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When is the best time to visit Sal Salis?

We officially open our camp for the 2019 season in less than 6 weeks. If you want to make this the year you finally come to Sal Salis, you might be wondering when’s the best time to stay. Every month is different and has its own special charm. Finding the right time of year for you is really down to the things you most want to see and experience, as so many of our attractions are nature based. We’ve compiled an overview to help you decide when might be the right time for you!

March 

Our opening month offers hot days and occasional rainfall (usually associated with cyclonic conditions off-shore). The average maximum temperature is 36.3 degrees. The weather is warmer, so March is a great time to visit if you love hot days and want to spend heaps of time in the ocean. This is generally when the last turtle hatchings of the season are making their way to the ocean. So, if you’re lucky, you may see these gorgeous babies making their way into the morning waves.

Turtle hatchlings at Sal Salis

April to June

Mornings and evenings are cooler and we expect offshore breezes and warm days. If swimming with whale sharks is the main reason for coming to Sal Salis, this is the time to come. The season officially starts in April and runs until July. We can help organise your trip with our preferred supplier, Live Ningaloo, so you can adventure out onto the reef for the day and swim with these gentle giants. This is a once in a lifetime adventure and an experience you’ll never forget.

July to September

Nights will be cool – so bring warm clothing as you’ll be eating alfresco at our group camp and no doubt relaxing in your hammock under a sky full of stars. Days will be warm, just lovely for swimming and relaxing in the warm sun. Humpback whales are often seen behind the reef and from around July, and from August until the end of October, you can now swim with the humpback whales. Live Ningaloo offer amazing day tours out to the reef where you can see these majestic creatures up close, from the water. We can organise your tour when you book your stay with us.

October

Temperatures are high throughout the day, but a cool sea breeze may bring respite in the afternoon. The humpback whales continue to swim south, so you will still be able to take a tour if you want to, or simply spot from the beach here at camp. This is also when turtles begin their nesting, so you may see more of them when snorkelling in the waters off our beach or coming up onto the shore to rest in the early evening.

 

2018 Sal Salis season highlights

It always amazes us how quickly our seasons seem to pass by here at Sal Salis.

The first guests of the season arrived at our luxury camp on the shore of Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef in mid-March, just as whale sharks started to appear in the Ningaloo Marine Park. We said goodbye to our last guests of the season just as humpback whales continued their migration south in late October.

The fact that seven and a half months flashed by in what seemed like the blink of an eye is undoubtedly a reflection of how much we love it here, as well as the fun we have hosting our guests, and the fact that we are such a tight knit team.

Yes, we work hard to ensure our guests have an amazing time here, but we enjoy it so much that it hardly feels like we’re putting in long days. Now that our safari tents have been safely packed away, we’ve had a chance to reflect on the memorable season that has just finished.

We were fortunate to welcome back many past team members this season, including our camp managers, Paul and Candice, as well as Nush, Taylor and Simmo. New team members like Mel, Brad, Sarah, Reuben, Dom, Livvy, Calvin, Luke and Louise quickly became part of the family too.

At the beginning of the season we had the pleasure of hosting a crew from Channel 7’s Sunrise, who visited our slice of paradise to cover the fact that Sal Salis was named one of the best places in the world to stay by travel giant, Lonely Planet. An accolade we were delighted to receive.

We enjoyed another fabulous whale shark season here at Ningaloo Reef, with an excellent success rate in guests swimming with the world’s largest fish on tours with Live Ningaloo, Ningaloo Discovery and Three Islands Whale Shark Dive.

 

 

While our season started on a high with the commencement of whale shark tours, the middle of the season was a wonderful time too. Just as people in the southern parts of Australia started visiting Western Australia’s Coral Coast in late June to escape the winter chill, Ningaloo Reef’s humpback highway was in full swing, which meant our guests had the opportunity to see Ningaloo’s big three marine species: whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays at the same time! We really enjoyed hearing about these magic encounters with Ningaloo’s famed gentle giants during sunset drinks and intimate dinners in our lodge.

As whale sharks began to move on from the region in late July, the weather started to warm up a little more and our guests started signing up to swim with humpback whales in the Ningaloo Marine Park; the only place in Australia you can do this. Swimming with humpback whales has only been offered at Ningaloo Reef for the past two seasons, and it has fast become a massive hit with our visitors. It’s given many of our past guests a reason to return to Sal Salis, and we are delighted that the trial will continue next year so that more people will have the opportunity to tick this amazing experience off their bucket lists.

 

Llive Ningaloo and Chris Jansen Images shot of humpback whales

 

As we began to pack away our tents, turtle tracks started to appear along Ningaloo’s pristine beaches. The Ningaloo Coast is considered one of the world’s most important breeding grounds for endangered green and loggerhead turtles. Although most of the hatchings emerge during our closure, some of our guests were treated to an unseasonably late hatching at the start of our 2018 season. We really enjoyed seeing videos and photos of the tiny turtle hatchlings scurry from their nest on our private beach to the relative safety of the Indian Ocean. Perhaps our early guests of the 2019 season will get to see this as well? Fingers crossed!

 

It’s been a sensational season and we couldn’t have done it without our wonderful team, so we’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank each team member for their efforts.

We’d also like to thank our guests who have visited us from near and far. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting you and hope to welcome you back to Sal Salis again in the future.

Finally, we’d like to wish our much-loved camp mum (Candice) and camp dad (Paul) all the very best for their wedding this month. We look forward to welcoming you back to Sal Salis as husband and wife in March 2019!

 

 

Turtle tracks herald the start of Ningaloo’s turtle nesting season

As we say goodbye to our staff and guests at the end of our 2018 season, mature female turtles are starting their gruelling journey from the sea to the beaches along the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area to lay clutches of eggs.

Located just metres from our front doorstep, spanning 300 kilometres in length, Western Australia’s Ningaloo Coast is considered one of the world’s most important breeding grounds for endangered green and loggerhead turtles. Hawksbill turtles also nest on this spectacular coastline.

Ningaloo’s turtle nesting season occurs between late October and March each year. Approximately six weeks after nesting, tiny turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests and scurry to the deep blue sea of the Ningaloo Marine Park at the northern tip of Australia’s Coral Coast.

Although most of the hatching takes place during the Sal Salis closure between January and March, some of our guests were lucky enough to witness the hatching of turtles at our private beach in April this year.

 

Turtle hatchlings at Sal Salis

 

It’s no secret that many of our guests visit Sal Salis to swim alongside Ningaloo Reef’s famed big three: whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays. And with good reason; swimming with these majestic gentle giants is nothing short of AWE-INSPIRING, however, guests are often just as excited about encountering our resident turtles on a snorkelling tour with us in the coral gardens of our private beach.

We love our turtles and we know where to find them. There’s a special location in the ocean near our luxury camp ground where we take our guests to spot turtles. Swimming with them is a truly amazing and it’s always a buzz, even for our guides who are lucky enough to do it often.

 

Guests snorkel with turtles at Sal Salis

 

Accommodation at Sal Salis is fully inclusive, and a number of activities and tours are offered to guests daily. Our knowledgeable guides tailor tours each day to best suit the weather conditions at the time. We have plenty of equipment for guests to use, so just remember to pack your bathers and we’ll supply the rest of the gear for a snorkelling tour that you are sure to remember for the rest of your days.