This tour is the ultimate way to experience the best of what Ningaloo Reef and Karijini have to offer. Begin by checking in to your pre-booked accommodation at the 4.5 Star Mantarays Ningaloo Resort (formerly Ningaloo Novotel) on Friday afternoon. Our partners at Ningaloo Discovery will pick you up after breakfast on Saturday morning for a full day tour swimming with Ningaloo's gentle giants, the magnificent Whale Shark, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Return to Mantarays in the afternoon to refresh and relax before tucking into a delicious set menu dinner ar Whalers Restaurant. On Sunday morning after breakfast we pick you up from Mantarays Resort to begin your 5-day Ultimate Safari adventure - the sea kayaking, snorkelling, bushwalking and base camping leg of your adventure. Spend 5 days paddling the sheltered, turquoise lagoons of the Ningaloo Reef, visiting numerous snorkelling sites along the way. Travel in a one-way direction with the prevailing breeze, and return by vehicle each afternoon to our comfortable base camp. Take some short bush walks to explore the stunning gorges of Cape Range National Park, and visit the Milyering Visitor Centre. After five days we travel back into Exmouth town, and spend the night in comfort at Mantarays Resort. Tonight you have dinner on us (to the value of $70/person) at the Resort's Mantarays Restaurant. The third leg of your adventure starts when our good friends (and Karijini specialists!) at The Flying Sandgroper pick you up after another delicious breakfast. You are now bound for the spectacular Karijini National Park! Today is a travel day, travelling via Bullara Station and Nanutarra, and enjoy lunch along the way. Around 5pm stop just shy of Paraburdoo, for an overnight stop at the comfortable Chela Plains Station, a working cattle station. Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your guides, and some amazing star gazing under the clear Pilbara sky. Early the next morning, travel across to Karijini National Park and spend the next 3 days exploring the spectacular gorges, refreshing swimming holes, and sweeping vistas, including Dale's Gorge, Knox Gorge, Kermits Pool, Joffre Gorge and more. Accommodation is at the lovely Karijini Eco Retreat in 4-share eco tents (optional upgrade to 4-share eco tents available). Tour finishes around 3pm Monday when we depart Karijini bound for Paraburdoo Airport to catch the QF 1649 flight back to Perth (flight not included in cost).
-3 Nights Accommodation at 4.5 Star Novotel Ningaloo Resort
-3 Continental Breakfasts at Novotel Restaurant
-2 Dinners in town at great local Restaurants
-1 Day Spent Swimming with the Whale Sharks
-5 Day Seakayaking along the Ningaloo Reef
-2 Nights Camping in Cape Range National Park
-4 Days 3 Nights Karijini Adventure
- All Food/Beverages (excluding alcohol)
- All Snorkelling gear/Wetsuits/Rashies/Hats
- All Camping Gear
Private Vehicle- Approximately: 1260 kilometres from Perth, 12 - 15 hours drive one-way. Driving at dawn, dusk and night is not recommended due to cattle, kangaroos, emus etc on the roads. You can usually park your car at our base while on tour.
Air- From Perth heading north to Exmouth (Learmonth Airport). Try for a window seat (left side on northward journey and right side on southward flight). Qantas service the Perth to Learmonth route.
Day 1- Friday
Check into your Exmouth accommodation at the 4.5 Star Ningaloo Novotel to relax and unwind before you adventure starts the next day!
Day 2- Saturday
After a delicious breakfast at the Novotel, your adventure truly begins as our partners from Ningaloo Discovery pick you up at 7.55am to go swimming with the majestic Whale Shark! Their air-conditioned bus will collect you straight from your doorstep where you’ll be greeted by their fantastic crew members and welcomed on your journey of a lifetime! Listen in or chill out during the drive down the coast as they’ll be telling you all about what you're about to experience.
Get ready to board Ningaloo Discovery's luxury Whale Shark Discovery Sailing Catamaran, meet the rest of your crew for the day and set off in comfort. They’ll take exceptional care of you, fit you for your fins, masks and wetsuits and ensure everybody is 100% at ease, feeling confident and excited!
Warm up by dropping into one of the most beautiful reefs in the world at the first snorkel site and discover an abundance of coral, tropical fish, turtles and potentially even manta rays or dugongs. Your guides will be right there with you in the water to steer you in the right direction, and to pay special attention to any modest swimmers. Feel free to grab one of the floating noodles should you feel like the extra bit of flotation.
