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Green Turtle Swimming at Ningaloo reef

A favourite snorkeling spot at Sal Salis is called ‘Turtle Hole’.  This snorkel spot is located directly out the front of the camp approximately 20m from the waters edge.  It is a great place to spot turtles.  At Sal Salis we are fortunate enough to have Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill turtles frequent our waters. 

The photo below is of a green turtle which was taken by one of our guides.  Green turtles have a shell colour with light to dark green mottling with four pairs of large scales on either side.  They mostly eat seaweed and seagrass however adults will also feed on jellyfish when abundant but are predominantly herbivorous.  Their nesting and breeding cycle is generally late November to January with hatchlings emerging late December to April.

Snorkel on Ningaloo Reef

Guests enjoying an afternoon snorkel on Ningaloo Reef. 

The reef is located directly in front of the camp.  No more than 10 metres from the waters edge and you are snorkeling among coral formations, huge staghorn, sponge gardens and a wealth of fish including white and black tipped reef sharks, rays, turtles and huge schools of fish.

It really is a magical spot!

Sal Salis ningaloo reef wins ‘best green tourism initiative’ award

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is pleased to announce that we won the ‘Best Green Tourism Initiative’ award in the Gourmet Traveller 2010 Travel Awards. 

“Since it opened in 2008, Sal Salis has been the vanguard of conservation tourism, introducing visitors to Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Reef while ensuring there is minimal impact on the landscape.  Guests stay in nine safari-style tents that sit above the spinifex and saltbush crusted dunes and subsist on solar power, chemical free linen and daily water rations.  The privations are more than offset by the pleasures of sunset cocktails, lamplight dinners and the wonders of one of the world’s great reefs.  Mammoth whale sharks stalk the waters from March to July, humpbacks migrate from July to November and there are year round thrills from turtles, rays and the myriad fish that live on the reef.  Terra firma offers further diversions in the form of fossil and wallaby filled walks through the limestone gorges of Cape Range and stunning wildflower displays.”

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blue spotted stingray on ningaloo reef

Our guide Cameron, has taken a great picture of a blue-spotted stingray he found whilst snorkeling on the reef at the front of Sal Salis. 

The colourful stingray is immediately recognisable by the large, bright, iridescent blue spots on its body.  They are commonly found on the sandy or rocky bottoms of coral reefs, in shallow continental shelf waters.  Feeding is most common during the day and they eat small fish, worms and shrimps.  Breeding occurs from the late spring through to the summer with a gestation period ranging from four months to a year.  The female gives birth to live pups that have hatched from eggs inside the uterus with each pup showing distinct markings of its parents. 

Swimming with whale sharks

When I was at Sal Salis last week I had the wonderful opportunity of swimming with a whale shark on my trip out with Ocean Eco Adventures.  Whale sharks are a slow filter feeding shark, the largest living fish species.  They migrate the waters of Ningaloo Reef  between April – July each year and swimming with them is an amazing wildlife experience.  The whale shark we swam with was a young female and she was around 5 metres long.  We had a good 30 minutes of swim time with her before she dived.  On our day out with Ocean Eco Adventures we also had the opportunity to swim with Manta Rays which are the largest of the ray species.  As I was there in June we were also fortunate enough to see a pod of humpback whales breaching in the distance.  I was also able to see a pod of humpbacks breaching past the reef break whilst I was having my breakfast at Sal Salis which was quite something.

Whale sharks have arrived to Ningaloo reef

Whale Sharks have arrived to Ningaloo Reef with local operators having swam with 4 and 5 metre whale sharks on the weekend! 

Every year from April to July these slow moving, gentle, filter feeding sharks migrate along Ningaloo Reef following the mass sporning of coral.   Whale Sharks are the largest living fish species and can grow up to 12 metres in length. 

Sal Salis Whale Shark season runs from 31st March – 17th July 2010.  During this time we operate whale shark charters on Tuesday & Friday as part of our ‘Whale Shark Packages’.  Supported by our own spotter plane and with only camp guests booked on board ensures exclusivity with one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth.

3 Night Whale Shark Package, $3,100 per person, based on twin-share

4 Night Whale Shark Package, $3,700 per person, based on twin-share

Arkaba creek flows!

The Flinders Ranges region saw an unusual downpour of rain on Thursday 11th February causing Arkaba Creek to flow for the first time in quite some time.  The rain also brought lush green grass to the Arkaba Homestead garden which enticed many of the euros (kangaroo) to jump the fence in the early hours of the morning to feast on all its green loveliness.  Sure enough after 24 hours Arkaba Creek bed was looking empty and dry again.    

 

Yellow fin tuna is the catch of the day

Our fishing guide Murray and lodge manager Mike christened our new boat on the first fishing charter.  A tough job but somebody has to do it!  They successfully caught 4 Yellow Fin Tuna and raised 5 Billfish including a reasonable Sailfish.  Not a bad job for an afternoons work.

Ningaloo Reef is recognised as the premier fishing destination in Western Australia.  Excellent game and reef fishing is on offer for Sal Salis guests who either book our fishing packages or a 1 day private fishing charter.

Sal Salis launched their fishing packages on 15th August 2010 and we have a selection of fishing packages for the keen angler to experience.   Visit: www.salsalis.com.au/page/fishing

To celebrate the launch of our Ningaloo ‘Fishing’ experience we are offering a Pay 3 Stay 4 deal on our fishing packages starting from $2,300 per person.