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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

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!

Star Struck at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef


There’s a starring cast of billions just waiting to be discovered at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef.

Nestled amongst the dunes, alongside the world’s largest fringing reef, beneath of blanket of countless stars lies Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef.

Like a moth to a flame, we are mesmerised by the megawatt sparkle of the Milky Way – Mother Nature’s finest light show. Our guests often remark that the stars shine brighter here at Sal Salis. We keep it real for them by ensuring artificial lights are kept to an absolute minimum so the real stars of the show have their time to shine.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Camp Manager, Mr Paul Bester said the minimal light pollution at Sal Salis was something quite unique in this day and age.

“Sal Salis is a situated in a designated dark sky area, which provides uninterrupted views of the Milky Way,” Mr Bester said.

“Seeing the Milky Way spanning from horizon to horizon is something very special indeed.”

“We really enjoy pointing out constellations to our visitors, and guests from the Northern Hemisphere are often thrilled to see the Southern Cross shining brightly before their eyes for the very first time.”

“Depending on the time of year, we see other constellations as well, including Orion and Scorpio, which seem to chase each other around the night sky to the delight of our guests.”

“It’s wonderful that our guests get so excited about seeing the stars here, and I believe more and more people will visit for this experience, especially as stars become less visible elsewhere due to the effects of light pollution on the night sky.”

“We have a pair of Acuter night vision binoculars for guests to use and we can provide visitors with tips on how to capture these magic moments in photos.”

“In this age of new technology, where people spend so much time in front of a screen, we give our guests a unique opportunity to enjoy a complete digital detox; the chance to switch off digital devices and disconnect from the stress of daily life.”

“By day, our guests can explore the nearby gorges of the Cape Range National Park, and discover the myriad of colourful marine life on the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Ningaloo Reef. In the evening they can unwind with sunset canapes and drinks, followed by an exquisite chef-prepared meal. Their day ends on a high as they stare into space at billions of sparkling stars.”

Do you dream of swapping your screen for an unforgettable night of star gazing? How would you like to drift off to sleep in the comfort of your eco-luxe safari tent beneath a blanket of stars while listening to the waves crash on the outer Ningaloo Reef? Why not turn your dream into reality?

There’s no better soul food than star gazing at Sal Salis, located on the shore of Australia’s Coral Coast in Western Australia. Sal Salis awaits…

Image at top by Marc Hillesheim
Background image by Paul Bester
Image below by Lauren P Bath 

Reinvigorating Salted Souls yoga retreat to be held at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Reinvigorating Salted Souls yoga retreat to be held at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Does your soul feel weary? Do you need a break from the daily grind to reconnect? We may have the solution you’ve been searching for.

One of Australia’s leading yoga therapists and spiritual healers, Denby Sheather, is offering a week-long spiritual adventure to be held at Sal Salis, Western Australia in August 2018.

This eco-luxe pilgrimage aims to nourish tired souls through restorative yoga, soul-seeking meditation and daily healing in the pristine Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area located at the northern tip of Australia’s Coral Coast.

Denby believes that eco-luxe resorts like Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef invoke an immediate sense of presence and peacefulness.

“Sal Salis is regarded as one of Australia’s best glamping locations, offering eco-certified deluxe accommodation and facilities and contemporary cuisine,” Ms Sheather said.

“The focus of our stay will be the wilderness around us; the marine and land inhabitants. The camp has been designed to operate in tune with the fragile environment, and as such, it abides by strict principles of minimal impact and sustainability.

“We’ll walk, climb, dance, stretch, swim, sing and dream our way through some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery.

“We’ll practice yoga on location, hike through the magnificent Mandu Mandu Gorge and cruise quietly up Yardie Creek spotting black-footed rock wallabies and other wildlife.

“Through healing ceremonies and wildlife adventures, we’ll remember our authentic self.

“We’ll sail out with the be-spoke eco-tour company, Live Ningaloo into the Ningaloo Marine Park on private tours to see and interact with a myriad of marine life, from humpback whales, turtles and manta rays to dugongs and dolphins.

“There will also be plenty of time to pause and relax on the beach or in the privacy of your eco-luxe safari tent.

“By night, we’ll enjoy dining under the stars and we’ll breathe ourselves back into balance by the pulse of the shifting sea.

Denby has 18 years of experience in the field and has founded the innovate practice, Mana Yoga, a unique flow that reflects her own journey with yoga, energetics and motherhood.

Her shamanic work weaves an empowering layer to the yoga; unbinding and aligning, inspiring and recalibrating bodies, hearts and minds through an intuitive sequencing of remedial and seasonal postures, breath work, meditation and mantra. You will be moved, in many ways on many levels, to the point you may feel like you’ve just received a massage, counseling session and yoga practice all rolled into one.

