As we prepare Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef for the arrival of our very first guests for 2018, we thought we’d pause for a moment to share with you what’s in store for the season ahead.
We’ve welcomed back camp managers, Candice and Paul, as well as much loved team members, Simon, Julian and Nush, who are busily putting the final touches to our camp ahead of our re-opening on 12 March.
The big news from the North West of Western Australia is that whale sharks have already arrived at the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef! Our award-winning partner, Live Ningaloo, will once again offer our guests the opportunity to swim with these graceful gentle giants from 27 March until 31 July.
Ningaloo Reef is considered the most easily accessible and reliable place in the world to swim with whale sharks, and there’s no better way to tick it off your bucket list than on a small group tour with Live Ningaloo.
However, if you’d prefer to stay close to your eco-luxe safari tent during your stay (how can we blame you?!), there’s plenty of marine life to be discovered close to our camp. Sal Salis is located just a short stroll from one of the best snorkelling spots on Ningaloo Reef. Don your mask and snorkel, step into the crystal clear Indian Ocean and discover a myriad of marine life just metres from the shore. Immerse yourself in this unspoilt underwater wonderland of coral, turtles, rays and fish. There’s no better escape from the stress of everyday life than by joining schools of fish going about their business in this bustling marine metropolis.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and keen to see what’s beneath the surface further afield, why not join one of our guided kayak tours to snorkel in some of the deeper lagoons offshore?
Alternatively, take one of our stand-up paddle boards for a spin to get a different perspective on our beautiful location in the Cape Range National Park of Australia’s Coral Coast.
There are some absolutely amazing sights, flora and fauna to be discovered within the Cape Range National Park. Our guests often delight in seeing a wealth of wildlife around our camp, from our welcoming committee of wallaroos and kangaroos to goannas and echidnas. Take a guided walk to nearby Mandu Mandu Gorge or Yardie Creek to acquaint yourself with the fascinating geological formations of the area, as well as the National Park’s flora and fauna, some species of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
Just as humpback whales start to make a splash around Ningaloo Reef in late June, we also start to notice wildflowers creating a splash of colour on land. Keep your eyes peeled for mauve mulla mulla and bright red Sturt Desert Peas in the area.
Live Ningaloo’s whale shark tours will end for the season on 31 July, but not to worry if you’re planning to visit later in the season. There will be plenty of opportunities to swim alongside other behemoth marine creatures Ningaloo Reef is renowned for. Why not consider taking a dip with humpback whales during your stay at Sal Salis? Live Ningaloo will offer our guests the chance to swim with humpback whales from 1 August.
In August, we will also welcome one of Australia’s leading yoga specialists, Denby Sheather, and her group of yoga aficionados to Sal Salis for Salted Souls, a week-long spiritual adventure. Please contact Denby directly if you’re keen to join the group.
In October, we will start to see turtles nesting on our shores, and as the last of the humpback whales leave Ningaloo Reef to continue their migration south, we too will close our camp on 31 October and head south.