Ningaloo Reef WA kayaking adventure
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Sun May 16 - Sun May 23, 2021
Ningaloo Reef WA
Ningaloo Reef is one of Earth’s last remaining ocean paradises.
Located near Exmouth in WA, it is 320km long and is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef. Running parallel to the coast and ideal for kayaking and snorkeling, with 500 species of tropical fish and 220 species of coral. Famous for its warm, shallow waters and huge variety of sealife. This will be our 11th trip to Ningaloo and our best yet. For the first time we’re including a historic tour of the Exmouth area and swimming with the whale sharks will be aboard the most luxurious vessel on the Reef.
Freedom Outdoors has conducted ten very successful trips to the Reef. Now it’s your turn to experience Western Australia’s most spectacular natural attraction, accompanied by a Freedom Outdoors host Cathy Miller and our local guiding team in Exmouth headed by legendary Neridah Grieves, who has looked after all our Freedom Outdoors groups at Ningaloo. You’ll be in good hands. Come on your own or bring your partner or friends - our groups are great fun.
Only $3,695 per person
Includes two nights at the spectacular 4.5 star Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort on a twin share basis (single supplement available), all meals, accommodation in the Park, kayaks, guiding, a full day Whale shark tour, a guided tour of historic Exmouth and more! Itinerary exclusive to Freedom Outdoors and cannot be purchased from a travel agent.
8 days, 7 nights in May, the best time of the year on the reef. The price maintains Freedom Outdoors tradition of great value for money and includes everything except airfares and items of a personal nature.
Freedom Outdoors Host
A favourite and seasoned kayaker for our group, Women on Water Guide and Sydney Local.
The sheltered, beautiful turquoise waters of Ningaloo Reef, rarely more than 4 metres deep, perfect for kayakers and even novice snorkelers.
Get up close and personal with an amazing coral reef which is host to a huge array of tropical fish plus glorious ocean creatures like humpback whales, manta rays, dolphins and dugongs. Kayak and snorkel at over 10 separate sites, some shore based, others using kayak moorings on the Reef. Snorkeling gear provided or BYO.
The golden, sandy beaches are important breeding grounds especially for the loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. Within the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park there are numerous sanctuary zones totalling 36% of the entire area. Rarely more than 4 metres deep, inside the reef is perfect for snorkelling. You’ll visit “un-named” spots only accessible by kayak.
We locate for the week at an exclusive, well-equipped base camp in the park and drive each day to the kayaks as we paddle from south to north. Camper trailer at base camp has all mod cons, No mozzies or midges.
Same kayaks as we use in Sydney – Barracuda Duos plus singles, supplied with full instructions and safety briefing. Kayaking is at a pace to suit the group – no one is rushed. Tents are new, large and twin share – or you can have one to yourself if you wish at extra cost. Sleeping bags and mats provided. You’ll be amazed how well you sleep. Solar showers, recharge facilities for cameras.
Special visits planned to the Milyering Centre to view interesting historical and geographical displays and a walk into Yardie Creek, a wildlife hotspot with over 105 bird species and home of the rare black-footed rock wallabies.
Full day Swim-with-the-Whale-Sharks experience aboard the most luxurious, spacious and comfortable vessel on the Reef. A once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed. Expert guides, a marine biologist, all equipment, gourmet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and champagne to celebrate a stunning adventure. A professional photographer will cover the experience for you at no cost. Rave reviews from our previous groups.
Two nights in Exmouth at the 4.5-star Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, with dinner Saturday night finale at Exmouth’s best restaurant, Whalers.
Every day is different - every day is special.
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Your package includes airport transfers to/from Learmonth airport, Cape Range National Park entry fees, large tents (twin share), bedding, day pack and transfer of luggage. Quality Barracuda double and some single sea kayaks and necessary accessories, snorkeling gear, professional guides and Freedom Outdoors host. Mantarays Ningaloo Reef Resort share twin/double with ensuite accommodation with dinner Friday night and breakfasts. Whale shark day, including breakfast and lunch. Dinner at Whalers Restaurant Saturday night.
Excludes flights Sydney Exmouth return and any additional travel you may do in Western Australia together with purchases of a personal nature.
Upgrade to single accommodation at Mantarays Resort for an additional $280.
If you would prefer your own tent rather than share, add $200.
Book pre or post trip accommodation at the Resort for $320 per room per night.
How to sign up for this great adventure
Book and pay your deposit online. Just click the green button above. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your booking. We will then email you bank details for the balance. Balance payable by March 15, 2021. Balance is non-refundable after March 15, 2021.
- We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance including trip cancellation cover.
- While we are confident that demand for this trip will be strong, if fewer than 8 people register, Freedom Outdoors may choose not to proceed. All payments made, including the deposit of $500 will then be refunded.
If Covid-19 causes us to postpone the trip, you may transfer to the new date or request a full refund, less any cancellation
fees charged by our suppliers.
Transfer the balance to the following Westpac account, with your name in the message field:
BSB 032 123
Account 22 32 86
If you do not bank electronically, payment may be made at any Westpac branch or by cheque or cash (add $5 for cheque processing). No credit card payments. Limited numbers – allocations strictly in order of deposits received.
And other things you should know.
Itinerary and trip details are subject to change. Our activities in the Park and on the Reef are controlled by the WA Department of Wildlife and Conservation. Should you decide to voluntarily alter your travel arrangements after the commencement of your trip, Freedom Outdoors is not responsible for any additional costs.
Your personal safety on the water is always our top priority. For that reason, it may be necessary to alter, substitute or abandon planned itineraries without advance warning. The programme outlined above may not be carried out in the order suggested. If conditions on the water are not suitable for kayaking, we may substitute walks. All paddlers must wear PFDs (supplied) while on the water. Trip guides will decide on safety matters, coordinate the group and advise changes. No compensation will be paid should itinerary changes be necessary.
Guides will carry a first aid kit and have Senior First Aid Certification, however no doctor will accompany the group. You should ensure you are in sufficiently good health and are of at least average fitness.
Guides cannot provide prescription medication. It is your responsibility to bring sufficient quantities of any specific medications you require. It’s a good idea to have a check-up prior to departure.
Please advise any specific dietary requirements. The planned route involves remote locations and paddling on consecutive days.
Accommodation in the park is in tents. Inappropriate behaviour will result in you being required to leave the trip without compensation.
We strongly recommend you undertake at least three Freedom Outdoors day paddles in the three months leading up to the trip and that you attend one of the company’s Skills Workshops. Click on www.freedomoutdoors.com.au for details of upcoming trips and workshops. The fitter you are and the more aware you are of paddling technique, the better you will enjoy the trip.
This trip is not suitable for children under 14 years of age. All participants will be required to sign the standard Freedom Outdoors Risk Waiver document and complete a personal information form.
There will be no shopping opportunities once we start paddling so you should bring everything you need.
Freedom Outdoors has for sale suitable dry bags, kayaking gloves and shoes, which should be purchased before departure from Sydney. We recommend you bring a camera that is waterproof and while masks and snorkels will be provided, you may bring your own if you wish.
Freedom Outdoors is not a travel agency. From the monies transferred by you to us, we pay the companies providing the services and retain an amount to cover the administration of your booking.
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