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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.