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Epic encounters with creatures of the deep at Ningaloo Reef

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to swim with the whale sharks? Our social media manager, Jodie, took a trip to Ningaloo last week and went out with our preferred tour operator, Live Ningaloo. Here’s her take on the big bucket list item many people come to Sal Salis to tick!

“I’d been whale sharking before, but it didn’t even come close to the experience I had with Live Ningaloo last week.  As Sal Salis’s social media manager, I’d been working closely with Live Ningaloo for a while. I knew their unique selling points and had high expectations of having a memorable day of swimming alongside whale sharks at Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef.

I’m delighted to say my high expectations were blown out of the water! The tour was INCREDIBLE from start to finish and memorable for so many reasons.

We started the day with some snorkelling and spent some time swimming alongside a beautiful green turtle. and even saw some rays! I have a particular fondness for turtles, so the tour started on a high.

Conditions were optimal – minimal wind, warm temperature, calm water, excellent visibility and not a cloud in the sky. Welcome to ‘winter’ in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area!

It wasn’t long before Live Ningaloo’s spotter plane located a whale shark for us to swim with. One of the main benefits of choosing Live Ningaloo is that they only take ten passengers per tour, which means you get to spend the maximum amount of time swimming with whale sharks. Other vessels take more passengers, but only ten can swim with the whale shark at a time so you take turns with other passengers.

We had received an entertaining and informative brief from Katie (the onboard marine ecologist) and Doug (our attentive deckhand) and were eagerly awaiting the signal to gently enter the water.

There it is! Onboard photographer, Chris Jansen, has spotted the whale shark and Katie is lining us up so that we can form a V around it and follow its path. Masks below the surface, we are all so excited to see the whale shark appear in front of us and we swim as fast as our fins will carry us to keep up with this deceptively fast enormous fish! We must’ve spent about ten minutes swimming with the whale shark, who at approximately four-metres long was a juvenile, but certainly no less impressive than swimming with a larger one.

We jumped back onto the boat, all buzzing from the experience. While were waiting for our next drop, we saw a yellow sea snake float past the boat, which was a first for me. What a beautiful creature.

We were lucky enough to have another three long swims with the same whale shark. One of the great things about the day was that we were all able to see the whale shark from different angles – alongside it near the dorsal fins and also behind its massive tail as it swayed mesmerisingly from side to side.

It was on the last drop that we were in for the biggest surprise… Having swam with the whale shark a few times, we had now worked out what we were supposed to do, so had all found positions alongside it and were swimming along happily when all of a sudden, it disappeared.

I looked up to find Katie to get instructions on where to go when suddenly I saw a humpback whale gently emerge just a few metres away and check us out! No sooner than the whale had appeared, it had disappeared back into the depths. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I turned around to see if the others had seen it too. I made eye contact with a fellow Sal Salis guest, Barry. Barry’s eyes were like saucers! Barry is an experienced diver and has had some amazing marine experiences under his belt and he was like a kid in a candy store. Chris Jansen, the onboard photographer has also spent a lot of time in the ocean and even he was excited.

We couldn’t stop talking about it. The whale didn’t display any aggressive behaviour, it was just curious, so it popped up to see what was going on and it was AMAZING!

After that, the spotter plan wasn’t able to find our friendly whale shark again, but it was more than fine with us. We finished whale sharking on a high and had time to see other marine creatures.

Our captain, Murray, took us to see some more humpback whales and even found a pod of dolphins who danced around the boat to our delight. We finished the day with a spot of snorkelling over some massive coral bombies and saw many different species of colourful coral and fish.

We went back to Sal Salis that night and couldn’t stop talking about our epic unexpected encounter with not one, but two gentle giants of the deep at Ningaloo Reef.

It was a taste of what is yet to come. Live Ningaloo will run their last whale shark tour of the season on 31 July, and will commence offering humpback whale swims from 1 August. As if we needed another reason to visit! Count us in! Our humpback whale encounter was way to short. We’re not ticking it off the bucket list yet. Care to join us?

