye out for large rays resting and turtles feeding in the shallow waters. Your crew and guides will then select the best snorkel or dive sites based on the conditions. Some of the favorite’s include “Syd’s Harbour” and “Goliath’s Den”. You seek out dugongs and dolphin’s as you travel to your evenings anchorage at Point Maud. From June – October there is a fantastic opportunity to observe Humpback Whales as they migrate along the Ningaloo Coast.
DAY 4 | SAL SALIS | 1 NIGHT
Sailing to more coral sites to experience the best marine life based on the conditions. Ningaloo Reef and Coral Bay is home to a resident population of coastal Manta Rays that frequent the inner reef to mate, give birth and feed. Enjoy a presentation from your local guide on Manta Ray biology and behaviour along the Ningaloo Reef and then snorkel with one of these graceful rays where you can assist identifying the Manta Rays via photo identification.
Before a sumptuous buffet lunch, enjoy one last snorkel or dive at “Asho’s Gap” which is a cleaning station for grey reef sharks. Watch as the sharks swim into a large cabbage coral and hold themselves in the currents with their mouths open, whilst small cleaner fish dart in and out of their mouths and gills. You will return to Coral Bay at approximately 12:30pm to catch the afternoon airport transfer to Learmonth airport for your onward arrangements to Sal Salis.
DAY 5-7 | SAL SALIS | 3 NIGHTS
Fill your next three days however you choose; swim alongside the majestic whale sharks and the magnificent humpback whales, explore this UNESCO World Heritage site where you will find more than 500 species of colourful fish, 250 coral species, rays and turtles, traverse the rugged landscapes of the Cape Range National Park and learn all about Australia’s unique flora and fauna. Spot red kangaroos, wallaroos, rock wallabies, goannas, echidnas and more than 100 bird species of all the colours of the rainbow, watch the world go by from you hammock, or laze on the beach and paddle in the warm Indian Ocean waters. At night fall asleep to the sound of the waves on the beach and under a blanket of hundreds of thousands of stars.
DAY 8 | NINGALOO REEF - EXMOUTH I END OF ITINERARY
Depart Ningaloo Reef to Exmouth by road to connect with your scheduled flight home.
WHERE YOU’LL STAY
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Sal Salis – Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is a remote, beachside safari camp nestled in the dunes of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park - expect a red kangaroo grazing amongst the dunes or a humpback whale breaching just offshore. With just 9 wilderness tents, Sal Salis ensures an exclusive ‘barefoot luxury’ experience. Read More
NEED TO KNOW
7 nights / 8 days
7 nights / 8 days
USD $ 8,235 per person Twin Share
USD $ 8,235 per person Twin Share
START: Learmonth, Australia | Finish: Exmouth, Australia
Destinations: Coral Bay I Ningaloo Reef
- Full board accommodation
- Tea, coffee, fruit juices & soft drinks
- Alcoholic drinks (except premium brands) from select open bar at Sal Salis only
- Fishing equipment
- Non-motorised water sports equipment including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkelling equipment, and wetsuits
- Guided walks in Cape Range National Park
- Reef snorkelling tours
- Kayaking excursions
- Guest National Park fees are included however additional fees apply for guests who wish to self-drive.
- Domestic flights
- Arrival and departure transfers to/from Learmonth/Exmouth
- Alcoholic drinks aboard “Shore Thing”
- Additional National park fees applicable for self-drive guests. These fees are payable locally when entering Cape Range National Park
- Extra activities
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature
Flights to / from Learmonth or Exmouth & Travel Insurance – on request
COVID19 : A FULL REFUND WILL BE PROVIDED IF THE TRIP IS UNABLE TO PROCEED DUE TO COVID19 GOVERNMENT IMPOSED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
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