Exmouth, Western Australia, Australia
At a Glance
Snorkelling with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef is a once in a lifetime experience
Camping doesn't necessarily mean sacrificing on luxury - the tents here are superb with sublimely comfortable beds
Spectacular cuisine is served in the main lodge, along with the best Western Australian wines
Enjoy your morning coffee whilst watching humpback whales breaching just beyond the reef
Organic products are used throughout the resort to avoid harming the fragile coral here
The perfect destination for ocean lovers and snorkelling fanatics
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Good all year round and although rarely much rain, it can get very warm between October and March. You will see different wildlife at different times of the year with the whale shark season being April to June.
To start planning your holiday to Sal Salis
Bringing the concept of 'Wild Bush Luxury' to the stunning and remote Western Australian coast, eco-friendly Sal Salis is an extraordinary tented camp in an awe inspiring location, hidden in the dunes just metres from the natural wonder of Ningaloo Reef.
Sal Salis is located in Cape Range National Park, sheltered in the sand dunes overlooking the Ningaloo Reef. The Ningaloo Region is renowned for its 280 kilometres of fringing reef and it is the best place in the world to swim with whale sharks and manta rays.
This luxury wilderness camp is the only way to see this beautiful part of the world and even though it is in such a remote spot, you still have more than enough creature comforts! Each tent is appointed with fine furnishings and linen and the dining room serves the best and freshest Australian produce, beautifully prepared by the resident chef and accompanied by fine wines.
The in-camp experience embodies laid-back luxury, and is designed to underpin the extraordinary nature-based activities that can be undertaken in the area. These include swimming in the amazingly turquoise sea and snorkelling amongst the brightly coloured reefs, spotting the abundance of wildlife in and around the camp and stargazing in the clearest skies you will ever see.
A stay at Sal Salis is a truly unforgettable experience in one of the remotest, but most pristine wilderness locations in the southern hemisphere.
Sal Salis' nine spacious wilderness tents are just metres from the ocean, tucked away in the sand dunes. The tents are designed to give maximum exposure to the natural surroundings around you while maintaining key creature comforts such as comfortable beds, great quality linen and an en-suite bathroom with fluffy towels. All tents include: luxury organic cotton bed linen, handmade native soap, eco friendly toiletries, en-suite with nature WC and hand pumped shower, fan, hammock and USB charger. Power is all solar generated so there is no wifi or mobile phone reception. Also includes use of the library and snorkelling equipment.
This is 'Wild Bush Luxury' and comfort reigns supreme, but there are no TVs, mini bars or power points in your tent, aside from a USB port. In line with the camp's strong environmental ethos, all power is solar generated, there is no water wastage and native herb soaps and ecologically sound shampoos are provided.
The family tents come with a semi-enclosed extended deck, which can be furnished with two swag beds for kids.
Sal Salis is not suitable for children under the age of 4 years, but families are very welcome and children who love the ocean and the great outdoors will love it.
The main camp building is raised up and overlooks the reef and breakers beyond and has a very relaxed homely feel to it, with guests usually dining together. The chef provides deliciously fresh contemporary Australian cuisine with hints of bush food and there is a bar you can help yourself to at any time and an open lounge with reference books and comfy seating.
On any given evening you might be treated to canapes in a gorge following a spectacular walk (don't worry - homemade snacks nuts and water will keep you going along the way) or perhaps on the beach as the sun sets.
With the coral reef literally on your doorstep, and over 500 species of fish and 250 coral species, many activities are in the water. Turtles can be seen daily in front of the camp (go for a snorkel at 'turtle holes') and the guides are knowledgeable and passionate. Included activities include guided sea kayaking and snorkelling, guided gorge walks, boat cruises on Yardie Creek, wildlife viewing and star gazing. Activities at an additional cost include fishing, swimming with Whale sharks (April - June) and marine wildlife cruises.
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
My time at Sal Salis was a truly memorable one. Located directly next to the Ningaloo Reef in the Cape Range National Park, Sal Salis is an absolute treasure.
Following a 2 hour flight north from Perth, I arrived into Exmouth (Learmonth) Airport and was met by an extremely bubbly member of staff, who whisked myself and other guests to the camp. The drive itself is approximately 90 minutes, but the scenery you pass by is spectacular - dusty red sands, turquoise waters, and rocky mountainsides. Make sure you look out for dingos!
On arrival at the camp, shoes were kicked off and replaced with flip-flops - when they say barefoot, they mean barefoot. The camp itself is made up of a spacious communal lounge area, which is where you are checked-in, along with an outdoor terrace, mostly used for dining. The lounge has a good-sized library, complimentary drinks and snacks area, and the staff are always around and ready for a chat.
The tents are simple but very comfortable and well-designed with jarrah beds, quality cotton sheets and an eco en-suite bathroom. However, don't expect a TV or wifi in your room - a stay at Sal Salis is all about switching off and enjoying the surroundings and great outdoors. The camp's power is generated using solar panels, so there is no A/C or hairdryers in the tent. But don't worry - the location of the camp and the tents means that a lovely breeze blows through, cooling the tents down.
