Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an exclusive safari camp hidden in the white sand dunes of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park. Nine spacious wilderness tents are just meters from the water’s edge and the world’s greatest fringing coastal coral reef. Sal Salis accommodation and hosting style exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and Sal Salis guides deliver an extraordinary insight to one of Australia’s best kept natural secrets – Ningaloo Reef. Sal Salis’s ecological principles also ensure that your stay generates a minimal environmental footprint.
The World Heritage Area of the Ningaloo Coast provides one of Australia’s great marine experiences, while the limestone back-drop of the Cape Range hides deep gorges of spectacular beauty. The coral reef is literally on your doorstep and our guides are passionate and knowledgeable people who love showing you their backyard – over 500 species of fish, 250 coral species and 600 species of mollusk. Ningaloo is known as one of the best places on earth to see and swim with Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. It is also a major breeding area for Hawksbill, Green and Loggerhead Turtles, which are seen daily in front of the camp.
Our aim is to inspire and provoke thought in the activities we deliver and to increase awareness of the dangers that may impact on this wildly beautiful and pristine place.
Kayaks are the perfect vessel for exploring the reef with minimal interference to the ecosystem. Travel by kayak to some snorkel spots further off shore where we drop an anchor in the sand to snorkel.
A drift snorkel just a few meters offshore reveals a wealth of life, with huge staghorn coral formations, anemones, Clownfish, rays and sponge gardens. All snorkeling gear is provided.
Red Kangaroos, wallaroos, rock wallabies and Gould’s Goannas are resident in the park while the birdlife includes Pied Butcherbirds, Fairy Wrens, Kestrels, Zebra Finches, Reef Herons, waders, seabirds and the occasional Emu that strolls through camp.
Guided Gorge Walks
Two kms behind the camp, a walk up Mandu Mandu gorge is a step back in geological history with fossil bearing limestone formations and spectacular views back to the coast. The history of 30,000 years of human habitation in this area is slowly unfolding from studies of artifacts, middens and rock shelters.
Fishing (additional cost)
With the continental shelf being only a few kilometers offshore Ningaloo Reef is a spectacular and diverse fishing destination. We can arrange game, reef and bone fishing from the camp.
Whale Shark charters (additional cost)
April to July is the season to swim with the Whale Sharks as they migrate through these waters. We have special Whale Shark packages available during this time. Video
Marine Wildlife cruises (additional cost)
From April to August wildlife marine cruises can be arranged to locate Manta Rays, Humpback whales, and Dolphins. These are full These are full day excursions departing on selected days.
Take a guided walk through this spectacular multi-colored gorge in search of Black-footed Rock Wallabies. Yardie is the only gorge in the area with permanent water and its mangrove areas provide roosting sites for many bird species while the sheltered waters are a sanctuary for marine animals.
Lie back on the beach and gaze at the Milky Way stretching from one horizon to the other.