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Women's 2020 Ningaloo Whale Shark & Kayaking Trip

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Summary

Western Australia's Women’s Ningaloo Reef Sea Kayaking Adventure and Whale Shark Trip is one of our best adventures yet. 

Incorporating a 5 Night Base Camp in the Cape Range National Park West of Exmouth and a full day of snorkelling with Whale Sharks on Ningaloo Reef, we have packaged up a deal that ensures we experience the best of this incredible area - adventure style. 

TRIP SUMMARY:

Day 1: Fly to Perth and onto Exmouth. Transfer to private bush base camp

Day 2-5: Sea Kayaking Snorkelling Adventure in the Ningaloo Reef lagoon

Day 6: Head to the MantaRays Resort for a 2 night luxury 4.5 star stay

Day 7: Whale Shark Expedition and swimming (whole day) + farewell dinner

Day 8: Depart Exmouth for return to Perth

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Women’s Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef Sea Kayaking Adventure - 5 Days of Sea Kayaking on West Australia's Ningaloo Marine Park. This important coastal zone protects one of Australia’s most important tracts of reef - the Ningaloo Reef. It is one of the longest fringing reef systems in the world and only one of two coral reefs in the world that have formed on the western side of a continent. The Ningaloo Marine park stretches from Bundegi Beach near Exmouth for 260 km along the West Coast to Amherst Point south of Coral Bay. The name 'Ningaloo' comes from the local Aboriginal people and means a 'promontory' or 'point' of high land jutting into the sea.

Our Adventure begins in Exmouth in May, which is the optimum viewing time for Whale Sharks and the Waters of Ningaloo Reef are in absolute abundance. Quality Sea Kayaking, Snorkelling at every opportunity and some great inland gorge walks in ancient river canyons makes this adventure the trip of a lifetime where quintessential Australian landscape meets the Ocean in an explosion of life and colour. 

This is a women’s only trip where beginners are welcome. You don’t need any previous kayaking or camping experience. Most women who attend our trips, attending individually. We are a very welcoming community and support everyone who attends. 

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

Meet at Perth Airport for our Flight to Exmouth. Upon arrival the group will stop at the base house for a gear fit out. After gear fit out, we will stop in town for any last minute supplies, including alcohol. Then drive 55kms into our campsite in Cape Range National Park at Bungelup.After a campsite orientation, we prepare dinner and enjoy a glass of BYO wine or beer watching the sunset and enjoy each others company and conversation. Your leaders will update the group on conditions and plans for the week.Tonight, enjoy the fabulous desert night sky and stars, stars, stars!Accommodation: Swag/tent camping at Cape Range National Park Meals: Dinner
*Please note that weather and water conditions may cause our plans to change. If the prevailing wind is forecast to be northerly, the trip will be undertaken in reverse.After a nourishing breakfast, the group will travel to Yardie Creek, and getting set up in your kayaks and a safety briefing, we paddle north to Osprey Bay, 10kms. Your kayaks are double Barracuda Duos. Snorkel offshore, which involves jumping out of the kayaks (which are anchored) and enjoy your first look at the Reef. It has a shallow sandy bottom with coral bombies and heaps of fish. Lunch will be on an un-named beach before we kayak northward. Another highlight will be snorkelling the amazing offshore Osprey Sanctuary Zone sites. These have two specifically sited kayak moorings we can attach to, before exploring these beautiful pools within the reef. Back to base for dinner.Accommodation: Swag/tent camping at Cape Range National Park Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner + snacks
Today we will kayak from Osprey Bay to South Mandu, 9.5kms. Kayak across Sandy Bay, you will be amazed at the stunning turquoise lagoon and crystal-clear water. Turtles are common in this area, and you may also spot rays resting in the shallows. The next snorkel site is Pilgrammuna bombies which is an easy swim straight off the beach. Other snorkel options are the world class Blue Lagoon which is inside the lagoon about 700 meters offshore.Accommodation: Swag/tent camping at Cape Range National Park Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner + snacks
Our kayak route for today will take us from South Mandu to Tulki, approx 7kms, stopping along the way for some great shore based snorkels - the South Mandu drift, Oyster Stacks drift and Turquoise Bay - there are loads of options. Oyster Stacks and Turquoise Bay are the most popular shore-based snorkel sites in the area, and for good reason, you will discover an amazing array of corals and fishes at these sites, mere metres from the beach.This afternoon, we may take the opportunity to travel back to Yardie Gorge, to enjoy a sunset walk along the edge of this beautiful water-filled gorge, the only permanent water source in all of Cape Range National Park. Look for black-footed rock wallabies as they leave the safety of the gorge to feed at dusk, and the massive Osprey nest tucked into the gorge wall.Accommodation: Swag/tent camping at Cape Range National Park Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner + snacks
We plan to do the Mandu Mandu Gorge walk in morning, straight after breakfast before it gets too warm. It takes about an hour and a half. We will follow the ancient river bed, spotting black-footed rock wallabies in the sheer gorge walls, before the path takes us up on top of Cape Range where there are fantastic views over the coastal plain, lagoons, fringing reef, surf and the big blue ocean.Following our walk, we�ll head to the Milyering Visitor Centre, where there are various interesting interpretive displays, as well as the opportunity to purchase some souvenirs, and perhaps an ice-cream. This afternoon we kayak from Tulki to Lakeside, an enjoyable afternoon paddle of 4km. Snorkel options include the amazing Tulki hole, one of the best offshore sites, before heading north to Lakeside, a favourite shore based snorkel, just before our end point for the day. This area is where we are most likely to sight Dugong if we are lucky.Accommodation: Swag/tent camping at Cape Range National Park Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner + snacks
We pack up our Bungelup base camp and head off to kayak the last section of the Park. We paddle from Lakeside to Neds Camp, 5kms, or possibly (if tide and conditions allow) Mangrove Bay, an amazing shallow bay full of rays, turtles and small sharks, 8 kms. Following the conclusion of our trip we load the kayaks on the trailer and drive back to Exmouth town. Depending on how things go, we expect to drop you off at the Manta Rays Ningaloo Resort around 3-4pm to have a nice hot shower and get ready for dinner and drinks.Accommodation: Manta Rays 4.5 Resort � twin share Meals: Breakfast, lunch. (Dinner at groups own cost)
Whale Shark Expedition! This is a once in a lifetime adventure swimming and snorkelling with these incredible creatures. Protected in Australia, the whale sharks cruise the Ningaloo Reef eating plankton from the surface enabling the perfect interaction for us to get up close and personal to these unbelievable fish. A full day of adventure including return transfers from Exmouth, breakfast snacks and lunch.Accommodation: Manta Rays 4.5 Resort Meals: Breakfast on board the boat, lunch and afternoon tea on board the boat and farewell dinner (drinks not included)
Depart Exmouth for return to Perth. Airport transfers are provided and will collect ladies departing on this date at the required time at the resort. Feel free to relax by the pool or head into town to pick up some whale shark souvenirs before leaving.Meals: Breakfast (usually we head into town) � at groups own cost.

