This unique Karijini tour package combines our award winning sailing experience to overcome the logistical hurdle of visiting the 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
|Thurs, 8th March||13-Mar||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Mon, 19th March||24-Mar||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available||Dedicated Diving|
|Fri, 30th April||4-Apr||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available||Easter|
|Mon, 16th April||21-Apr||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||FULL|
|Sun, 29th April||4-May||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||FULL|
|Sat, 19th May||24-May||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||1 Cabin Available|
|Tue, 29th May||3-Jun||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||1 Cabin Available|
|Fri, 8th June||13-Jun||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||1 Cabin Available|
|Mon, 18th June||23-Jun||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||FULL|
|Wed, 18th July||23-Jul||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available||Dedicated Diving|
|Sat, 28th July||2-Aug||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Tue, 7th August||12-Aug||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Fri, 17th August||22-Aug||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Tue, 28th August||2-Sep||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Fri, 7th September||12-Sep||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Mon, 17th September||22-Sep||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Sat, 6th October||11-Oct||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Tue, 16th October||21-Oct||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
|Sat, 8th December||13-Dec||5 Night Ningaloo Escape||Available|
Upgrade your deluxe double cabin onboard Shore Thing to a stateroom for an additional $650 pp
Upgrade your Tom Price Accommodation to a Private room with ensuite for 3 nights $480 per couple
Additional nights in Coral Bay also available at additional cost.
Whale Shark tours available at additional cost starting from $375 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 Hammersley Gorge and enjoy lunch prepared by your guide in the gorge & more exploring in Dales Gorge. Following afternoon tea, transfer to Tom Price Tourist Park for check in where there is an optional hike to My Nameless or freshen up & enjoy your surroundings with a beverage. End the day with a Big Pilbara welcome at the Red Breeze Restaurant – banquet welcome dinner & socialising.
Meet at tourist park camp kitchen for breakfast. Depart for Karijini National Park. Enjoy Marandoo Mine view. Marvel at Junction Pool Lookout. Descend Hancock Gorge destined for the Spider Walk and Kermit’s Pool. Views into Regan’s Pool. Swimming and lazing in the Pilbara sun. Enjoy lunch prepared by guide. Enjoy some post lunch swimming in Weano Gorge. Depart for Knox Gorge for more exploring and swimming oasis. Return to Tom Price and have dinner prepared by your guide at camp kitchen.
Alas the adventure is over…… for now!
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