 

Substitute your screen for sensory soul food at Sal Salis

With the progress of modern technology, many of us are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off. We are given work phones and laptops and are expected to be available around the clock. The result is that we are always ‘on’, which has a high cost to our wellbeing.

Our social media manager is always harping on about Sal Salis being the ideal location for a digital detox on our social channels (due to our camp being out of range), so we recently invited her back to our slice of paradise so she could take some of her own advice and so we’d get a break from her emails!

Here’s what Jodie had to say about her stay at Sal Salis:

As a person who works from a home office with competing demands of family obligations, work and fitness goals, I found it so liberating to have a break from it all and forget about my phone for a few days. The positive effect it had on our holiday was profound. I wasn’t compelled to check social channels or email accounts constantly, and without digital distractions, I was able to fully appreciate the remarkable environment around me and spend quality time with the number one man in my life.

Sal Salis tent

Here’s why Sal Salis is a treat for the senses:

Sight: Located in Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park, the landscape at Sal Salis is truly breathtaking. Its beauty is a sight to behold in images, but you really have to experience it firsthand to fully appreciate it. The imposing red limestone ridge in the background beautifully contrasts with green coastal vegetation and the many shades of blue along the Ningaloo coastline, which is just a short stroll from the camp. It was wonderful to see how the colours of the sky changed throughout the day – the glorious golden glow of sunrise, followed by brilliant blue skies during the day, followed by the most magnificent panorama of colours at sunset, culminating in an inky night sky positively popping with stars. Knowledgeable Sal Salis guides look at the weather forecast each day and plan activities best suited to conditions. There’s some amazing marine life to be discovered close to camp on snorkelling and kayaking tours, and some equally scenic spots in the gorges of the Cape Range National Park. We spotted some super cute black-footed rock wallabies in nearby Pilgonoman Gorge and swam with an array of colourful marine life during a snorkel drift tour along Sal Salis’ private beach.

wallaby

Sound: Sitting on the beach without another soul in sight and tuning into the Indian Ocean lapping the shore was truly mesmerising… Then I’d switch frequencies to tune into the sounds of the waves crashing out to sea, which had a soothing effect on me. Take a walk along the beach and you’ll hear the squeaky clean, coarse white sand crunching underfoot. Around camp you can hear the happy melody of native birds singing or the laughter of guests entertaining each other with stories of their day of exploring the area.

Sal Salis beach

Smell: Fresh air! A gentle breeze floats through the camp carrying the aroma of the surrounding native bushland and the briny scent of the sea, mingled with some appetising smells from the kitchen.

Sal Salis sunset

Taste: Believe me when I say the food at Sal Salis is every bit as good as some of the finest restaurants in capital cities around Australia. Showcasing as much local produce as possible, the food is fresh and simply irresistible. The chef and his team are very talented indeed. From delectable breakfasts and fresh lunches, to yummy sundowner canapés and delicious dinners – they’re all designed with your taste buds in mind!

food

Touch: I can’t describe the happiness I felt feeling the warm rays of the sun on my skin and immersing myself in the Indian Ocean for a swim during Australian winter! Ningaloo Reef really is home to an endless Summer.

The verdict: I’ve practiced what I preach, and it turns out the digital detox was definitely what I needed. My Sal Salis winter escape restored balance in my life. I am no longer a slave to my phone and have returned full of energy and creative ideas. The break has also been great for family life. I was able to spend quality time with my husband without any competing demands, and missed my children so much that I have been giving them a lot more quality time.  

So, what are you waiting for? Take a hiatus from the digital devices and swap your screen for some soul food at Sal Salis. Please just remember to take your camera and share your photos with us!

Fall in love with the gorge-ous backdrop of Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

It’s no secret that many of our guests are lured to Sal Salis to see the stars of Ningaloo Reef – whale sharks, humpback whales, manta rays and turtles.

