Women Embrace Ningaloo Reef

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21 - 28 August 2022

Exmouth WA

12 plus your WEA guides

For moderate to high fitness levels

7 nights / 8 days 

$4300

per person

Join WEA for a bucket list adventure.... kayak/snorkel/bushwalking/private boat charter to swim with the Humpbacks and maybe even Whale Sharks!

Highlights:

  •  Experience the Humpback Whales and or Whale Sharks on our private charter

  •  Sea kayak Ningaloo reef and immerse yourself (literally!) in this beautiful world heritage area

  • Snorkel with over 500 species of fish and 300 species of coral

  • Guided bush walks to marvel at the ancient landscape and stunning views of Mandu Mandu Gorge and Yardie Creek Gorge

  • Spend five nights camping at our private base camp just 300m from the beach

  • Two nights accommodation at a resort in Exmouth

 

Discover the best that Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park have to offer with Women Embrace Adventure. 

Spend five days sea kayaking along the coast in the sheltered, turquoise lagoons of Ningaloo Reef, visiting numerous snorkel sites along the way. Travel with the prevailing breeze and return each night to our comfortable base camp. 

Take some short bush walks to explore Cape Range National Park’s stunning gorges and visit the Milyering Visitor Centre. 

Camp in Cape Range National Park with a comfortable base camp set up just for us. We spend two nights in Exmouth at a resort where we will enjoy a day on our private charter boat at Ningaloo Reef for an amazing Eco Tour. 

August sees one of the largest populations of migrating Humpback Whales in the world. These majestic creatures cruise past the West Australian coast each year, providing us with the perfect opportunity to observe them. If the conditions are right, snorkel alongside for an out-of-this-world experience. 

The great news is whale sharks can still be found in Ningaloo Reef, even after the Whale Shark Season is over. So, we may get to swim with the Humpback Whales or Whale Sharks OR if mother nature is on our side BOTH! Our private charter tour allows us to explore the Ningaloo Reef and find amazing marine life. Using a spotter plane to help locate any Whale Sharks and Humpbacks in the area for this tour gives everyone the best experience possible. This adventure is certainly is one to tick off the bucket list!

Inclusions:

  • Private Boat Charter just for our group for Humpback / Whale Shark Eco Tour 
  • Kayaking, snorkelling, hiking and camping

  • 7 nights Accommodation: 5 nights comfortable camping + 2 nights resort accommodation in Exmouth

  • Transfers: to and from the airport as well as between activities for the entire 8 days

  • Meals: Healthy and delicious food, water and non-alcoholic drinks (alcohol not included, BYO welcome) 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 dinners

  • Private full-day Humpback Whale swimming/snorkelling tour just for our group

  • Comfortable camping gear: stand-up tents, high-density foam mattresses, pillows, sleeping bags and liners, camp chairs, camper trailer with fridge, wind and shade shelter, solar lights, picnic tables, toilet and solar showers

  • Kayaking equipment: Double sit-inside Barracuda Duo sea kayaks with rudder for comfortable cruising, PFDs, spray decks, paddles, dry bags

  • Photos, taken by our guides and hosts available for free download after your adventure.

  • 2 Women Embrace Adventure Hosts

  • Qualified and experienced guides, with minimum PA Enclosed Sea Instructor award, wilderness first aid, CPR, and water rescue qualifications

  • Women Embrace Adventure team shirt and merchandise 

Adventure Details

Full Itinerary


Day 1 - Sunday 21st August

We arrive in Exmouth (Learmonth Airport), where we will be picked up and driven into Exmouth to gear up for the next five days of kayaking, snorkelling, hiking and camping. We then move into Cape Range National Park to our base camp location (approximately 1 hour). After a campsite orientation, you will have time to settle into your accommodation. Tonight, after a delicious dinner, your guides and hosts will detail the plan and get you excited about your forthcoming adventure exploring Ningaloo Reef by sea kayak and snorkel!

Meals included: D

Day 2 - Monday 22nd August

After a delicious continental breakfast at base camp, we drive our kayaks and gear 5 km south to Yardie Creek, our launch site for today. Your guides will ensure that you are familiar with your sea kayak and deliver a paddle talk and safety briefing before launching the kayaks and heading north with the prevailing breeze. Morning tea and lunch stop on the beach along the way provide the opportunity to stretch the legs and enjoy the coastal scenery. Depending on conditions, we may even snorkel from our kayaks at one of several sites along the way, including the ‘kayak only’ snorkel moorings just south of Osprey Bay. Expect to see hundreds of colourful reef fish at this thriving coral reef location. The popular DBCA campsite at Osprey Bay is our endpoint today, a distance of 11km from Yardie Creek, where our journey began this morning. At Osprey Bay, we leave the kayaks and return by vehicle to the comfort of our base camp.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 3 - Tuesday 23rd August

Today after breakfast, we head back to the kayaks at Osprey Bay, on our way to South Mandu, a distance of 9.5kms. We’ll paddle across the stunning turquoise lagoon and crystal clear waters of Sandy Bay; spot turtles and rays from on the way to Pilgramunna. We stop at a beautiful sandy point to swim off the beach and snorkel amongst the coral and colourful fish life at Pilgramunna bombies. Finally, we leave the kayaks on the beach and return by vehicle to our base camp.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 4- Wednesday 24th August

This morning we return to South Mandu, continuing to paddle north in the beautiful lagoon of Ningaloo. Today we are on our way to Tulki (a distance of 7km), stopping along the way for some tremendous shore-based snorkels - the South Mandu drift, Oyster Stacks drift and Turquoise Bay. Oyster Stacks and Turquoise Bay are the most popular ‘shore-based snorkel sites in the area, and for a good reason, you’ll discover a fantastic array of corals and fishes, mere metres from the beach. Tonight, the kayaks stay at Tulki, and we return to the comfort of our base camp. This afternoon, we travel back to Yardie Gorge to enjoy a sunset walk along the edge of this beautiful water-filled gorge, the only permanent freshwater source in all of Cape Range National Park. Look for black-flanked rock wallabies as they leave the safety of the gorge to feed at dusk and the massive Osprey nest tucked into the gorge wall.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 5 - Thursday 25th August

Today we break things up a little. After the option of a full cooked breakfast this morning (that’s right, think bacon, eggs, beans, mushrooms and toast), we don our bushwalking clothes. Following a couple of big days of water activities, we take a guided walk at Mandu Mandu Gorge in the morning. Mandu Mandu is a spectacular dry gorge, supporting a population of black-flanked rock wallabies who live amongst the rocky outcrops and ledges of the sheer gorge walls. Marvel at the forces of nature that have created the gorge over millennia and look for fossilized corals amongst the rock beneath your feet, enjoy sweeping views over the fringing reef system of Ningaloo from the top of the gorge. Next, we visit the Milyering Visitor Centre, home to interpretive displays where you can learn more about the flora, fauna, geology and history of this World Heritage area encompassing Ningaloo Marine Park and Cape Range National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Milyering Visitor Centre before swapping our bushwalking clothes for paddling attire and returning to Tulki to take the 4km paddle through the beautiful turquoise lagoon to Lakeside. We stop 800m shy of our endpoint for the day to enjoy a snorkel in the Lakeside Sanctuary zone – a site that never disappoints! The kayaks spend the night at Lakeside tonight, and we return by vehicle to our base camp home-away-from-home.

Meals included: B, L, D