The staff at Sal Salis are incredible and really set the property apart. Their knowledge for the region, landscapes, wildlife, fauna and marine life is phenomenal, but equally their enthusiasm really stands out.
Food is equally a real highlight of any stay at Sal Salis. Breakfast is served out on the terrace each morning, with a choice of a hot meal and/or fruit, yoghurt and pastries. Lunch too is a casual affair with delicious dishes are cooked up using fresh ingredients. Dinner is communal with all guests dining togther, and this is a great way to get to know your fellow-glampers. Each night you'll get to enjoy a delicious three-course meal with accompanied wines. You'll never return to your tent hungry!
Whilst at the property, along with the must-do swimming with whale shark experience, make sure to take part in the camp's group experiences. These include kayak tours through the gorges, walks through the creek and snorkelling excursions. The walk through Yardie Creek is a must! However, if you prefer to be more independent, then there are complimentary kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling gear available for use. There is an amazing reef right off the beach where I managed to see turtles and reef sharks, along with incredibly colourful fish. Although, for those wanting to relax and unwind, there are plenty of loungers and daybeds dotted around the beach.
Overall Sal Salis is an incredible property and one that is not comparable to any other camp or destination. A must for anyone with a keen interest in marine life, stunning beaches and spectacular scenery.
Olivia Cryer (Staff)
Arriving at Sal Salis, I was struck immediately by the sheer vastness of the landscape and the remoteness of this coastal paradise. The camp blends seamlessly into the sand dunes, with miles of deserted, white sands stretching out before you and the immaculate Ningaloo Reef just metres from the beach.
Snorkelling here was perhaps the best I have ever experienced, with vibrant corals, abundant marine life and cheeky reef sharks stalking for pray amidst the underwater coral gardens.
On a hike through the Mandu-Mandu gorge, I spotted several rare Black Footed Rock Wallabies basking on the red rocks, and thoroughly enjoyed a well-deserved Gin and Tonic as the sun sank low over the ocean from the bottom of the gorge.
Dining is a relaxed affair around a communal table in the main lodge, with the freshest seafood being cooked to perfection and accompanied by delicious West Australian wines.
For unbeatable sunsets, solitude (I loved the lack of phone reception and no email access) and pristine marine environments - think Humpback Whales breaching just of shore at breakfast time - Sal Salis is paradise in the stunning wilds of Western Australia.
Amy Welfare (Staff)
Another member of the excellent Wild Bush Luxury portfolio, Sal Salis is the perfect mix of incredible location, ecologically sound and unique accommodation and breathtaking location. The secret coral paradise of Ningaloo Reef is just steps from your luxury tent set in dunes. Your only neighbours are the wallabies and abundant marine life. In season you can go and swim with whale sharks, snorkel with manta rays and plenty of other tropical fish beside. I was pleased at how seriously the eco theme was taken as it would be such a shame to ruin such a stunning place - you are encouraged to wash with organic soap in rationed water heated by the sun. Dinner was divine, set out on the whale watching deck under the stars. The food was delicious yet unfussy and there was of course lots of Australian wine!
Sal Salis - Swimming with Whale Sharks
Between April and July Ningaloo Reef becomes a magnate for migrating Whale Sharks. On this once in a lifetime experience, swim with Whale Sharks in Ningaloo Reef, one of the best places in the world to swim with these gentle giants.
Your Free Time at Sal Salis - Scott Dunn Suggests
Sal Salis has some terrific activities on offer to ensure you get the most out of your Ningaloo Reef experience. Try snorkelling in the coral reef where you may spot a turtle or two; guided sea kayaking; stargazing; and hikes through the local gorge.
Classic Western Australia
Perth, Margaret River & Ningaloo Reef
from £10700 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights
- April to July is the season to swim with the Whale Sharks as they migrate through the waters around Ningaloo Reef
- Margaret River is on the migratory route for Humpback Whales. Travel during June and October to admire these graceful creatures as they pass along the coastline.
- Enjoy the sensational food and wine of Western Australia's Margaret River region.
Location & directions
Exmouth, Western Australia, Australia
Located in the World Heritage Area of the Ningaloo Coast on the North West Cape. Sal Salis is 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. 2kms behind the camp lies the limestone range of the Cape Range National Park, dissected by spectacular gorges.
How to get there
Skywest Airlines operate a daily service between Perth and Exmouth and a weekly service (on Sundays) between Broome and Exmouth. Road transfers from Exmouth Airport are available as part of the Sal Salis tarif and take around 90 minutes. Alternatively, guests can self-drive to the camp; from Perth it will take as much as 13 hours, from Exmouth Airport the drive is less than 2 hours and from Exmouth town it is about 1-hour.
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