While you're busy exploring the reef, the spotter plane has already departed and is searching for the first Whale Shark cruising nearby.
Seen something that you're curious about? Ask your guides! All of the crew members have a passion for the ocean (it’s their life!) and are your knowledge bank for all things aquatic.
When a Whale Shark has been spotted, it’s all systems go! The skipper heads the boat towards the Whale Shark’s location. There’s a buzz in the air, the excitement and anticipation mounts amongst crew and passengers alike. You will then be split into two groups and prepare for your jump into the crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo…
You and your guide drop in and get up close and personal to the worlds biggest fish, this is your chance to experience wonder and marvel at the sheer size, grace and elegance of the biggest fish in the world. Most of these sharks are between 4 and 12 metres long but have been know to grow as large as 18 metres!
Ningaloo Discovery's professional photographer is all the while capturing every moment and from the very best angle for you to take home.
It’s likely that this won’t be your only shark, the pilot has been busy searching for another gentle giant to swim with, and on his call get ready to do it all again… and again!
It’s hungry work, don’t we know it! We’ve already got lunch on the way as we sail back in to look for Manta Rays, Dugongs and even Humpback Whales (when in season). You’ll get yet another chance to pack more into your trip, go snorkelling or make use of our Kayaks and Paddle Boards to surrender those last bits of energy you’ve got stored away to this wondrous aquatic playground.
To celebrate, kick back and enjoy with a glass of sparkling and a seasonal fruit platter while we meander our way back to mainland. Wrap things up with a comfortable cruise right back to the front of your accommodation. You’ll walk away wondering how you didn’t do it all sooner!
Still want to join the tour but don't want to swim with a Whale Shark? Join us as an observer!
Finally return back to relax at your accommodation at the Ningaloo Novotel before tucking into a delicious set menu dinner at Whalers Restaurant.
Day 3- Sunday
After another delicious breakfast at the Novotel, It's time for the kayaking leg of your adventure to begin! 5 days of exploring the sheltered turquoise lagoons and pristine beaches of Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park by kayak; snorkelling at different coral reef sites each day and pulling up to camp on deserted beaches each afternoon as we go.
Your adventure starts when we pick you up from your accommodation between 7.45 and 8am. From there we take the short drive back to our base, to fit you out with all the necessary equipment you need over the next 5 days. We provide all of your camping gear (tent, swag, mattress and pillow, sleeping bag and liner, camp seat), food and cooking equipment, kayaking gear (double sit-inside kayaks, paddles, PFDs, dry bags, long sleeve sun shirts, broad brim hats), and snorkelling gear. All you need to bring is your personal clothing and toiletries, head torch, camera, any alcoholic beverages you might like to indulge in, and a sense of adventure!
We then drive into Cape Range National Park- a wonderfully scenic drive which usually takes about 40-50 minutes, depending on our launching spot for the day. Along the way, your guide will tell you about the interesting history of Exmouth and the Ningaloo coastline, and the amazing landscape and wildlife of the Cape Range.
Once we arrive at our put-in, it's time to unload kayaks and prep for departure. Before we leave the beach for the first time, your guide will run through the all-important safety talk and paddling instruction.We then spend the morning kayaking together to a snorkel spot where we'll have morning tea & a guided snorkel. Along the way your guide will point out some of Ningaloo's spectacular features and wildlife.
After morning tea, it's time for some more kayaking and reef exploration before stopping for lunch. Lunch is a make-your-own affair from a wide selection of fresh rolls salads, meats, fruits and other goodies. We also provide hot and cold drinks and sun shade.
In the afternoon we arrive at our end point and after packing up our kayaks (leaving them on the beach for the night) we do a quick vehicle shuffle and then all head back to our base camp. We set up our base camp kitchen trailer which contains; gas cookers, fridge, eskis, awnings, chairs and tables, all the gear we need for comfortable camping. We camp out in swags or tents beneath the stars.
Before dinner (and in between stories of the day!) we organise sleeping arrangements, prepare and cook dinner using only the finest fresh ingredients. We then sit down to a healthy meal and good conversation under the stars before turning in for a peaceful night's sleep.
Day 4- Monday/ Day 5- Tuesday/ Day 6-Wednesday
After a yummy breakfast we head off for more sea kayaking and snorkelling around the beautiful lagoons of Ningaloo Reef. Day two follows the same general outline as the first- all governed by the wonders we find along the way! We like to run the tour in a one-way direction, with the prevailing winds, to provide the most enjoyable kayaking experience for you. Generally we travel at a leisurely pace, between 7 and 12 km per day, making sure there are plenty of stops for snorkelling, morning tea, lunch, and to enjoy the scenery along the way. We also try and include two short gorge walks into the national park.
