SAIL NINGALOO LIVEABOARD DIVE AND SAIL TRIPS

from $1800 AUD

Description

Join this idyllic sailing safari exploring some of the most remote areas of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. The snorkelling and diving experience is world-class as you surround yourself with pristine coral reef and an abundance of fish life.  The destination is the beautiful Sandy Point and Pelican Point Sanctuary, perfect places to explore the shallow reef lagoons either by kayak, scuba diving or by donning a mask, snorkel and fins.

Enjoy walking along sparkling white beaches and viewing turtles in their natural feeding grounds.  Dugongs can also be seen on occasions grazing on seagrass beds and inquisitive Dolphins can often be seen chasing fish throughout the clear water. Between June and November, Humpback Whales are a common site on the outer reef, as they make their way north on their annual migration and return south with their calves for the summer.

‘Shore Thing’ is a purpose built, Roger Hill designed and beautifully appointed, live-aboard sailing catamaran, 51 feet in length and 27 feet in width. Being a catamaran she is extremely comfortable and stable, both at sea and at anchor.

Stateroom King

Private Room featuring en-suite with toilet and shower, air-conditioning, fan and king bed.

Deluxe Double Cabin

Private room featuring air-conditioning, fan and double bed with shared facilities.

Stateroom Twin

Private Room featuring en-suite with toilet and shower, air-conditioning, fan and twin beds.

Stateroom Triple

Private Room featuring en-suite with toilet and shower, air-conditioning, fan and double bed with additional single bunk or 3 single beds.

You will experience spectacular dense coral formations that surround Coral Bay.  Your adventure will see you sailing along Batemans Bay, home to a population of majestic Manta Rays. 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!

The Ningaloo Escape on board “Shore Thing” is mandatory to your travelling schedule whether it be the 4 Day / 3 Night trip or the 6 Day / 5 Night as both will provide you with an unforgettable experience filled with rare opportunities to interact with Australia’s beautiful and friendly marine life!

The 4 Day / 3 Night trip visits up to 8 exclusive dive and snorkel sites and spends the nights at “Five Fingers Reef”, “Sanctuary” and “Point Maud”. The highlights of this shorter trip include:

  • fishing off the back deck, providing the opportunity for a fresh caught meal
  • snorkelling amongst reef sharks, turtles and large rays through underwater pathways surrounded by coral boulders rising right up to the surface of the water
  • leisurely kayaking along the secluded coastline of Jane’s Bay where the crew will guide you around the best sites depending on the conditions

The 6 Day / 5 Night trip includes all of the above activities, however having the extended time you will have more of an insight to the Ningaloo reef and Coral Bay as you explore up to 16 different sites! The highlights of this amazing trip include:

  • Sailing further north into Chabjuwardoo Bay where you will navigate Stanley Pool and explore the contrasting waters created by the water movements shaping the sand which forms distinct deep pools of profound blue water
  • “The Fishbowl”, “Holey Moley”, “Turtle Pond” and “Lost City” are some of the sites visited along this Northern area of the reef and are exclusive to Shore Thing on this 6 Day / 5 Night Ningaloo Escape
  • Visit the historical ruins of the Norwegian Bay whaling station and hear tragic tales of the many shipwrecks that lie on the Ningaloo Reef. Enjoy scuba diving and snorkelling on the Finn Wreck, surrounded by large schools of fish

Both of these expeditions explore the pristine Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, where 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 experience scuba diving, 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’.


Inclusions

  • 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

Whats Included

  • Mini bus transfers to and from Coral Bay accommodation

Extras

  • 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
  • BCD and regulators hire fee: $120 for 4 Day / 3 Night, $180 for 6 Day / 5 Night and $280 for 10 Day / 9 Night
  • Airport transfers between Learmonth Airport and Coral Bay $90 per person / each way

Departures / Pickups

  • Tours all start at 4pm on departure day and return approx. 12:30pm on the return day.
  • Airport transfers from Exmouth can be organised (Additional Charges Apply, see Extras*)

