SAL SALIS NINGALOO REEF
WHERE IN THE WORLD
1,200 kilometres north of Perth sits a magical place where words can’t do justice. Ningaloo Reef, the world’s largest fringing coral reef, awaits. This 260-kilometres long spectacle is just a few salt-watery steps from the eco-luxe safari tents of Sal Salis.
Magical because it’s the rarest of places. Where outback, reef and ranges meet and merge… amidst a spectrum of colour for which, only nature has the palette.
Between May to October, migrating humpbacks are drawn through Ningaloo Marine Park. Whale sharks, blue whales, southern right whales, orcas, turtles, mantas, and a range of dolphin species are also part of the reef’s oceanic menagerie. A natural symphony that only happens here. A reminder that this world can still astonish. A world even greater and more beautiful exists. The moment you submerge into the realm of whale sharks and humpback whales… your life changes.
The whale shark season runs from mid-March to July.
KIND TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Sal Salis is committed to protecting the prolific beauty of the Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range Peninsula. We’re guests of the marine life and animals in the ancient ranges. Eco-luxe means you’ll enjoy all the key comforts, leaving barely a footprint in the sand behind. An experience that will never haunt your conscience, every stay with Sal Salis is actually helping enhance the environment.
ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND TOURISM
Sal Salis operates under a lease agreement with Western Australia’s Parks and Wildlife Service. In addition to the park entrance fees, 5% of our turnover goes to Western Australia’s Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service to assist in their conservation work directly in the Cape Range National Park.
Sal Salis is constructed above ground to protect the flora, fauna and sand hills, with boardwalks to prevent soil erosion, while the tent and lodge colours blend into the surrounding landscape.
ELECTRICITY & WATER
Almost 100% of the camp’s power is solar-powered generated. There is no internet connection or signal, only a 220-volt power point for guests to charge camera batteries. The site uses gas hot water service. The tents or lodge operate without air conditioners, instead, leveraging naturally cool coastal breezes. Each en-suite bathroom has a Nature Loo. Each tent is allocated 20 litres of water per person, per day – as well as a three-minute shower time policy. Filtered drinking water is supplied at camp where guests are encouraged to refill personal bottles.
The camps are fitted with organic cottage and chemical-free linen. The composition allows easy air-dry hanging. Soaps are produced locally, incorporating native herbs. Guests are urged not to use non-eco bathroom products to further protect the environment.
RECYCLING & WASTE
All waste generated is carefully transported back to the Exmouth depot. Used bottles and cans are separated at camp and returned to the Exmouth Recycle Depot.
YOUR TIME THERE
Choose to fill your days at Sal Salis however you like, from whale shark experiences, to kayaking, hiking and much more.
WHALE SHARK SWIM
*This full day excursion must be pre-booked. Additional charge.
Each year, between mid-March and July, these slow-moving, filter-feeding whale sharks migrate past Ningaloo Reef. Up to 12 metres long, these giants have a hugely healthy appetite… for plankton and krill. Taking swimming pool gulps, filtering their microscopic main course, whale sharks love warm tropical oceans, living up to 70 years, and Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places in the world where Whale sharks appear regularly in large numbers, with over 235 individuals recorded.
Scientific photography shows that some whale sharks have visited Ningaloo Reef for 17 years. It seems Sal Salis is a place both humans and whale sharks share a love for.
Your whale shark experience begins with a transfer to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp, approximately 25 minutes from Sal Salis, meeting your experienced skipper and crew. Morning tea is served as you cruise out into the Indian Ocean, on your search for these gentle giants. With a spotter aircraft relaying sightings to your skipper too, it’s time to don wetsuits and snorkel gear. There is usually time to snorkel the back of the reef, amongst turtles, dolphins, dugongs, rays, and sea birds. You’ll refuel during the day with a delicious lunch spread, celebrating the best of West Australian produce.
Whale shark swims are available from mid-March to July and book out months in advance. Pre-booking as early as possible is advised, as this is a very popular experience. Contact Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef to secure your spot.
HUMPBACK WHALE SWIM
*This full day excursion must be pre-booked. Additional charge.
Each year, from June to November, approximately 30,000 humpback whales migrant along the Ningaloo Reef on their way to their breeding and birthing grounds in Exmouth Gulf, as far north as the Kimberly. Then, between August and October, they make the journey back down to their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. Ningaloo Reef is one of only a handful of places you have the opportunity for in-water interactions with these magnificent creatures.
Glide gracefully next to these ocean-going giants, intimately observing their distinctive body shape, from a few metres away… with the males’ in full song, evoking a trance-like state as you swim.
Your humpback whale experience begins with a transfer to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp, approximately 25 minutes from Sal Salis, where you’re met by your experienced skipper and crew. With morning tea, served as you motor out into the Indian Ocean, the whales are soon spotted, as they breach, lunge, slap the water and blow. The show is starting, as you get kitted out in wetsuits and snorkel gear on deck.
Swimming confidence is required as the whales are found in open ocean, with currents and swells to contend with. A spotter plane is also on the lookout for whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and sea birds to snorkel with. Depending on the day, you may return to the calm waters of Ningaloo Reef for lunch & snorkelling, with your return to camp in the mid-afternoon.
Humpback whale swims are available from August to October. Pre-booking months ahead is advised, as this is a popular experience.
