Sal Salis is located on the North West Cape of Western Australia; it is an hour’s drive (70 kms) from Exmouth.
Qantas fly daily to Exmouth with connections from most capital cities. Air and road transfers are available from Exmouth Airport and must be pre-booked. Guests can self-drive to the camp; from Perth, it is 1330 kms/13+ hours. The drive from Exmouth Airport is 90 minutes and from Exmouth town it is 1 hour.
Sal Salis welcome children aged 5 years and over.
Sal Salis activities focus on the reef and our pristine natural surrounds. Your stay may include, sea kayaking to some of our secret spots on the reef where you will see huge schools of fish, reef sharks and coral formations, a drift snorkel just a few metres offshore (all snorkelling gear is provided), wildlife and bird spotting and guided gorge walks at Mandu Mandu Gorge. There is no need to pre-book these itineraries, each day is mapped out by the guides to consider the weather and the tide.
At an extra cost, we can arrange whale shark swim experiences (April to July); humpback whale swim experiences (August to October); private boat charters for fishing or snorkelling to more distant sections of the reef or the Muiron Islands. These full day excursions must be pre-booked. Also available to self-drivers exploring the area are guided group cruises along Yardie Creek and glass bottom boat reef viewing vessels.
Check-In & Check-Out
- Check-In time at Sal Salis is 2pm
- Check-out time is at 11am
What to bring
The dress code is relaxed – resort wear during the day and smart casual in the evening.
- Light clothing is more suitable in the summer months. Long sleeves will offer better protection against the sun
- In winter warm clothes including wind protection against the afternoon breeze are essential. From May to September the nights can be cold, and a fleecy jacket or shawl will be handy
- A wide brimmed hat
- Binoculars for keen wildlife or bird enthusiasts
- Sun block
- Light walking boots or trainers for the gorge walk
At camp we provide snorkelling equipment including wet suits, goggles, snorkels, and fins – we have them in all shapes and sizes. We also have kayaks with life vests and our library is well-stocked with reference books.
Dining & Dietary
Meals are shared communally around a long table and are hosted by management and guides. Being in a remote location our chefs need to plan meals and order in advance. It is imperative that you provide us with any dietary requests prior to your arrival.
We can accommodate guests who depend on a CPAP machine to sleep, however we MUST know in advance so we can allocate the appropriate Wilderness Tent.
Smoking is not permitted at the Main Lodge or inside your tent. Closed ashtrays are provided for use at the beach. No smoking on any tour activities is permitted.
Pets and Wildlife
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef does not permit pets. Guests staying at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef are not permitted to feed the wildlife.
There is no mobile coverage or internet access available at Sal Salis. Telstra is the only provider in the area and once you leave town you will have an intermittent reception for a short while before losing it completely. In the case of an emergency family or friends will be able to contact you on the Sal Salis telephone number +61 (0)8 9949 4173. Please note that this phone is not attended 24 hours.
Most of the power in the camp is 100% solar generated and usage of it is carefully managed. Australia operates on 240V and uses a 2 or 3-pin plug. It is important to know that while each tent has a light, and a USB phone charger (note there is no reception in camp) there are no power points available in them. Cameras and laptops can be recharged in the main area. People that travel with a sleep apnoea machine will need to make prior arrangement with the Management and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
In keeping with best practice ecosustainability, our landlords (The Department of Parks and Wildlife) requirements and our own sustainable policies, each tent is allocated 20 litres of water per person, per day. Restricting fresh water run-off not only reduces the likelihood of weed growth but protects the Ningaloo Reef, as ultimately the shower water will percolate through the soil, adding fresh water to our shoreline and to the Reef. Under normal circumstances and with judicious use, 20 litres of water should be ample for daily needs. We have a 3-minute shower time policy, and recommend a swim in the ocean as the best way to freshen up in the morning.
Parks and Wildlife Service
Sal Salis operates under a lease agreement with Western Australia’s Parks and Wildlife Service in what is a role model partnership between National Parks and private sector tourism and with the aim of conserving the region’s natural environment through educational and environmentally sound tourism operations. In addition to the park entrance fees, 5% of our turnover goes to Western Australia’s Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service to assist in their conservation work directly in the Cape Range National Park
Fitness and Mobility Access Information
Sal Salis seeks to ensure that our guests experience the unique environment of the world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef. Sal Salis is located amongst sand dunes and surrounded by Cape Range National Park’s rugged landscape, due to our unique location this also means that guests that travel into this area may not be supported with the same infrastructure as found in urban areas. We are in a remote location and due to development restrictions, strict environmental policies and our unwavering commitment to reducing impacts on our local environment means activities or accessing some areas of Sal Salis may mean walking on uneven surfaces, through sloping walking paths and sand dunes. This can mean that guests with fitness and/or mobility restrictions may not be able to experience all of the Sal Salis facilities and activities. A solar powered Golf buggy does provide guest and luggage transport from the closest car park for check in and check out of the main lodge facility.
Sal Salis is located within the Cape Range National Park which is 90 minutes by vehicle to Exmouth, the closest medical facilities to the camp (see this link). If your fitness to travel may be in doubt as a result of recent illness, surgery, injury, medical treatment or an existing medical condition you should seek medical advice prior to commencing your visit to Sal Salis.
Your safety and comfort are important to us. If you have any special or specific needs or require assistance, please discuss this with the Sal Salis reservation team on 08 9949 1776.