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.
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!