Sail Ningaloo’s philosophy is focused on immersing our guests in a purely natural world class experience, with a high emphasis on interpretive and educational interaction whilst maintaining a minimum impact, environmentally sustainable tourism policy. Get ready for an unbelievable adventure of a lifetime when you join our luxury live aboard sailing tour from Coral Bay between the months of March and December. The underwater world of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park is a hidden treasure. It is amongst only a handful of coral reef systems in the world that is still in pristine condition. The abundance and variety of marine life and spectacular corals is believed to be second to none in the world, it is very likely we will encounter Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Dugong, Manta Rays, marine Turtles, giant cods and reef sharks, quite possibly all on the one cruise. Activities while on board “Shore Thing” include snorkelling in the protected reef lagoons, scuba diving (additional cost), and kayaking peaceful lagoons or to a secluded beach, observing marine life in their natural environment, photographing the beautiful natural surrounds, star gazing, beach combing or just plain relaxing, surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park.
About “Shore Thing”
‘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. With a shallow draft ‘Shore Thing’ is an ideal vessel for accessing the many spectacular shallow inner reef lagoons and also assures easy inner reef access for calm anchorage in all weather conditions. We can take you to places and show you things no one else can! The helm features comfortable seating so guests may enjoy the journey alongside their captain with a bird’s eye view of the natural wonders of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Otherwise relax on our large impressive forward deck and trampoline area, lazing in the shade of the sails. The saloon area is spacious with ample room to seat all guests in comfort. The large back deck area is well shaded and a lovely area for outdoor dining. A well appointed galley ensures our hosts can create tantalising gourmet meals to satisfy your taste buds.
Accommodation on board is orientated toward small numbers to ensure your unique experience, with a maximum of 10 guests. Shore Thing has 4 toilets and 4 showers on board and beautifully designed cabins for privacy and comfort.
*Itineraries may vary from time to time due to weather conditions and things out of our control. The Master of the vessel reserves the right to adapt tours to suit prevailing weather conditions to ensure maximum enjoyment and comfort for guests.
3 Day / 2 Night ‘Coral Garden Spectacular’
Accommodation pickups start at 9am. Join us on a journey south to some of the most remote areas of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. The snorkelling experience is world-class as you surround yourself with pristine coral reef and an abundance of fish life. Our destination is the beautiful Sandy Point and Pelican Point Sanctuary. A perfect place to explore the shallow reef lagoons either by kayak or you can experience it 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 in the bay 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. We arrive back in Coral Bay around 4pm on Day 3 and return you to your accommodation.
5 Day / 4 Nights ‘Ningaloo Escape’
5 days exploring the pristine Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, starts as we set sail north winding our way through spectacular dense coral formations that surround Coral Bay, an exhilarating beginning to your adventure. 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 put on a mask, snorkel and fins! With over 70km of pristine and remote reef to explore between Coral Bay and Norwegian Bay without even going outside the protected waters of the Ningaloo Reef, there is an abundance of snorkelling and kayaking opportunities available as well as stunning secluded beaches to explore and perfect conditions for sailing in between stops. Departing Coral Bay at 10am, we head north via Bateman Bay, home to a population of majestic Manta Rays, which may if we are lucky grace us with their presence and allow us to snorkel with them – an unforgettable experience. We will visit the Historical ruins of Norwegian Bay Whaling Station and hear tragic tales of the many shipwrecks that lie on the Ningaloo Reef. If conditions are right we will also get an opportunity to snorkel on one of these historic shipwrecks. We arrive back in Coral Bay around 4pm on day 5 and return you to your accommodation.
9 Day ‘Ultimate Ningaloo’ Tour Package
Why not combine the 3 day ‘Coral Garden Spectacular’ and 5 days ‘Ningaloo Escape’ to create a 9 day ‘Ultimate Ningaloo’ package, spending a day of leisure exploring the unique settlement of Coral Bay. We pick you up from your accommodation in Coral Bay on Day 1, starting at 9am. After breakfast on Day 4 we tender you in to Coral Bay and return to the boat late afternoon (lunch not included). Then off again, heading north along the reef to explore the wonders of the North West Coastline. We return to Coral Bay on day 9 around 4pm in the afternoon.
“Shore Thing” is available for private day charters and live-aboard charters within the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park between March and October as well as in the Perth or South West region during the summer. Design your own private charter or have Sail Ningaloo design the charter to suit your requirements. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your request.
What to Bring
Please bring all personal items in a soft bag for easy stowage.
Our talented staff offer a diverse range of cuisine prepared fresh on board daily, incorporating local fresh organic produce when seasonally available. We happily cater for all dietary requirements and special needs. We have a small selection of beers and wine available to purchase, special request by prior arrangement. Please specify on your booking form if you have any special requirements or allergies.
“Sail Ningaloo Pty Ltd” requests that travellers are in good health to participate in our tours. Please inform us if you have any medical or physical conditions. “Shore Thing” carries an extensive medical kit onboard for your well-being and also carries general first aid kits in its tender and on all excursions. Please bring sufficient supply of personal medication onboard, including seasickness medication and paracetamol. *Please note that guests must bear the cost of any emergency medical or rescue service (summoned at the discretion of the Master of the vessel) in relation to any illness or injury. “Sail Ningaloo Pty Ltd” strongly recommends that guests take out adequate travel insurance to the eventuality prior to boarding
Accommodation on board is orientated toward small numbers to ensure your unique experience with a maximum of 10 guests. “Shore Thing” features 2 stateroom cabins with ensuite facilities and 2 Deluxe double cabins with shared facilities, beautifully designed for privacy and comfort.
Please specify on the booking form which cabin configuration you require, otherwise King bed option will be assumed for Stateroom reservations.
Cabin 1: Stateroom Starboard
Cabin 2: Stateroom Port
Private room featuring air-conditioning and fan, en-suite with toilet and
Cabin 3: Deluxe Double Starboard
Cabin 4: Deluxe Double Port
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries regarding cabin configurations.