This unique package overcomes the logistical hurdle of visiting our unique northwest. Come and experience the marine wonders that that the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef has to offer combined with the unique gorges and water holes of Karijini National Park.
Fly into Learmonth (Exmouth) and after a simple transfer (included) from the airport join fellow guests aboard Shore Thing for 5 nights exploring the underwater realm of Ningaloo. Swim with manta rays, turtles and reef sharks and explore areas of the reef that no other tour accesses.
Following your Ningaloo adventures aboard Shore Thing, join the ‘Flying Sandgroper’ team to venture inland and explore Karijini National Park. The team will look after you for 4 nights and 5 days exploring the amazing gorges and water holes that Karijini offers. The tour will then finish at Paraburdoo airport where you will be able to head back to Perth continue on to other destinations
This package is based on a 5 Night sailing trip with Sail Ningaloo but can also be accommodated for with 3 night stays, please contact the Sail Ningaloo team for assistance tailoring a package to suit you.
Whale Shark Day tours are available in Coral Bay from the end of March through to mid June and in Exmouth from the beginning of April through to the end of July.
|Wednesday, 1st March 2017||6th-Mar||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Please enquire||Dedicated Diving|
|Monday, 13 March 2017||18-Mar||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||1 Cabin Available||Dedicated Diving|
|Friday, 24 March 2017||29-Mar||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||FULL||Special *6th Night FREE|
|Friday, 14 April 2017||19-Apr||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||FULL|
|Thursday, 27 April 2017||2-May||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||1 Cabin Available|
|Thursday, 11 May 2017||16-May||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||FULL|
|Wednesday, 17 May 2017||22-May||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||FULL||6 Night Available|
|Tuesday, 6 June 2017||11-Jun||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||FULL|
|Friday, 16 June 2017||21-Jun||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||1 Cabin Available|
|Monday, 17 July 2017||22-Jul||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Monday, 24 July 2017||29-Jul||5 Night Dedicated Diving||Available||Dedicated Diving|
|Thursday, 3 August 2017||8-Aug||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Sunday, 13 August 2017||18-Aug||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Wednesday, 19 August 2017||24-Aug||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||FULL - Waitlist||Dedicated Diving|
|Friday, 25 August 2017||30-Aug||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||FULL|
|Saturday, 9 September 2017||14-Sep||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Saturday, 30 September 2017||5-Oct||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Friday, 6 October 2017||12-Oct||6 Night Escape||Available|
|Tuesday, 17 October 2017||22-Oct||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Sunday, 3 December 2017||8-Dec||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Wednesday, 13 December 2017||18-Dec||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
Upgrade your deluxe double cabin onboard Shore Thing to a stateroom for an additional $650 pp
Camp Like a King – Have a private ensuite tent for the 2 nights stay @ Karijini Eco Retreat for an additional $295 pp
Additional nights in Coral Bay also available at additional cost.
Whale Shark tours available at additional cost starting from $395 pp
*All rates are quoted in Australian dollars per person, including Goods and Services Tax (GST)
*Please enquire about single traveller, triple share and child rates.
Enjoy a relaxed transfer from Learmonth (Exmouth) Airport to Coral Bay in a spacious, air-conditioned 11 seater minibus taking you directly to board “Shore Thing” at the local marine facility for a 4pm departure. Should timing allow, enjoy a late afternoon snorkel or dive 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.
Following breakfast, enjoy a morning snorkel at “Pandora’s Garden”, a beautiful coral garden exhibiting stunning plate coral formations and home to numerous marine turtles. After morning tea set sail for our next snorkel location where we see reef sharks and rays getting cleaned as we 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. At the end of each day review your photos or the images the crew has collected over the day of the various species of reef fish and corals. Learn and discuss the unique behaviours of the marine creatures you have observed and get some advice on the best way to interact and experience the best that Ningaloo has to offer.
Sailing north into Chabjuwardoo Bay we navigate via Stanley Pool and explore the edge of the contrasting waters where the sand has been shaped by the waters movement to form distinct pools of deep blue water. We seek out dugongs, dolphins and whales (seasonal) as we travel to our day’s snorkelling and diving destinations. With multiple opportunities to snorkel numerous coral gardens, your crew and guides will select the best sites based on the conditions. Snorkel and Dive sites along this section of the reef are only visited by Shore Thing and have been personally named by the crew. Some of the favourites include “The Fishbowl”, “Holey Moley”, “Turtle Pond” and “Lost City”.
After breakfast, step ashore and explore the ruins of the historic whaling station at Norwegian Bay, abandoned in the 1950’s. Learn about life in the whaling days on this remote stretch of coastline and have the opportunity the snorkel the “Finn Shipwreck”, an old whaling chaser. We seek out dugongs and dolphins as we travel to our afternoon snorkelling and diving destinations, which could include “The Green Mile”, a feeding ground for green turtles. This afternoon step ashore at Point Cloates and enjoy watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean with a birds eye view from the top of the sand dunes, before returning to Shore Thing for the evening.
After breakfast enjoy a leisurely kayaking trip along the secluded coastline of Jane’s Bay, 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 favourites include “Cloates Corner”, “The Benan Shipwreck” and “Central Station”, seeing hundreds of species of colourful reef fish and a good chance to see reef sharks and turtles cruising by. We seek out dugongs and dolphins as we travel to our evening’s anchorage at Point Maud. From June – October there is a fantastic opportunity to observe Humpback Whales as they migrate along the Ningaloo coast.
Enjoy a presentation from your 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 in to 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.
Return to Coral Bay approximately 12:30pm and meet up with your Tour Guide from The Flying Sandgroper to continue your adventure to Karijini National Park.
Your Flying Sandgroper guide will transfer you to Bullara Station. Enjoy dinner prepared by your Guide, then retire, accommodated well for the evening, or enjoy some campfire story telling.
Depart Bullara Station and make the big jump to Karijini. Passing via Nanutarra with lunch on the way. We stop just shy of Paraburdoo to stay with our friends at Cheela Plains Station. Guests enjoy dinner served by the guides and some epic stargazing.
Waking to breakfast we then depart Cheela Plains Station. We then enter Karijini and explore Dales Gorge, visit The Karijini Visitors Centre followed by a BBQ lunch prepared by your guide & more exploring in Dales Gorge. Head to Karijini Eco Retreat for check in & and freshen up. Then enjoy sunset drinks and a welcome dinner at the fabulous Karijini Eco Retreat restaurant with your Guide(s).
Wake to a continental breakfast and depart Karijini Eco Retreat to explore Knox Gorge. Enjoy Lunch prepared by your guide & head to Hancock gorge for swimming and exploring our goal that is Kermit’s Pool. We will also visit Junction & Oxers Lookout and if time permits a final swim in Weano gorge. Early evening we return to Karijini Eco Retreat and freshen up and enjoy sunset drinks and socialize with your fellow explorers at the Karijini Eco Retreat … or just relax. Dinner is prepared by your guides.
Sleep in & wake to continental breakfast. Depart for Joffre Gorge where we will explore and with our rubber tubes and make our way to fabulous Joffre Island. Enjoy Lunch prepared by your guides and then return to the Karijini Eco Retreat for afternoon drinks and perhaps an ice cream.
At 1500 depart for Paraburdoo Airport to meet with the Qantas Airlines flight QF 1649 departing at 1850 to Perth and beyond. Alas the adventure is over…… for now!
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