Visitors fall in love with our unspoilt coastline, crystal clear water and Ningaloo Reef’s world-renowned marine wonderland.

What takes many of our guests by surprise, is Sal Salis’s breathtakingly beautiful backdrop – Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park.

Did you know Sal Salis is located just two kilometres from one of the Cape Range National Park’s most spectacular gorges?

We take our guests on guided walks to Mandu Mandu Gorge to admire its impressive fossil-bearing limestone formations and take in spectacular views over the Ningaloo Coast. Sometimes we even spot rare black-footed rock wallabies here.

We also take our guests to the nearby Yardie Creek, a ruggedly beautiful, rust-red gorge, which is home to many species of flora and fauna.

Walkers are rewarded with wonderful panoramic photo opportunities at the top of this magnificent ancient gorge. Look below you to the creek, which flows between the sheer red cliffs and ahead of you out to the turquoise waters of the Ningaloo Coast.

While you’re at Yardie Creek Gorge, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for black-footed rock wallabies, honey eaters, euros, red kangaroos and emus.

Sturt mangrove areas provide roosting sites for pied cormorants, eastern reef egrets, crested pigeons and gallahs, while the sheltered waters are a sanctuary for many marine species, such as fish, shovelnose rays and turtles.

Winter heralds the start of the region’s wildflower season, so look out for vibrant red sturt desert peas, mulllas mullas, wattles, everlastings, native fuschias, fanflowers and dampiera.

Cape Range National Park’s largest concentration of black-footed rock wallabies can be found hanging out on steep, red limestone ledges in nearby Pilgonoman Gorge. Our guides love taking guests to this fabulous location, which is located a short drive from our camp.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack some sturdy walking shoes when you are packing for your Sal Salis escape. You’ll love our guided walks through gorges on our back doorstep almost as much as you’ll enjoy exploring the Ningaloo Reef out the front.

Black-footed rock wallabies steal hearts at Sal Salis

Black-footed rock wallabies steal hearts at Sal Salis

When you think of wildlife you may encounter during your stay at Sal Salis, you probably think of the stars of Ningaloo Reef: whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, orcas and humpback whales.

So, you may be surprised to learn that one of our most lovable locals is actually a gorge-dwelling marsupial!

Black-footed rock wallabies are closely related to kangaroos, and they are as cute as they are elusive.

Known as black-footed or black-flanked rock wallabies, they are primarily grey with black paws and a black tip at the end of their tail, which perfectly camouflages them in their rocky habitat. They are much smaller than kangaroos, growing up to just 50cm tall.

Although they are camouflaged, little and like to hide in dark, shady places, our talented guides know where and when to find them in the magnificent nearby gorges of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park.

Black-footed rock wallabies are quite rare and can only be found in a few locations in North-West and central Australia. There is a large population of them in the Cape Range National Park of Australia’s Coral Coast, especially Pilgonoman Gorge, which boasts the biggest population of them on the North West Cape. They can also be spotted in Mandu Mandu and Yardie Creek Gorges.

The best time to spot black-footed rock wallabies is when it’s cool and dark, so we offer guests the opportunity to see them on guided tours at sunrise and sunset.

Black-footed rock wallabies leave their young inside caves while they venture out to find food such as Yardie Creek morning glory and bush fig trees.

Whilst their main defence is their trusty camouflage, these agile little creatures can jump up to 4 metres to escape predators such as feral cats, dingoes, wedge tail eagles and feral goats.

So, be sure to join us for a guided walk during your stay at Sal Salis to catch a glimpse of our beloved and rare black-footed rock wallabies.

 

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Sal Salis Photo Comp

2018 Sal Salis guests are encouraged to enter our photo competition by posting their best photos and videos to our Facebook or Instagram account for the chance to WIN a three-night stay with us in 2019!

Head to our Facebook page to post your photos and videos, tag @Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and include #SalSalisPhotoComp and #SalSalisNingalooReef hashtags. Or post your content on Instagram, with the aforementioned hashtags. If you are not on social media, please email your photos and videos to info@salsalis.com.au.