Included in your nightly rate.
Only 500 metres from camp, a beautiful snorkelling site, Turtle Holes, is calling you. You can’t miss the resident turtles, gliding through the coral or resting on their sandy beds.
Ningaloo Reef is a breeding ground for hawksbill, loggerhead and green turtles, that come ashore to lay and bury their eggs in the dunes at night (between September and December).
As the world’s largest, fringing reef, you’ve got a fun day of kayaking adventure waiting, metres away from your camp.
With an array of colourful reef residents, you can explore a little farther along the shore with a kayak. Guided kayak-snorkels take you further off-shore, where we drop an anchor in the sand and discover deeper lagoons.
Have you ever seen a truly dark sky? Dark, as in, not one civilised light, in the middle of the desert, dark. You’re in for a surprise… a bucket lister, you didn’t even know existed.
Enjoy dinner with uninterrupted views of the Milky Way. The soft glow of solar-lit lanterns guides your way back to camp, as you soulfully experience the natural illumination of the stars.
Nestled two kilometres behind camp is Mandu Mandu Gorge, our most popular hike. With its fossil bearing, limestone formations and panoramic, colour spectrum of the gorge and Ningaloo Reef, you’ll realise you’ve discovered somewhere special.
STEP INTO A NATURAL WORLD
Known as the camp meeting point, The Lodge is the head and heart of Sal Salis. It’s where we come together as a group to share meals, kick back and exchange stories. Time stretches here, unbound by responsibilities and places to be. Here, you have everything, and all the time, you need.
WINE & DINE
Five-star dining is part of the Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef experience. Local and regional produce, hints of bush food, and seasonal twists on dishes. Inviting regional Western Australia wines, beers, and spirits. Sal Salis food is another connection to the land, the sea, the history, and the people who you share it with.
The eco-luxe wilderness tents are designed to help you unwind and escape to an utterly unique place. Immersive sensory stimulation, with an experience that combines bush, ranges, reef and ocean. Inside, you’ll enjoy the non-negotiables: a comfortable bed, an eco-ensuite bathroom, drinking water and daily cleaning service.
Everything you need, with the ocean just 50 metres away.
Rumoured to be the most romantic spot in Australia, the honeymoon tent is hard not to fall in love with. Positioned a little further away, enjoy seductive perks including a double hammock, a net enclosing the bed (no mozzies allowed) – looking out to – effectively – your private beach.
FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS
Qantas fly daily to Exmouth with connections from most capital cities. Air and road transfers are available from Exmouth Airport and must be pre-booked.
Guests can self-drive to the camp; from Perth it is 1,330kms (13+ hours). The drive from Exmouth Airport is 90 minutes and from Exmouth town it is 1 hour.
Flights may vary, please check directly with available airlines.
Offers hot days and occasional rainfall (usually associated with cyclonic conditions off-shore). The last turtle hatchings of the season make their way to the ocean.
APRIL TO JUNE
Mornings and evenings are cooler, we expect offshore breezes and warm days. This is the beginning of the whale shark season.
JULY TO SEPTEMBER
Nights will be cool (bring warm clothing) though days will be lovely for swimming and relaxing in the warm sun. Humpback whales are often seen behind the reef and from August you will have to option of swimming with them.
Temperatures are high throughout the day, a cool sea breeze may bring respite. Humpback whales continue to swim south and turtles begin their nesting.
Sal Salis is closed from mid-November to mid-March.
Book your Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef experience at least 6 months in advance and save 10%. Speak to us about itineraries to experience more of Australia, we’re fantastic travel planners.
(March & November)]
- per person per night, sharing
(August to October)
- per person per night, sharing
(April to July)
- per person per night, sharing
Per Person, AUD & includes GST (Available 14 March 2022 – 11 November 2022)
1 x Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim including transfers to Tantabiddi boat ramp (March – July) $695.00
1 x Ningaloo Megafauna Tour including transfers to Tantabiddi boat ramp (August – October) $675.00
1 x Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim including transfers to Tantabiddi boat ramp (March – July)
Peak Period (School Holidays) $785.00
1 x Ningaloo Megafauna Tour including transfers to Tantabiddi boat ramp (August – October)
Peak Period (School Holidays) $755.00
1x Exmouth Dive Centre Whale Shark Swim including transfers to Tantabiddi boat ramp (March – August) $525.00
1 x Exmouth Dive Centre Humpback Swim including transfers to Tantabiddi boat ramp (August – October) $525.00
Sal Salis welcome children aged 5 years and over (however children may be subject to activity guidelines), please enquire for a tailored quotation. Child rates are available.
- Regionally inspired daily menu prepared by onsite chef with a select assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available from an open bar.
- The use of non-motorised water sports equipment including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkelling equipment, and wetsuits.
- Daily guided activities such as 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.
- Rates in AUS Dollars
- Advance purchase rate, full payment required at time of booking. Optional flexible rates available (full payment at time of booking) and every day rate available (25% deposit required at time of booking).
- Minimum 3 night stay required for advance purchase rates. Minimum 2 nights for all other rate options.
- International airfare
- Visas and other entry costs
- Travel insurance
- PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
- Gratuities for your tour driver/guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
- Arrival and departure transfers from/to Exmouth
- Whale Shark and Humpback Whale Swims
- Additional activities not noted as included
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