Inspired? You don’t need any previous yoga experience to sign up for Salted Souls, so why not join this once in a lifetime opportunity to reinvigorate yourself at our remote beachside camp in the Cape Range National Park?

Leave your troubles behind and return home restored on all levels.

For further information and to book, visit


Have a whale of a time at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia!

Are you looking for a great excuse to visit Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef? We are happy to oblige with a whopping big reason! Our whale shark swim partner, Live Ningaloo, now offers the unique opportunity to swim with humpback whales on Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef!

Humpback whales are known for their intelligence, size and distinctive body shape, which they spectacularly flaunt with some pretty impressive acrobatic displays!


Humpback whale


Following a highly successful first season of conducting the Humpback Whale Swim and Adventure Day in 2016, Live Ningaloo is thrilled to offer this bucket list experience again from 1 August until 31 October 2017.

Live Ningaloo’s Sonia Beckwith said that swimming with humpback whales was incredibly exciting because the whale determines the interaction.

“Once the spotter planes have located whales and they’ve been observed for a while, we line the boat up 400-600 metres in front of them and then the guests slip into the water. The boat moves away and then cuts the engines. The small group enters the water, adjust their masks and dip their faces in the water, but leave their ears out so they can hear updates on where the whale is from the skipper, who counts down for them,” Ms Beckwith said.

“Before you know it, he’s saying: ‘They’re coming!’ the whale comes into view and you see a whale’s eye focusing on you.” “They’re checking you out!”

“It’s a brief, magical encounter which is calming and surreal.”

“People holler and hoot when they get back on the boat and we’re often told that swimming with humpback whales has been a life-long dream.”

Sounds pretty good, right? Here’s an overview of how your Whale Swim Adventure will unfold.

After waking up in your eco luxe safari tent and enjoying a delicious gourmet breakfast at Sal Salis, you’ll transfer to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp and will be issued with all the gear you’ll need for your epic aquatic adventure.

Passengers are offered a light morning tea while we cruise out on the Indian Ocean in search of humpback whales. It won’t take long – these enormous migratory mammals are easy to spot! You’re sure to be amazed to see them breach, lunge and slap the water!

Before long, a group of up to five people will enter the water with these massive gentle giants of the sea. Imagine that – you’re in the water with a whale up to 16 metres long! INCREDIBLE! You may even get to swim with more than one whale over the course of the tour.

You will also get the opportunity to see a great many other marine species while you’re out on Ningaloo Reef. You could encounter whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, dolphins and dugongs!

After all the excitement, you’ve earned the mouth-watering lunch offered on deck.

You’ll arrive back at Sal Salis by mid-afternoon with enduring memories of this once in a lifetime experience. Enjoy a well-deserved afternoon siesta in your hammock, then regale fellow guests about your Whale Swim Adventure over evening drinks and canapes.

The foodie genius behind Sal Salis’ seasonal and local menu

We are known at Sal Salis for providing the best eco-luxe experience, right in the heart of the Ningaloo Coast. As well as offering an amazing chance to immerse yourself in nature, we also tantalise your taste buds with an outstanding all-inclusive menu.

Our chef, Brendan, affectionately known as Tassie, works hard to provide a varied and stunning menu from breakfast to dinner.

When you wake in your tent to the sounds of the waves crashing and a kangaroo hopping by, you may also be greeted by the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Breakfast is a feast of granola, yoghurts and fresh fruits, along with a menu of about 5 choices. Think baked eggs and hollandaise like you’ve never tasted! Some mornings, when the conditions are just right, the team may even treat you to an impromptu beach breakfast! There’s nothing like watching the sunrise with a coffee in hand and bacon and eggs in your tummy!

Lunch is normally a light and tasty salad, featuring some delicious local delicacies. For the vegetarians, this could be something like pumpkin, goat’s cheese and pomegranate salad and for the carnivores, it’s got to be freshly caught Exmouth prawns.

Lunch at Sal Salis

Lunch at Sal Salis

At 5.45pm it’s time for sundowners and canapes. Time to grab a drink from the well-stocked self-service bar and relax with your fellow camp mates. We encourage people to chat and relax together as a group. It makes for a fun and relaxed environment, and who knows, you might even make some new friends!

Sunset at Sal Salis

Tassie will let you know when it’s time to be seated and will also explain the menu to you. Communal dining is where it’s at. Dine under the stars, at a table lit by oil lamps and candles.

A three-course menu awaits! From local bug ravioli, Coral Bay steaks and freshly caught barramundi, you’re sure to enjoy every bite. Just make sure you save room for dessert; who can resist chocolate and almond torte with Frangelico garnish and fresh berries or a pineapple pannacotta?

Dining at Sal Salis

Tassie says he loves to work with local produce and what’s fresh that day or week. The menu changes three times a year in line with the seasons. So, if you’re visiting in Summer you’re more likely to see light, fresh options, whilst if you come to Sal Salis in Winter, the warmth and depth will be dialled up a notch!

