Combine our 3-day Reef and Beach sea kayak, snorkel and beach camp tour with a day swimming with Whale sharks, 3 extra nights accommodation and meals. A great way to experience the best of this World Heritage listed wonder - Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Reef is one of the Earth last ocean paradises. Situated 1300km north of Perth, this World Heritage listed area boasts stunning marine ecosystems, contrasting with the raw beauty of Cape Range National Park. 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, sea kayaking, and now the opportunity to swim with Humpback Whales in their natural environment.
Availability: Tours depart from Exmouth Tuesdays,
weekly (subject to availability)
Season: Mar 21, 2017 to July 14, 2018
· 3 day Reef and Beach sea kayak, snorkel and beach camp tour
· 1 day tour swimming with Ningaloo’s famous Whale sharks
· 3 nights accommodation (twin share) and breakfasts at 4.5 star Mantarays Ningaloo Resort
· 2 dinners at fantastic local restaurants
The Tour: The 4-Day Reef and Beach tour is perfect for those seeking a real adventure, with a taste of luxury! Begin by checking in to your pre-booked accommodation at 4.5 star Mantarays Ningaloo Resort on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday morning, we will pick you up at 7.45am to begin your Reef and Beach adventure. Over the next 3 days you will sea kayak in the sheltered, turquoise lagoons of Ningaloo Reef, snorkel numerous amazing sites, and in the afternoon land your kayak at your very own deserted wilderness beach camp. Watch the sun set, and sleep under the stars in Cape Range National Park. Dusk and dawn are our favourite times to experience the Ningaloo coastline, so why not come and share the magic?
Turtles, rays, dugong, dolphins, reef sharks, myriad reef fish and an abundance of marine life make Ningaloo a brilliant place to kayak and snorkel. On land we also regularly see kangaroos, wallabies, emu, echidna and birds of prey. Three days exploring Ningaloo in a self-sufficient kayak equals a sensational experience!
At the end of the Reef & Beach tour you will return to Mantarays Ningaloo Resort to relax and recharge for the next leg of your adventure. Tonight you have dinner on us (to the value of $70/person) at Mantarays Resort Restaurant.
Our partners at Ningaloo Discovery will pick you up after breakfast on Friday morning for a day swimming with majestic Whale sharks, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Return to Mantarays in the afternoon to unwind and relax. On Friday evening enjoy a delicious set-menu dinner at Whalers Restaurant. Tour ends with check out from Ningaloo Novotel after breakfast on Saturday morning.
Sea Kayaking and Snorkelling: The sea kayaking takes place inside the fringing reef, where the lagoon is rarely more than 3m deep - perfect for spotting wildlife and snorkelling. After your guide gives you the all-important paddling instruction and safety talk, we launch the kayaks and travel along the coast at a relaxed pace, stopping on secluded beaches for morning tea and lunch as we go. Be amazed by turtles darting around your kayak, look for the silhouettes of rays as they rest or forage in the sand. We usually paddle the coastline from Osprey Bay and head north with the prevailing winds, usually finishing at Ned’s Camp or Mangrove Bay. Each day provides fantastic snorkelling opportunities. At some sites we land the kayaks on the beach and swim a short distance from shore, at other sites we anchor or moor the kayaks and slip over the side. We have discovered some excellent ‘un-named’ snorkel spots that are accessible only by kayak.
Beach Camping: These 3 day tours are perfect for the person looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Ningaloo. Each afternoon we pull up our kayaks at a different deserted beach, and, in between stories of the day, set up our camp for the night. Afterwards, you may choose to go for a relaxing stroll along the beach, read a few pages of a good book, grab some snacks and a drink and settle in for a west coast sunset, or just relax and reflect on the beauty of your surroundings.
We endeavor to make your camping experience as comfortable as possible, with self-inflating mattresses, tents, sleeping bags and liners, camp chairs, we even provide inflatable pillows! This tour is the perfect choice for those looking for an adventure and to immerse themselves in the wonders of Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park.
· Double sit-inside expedition sea kayaks with rudder for comfortable cruising
· PFDs (life jackets)
· Long sleeve sun shirts, broad-brim hats,
· Snorkelling gear: snorkel, mask and fins, wetsuit in season
· Dry bags for packing clothing, sleeping gear etc
· Comfortable camping gear: tents, pillows, sleeping bags and liners, camp chairs, shade shelter
· Healthy and delicious food, drinks (alcohol not included, BYO welcome)
· Transport to and from Cape Range National Park in our air-conditioned bus
· National Park entry and camping fees
· Qualified and experienced guide
· Complimentary tour photos
· Drinking water (capacity for 2L)
· Sunglasses (polarised are great for seeing under the water)
· Sunscreen, zinc or SPF lip balm
· Camera (spare batteries)
· Towel or sarong
· Gloves (optional: fingerless cycling or paddling gloves are great for sun protection)
· Footwear that may get wet (crocs, sandals etc)
· Head torch (spare batteries)
· Drinks for sunset happy hour
· Overnight bag with camp clothes, toiletries etc. Pack warm clothes for cool nights
· You can bring fishing gear too, however this is not a focus of our tours (please use lures rather than bait)
FAQ: Minimum age is 8 years old. Non-swimmers are welcome, all guests wear PFDs (lifejackets) whilst kayaking and are welcome to wear them whilst snorkelling if needed. Minimum 2 persons needed to confirm tour departure. We usually paddle anywhere between 4 and 14 kms over the day, depending on how the group is travelling and prevailing weather conditions. We aim to provide the opportunity for 2 snorkels at
different locations throughout the day. This tour is ‘expedition camp’ style, meaning we carry all of our gear with us in the kayaks, and set up camp at a different location each day. The campsites we use are un-developed with no established facilities, therefore bush toileting may be required. Access to fresh water for
washing is limited as we carry all our fresh water in the kayaks. There is no mobile phone reception in the tour area, we carry a satellite phone for emergencies.
Whaleshark Swim: Swimming with a Whale shark is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On our partner’s whale shark tours you can snorkel and swim with whale sharks, interact with manta rays, encounter dugongs, turtles, humpback whales, dolphins, amazing colorful tropical fish and coral on the Ningaloo Reef. Swimming with a whale shark is unforgettable!
All equipment is provided on board for the whale shark tour including snorkelling equipment, floatation aids and tour guides who are very knowledgeable and passionate about whale sharks and the marine environment. The clear waters and visibility of the North West make for perfect conditions to swim with a whale shark as the whale sharks cruise just below the surface, allowing snorkelers to swim alongside these magnificent creatures.
Whale sharks are found in the waters of the Ningaloo Reef migrating between March and August.
Pick Up: Complimentary pick up from, and drop off to, your Exmouth accommodation
Flight Information: Flights and airport transfers are NOT included in package. Qantas services the Perth to Exmouth (Learmonth airport) route. Learmonth airport is 35kms south of Exmouth town. Shuttle bus service is available from the airport to your accommodation with Exmouth Bus Charter, or Cabs on Call (pre-booking is essential).
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