Swim alongside the stars of Ningaloo Reef during your stay at Sal Salis!

The secret is out: Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is world-renowned for being one of the most accessible and reliable places in the world to swim with ALMIGHTY WHALE SHARKS!

Growing up to 18 metres in length, whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea. They arrive in the Ningaloo Marine Park in early March each year and are followed by tens of thousands of visitors who are lured to the region for the chance to swim with these enormous (and harmless) marine creatures.

Our preferred operator, Live Ningaloo, offers small, bespoke group tours to get up close and personal with whale sharks each year between late March and 31 July. Tours are limited to ten passengers to ensure all on board have a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience with these graceful marine giants.

Ningaloo has solidified its reputation as being a mecca for massive marine experiences over the past few years. Not only can you swim with whale sharks here, you can also swim with humpback whales!

So, if you visit Sal Salis outside of the whale shark season, you can still get the adrenaline rush of having a close encounter with a gentle giant of the ocean. Swimming with humpback whales has only been offered at Ningaloo Reef since 2016, so our guests have the opportunity to be among the first of many to enjoy this unique experience. Guests can join a Live Ningaloo tour to take a dip with magnificent humpback whales between 1 August and 31 October.

While whale sharks and humpback whales pass through the Ningaloo Marine Park annually on a seasonal basis, majestic manta rays can be encountered here all year round. Manta rays have a wing span of up to 5.5 metres wide and watching them ‘dance’ is truly mesmerising.

Although tours are recommended to get up close to whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays, there’s a myriad of marine life to seen close to Sal Salis.

Luckily for our guests, Sal Salis is located within a short stroll of one of the best parts of Ningaloo Reef. Measuring around 300km in length, Ningaloo Reef is one of the largest fringing reef systems in the world. It’s called a ‘fringing reef’ because it’s so close to shore, which means in some parts you can literally step off the beach and start snorkelling within moments of entering the water. This is a major point of difference to the Great Barrier Reef, which is around a two-hour boat ride from Cairns.

The UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast is home to around 500 species of fish and about 250 species of coral, so there’s plenty to see beneath the surface of this pristine stretch of the Indian Ocean located at the northern tip of Australia’s Coral Coast.

The great news is you can see so much of it with a mask and snorkel without venturing far from our luxury camp. Ningaloo is a notable nesting site for green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, and our guests often rave about their encounters with these beautiful creatures at our private beach. Occasionally our guests have even witnessed unseasonable hatching of turtles near our camp.

If you love to be beside the seaside and would like to acquaint yourself with Ningaloo Reef’s many marine species, add Sal Salis to your bucket list!

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Sal Salis Photo Comp

2018 Sal Salis guests are encouraged to enter our photo competition by posting their best photos and videos to our Facebook or Instagram account for the chance to WIN a three-night stay with us in 2019!

Head to our Facebook page to post your photos and videos, tag @Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and include #SalSalisPhotoComp and #SalSalisNingalooReef hashtags. Or post your content on Instagram, with the aforementioned hashtags. If you are not on social media, please email your photos and videos to info@salsalis.com.au.

Soul food on the menu at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

You may be staying in a remote seaside location on Western Australia’s mid north coast, but it certainly doesn’t mean you need to compromise on quality when it comes to food at Sal Salis.

We actually use our location to our advantage. This region is internationally renowned for its excellent quality seafood.

Situated on the shore of Ningaloo Reef near Exmouth, at the northern tip of Western Australia’s Coral Coast, we offer our guests modern cuisine featuring seafood caught in the pristine ocean on our doorstep, and other locally-sourced ingredients. We pride ourselves in featuring the finest local produce on our menu, and we’re always on the look-out for fresh new ingredients to serve our guests.

