Ningaloo Reef is one of the Earth's last ocean paradises, situated 1300km north of Perth it boasts some truly stunning marine ecosystems. The reef is 320 km long and is Australia's largest fringing coral reef and the only large reef positioned very close to the mainland. It can range from 150 metres to 15 kilometres offshore and encompasses a massive 5,000 square kilometres of ocean with 500 species of tropical fish and 220 species of coral in all. Ningaloo Reef is famous for swimming with whale sharks, its superb snorkelling, diving and sea kayaking.
We will spend 5 days kayaking and snorkelling the sheltered lagoon of Ningaloo Marine Park and include some short but spectacular bush walks in Cape Range National Park. Our base camp, where stay each night, is a secluded spot within the National Park that included its own private beach and enjoys separation from other camp sites. Swags, tents, sleeping bags and pillows are all provided to ensure maximum comfort and enjoyment. Our base camp is also equipped with fridges, lights, wind/shade shelter and picnic tables.
Once this leg of your journey is complete enjoy a night of luxury at the 4.5 Novotel Ningaloo Resort to unwind and relax. The next morning, another exciting adventure begins, a full day Humpback Whale Interaction Experience. Your day with our partners at Ningaloo Discovery:
Our air-conditioned bus will collect you straight from your doorstep where you’ll be greeted by their fantastic crew members and welcomed on your journey to the beautiful Ningaloo Reef! Listen in or chill out during the drive down the coast as we’ll be telling you all about what you're about to experience.
Get ready to board our luxury Sailing Catamaran, meet the rest of your crew for the day and set off in comfort. We’ll take exceptional care of you, fit you for your fins, masks and wetsuits and ensure everybody is 100% at ease, feeling confident and excited!
Warm up by dropping into one of the most beautiful Reefs in the world at our first snorkel site and discover an abundance of coral, tropical fish, turtles and potentially even manta rays or dugongs. Our guides will be right there with you in the water to steer you in the right direction, and to pay special attention to any modest swimmers. Feel free to grab one of our floating noodles should you feel like the extra bit of flotation.
Seen something that your curious about? Ask our guides! All of our crew members have a passion for the ocean (it’s their life!) and are your knowledge bank for all things aquatic.
We then venture off to meet the Humpback Whales! The skipper heads the boat towards the Humpback Whales location. There’s a buzz in the air, the excitement and anticipation mounts amongst crew and passengers alike. Our experienced crew will then identify the Humpback Whales that may want to interact with us.
Swimming with a Humpback Whale is an extraordinary experience, one not to be taken for granted, and as such is conducted purely on the whale’s own terms. Humpback Whales are notoriously curious creatures so it is very possible they will be interested in an interaction, but they may also swim away. For this reason, we conduct the tour as a Whale Watching Tour with the possibility to upgrade to a Whale Swimming Tour, but either way, we can guarantee you that being so close to these amazing sentient beings on our vessel which allows you 360 degree views is an experience like no other. If we also happen to spot a whale shark you can upgrade to swim with our spotty friends as well. (A one off upgrade fee of $90 applies to swim with either Humpback Whales or Whale Sharks, whether you swim with one or both).
Our vessel has 360 degree viewing platforms, a variety of comfortable seating areas and is very stable, fast and quiet. These are all very important factors when it comes to getting close to Humpback Whales.
If the conditions are right, and weather permitting, you and your guide drop in and get up close and personal to the majestic Humpback Whale, this is a truly once in a lifetime experience. Either way, you will get to see these magnificent creatures up close and personal, at rest and at play, on the stunning Ningaloo Reef.
That evening enjoy a dinner at Whalers restaurant.
All sea kayaking gear, snorkelling gear, camping gear, food , etc., and transport and entry fee into Cape Range National Park, 3 Nights at 4.5 Star Novotel Resort, 3 x breakfasts, 2 x dinners at great local restaurants, entry fee to Cape Range National Park, transport to and from your Exmouth accommodation.
Tour departs weekly on a Sunday, from August 7 - October 2, 2016.
Minimum Numbers: 2 people
Ultimate Safari Trip Itinerary
Your adventure starts when we pick you up from your accommodation around 8am. From there we take the scenic drive into Cape Range National Park to our base camp, which is about 80kms.
We set up our base camp kitchen trailer which contains; gas cookers, fridge, eskis, awnings, chairs and tables, all the gear we need for comfortable camping. We camp out in swags or tents beneath the stars. Over the 5 days we will paddle most of the coastline of Cape Range National Park. At the end of each day we drive back to our base camp. We provide two vehicles for car shuffling.
A Typical Day
The day starts with breakfast around 7am. Depending on what everyone feels like, we have a choice of; fresh fruit salad, muesli, cereal, oatmeal, toast, plus freshly brewed coffee and tea. We aim to get our days gear ready so we can start kayaking by 8.30am.
Once on the water, we might build on some kayak skills as we cruise the shallow waters inside the reef. Sights we may see during the day include: jumping schools of trevally, flying fish, small reef sharks, dolphins, osprey, rays, dugongs and lots of turtles.
In season humpback whales can be seen breaching outside the reef, and a very special sight is to see the striking black and white shape of a huge manta ray as it majestically sweeps by. An hour or so into the morning paddle, an attractive, beckoning beach will be chosen for morning tea and a chance to stretch the legs and go snorkelling Then its back into our kayaks for a few more watery kilometers before a longer stop for lunch.
The distance we paddle each day is between 6 and 14 kilometres. The kayaking generally takes between 2 and 4 hours with lots of snorkelling and relaxing during the day. Most days we will aim to finish between 2 -4pm, or earlier if the wind is kind to us.
After driving back to base camp; a snack, cold drink or a cup of tea, is a welcome reward for weary paddlers. Finding a nice position on a sand hill to watch the sun go down with a glass of chilled wine or beer in hand is a very relaxing way to end the day.
We all take turns to help prepare the healthy and delicious evening meal, which can be a very social affair-vegetarians are catered for. Any fish people can catch are a welcome addition to our meals. Evenings are spent enjoying the company, conversation, the stars and the sound of gently lapping water.
We try to make our camps as environmentally friendly as possible, and hopefully when we leave, you won’t know we’ve been there.
We usually do short walks to explore gorges Cape Range National Park and visit the Milyering Visitors Centre.We ask for help, to prepare meals, cook and clean.
We can do 5 day Expeditions, camping out of the sea kayaks as we cruise the coast (not base camp), these are available on demand, please enquire about availability.