Swim with Shark Whales
Between the season between April and July
Each year between April and July these slow-moving, gentle, filter-feeding giants migrate past Ningaloo Reef. The world’s biggest fish can grow to lengths of 12 metres or more and has a healthy appetite in order to sustain its immense size. Fortunately for most sea-dwellers (and for us) they feed primarily on plankton and krill, taking in huge gulps of water and filtering out their microscopic meal.
Dark Sky Tourism
Sal Salis is located in a designated Dark Sky area, where uninterrupted views of the milky way will astound you.
Dark sky tourism is a small, but growing trend. Statistics say 85% of people have never seen a dark sky, or hardly any stars and have never seen the Milky Way. According to some scientists, we will not be able to see the stars at night any longer by the year 2025. The effects of light pollution are getting so bad that UNESCO now wants to include the sky at night as part of our human heritage because it is such a wonderful sight to behold. It is there for everyone to see. If you have been fortunate enough to see the stars on a bright summer’s night, you will find it hard to believe that this amazing spectacle will no longer be there for future generations to see. And yet that’s exactly what will happen if too much artificial light prevents us from seeing the stars at night.
Snorkeling in Ningaloo Reef
Dive in the crystal clear waters of the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef
Stretching for 260kms along Australia’s west coast, the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef is the world’s longest fringing coastal reef and remains one of Australia’s best kept natural secrets. Unlike the Great Barrier Reef, the coral is within swimming distance of the beach; our house reef is no more than just 10m offshore (at high tide) so no boats or transfers are required!
Guided forays across the Reef reveal an array of colourful reef residents – fish, sea turtles, reef sharks, rays and corals.
Kayaks are the perfect vessel for exploring the reef and you will be shown how to do so without interference to the ecosystem.
Our guided kayak-snorkels on the reef take you further off shore where we drop an anchor in the sand to snorkel some of the deeper lagoons. The lagoons in the Reef are some of the best snorkelling spots, they showcase the life-cycle of the reef as well as marine life interaction. Look out for soft corals, sponges, wobbegong sharks and hundreds of marine fish.
Between August and October, you’ll see humpback whales migrating along the coast, just metres beyond the Reef.
Guided gorge walks
Some great photo opportunities with breathtaking views of the creek and out to the ocean.
Walking through Mandu Mandu Gorge provides an opportunity to spot the black-footed rock wallaby – these timid creatures tend to seek shelter on ledges along the gorge walls resting during daylight hours and coming out to feed later, in the cool of the night.
Walk along the top of the spectacular multi-coloured Yardie Creek Gorge, looking out for black-footed rock wallabies, honeyeaters and emus while learning about the formation of the range and the adaptations the flora and fauna have made in order to survive in such an arid environment.
Swim with humpback whales
Available between August and October.
Once aboard, you will be kitted out with a wetsuit and snorkel gear; enjoy morning tea as you motor out of the Ningaloo Reef’s protected waters and into the Indian Ocean. The whales are easy to spot as they breach, lunge, slap the water and blow.
In addition to swimming with humpback whales, the crew will be searching for opportunities to interact with whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, dolphins, dugongs and sea birds.