For the ultimate luxury Ningaloo Reef experience package, combine your Sail Ningaloo tour with a stay at Sal Salis, a safari eco camp hidden in the white sand dunes of Cape Range National Park.
Stretching 280 kilometres along Western Australia’s harsh and arid coast, the Ningaloo Reef is an extraordinary yet strangely unknown jewel in Australia’s natural heritage.
Sal Salis is a bush camp that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to a remote region. Accommodation is in nine free standing, spacious tents on raised platforms. Each has an eco-friendly en suite bathroom with a solar hot water shower. Designed to blend with the dunes and low lying coastal scrub, the tents have comfortable beds with fabulous views of the Indian Ocean.
The social heart of the camp is raised above the sand and coastal scrub and it too has views of the reef and the breakers beyond. A bar and open lounge area with a small reference library provides a great spot to sit out the heat of day.
In the cool of the evening kangaroos and wallaroos appear from the bush for their evening graze. Guests may help themselves to a selection of beverages from the open bar and perhaps watch the resident chef as he prepares contemporary Australian cuisine with hints of native produce.
Following your 3 night stay in the Cape Range National Park, enjoy the scenic flight over the reef spotting turtles, reef sharks, dugongs, whales sharks, manta rays and humpback whales from the air. Landing in Coral Bay you will be picked up from the rustic outback airstrip and whisked straight to board Shore Thing.
Once aboard Shore Thing, enjoy the Sail Ningaloo experience exploring by snorkeling and scuba diving some of the very best locations Ningaloo has to offer.
Explore the shallow reef lagoons either by kayak or you can experience it by donning a mask, snorkel and fins – some of the best coral and reef fish you will see along the Ningaloo Reef.
For scuba divers and snorkelers, a 3 night tour visits a variety of dive sites rarely visited by other divers and reef sharks, turtles, groupers and sting rays are a common sight, along with all of the macro critters, such as nudibranchs, moray eels and octopus.
Manta Rays are commonly found feeding in shallow waters close to Coral Bay and we are often presented with the opportunity to snorkel alongside these majestic marine animals.
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.
The Glamp Package is available 14th March 2017 – 31th October 2017
The Glamp package starts from $4,670 per person
*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.
Arrive Learmonth/Exmouth airport (flight not included) and meet your road transfer to Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef for a 3 night stay in a Wilderness Tent with ecofriendly ensuite.
Sal Salis is a bush camp that exudes luxury and brings a touch of style to a remote region. Stretching 280 kilometres along Western Australia’s harsh and arid coast, the Ningaloo Reef is an extraordinary yet strangely unknown jewel in Australia’s natural heritage. Accommodation is in nine freestanding, spacious tents on raised platforms. Each has an eco-friendly en suite bathroom with a solar hot water shower. Designed to blend with the dunes and low-lying coastal scrub, the tents have comfortable beds with fabulous views of the Indian Ocean.
Guests may help themselves to a selection of beverages from the open bar and perhaps watch the resident chef as he prepares contemporary Australian cuisine with hints of native produce. Dinner is shared with other guests, your guides and hosts against a backdrop of rich orange sunsets.
Enjoy a variety of guided activities including gorge walking, kayaking and snorkeling trips, join a whale shark charter during the season (1 April – 31 July) (*additional charges apply) or simply just relax and unwind.
Ningaloo Reef is the longest western fringing coral reef and one of the last healthy major coral reef systems in the world. Its profound diversity includes 500 fish species, 300 coral species, 600 mollusc species and many other marine invertebrates. At certain times of the year Ningaloo is home to Whale Sharks, the world’s largest fish and Humpback whales migrate through the area twice annually.
Endangered and vulnerable marine creatures including dugongs, loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles, depend on the reef and coastal ecosystems for food, refuge, breeding and nesting. Manta rays and populations of large game fish including sailfish and marlin abound in the reef’s waters. Sea birds and migratory waders use the coast, wetlands and reef waters as resting, feeding and breeding sites.
Above ground too there is plenty of unique Australian fauna that is much easier to find and enjoy! Rock wallabies, red kangaroos, euros, eighty species of reptiles, and over one hundred species of birds live on the cape.
Depart from the historical Yardie Creek Station for a 45 minute scenic flight over the Cape Range National Park heading south. You will then fly out over the spectacular Ningaloo Reef where you may be able to spot humpback whales or whale sharks from your window! Arrive into Coral bay airstrip for a road transfer to board Shore Thing at the Coral Bay jetty for a 16:00 departure. Slide back into the water for an afternoon snorkel with the dedicated crew of Sail Ningaloo.
After breakfast your crew will select the best snorkel or dive sites based on the conditions. Some of the favorites include “North Reef Nursery”, “Asho’s Gap” and “Pandora’s Garden”, 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 evenings anchorage at Point Maud. From June – October there is a fantastic opportunity to observe Humpback Whales as they migrate along the Ningaloo coast.
Following breakfast, 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 our next snorkel location the “Sanctuary” where we see reef sharks and turtles cruising and large rays resting 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 and well deserved rest.
Sailing to more snorkel 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 behavior 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 with the option to catch the afternoon airport transfer to Learmonth airport, or relax in Coral Bay for a couple of extra nights and join a whale shark tour in season, or just chill out on the beach.
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