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Sal Salis

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
  • Sal Salis is an extraordinary tented camp nestled in the sand dunes just metres from Western Australia’s magnificent Ningaloo Reef.  Sal Salis brings a touch of style to this remote and beautifully wild region and with just sixteen eco-luxe wilderness tents you will share this striking location, and one of Australia’s best kept natural secrets, with few others.

    • Get away from it allSal Salis
      Get away from it all
    • Winderness tentsSal Salis
      Winderness tents
    • Comfort no lessSal Salis
      Comfort no less
    • Unforgettable encountersSal Salis
      Unforgettable encounters
    • Peace and quietSal Salis
      Peace and quiet
    • Dinner on the deckSal Salis
      Dinner on the deck
    • A typical bathroomSal Salis
      A typical bathroom
    • For lovers of flora and faunaSal Salis
      For lovers of flora and fauna
    • Guided walks in the rangeSal Salis
      Guided walks in the range
    • Humpbacks visitSal Salis
      Humpbacks visit
    • Snorkel from the beachSal Salis
      Snorkel from the beach
    • Explore by kayakSal Salis
      Explore by kayak
    • Underwater paradiseSal Salis
      Underwater paradise
    • An aerial viewSal Salis
      An aerial view
    • SundownersSal Salis
    • Incredible night skiesSal Salis
      Incredible night skies
    • Expect visitorsSal Salis
      Expect visitors
    • All that you will need to knowSal Salis
      All that you will need to know

    What to love

    What to know

    • Star gazing here is an exceptional experience being one of the best places in the world to see the Milky Way. After dinner relax in the open-air with the local guide as they point out the many constellations that fill the night sky.
    • Totally disconnect yourself from the outside world and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this stunning region.
    • Gaze out over the crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo Reef as you enjoy a delicious breakfast and watch Humpback Whales as they breach and lunge.
    • The tented accommodation is designed to meld with the sights and sounds of the bush outside and luxury here is about immersing yourself in nature, however the camp team ensure you are very well looked after and creature comforts are provided.
    • The Ningaloo Reef is literally on the camp’s doorstep and is home to over 500 species of fish, 250 coral species and 600 species of mollusc. It is also an excellent place to swim with Manta Rays and is a major breeding area for Hawksbill, Green and Loggerhead turtles.
    • Ningaloo Reef is considered to be the best place in the world to swim with Whale Shark from April to July. Guests can also now experience swimming with Humpback whales from August to October.
    • The camp is primarily solar powered and there is no air-conditioning, mini bar, television or modern appliance in the tents. There is also no WIFI making Sal Salis the perfect place to spend time totally together and focus is on the surrounding wilderness reconnecting with nature.
    • Sal Salis is a model ecotourism development camp operated under The Department of Parks and Wildlife. By virtue of the small size and the extreme care taken in operation, the impact on the environment is minimal.

    About this property

    • Sal Salis provides a unique and natural place from which to explore and take in the extraordinary environment and wildlife that surrounds it. Sal Salis does not offer luxury in the traditional sense, here luxury is about being one of very few people in a pristine and beautiful landscape with the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, disconnect from the outside world and escape the stresses of every day life.   At the same time guests are not expected to compromise on comfort with top quality bed linen, delicious meals, a full open bar and a friendly service that enhance the guest experience.

      The camp’s environmental credentials ensure a minimal footprint in this pristine environment where guests wake to bird song as they catch a glimpse of kangaroos grazing among the dunes, or the spectacle of breaching whales whilst enjoying a relaxing breakfast and explore the rich marine life whilst snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Ningaloo Reef.   Sal Salis’ Safari guides are on hand to provide an immersive wilderness experience with a variety of activities that enable’s guests to explore the natural wonders of Cape Range National Park and the magnificent Ningaloo Reef.