Our menu features a suite of locally sourced mouth-watering delicacies served to our guests in beachside luxury style. A range of flavours are represented from far-flung corners of the globe – France, Italy, Greece, the Middle East, China, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

We aim to offer our guests an escape from the stresses of everyday life and the opportunity to restore the mind, body and soul in a remarkably beautiful location, which is free of digital distractions. We believe in a holistic approach to rejuvenation and providing our guests with good quality sustenance is a big part of it.

Our favourite time of the day is sunset, when we serve canapés and drinks. Our guests return to us after a full day exploring Ningaloo Reef, discovering nearby gorges of the Cape Range National Park, or just relaxing on the private beach metres from their eco-luxe safari tent. We love hearing animated stories about memorable adventures, like swimming with whale sharks or humpback whales as we serve drinks accompanied with canapés like sushi, arancini, dumplings, croquettes and even crocodile!

If you love seafood you’ll love Sal Salis. The menu offers at least one seafood dish each day and includes locally caught prawns, cuttlefish, squid, Blue Swimmer crabs, Rankin Cod, Goldband Snapper, Red Emperor, and scallops sourced from the nearby Abrolhos Islands.

Exmouth bugs are special treat here and a favourite among our guests. They are caught locally and sent directly to us to serve with tortellini and a simple sauce, so as not to overpower the taste of the sweet, fleshy meat.

If you enjoy red meat, you’ll enjoy the lamb souvlaki and kofta, lamb rack, seared kangaroo, beef eye fillet and venison chorizo. While white meat lovers will savour the taste of dishes showcasing succulent pork belly, chicken kibbeh and confit duck Maryland.

Those with a sweet tooth are well and truly indulged here at Sal Salis… Dessert highlights include the spiced chai pannacotta served with a sesame wafer and raspberries, as well as the mocha cheesecake served with chocolate dirt and coffee caviar.

Our talented team is happy to cater for all dietary requirements, so please don’t hesitate to let us know about your requirements in advance. Our guests are invited to help themselves to our open bar featuring a large range of spirits and West Australian wine and beer.

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Sal Salis Photo Comp

2018 Sal Salis guests are encouraged to enter our photo competition by posting their best photos and videos to our Facebook or Instagram account for the chance to WIN a three-night stay with us in 2019!

Head to our Facebook page to post your photos and videos, tag @Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and include #SalSalisPhotoComp and #SalSalisNingalooReef hashtags. Or post your content on Instagram, with the aforementioned hashtags. If you are not on social media, please email your photos and videos to info@salsalis.com.au.

Share magic moments of your stay at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef in our 2018 Photo Competition for your chance to win a 3-night stay next season!

After receiving some amazing photos of our guests’ experiences at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef last year, we’ve decided to run the popular Sal Salis Photo Competition again this season.

 

2017 Winning Image from Anna Sim
2017 Winning Image from Anna Sim

Situated on the pristine shore of Ningaloo Reef at the northern tip of Western Australia’s Coral Coast, we firmly believe our luxury camp is in the midst of one of the world’s most photogenic locations.

Located in the Cape Range National Park, Sal Salis is a photographer’s dream. There are so many opportunities to encounter the area’s abundant wildlife at our camp and while exploring nearby gorges and the Ningaloo Reef. Contrasting colours of the rust-red outback alongside the turquoise Indian Ocean, sunny days, vibrant sunrises and sunsets, as well as bright starry nights offer excellent photo opportunities for amateur and professional photographers alike.

As usual, our season has started in spectacular fashion with the arrival of whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef. What better experience to capture than your swim with the world’s largest fish on tour with our partner, Live Ningaloo?

2018 Sal Salis guests are encouraged to enter our competition by posting their best photos and videos to our Facebook or Instagram account for the chance to WIN a three-night stay with us in 2019!

Runner up image from @bonbonbonbonbonbon
Runner up image from @bonbonbonbonbonbon

 

Head to our Facebook page to post your photos and videos, tag @Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and include #SalSalisPhotoComp and #SalSalisNingalooReef hashtags. Or post your content on Instagram, with the aforementioned hashtags. If you are not on social media, please email your photos and videos to info@salsalis.com.au.