Day 7- Thursday
After another amazing day on the reef we finish kayaking and drive back to Exmouth, usually returning around 4pm to in town at the 4.5 Star Ningaloo Novotel. Enjoy an evening meal at the Ningaloo Novotel's 'Mantarays' restaurant before getting ready for the next big leg of your journey.
Day 8- Friday
The third leg of your adventure starts when our partners from the Flying Sandgroper pick you up after breakfast at the Novotel at 8.00am. Now you bound for the spectacular Karijini National Park! We travel via Bullara Station, Nanutarra & enjoy lunch on the Way. Around 5pm we stop just shy of Paraburdoo, for an overnight stop Cheela Plains Station, a working cattle station. Tonight you'll enjoy dinner around 7pm, prepared by your guides and some amazing star gazing under the clear Pilbara sky. Early to bed tonight to be rested and ready for Karijini National Park in the morning!
Day 9 - Saturday
After a delicious cooked breakfast between 7 and 8am we depart Chela Plains Station, pick up supplies at Paraburdoo airport and enter into Karijini National park around mid-morning. Karijini is famous for it's landscape of breathtaking gorges that have been slowly carved out of rocks that are over 2500 million years old. Today you'll explore Dales Gorge, where a stream, pools, permanently-cascading waterfalls, and ferns contrast with the red, terraced cliffs weathered by centuries of exposure. You'll also visit the Karijini Visitors Centre, which provides a wealth of information and interpretation on the natural and cultural history of the area. After a BBQ lunch prepared by your guide you'll set out for more Dales exploring. In the late afternoon we check into Karijini Eco Retreat and freshen up. Then it's time to enjoy sunset drinks and a welcome dinner at the fabulous Karijini Eco Retreat.
Day 10 - Sunday
This morning you wake to a continental breakfast between 7 and 8am. We then depart camp to explore Knox Gorge, where you can appreciate the power of water shaping the landscape. As you climb down and scramble along the gorge you will skirt several pools, and notice the fig trees clinging to the richly coloured gorge walls. After a lunch prepared by your guide, we head to Hancock Gorge for swimming and exploring our goal, Kermits Pool. We will also visit Junction & Oxers Lookout for breathtaking views, and if time permits a final swim in Weano Gorge. In the late afternoon we return to Karijini Eco Retreat and freshen up. Then you are welcome to enjoy sunset drinks or socialising at the Karijini Eco Retreat or purely relaxing until a delicious dinner is prepared by your guides.
Day 11 - Monday
Sleep in & wake to a continental breakfast at 8.30am. We depart at 9.30am for Joffre Gorge where we will explore and with our rubber tubes make our way to fabulous Joffre Island. After lunch prepared by your guides and we then return to the Karijini Eco Retreat for afternoon drinks and perhaps an ice cream, before departing for Paraburdoo Airport where we say goodbye to our newfound friends! From here Qantas Airlines flight QF 1649 departs at 1850 hrs to Perth and beyond.
-All food and drinks (excluding alcohol and 1st nights dinner)
-1 Day spent swimming with the whale sharks
-3 Nights Accommodation at 4.5 Star Novotel Ningaloo Resort
-3 Continental Breakfasts at Ningaloo Novotel Restaurant
-4 Nights Camping in Cape Range National Park
-5 Days Kayaking/Snorkelling the Ningaloo Reef
-2 Pre Booked dinners at great Exmouth restaurants
-All camping gear (sleeping bags, swags, tents, chairs, pillows etc)
-All kayaking gear (paddles, PFDs, double kayaks, skirts)
-Snorkelling gear (snorkel, mask, fins, wetsuit)
-Complimentary Pick up and Drop off from your Exmouth Accommodation
-Local knowledgable guide/s
Paddling clothes- sun shirt, boardies/bathers, reef shoes/thongs
Camp clothes- pack warm clothes for cool evenings
Bushwalking clothes - long-sleeve shirt, shorts/trousers, sturdy hiking shoes/boots
Personal toiletries- our showers are eco friendly all soaps and shampoos MUST be eco friendly/grey water safe
Miscellaneous items- head torch, camera (spare batteries), sunscreen. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased in town