      The lodge is the heart of the camp and it is here that guests are invited to relax and unwind with their fellow guests. The resident chef provides delicious meals featuring the very best of Australian bush cuisine using local produce complimented by a selection of fine Western Australian wines and there is a self-service bar where guests can help themselves to their chosen drink whatever the time of day.

    • Hidden in the dunes overlooking the pristine beach, Sal Salis brings a touch of eco-luxe style to this remote and beautiful wilderness. Designed to blend with the  environment, Sal Salis’ offers spacious wilderness tents set on raised platforms and boasting wonderful views of the natural surrounds and the ocean beyond.

      Each tent is raised on platforms that allow the coastal breezes to naturally cool the rooms.  The en suite bathroom at the rear of the tent has a rustic and ecological simplicity to fit the surrounding environment.  Composting loos and limited shower water per day ensure water usage is carefully and sparingly managed; an important consideration in this semi-arid habitat.  The supremely comfortable king and twin beds are made up with top quality bed linen.  A third person can be accommodated in a swag bed – the traditional bed roll of the Australian bushman, these are the deluxe version and are very comfortable, particularly for younger travellers.

      Wilderness Tent: Furnished with comfortable beds, made up with quality bed linen and an eco-ensuite bathroom,  all Wilderness Tents include guest robes and native herb soaps and ecologically sound shampoos. The tents are spacious, simple and comfortable – they are not intended to be 5 star hotel rooms in the bush so do not offer TVs, telephones, minibars or other typical hotel room appliances.

      Honeymoon Tent: Set away from the heart of the camp, the Honeymoon Tent has a front deck with views of the white sand beach and Ningaloo Reef that can be enjoyed from the double hammock. Wonderful ocean views can also be enjoyed from the romantic four poster bed and the shower! Luxury here is about immersing yourself in nature and disconnecting from the outside world and this eco-friendly tent is perfect for all romantic couples.

    • Sal Salis welcomes children aged 5 years and over and is a great destination for families that enjoy the outdoors.

      A third person can be accommodated in the Wilderness Tents in a swag bed – the traditional bed roll of the Australian bushman, these are the deluxe version and are very comfortable, particularly for younger travellers.

    • The main lodge is the heart of the camp, set on raised decks above the scrub and sand dunes the lodge has views to the reef and the Indian Ocean beyond. This is where guests gather to relax and have meals. There is a small reference library with a variety of board games and a comfortable lounge area with self-service bar – an ideal spot for relaxing during the heat of the day with a cold drink and good book or to enjoy a quiet sundowner.

      Restaurants: Join your fellow guests for contemporary Australian cuisine served in the dining area or on the deck. Food here is taken seriously with mouth-watering meals prepared by the resident chef using locally produced ingredients and taking inspiration from the bush, complimented with premium Western Australian wines. A hot breakfast is accompanied by fresh fruit, cereal and a selection of bread or pastries with condiments, followed by lunch later in the day. Around sunset, whether you are on a gorge walk or down by the beach, canapés are served, which you can enjoy with a glass of wine whilst the guides brief you on the next day’s activities followed by a three-course dinner which is the highlight of the day.

      Activities: Sal Salis activities focus on the reef & the pristine natural surrounds. Activities include sea kayaking on the reef snorkelling, (all snorkelling gear is provided), wildlife and bird spotting and guided gorge walks at Mandu Mandu gorge.  There is no need to pre-book activities as each day is mapped out by the guides to take into account the weather and the tide.

      Additional activities include whale shark swim experiences (April to July); humpback whale swim experiences (August to October); private boat charters for fishing or snorkelling to more distant sections of the reef or the Muiron Islands.   These full day excursions must be pre-booked at additional cost.   Also available to self-drivers exploring the area are guided group cruises along Yardie Creek and glass bottom boat reef viewing vessels.

      Internet Access: Sal Salis is remote with no mobile phone or WIFI/internet connection.   For most of guests the opportunity to ‘un-plug’ is a highlight, but if there is an urgent need the lodge has a landline.

    • Snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef – Stretching for 260kms along Australia’s west coast, the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef is the world’s longest fringing coastal reef and 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). Ningaloo is a major breeding ground for hawksbill, loggerhead and green turtles, which come ashore to lay their eggs in the dunes at night (between September and December). There are numerous picturesque beaches offering stunning drift snorkels just a few metres offshore which reveal a wealth of marine life including huge stag horn coral formations, anemones, clownfish, rays and sponge gardens. All snorkeling gear and wet suits are provided and lessons are available.

      Guided Gorge Walks – Early morning walks into the Cape Range provide a rugged and beautiful contrast to the reef and beach activities. Guided walks usually depart from camp before sunrise while temperatures are cooler and take in Mandu Mandu Gorge which is steeped in geological history and has evidence of human habitation dating back 30,000 years as well as the spectacular multi-coloured Yardie Creek. Land mammals include Red Kangaroos, Euros, Sand Monitors, Echidna and Black-footed Rock Wallabies. Emus are also frequently sighted through the national park.

      Sea Kayaking – Guided trips across the Reef reveal an array of colourful reef residents – fish, sea turtles, reef sharks,  rays and corals.  Guided kayak-snorkelling trips will take you further off shore to snorkel some of the deeper lagoons that are home to 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.

      Swimming with Whale Sharks – 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 can live to almost 70 years. Snorkeling alongside their huge 1.5 metre diameter mouths is a once in a lifetime experience! Sal Salis offers whale shark swims with select local partners and you can expect an up-close-and-personal view of these gentle giants.  During the course of the day your crew will also keep an eye out for turtles, dolphins, dugongs, rays and sea birds.   Whale shark swims must be pre-booked at the time of arranging your accommodation.

      Swimming with Humpback Whales – From 2016 guests to Sal Salis now have the opportunity to swim with Humpback whales from 01 August to 31 October each year. From June to November an estimated 30,000 humpback whales migrate along the Ningaloo Coast on their way to and from their breeding and birthing grounds in Exmouth Gulf and sheltered waters north as far as the Kimberley. The whales are easy to spot as they breach, lunge, slap the water and blow. They will continually move so swimming is required during interaction;  you will need to be a confident swimmer, able to snorkel and swim freestyle. The whales are found in the open ocean so you may be swimming in current and swell.

    • When to travel

      Sal Salis enjoys a climate often described as Mediterranean, experiencing warm weather throughout the year.

      From April to June it is cool in the mornings with an offshore breeze and warm during the day. This is the beginning of the season for swimming with whale sharks. Evenings are cool and still.   Nights will be cool with warm days from July to September. Humpback whales are regularly sighted offshore, having migrated north from Antarctica to breed in these waters.  October to December sees temperatures rise throughout the day, with a cool sea breeze. The humpback whales return south and turtles begin their nesting.  The dress code is smart casual with light clothing most suitable for the summer months.  In the cooler months a wind breaker is recommended to protect you against the afternoon breeze.

      Please note that Sal Salis is closed throughout the hottest part of the year, from 01 November to mid-March.

      Location and Directions

      Sal Salis is located on the North West Cape in Western Australia, an hour’s drive (70 kms) south of Exmouth, in the Cape Range National Park. The tents are situated just 50 metres back from the beach amongst the low lying coastal dunes. Two kilometres behind the camp lies the limestone range of the Cape Range National Park which is dissected by spectacular gorges.

      How to get there:

      Exmouth is the nearest commercial airport to Sal Salis, approx. 2 hours drive away. Qantas fly to Exmouth daily from Perth and most major Australian cities. Transfers from Exmouth t must be pre-booked. Scenic flights and private charters from Exmouth can also be arranged on request. For guests wishing to self drive, Exmouth town is approx. one hour’s drive away on a good road. Driving from Perth will take up to 13 hours however there is a “no drive after dark” policy in the Cape Range National Park due to the high number of animals on the road during this time.

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