Pricing

Option Price
3 NIGHT SNORKEL & DIVE GETAWAY DELUXE DOUBLE - STARBOARD WITH SHARED FACILITIES, FROM 1ST APRIL 2019 - 31ST MARCH 2020 $1800
3 NIGHT SNORKEL & DIVE GETAWAY DELUXE DOUBLE - PORT SIDE WITH SHARED FACILITIES, FROM 1ST APRIL 2019 - 31ST MARCH 2020 $1950
3 NIGHT SNORKEL & DIVE GETAWAY STATEROOM KING/TWIN FROM 1ST APRIL 2018 - 31ST MARCH 2020 $2250
5 NIGHT NINGALOO ESCAPE DELUXE DOUBLE - STARBOARD WITH SHARED FACILITIES, FROM 1ST APRIL 2019 - 31ST MARCH 2020 $2850
5 NIGHT NINGALOO ESCAPE DELUXE DOUBLE - PORT SIDE WITH SHARED FACILITIES, FROM 1ST APRIL 2019 - 31ST MARCH 2020 $3000
5 NIGHT NINGALOO ESCAPE STATEROOM KING/TWIN - FROM 1ST APRIL 2019 - 31ST MARCH 2020 $3500
3 NIGHT SNORKEL & DIVE GETAWAY DELUXE DOUBLE - STARBOARD WITH SHARED FACILITIES, FROM 1ST APRIL 2020 - 31ST MARCH 2021 $2100
3 NIGHT SNORKEL & DIVE GETAWAY DELUXE DOUBLE - PORT SIDE WITH SHARED FACILITIES, FROM 1ST APRIL 2020 - 31ST MARCH 2021 $2250
3 NIGHT SNORKEL & DIVE GETAWAY STATEROOM KING/TWIN FROM 1ST APRIL 2020 - 31ST MARCH 2021 $2600
5 NIGHT NINGALOO ESCAPE DELUXE DOUBLE - STARBOARD WITH SHARED FACILITIES, FROM 1ST APRIL 2020 - 31ST MARCH 2021 $3200
5 NIGHT NINGALOO ESCAPE DELUXE DOUBLE - PORT SIDE WITH SHARED FACILITIES, FROM 1ST APRIL 2020 - 31ST MARCH 2021 $3400
5 NIGHT NINGALOO ESCAPE STATEROOM KING/TWIN - FROM 1ST APRIL 2020 - 31ST MARCH 2021 $3900

Full Itinerary

4 Day / 3 Night Ningaloo Escape Tour

Day 1:

Take the short transfer to board”Shore Thing” at the local marine facility for a 4pm departure. Enjoy a late afternoon snorkel or dive near“Five Fingers Reef” 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.

Day 2:

Following breakfast, enjoy a morning snorkel at”The Stag Forest”, a beautiful coral garden exhibiting stunning branching coral formations and home to numerous marine turtles. After morning tea set sail for our next snorkel location the”Sanctuary” where we see reef sharks and turtles cruising and large rays resting 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 and well deserved rest.

Day 3:

After breakfast enjoy a leisurely kayaking trip along the secluded coastline to Pelican Point, 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”Syd’s Harbour” and”Goliath’s Den”. 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.

Day 4:

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.

 

6 Day / 5 Night Ningaloo Escape Tour

Day 1:

Take the short transfer to board ‘Shore Thing” at the local marine facility for a 4 pm departure. Should timing allow, enjoy a late afternoon snorkel or dive before relaxing, sipping 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.

Day 2:

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 behaviours 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.

Day 3:

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 snorkelling 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 favourites include “The Fishbowl”, “Labyrinth”, “Turtle Pond” and “Lost City”.

Day 4:

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 snorkelling 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 bird’s eye view from the top of the sand dunes, before returning to Shore Thing for the evening.

Day 5:

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 favourites 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.

Day 6:

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 behaviour 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.


FAQ

Coral Bay is approximately 1200km (by road) north of Perth and 150km south of Exmouth We can happily assist with organising accommodation in Coral Bay and Exmouth, or suggest other tours/places to see whilst in the area Complimentary transfer from all Coral Bay accommodation to the Coral Bay jetty (where you will board Shore Thing) is included Enquire about "dedicated diving" Ningaloo Escape Tours for certified scuba divers only (specific dates) where 3-4 dives are done each day rather than 1-2 dives per day plus snorkelling on the regular Ningaloo Escape Tours Please bring all personal luggage in soft bags for easy stowage (no hard suitcases etc) Tanks, weights and weightbelts are included, however BCD and regulators are an additional fee to hire and must be booked in advanced *( $120 for 4 Day / 3 Night, $180 for 6 Day / 5 Night and $280 for 10 Day / 9 Night) Airport transfers between Learmonth Airport and Coral Bay are available to meet all scheduled tours for an additional $90 per person / each way - please enquire when booking!
personal toiletries / medications hat, sunglasses, sun shirt, swimmers warm clothes for night time (especially from May to October) small day backpack and walking shoes ( for 5 and 9 night trips) water bottle camera personal diving equipment: mask/snorkel, fins, wetsuit if you have your own - if not ask us!

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