Don’t forget to ask our camp manager, Paul Bester for photography tips while you’re here, as he is a very talented photographer and is only too happy to help.

We look forward to receiving competition entries, highlights of which will feature on our social channels.

A finalist image will be selected by our team each month, and the winning photo will be selected out of the eight finalist images. The winner will be announced in November, so please remember to like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram to see competition highlights and updates.

Good luck!

Sal Salis Photo Competition terms and conditions.

Welcome Back, Sal Salis – 2018

As we prepare Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef for the arrival of our very first guests for 2018, we thought we’d pause for a moment to share with you what’s in store for the season ahead.

We’ve welcomed back camp managers, Candice and Paul, as well as much loved team members, Simon, Julian and Nush, who are busily putting the final touches to our camp ahead of our re-opening on 12 March.

The big news from the North West of Western Australia is that whale sharks have already arrived at the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef! Our award-winning partner, Live Ningaloo, will once again offer our guests the opportunity to swim with these graceful gentle giants from 27 March until 31 July.

Ningaloo Reef is considered the most easily accessible and reliable place in the world to swim with whale sharks, and there’s no better way to tick it off your bucket list than on a small group tour with Live Ningaloo.

However, if you’d prefer to stay close to your eco-luxe safari tent during your stay (how can we blame you?!), there’s plenty of marine life to be discovered close to our camp. Sal Salis is located just a short stroll from one of the best snorkelling spots on Ningaloo Reef. Don your mask and snorkel, step into the crystal clear Indian Ocean and discover a myriad of marine life just metres from the shore. Immerse yourself in this unspoilt underwater wonderland of coral, turtles, rays and fish. There’s no better escape from the stress of everyday life than by joining schools of fish going about their business in this bustling marine metropolis.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and keen to see what’s beneath the surface further afield, why not join one of our guided kayak tours to snorkel in some of the deeper lagoons offshore?

Alternatively, take one of our stand-up paddle boards for a spin to get a different perspective on our beautiful location in the Cape Range National Park of Australia’s Coral Coast.

There are some absolutely amazing sights, flora and fauna to be discovered within the Cape Range National Park. Our guests often delight in seeing a wealth of wildlife around our camp, from our welcoming committee of wallaroos and kangaroos to goannas and echidnas. Take a guided walk to nearby Mandu Mandu Gorge or Yardie Creek to acquaint yourself with the fascinating geological formations of the area, as well as the National Park’s flora and fauna, some species of which are not found anywhere else in the world.

Just as humpback whales start to make a splash around Ningaloo Reef in late June, we also start to notice wildflowers creating a splash of colour on land. Keep your eyes peeled for mauve mulla mulla and bright red Sturt Desert Peas in the area.

Live Ningaloo’s whale shark tours will end for the season on 31 July, but not to worry if you’re planning to visit later in the season. There will be plenty of opportunities to swim alongside other behemoth marine creatures Ningaloo Reef is renowned for. Why not consider taking a dip with humpback whales during your stay at Sal Salis? Live Ningaloo will offer our guests the chance to swim with humpback whales from 1 August.

In August, we will also welcome one of Australia’s leading yoga specialists, Denby Sheather, and her group of yoga aficionados to Sal Salis for Salted Souls, a week-long spiritual adventure. Please contact Denby directly if you’re keen to join the group.

In October, we will start to see turtles nesting on our shores, and as the last of the humpback whales leave Ningaloo Reef to continue their migration south, we too will close our camp on 31 October and head south.

We hope to welcome you to Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef this season. Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to share the adventure with us!

Flight Network’s Best 7 Honeymoon Destinations

Flight Network Rate Sal Salis as a Top Honeymoon Spot

 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day – We are Loved Campers at Sal Salis!

