Sail Ningaloo: 5 night Ningaloo Escape Tour
6 Day / 5 Night ‘Ningaloo Escape’
With 5 nights exploring the pristine Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, there will be plenty of opportunities to view turtles, dolphins, dugongs, whales (seasonal) without even getting in the water! Then just imagine the thrill of what you may discover when you don a mask, snorkel and a pair of fins! There will be plenty of time to enjoy kayaking or to find a perfect snorkelling lagoon or that stunning secluded beach. Enjoy glorious sunsets over the Indian Ocean while indulging in a little ‘me time.
We wind our way through spectacular dense coral formations that surround Coral Bay. We then sail along Batemans Bay, home to a population of majestic Manta Rays. We visit Point Cloates, where there are numerous turtles swimming and feeding in the shallow waters. We may get to step foot on Fraser Island, the Ningaloo Reefs only sand island visible only at low tide! We visit the historical ruins of Norwegian Bay whaling station and hear tragic tales of the many shipwrecks that lie on the Ningaloo Reef. Enjoy snorkelling on the Finn wreck, surrounded by schools of fish.
Take the short transfer to board "Shore Thing" at the local marine facility for a 4pm departure. Should timing allow, enjoy a late afternoon snorkel or dive before enjoying a cool drink as the sunsets and the vessel sails to its overnight anchorage. Before the evening meal is served, have a go at fishing from the back deck, with the opportunity for a fresh caught meal.
Following breakfast, enjoy a morning snorkel at "Pandora's Garden", a beautiful coral garden exhibiting stunning plate coral formations and home to numerous marine turtles. After morning tea set sail for our next snorkel location the "North Reef Nursery" where we see reef sharks and rays getting cleaned as we snorkel along sandy underwater pathways fringed by hard coral outcrops rising to the waters surface. Enjoy a freshly prepared gourmet buffet lunch before immersing yourself into Ningaloo's clear waters or relaxing on the deck of Shore Thing. The day winds down with another snorkel before a sumptuous two course meal. At the end of each day review your photos or the images the crew has collected over the day of the various species of reef fish and corals. Learn and discuss the unique behaviors of the marine creatures you have observed and get some advice on the best way to interact and experience the best that Ningaloo has to offer.
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Sailing north into Chabjuwardoo Bay we navigate via Stanley Pool and explore the edge of the contrasting waters where the sand has been shaped by the waters movement to form distinct pools of deep blue water. We seek out dugongs, dolphins and whales (seasonal) as we travel to our days snorkeling and diving destinations. With multiple opportunities to snorkel numerous coral gardens, your crew and guides will select the best sites based on the conditions. Snorkel and Dive sites along this section of the reef are only visited by Shore Thing and have been personally named by the crew. Some of the favorites include "The Fishbowl", "Labyrinth", "Turtle Pond" and "Lost City".
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After breakfast, step ashore and explore the ruins of the historic whaling station at Norwegian Bay, abandoned in the 1950’s. Learn about life in the whaling days on this remote stretch of coastline and have the opportunity the snorkel the “Finn Shipwreck”, an old whaling chaser. We seek out dugongs and dolphins as we travel to our afternoon snorkeling and diving destinations, which could include “The Green Mile”, a feeding ground for green turtles. This afternoon step ashore at Point Cloates and enjoy watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean with a birds eye view from the top of the sand dunes, before returning to Shore Thing for the evening.
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2016 Day-to-Day Tour Itineraries
After breakfast enjoy a leisurely kayaking trip along the secluded coastline of Jane’s Bay, keeping an eye out for large rays resting and turtles feeding in the shallow waters. Your crew and guides will then select the best snorkel or dive sites based on the conditions. Some of the favorites include "Cloates Corner", The Benin Shipwreck” and "Central Station”, seeing hundreds of species of colourful reef fish and a good chance to see reef sharks and turtles cruising by. We seek out dugongs and dolphins as we travel to our evening’s anchorage at Point Maud. From June – October there is a fantastic opportunity to observe Humpback Whales as they migrate along the Ningaloo coast.
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Sailing to more snorkel sites to experience the best marine life based on the conditions. Ningaloo Reef and Coral Bay is home to a resident population of coastal Manta Rays that frequent the inner reef to mate, give birth and feed. Enjoy a presentation from your local guide on Manta Ray biology and behavior along the Ningaloo Reef and then snorkel with one of these graceful rays where you can assist identifying the Manta Rays via photo identification. Before a sumptuous buffet lunch, enjoy one last snorkel or dive at “Asho’s Gap” which is a cleaning station for grey reef sharks. Watch as the sharks swim in to a large cabbage coral and hold themselves in the currents with their mouths open, whilst small cleaner fish dart in and out of their mouths and gills. Return to Coral Bay approximately 12:30pm.
Tours all start at 4pm on departure day and return approx. 12:30pm on the return day.
Airport transfers can be organised.
- Restaurant quality meals – We also cater for special dietary requirements or allergies
- Non-alcoholic refreshments - water, brewed teas & coffee, fruit juice & soft drink
- Snorkelling equipment including long & short 3mm wetsuits, mask, snorkel and fins
- Scuba Diving tanks & weights, Kayaking & Fishing equipment
- Sunscreen is available on board but you may wish to bring your own
- Eco friendly shampoo, conditioner and body wash, bath & beach towels
- Mini bus transfers to and from Coral Bay accommodation
Alcohol is not included, Shore Thing is a licensed vessel - a selection of quality beers, WA wine and select spirits are available for purchase on board, sorry – No BYO
There is also a charge for BCD and Regulator hire