Find out more about our dining options and book your foodie escape today!

Guest Perspective – Whale Shark Swim

Swimming with whale sharks is a bucket list experience for many people, and something lots of our guests choose to do here at Ningaloo Reef. To help explain what this experience is really like, we asked one of our recent guests, Jodie, to describe the day she met these gentle giants of the deep.


“Today I had THE most incredible experience of my life… I swam alongside ENORMOUS whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef!

When I woke up in my eco-luxe safari tent at Sal Salis this morning, I could hardly contain myself! I was so excited and just a little bit nervous. I’d been looking forward to swimming with whale sharks for YEARS, and today was the day!

We enjoyed a gourmet breakfast before being kitted out with snorkelling gear and transferring to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp. Before we knew it, Live Ningaloo’s boat, Wave Rider was cruising to one of Ningaloo Reef’s finest snorkelling spots, where we would encounter an aquatic paradise, which was positively teeming with colourful marine life.

While our intimate group of ten immersed ourselves in this unspoilt underwater wonderland of coral and sea creatures busily going about their business, a spotter plane was looking for whale sharks for us to swim with. After a little while, we jumped back aboard Wave Rider and waited for the signal.

It wasn’t long before the stars of the show were close by. We all gathered at the edge of the boat. We could hardly wait to jump in and swim alongside these gentle giants of the deep.

Whale sharks may be the largest fish in the sea, but they are completely harmless to humans… That’s what I kept telling myself, as I waited for the signal to take the plunge of my life!

Captain Murray gave his two thumbs up signal and we didn’t hesitate. We slipped into the water and as we looked down, white spots came into focus below us. A massive whale shark was making its way to the surface. It was gracefully moving through the water just a few metres away from us, completely unfazed by our presence. I wasn’t the least bit frightened of it. The adrenaline was rushing through me and I felt so ALIVE! We swam as fast as we could to keep up with this delightful creature, but it had soon disappeared into the deep. It was the most exhilarating experience of my life!

We could hardly contain our excitement as we jumped back aboard Wave Rider and devoured a delicious lunch of crisp salads with vinaigrettes,  cold meats and freshly baked bread.

We wanted more time with whale sharks, and we weren’t disappointed. We were given several more opportunities to swim with these amazing marine creatures in the world-renowned turquoise waters Ningaloo Reef throughout the day.

I am so happy I’ve finally ticked this amazing experience off my bucket list, however, I fear everything else on my list will pale in comparison!

Back at Sal Salis the team followed up our experience with talks by another biologist and then a bushwalk with one of their guides. This really helped to set the scene in terms of the ecological significance of not only the whale sharks, but the Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park.

Now it’s time for sunset drinks and canapes by the water followed by some star gazing… I haven’t even left yet and I already want to do it all again!”


Sal Salis Team become Turtle Trackers on the Ningaloo Reef


Summer is here on the Ningaloo Reef, and that means it’s turtle season! This year our Lodge Managers Paul and Candice and our Head Guide Julian have completed their training to become official Turtle Trackers for the Ningaloo Turtle Program. The turtle volunteer program was developed by the Cape Conservation Group, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Murdoch University and WWF Australia in 2002 and is a unique way to help conserve, study and understand these amazing marine creatures.

Ningaloo Marine Park is one of the largest fringing reef systems in the world. Teeming with a diversity of corals, fish and invertebrates, the reef provides habitat for some of the world’s threatened marine species, including dugongs, whale sharks, humpback whales and of course, turtles.

Three of the world’s seven marine turtle species nest on mainland beaches and islands of Ningaloo Reef during the summer months from November to March. The green turtle, the loggerhead turtle and the hawksbill turtle.

Sal Salis managers Paul and Candice and guide Julian have the unique privilege of living at Sal Salis on the beautiful Ningaloo Reef, so are perfectly placed to help track and monitor the turtles over the Summer.

Sal Salis manager, Candice, said: “We are located in the Cape Range National Park, on the shores of Ningaloo Reef; both of which are World Heritage listed sites. We are surrounded by a pristine natural environment, an amazing diversity of fauna and flora and prolific marine life. We are passionate about our environment and want to be a part of protecting and conserving our amazing wildlife.

“The training done by DPAW was fantastic and we can’t wait to begin our monitoring work. We will also be passing this knowledge and information onto our guests to help educate and inspire them about marine life and conservation. We love to immerse our guests in the wildlife and marine species here at Ningaloo Reef and this is another great way to get them excited about conservation.”

If you are interested in becoming a Ningaloo Turtle Program volunteer visit for more information.

king and old mate [ possible brother ]  alex , putting in a totem

Left: Paul and King,  turtle trackers!   Right:  Alex putting in a totem.

feral prints  gps recording - green turtle nest site

Left:  Feral footprints! The course includes interpretation of tracks.
Right : The GPS marks the spot!