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • Trip Duration: 8 day /7 nights
  • Grade: Easy – Suitable for beginners and first time kayakers
  • Start and finish Location: Perth airport, Western Australia
  • Activities: Kayaking, Whale Shark swimming, snorkelling, camping, hiking
  • Accommodation: Swag/tent camping + 2 nights at Manta Rays 4.5 Star Resort in Exmouth
  • Included: All items itemised in itinerary including accommodation, airport transfers, meals, kayaking/camping equipment, whale shark swimming tour and more
  • Group size: 10 women maximum
EXCLUDED:
  • All flights. Ladies must book flights to Perth and flight to and from exmouth. We will assist you with these details
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance (Roughly $60-90) depending on your age 
  • Friday night dinner

Grading

Grading: Easy

Easy: This trip is suitable for women who are beginners and don’t have any previous kayaking experience OR who love to kayak and put their skills to the test on the best pristine waters of Ningaloo Reef. Our leaders will teach you kayaking techniques and safety. We do recommend ladies have a base level of fitness and good swimming ability. This means women are willing to be active all day in outdoor environments and can swim 100m.

Reviews

Sarah OConner 17/07/2018
    5 / 5 rating

Sarah OConner - NSW

The Ningaloo trip was perfection. Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Reef are just beautiful. The trip leaders were awesome. Personable, knowledgeable, supportive and amazing cooks. The facilities and the food, for the fact you are in the middle of nowhere were outstanding. The pace was very Goldilocks, not too busy, not too slow, but Just Right. Plenty of time to relax while still seeing so many sights. Nothing was too strenuous and the trip leaders made you feel confident that you could participate safely in both the snorkeling and kayaking. Ending with two nights at the resort and an amazing whale shark experience. Who could ask for more.
Peta Williams 19/07/2018
    5 / 5 rating

Peta Williams - VIC

I don't have words, just the best memories EVER! I feel so very luck to have been on this adventure. I loved every minute of it and the whale shark was something I will never ever forget. From the laughs at camp to kayaking and camping, it really doesn't get any better. I can't recommend this trip enough. Do it! Best time of my life!
Robyn Topp 30/06/2019
    5 / 5 rating

Robyn Topp - NSW

"I don't know where to start. This trip changed me! I have never seen so many varieties of fish before and LOVED snorkeling each day. Exactly what I needed for an adventure holiday! Thank you to Neri and Monique who were outstanding leaders. I'm going to try their recipes at home because the food was so good!"

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