Sal SalisNingaloo Reef, Western Australia / 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.
What to love
- Star gazing here is an exceptional experience being one of the best places in the world to see the Milky Way.
- Totally disconnect yourself from the outside world and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this stunning region.
- 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. It is also an excellent place to swim with Manta Rays and is a major breeding area for Hawksbill, Green and Loggerhead turtles.
What to know
- Sal Salis is a model ecotourism development camp. By virtue of the small size and the extreme care taken in operation, the impact on the environment is minimal.
- 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 camp is primarily solar powered and there are no modern appliance in the tents. There is also no WIFI making Sal Salis the perfect place to reconnect with nature.
- 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.
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.
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.
Please note that Sal Salis is closed throughout the hottest part of the year, from November to mid-March.
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.
Exmouth is the nearest commercial airport to Sal Salis, approx. 2 hours drive away. Scenic flights and private charters from Exmouth can also be arranged on request.
Photo Credit: Sarah Wood
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.
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.