The team at Canada’s leading international travel agency Flight Network have published their list of 7 of the World’s Most Luxurious Honeymoon Destinations, and we are so excited to find Sal Salis included in the rankings. We feel that Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is the most unique and incredible experience for newlyweds to celebrate their new union, and we are incredibly proud to be recognised as such.


The honeymoon trip is one of the most important experiences for any newlywed couple, right after the wedding of course. These romantic wanderlust travelers are searching for the best of places to spend the first few nights together after the hectic wedding. They are seeking a beautiful time together and deserve an intimate eco-luxe getaway to unwind after the busy wedding weeks.

Hundreds of places were submitted as top honeymoon destinations, and Flight Network worked through each nomination to bring only the best to the final list. We have to agree that Sal Salis is one very special location to celebrate a very special time. Spending a night under the stars while the waves gently roll onto the beach seems quite romantic to us. We welcome any newlyweds who desire epic romance and beautiful nature to sweep them off their feet.

The journalist captured our true essence of personal connection, the article spoke on our earth-friendly accommodations and adventurous energy which add a certain charm to a honeymoon stay.  As stated in the list, our special honeymoon accompaniments add personalization and extra romantic satisfaction to every minute spent here.

Sound like the honeymoon of your dreams? We are so happy to welcome you to Sal Salis, to celebrate your marriage under the stars and surrounded by nature together.

2017 – It’s a Wrap

Wow, it was a memorable year so we thought we’d share just a handful of highlights as selected by Camp Manager, Candice Shaw.

The Australian Fur Seal on the beach…. Yes, a seal on South Mandu Beach! We hardly ever see them this far north. They like the cooler waters further south, but I guess even Fur Seals know Sal Salis is the place to be if you want to go on a beach holiday!

The weather Gods shined on us …. we had the best weather this season!

We had our share of stars …. and celebrities at the lodge this year. We were so pleased (and also a bit relieved) at how relaxed they were. No airs or graces, just real people wanting to experience the magic of the Ningaloo Reef.  We do have some great bragging rights, but better stay ‘Mum’!

The stars of the ocean put on an exquisite performance … whale sharks and humpback whales galore! We enjoyed an exceptionally long whale shark season, with the gentle giants of the deep hanging around until October, a real bonus for people who visited outside of the usual season. Humpback whale swim experiences continued to be a big hit, this is the second season it was offered, and Parks & Wildlife Service have now confirmed the season for 2018 – YIPPEE!

Top nosh from Tazzy and the team … the food was EXCEPTIONAL with fabulous meals being conjured up by the kitchen team lead by Tazzy (Brendon), this is all the more amazing when you consider the limited kitchen facilities they have.  Quite frankly my suspicions have been confirmed – Tazzy is actually a magician!

  

Guest perspective in our photo competition … we loved receiving guest entries in our first ever social media competition and your votes picked the winner.  Congratulations to Anna and James, both on your engagement and on your win.  We look forward to welcoming you back to Sal Salis for your honeymoon!  Huge thanks and hugs to all guests who entered the competition.

Our camp family … an AMAZING team.  Paul and I always feel like the camp mum and dad with a whole bunch of adopted kids.  The gang works so hard to look after our guests and THEY are a big part of what makes Sal Salis a such a great place to stay. We were so privileged to get to know each and every one of them. We have been a family and to tell you the truth my heart broke having to say goodbye. Some are coming back next season and others are spreading their wings and flying the coop to go on some epic adventures of their own.

And so the end of the season has come …. We have packed down tents and moved them to storage. We’ve oiled the decks, replaced slats in the boardwalks and done all the maintenance so that everything is ready to go for next season!  We’re already looking forward to re-opening on 12 March 2018 but for now, Paul and I are heading to South Africa to see our families, plan our wedding and celebrate with all the Zimbabweans! We are also excited to visit our sister lodge, Masuwe in Victoria Falls.

Merry Christmas & happy holidays to all.  We hope to see YOU at Sal Salis in 2018!