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Women's Humpback Whale Kayaking Trip // 11th September 2022

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Summary

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

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

*This trip is operated under Exmouth Adventure Company. Kayaking and camping compnents are lead by Exmouth Edventure Co leader Neri.

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 - twin share

Day 7: Humpback Whale 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 is placed at the optimum time for viewing Humpback Whales and the clear Waters of Ningaloo Reef. 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. 

You don’t need any previous kayaking or camping experience, just a basic to good level of fitness and willingness to be outdoors and moving your body! Most women who attend our trips, attending individually. We are a very welcoming community and support everyone who attends.

COVID - 19 QUESTIONS

Adventure, travel and Covid-19 is one of those things that naturally gives rise to queries, concerns and doubts, so we’re here to put your mind at ease.

To attend any trip with us, all women are required to produce: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination

These new safety measures that apply on all of our trips.  

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

View our Covid-19 Information Page Here.

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

Itinerary

Meet at Perth Airport at the gate for our flight to Exmouth. This flight is around 12.30pm. 

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
  • Accommodation: Camping 

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 will 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)

Humpback Whale Expedition! This is a once in a lifetime adventure swimming and snorkelling with these incredible creatures. Protected in Australia, the Humpbacks cruise the Ningaloo Reef slowly, the perfect interaction for us to get up close and personal to these unbelievable whale.

A full day of adventure including return transfers from Exmouth, breakfast snacks and lunch.

  • Accommodation: Manta Rays 4.5 Resort.
  • Meals: Breakfast, 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 souvenirs before leaving.

  • Meals: Breakfast (usually we head into town) at groups own cost.

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 8 day / 7 nights
  • WWA guide services
  • 2 Nights accommodation at the 4.5 Star Manta Rays Ningaloo Resort Exmouth (twin share)
  • Transfers to and from Exmouth airport
  • Humpback Whale Expedition With Spotter Planes and ample snorkelling
  • 5 Nights / 6 Day Base camp accommodation sleeping under the stars in Cape Range National Park
  • All meals whilst on kayaking expedition
  • Camping Gear including sleeping bags, tents, swags, pillows and sheets
  • Kayaking Equipment
  • Swags or tents for the ultimate outback experience
  • All snorkelling gear (you can bring your own if you prefer)
  • Return transfers from Exmouth to Cape Range National Park 
EXCLUDED:
  • All flights. Ladies must book flights to Perth and flight to and from Exmouth
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
  • Friday night dinner on return to Exmouth
  • Breakfast on the last morning 

Grading

Grading: Easy

An easy trip is suitable for women who are new to adventure and want to get outside (but start off a little gentler) while the trips are slow and have breaks, it’s still an adventure so a basic to good level of fitness is required.

You will still be in the elements and moving your body! For instance, there are days of carrying kayaks, kayaking for a minimum of 3-4 hours and snorkelling/swimming for up to an hour each day. This means you must be ready for physical exercise and have good mobility. This trip would not be suited to you if you don't already exercise at least 2-3 times per week.

There way be days of high wind, so when we say "easy", we may still need you to understand you're on an outdoor adventure - be ready for some fun!

FAQ

Upon booking, we a confirmation email with further details and the flight number and arrival time. There are usually only two flights per day. Please arrive into Exmouth for the afternoon landing approx 2.30pm.

Our trips are for women over 18 years, the average age is 45 years. There is always a range!

Yes. There is an option for single supplement, which is the full cost of a standard single room rate. Please contact us well in advance as rooms book out. 

Reviews

Sue Stenning 13/11/2019
    5 / 5 rating

Sue Stenning Testimonial

My daughter & I participated the WWA trip to Ningaloo Reef in May 2019. This was a trip I would never have contemplated on my own due to the logistics & local knowledge required. Monique's enthusiasm is contagious, & made the trip so much fun. Everything ran like clockwork & every part of it exceeded our expectations. All the gear provided (kayaking, snorkelling, camping) was perfect for the purpose. Snorkelling on the reef in the crystal clear water & swimming from the gorgeous white beaches was incredible. Camping just behind the dunes was lovely & private, & the whole set-up was ideal. Hiking up the gorges was great fun, & something I've always wanted to do. The sunsets over the reef and from the top of Yardie Creek Gorge were amazing. As was Neri's gourmet cooking, catering to every possible diet with ease. Chilling out with "the sisterhood" after an exciting day was soul food. We always felt totally safe & confident in Neri's ability to guide us both on & off the water, & her expert knowledge of kayaking, the reef, the currents, the hiking terrain and so on. Monique & Neri make an awesome team. They are superwomen who happen to be gorgeous people - capable, empathetic & fun. Finishing the week by swimming with the whale sharks & staying in a 5 star resort was the perfect end to an amazing experience. I would 100% recommend the trip (or any other trip organized by Monique) to anyone considering it.
Samantha Webb 13/11/2019
    5 / 5 rating

Sam Webb Testimonial

This trip AMAZED me. The whale swim was out of this world but honestly the snorkeling and kayaking for the 5 days prior was the highlight. It was so remote and we just spent the week with the group. I couldnt get over how many fish I saw and turtles everywhere. One of the best things 'Ive ever done!
Janine Chandler 14/11/2019
    5 / 5 rating

Janine Testimonial

If you are thinking about an adventure that is a life changer, super fun and with like-minded women and amazing guides, jump into the water at Ningaloo! Loved this trip. Thinking of coming back to do it all again. 

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