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; the house reef is no more than 10m offshore (at high tide) so no boats or transfers are required!
Sal Salis is a model ecotourism camp which has been designed to operate in tune with the fragile environment of Cape Range National Park and as such, abiding by strict principles of minimal impact and sustainability. Power is solar-generated, and no waste materials escape into the surrounding ecosystem.
The tents and the main lodge facility are constructed above ground to protect the fauna and flora. Boardwalks that are lit up by solar lanterns at night, assist guests with getting around the camp safely with little impact or erosion in the surrounding dunes.
The property works closely with the local Parks and Wildlife Authorities with the aim of conserving the natural environment through educational and environmentally sound tourism. Park entrance fees and five percent of the annual turnover supports organisations and conservation projects across Western Australia
Rooms and Amenities
Nestled amongst the sand dunes, the eco-luxe safari camp has all the key comforts needed for a relaxing and memorable stay: comfortable beds, 100% cotton linen, eco en-suite bathrooms, delicious locally sourced food, a generous self-serve bar and impeccable service.
All the tents face the ocean allowing the coastal breeze to naturally cool the interior and at the same time expose guests to the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush and ocean
In its remoteness, Sal Salis Camp has no internet connection or phone signal, however the main lodge area does provide some limited access to 220V power points for cameras and other necessary items.
Meals and Drinks
On arrival at the camp, guests are welcomed by the team at the main lodge – the heart of the Sal Salis experience.
Food at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is taken very seriously. The resident chef prepares a contemporary and delicious menu daily featuring seasonal, local produce and hints of bush food and local, fresh fish. Aiming to support the local producers, Western Australian wines feature on the drink’s menu, alongside other regional spirits and a wide selection of soft drinks and juices.
Meals are shared with fellow guests and are served on the deck at the main lodge. Breakfast consists of fresh fruit, cereal and yoghurt with a hot breakfast menu cooked to order, followed by lunch later in the day. Around sunset, canapés are served, which guests can enjoy with a glass of wine whilst the guides brief them on the next day’s activities. Dinner is the real foodie highlight – each night guests will enjoy a three-course meal paired with WA wines, carefully created and brought to the table out of a simple camp kitchen.
Activities and Inclusions
Sal Salis activities focus on the reef and our pristine natural surrounds. Daily activities, (one morning and one afternoon) range from guided snorkels along the Ningaloo Coast at places such as Turquoise Bay, Oyster Stacks and Lakeside, to guided walks within the Cape Range National Park at Mandu Mandu Gorge and Yardie Creek. There is no need to pre-book these activities, each day is mapped out by the guides to consider the weather, tide and guest interests.
Optional Touring (Additional Cost)
Whale shark swims are available from mid-March to the end of July, and humpback whale swims are available from start of August to the end of October. Both need to be pre-booked as the boats do fill up months in advance.
When to Travel
Sal Salis operates from mid-March to the end of October.
March offers hot days and occasional rainfall. The last turtle hatchings of the season make their way to the ocean.
April to June, the mornings and evenings are cooler with offshore breezes and warm days. This is the beginning of the whale shark season.
July to September, nights will be cool (layered clothing is recommended.) Sunny days will be lovely for swimming and relaxing in the warm sun. Humpback whales are often seen during this time beyond the Reef.
October temperatures are high throughout the day, a cool sea breeze may bring respite. The humpback whales continue to swim south and turtles begin their nesting.
Guests can self-drive to the camp, a distance of 1330 kms from Perth. The journey from Exmouth town is around 1 hour.
Travelling by air, Qantas arrives at Learmonth Airport where a road or air transfer can be arranged in advance (fees apply). The drive is approximately 90 mins.