Take a step off the beaten path as you venture to Sal Salis, one of Australia’s most remote luxury lodges located on the shore neighboring Ningaloo Reef. Here, you’ll find 260 km of fringing reef, located just off the coast and home to 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. Snorkel through coral lagoons in Coral Bay, swim with the truly awesome whale shark and 4WD red sand dunes in Cape Range National Park. This area of Australia is a treasure and the only complaint you’ll have is that you’ll wish you could stay forever.
While on the west coast of Australia, enjoy a stop in one of Australia’s less populated and more leisurely metropolitan cities, Perth. In Perth, you’ll find incomparable beaches and beautiful warm weather, making for a perfect sunny getaway. Nestled on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is a fantastic place for outdoor activities like cycling along the shore, playing volleyball on Cottesloe Beach or kayaking through the Swan Valley. Plus, the beautiful warm weather makes this possible almost year-round.
- Economy class lights from Los Angeles (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
- Seat in coach airport shuttle transfers
- 3 nights at the 5* Luxury Lodge Sal Salis including all meals, drinks, Whale Shark tour and Sal Salis daily activities
- 3 nights Perth at the 4.5* Crown Metropol in a Luxe King Room
- Rottnest Express full day Experience Rottnest with Bike
- 2 hour walking tour of Perth
- Shared transfers Exmouth Airport - Sal Salis
- Round trip car service transfers in Perth
Day 1 - Depart
Depart the US for your flight to Perth, connecting via Sydney or Melbourne. Considering upgrading your flight? Consider premium economy from $600 per person additional each way or a life flat bed in business class from $2,000 each way.
Day 2 - Cross International Date Line
Day 3 -
Arrive Exmouth, Western Australia
Upon arrival transfer to your luxury lodge accommodation.
ACCOMMODATION - Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an exclusive safari camp hidden in the white sand dunes of Western Australia's Cape Range National Park. Sixteen spacious wilderness tents are just meters from the water's edge and one of the world's greatest fringing coastal coral reefs. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef accommodation and hosting style exudes 'Wild Bush Luxury' and Sal Salis guides deliver an extraordinary insight to one of Australia's best kept natural secrets - the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef.
Your time at Sal Salis includes: All meals, alcoholic & non-alcholic beverages from a select bar, Use of all snorkel gear & wet suits, Guided wilderness activities, guided snorkel tours, kayaking snorkel tours, guided walks in Cape Range National Park & Swim with the Whale Sharks experience
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Day 4 - Sal Salis, swim with whale
Each year between April and July these slow-moving, gentle, filter-feeding giants migrate past Ningaloo Reef. The world’s biggest fish can grow to lengths of 12 metres or more and has a healthy appetite in order to sustain its immense size. Fortunately for most sea-dwellers (and for us) they feed primarily on plankton and krill, taking in huge gulps of water and filtering out their microscopic meal.
Sal Salis offers whale shark swims with select local partners and you can expect an up-close-and-personal view of these gentle giants. Your whale shark experience begins with our transferring you to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp (about 25 minutes drive) where you will meet your experienced skipper and crew for the day. Morning tea is usually served as you motor out into the Indian Ocean to being the search, this is aided by a spotter aircraft that relays sightings to our skipper. The crew will help you get kitted out in wetsuits and snorkel gear, they will also provide a thorough briefing.
During the course of the day your crew will keep an eye out for turtles, dolphins, dugongs, rays and sea birds and there is usually time for a snorkel at the back of the Reef. A delicious lunch featuring fresh Western Australian produce is provided.
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Day 5 - Sal Salis
Today take your pick from the multiple activities on offer at Sal Salis – snorkeling, kayaking or walking tours.
Day 6 - Exmouth to
Transfer to Learmouth (Exmouth)airport and your flight to Perth. Upon arrival in Perth seat in coach transfer to accommodation.
ACCOMMODATION - The Crown Metropol Perth is Perth's leading luxury hotel and located 5 minutes from Perth CBD or 15 minutes from Perth Airport. Located at Burswood Entertainment Complex and beside the magnificent Swan River and set in 100 hectares of superbly landscaped gardens and secluded parklands.
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Day 7 - Aracades &
Laneways Perth city walking tour
Join your Two Feet and A Heartbeat Walking Tours at Perth Town Hall, on corner of Barrak and Hay street to commence a 2 Hour Arcades and Laneways Tour. On this tour explore the more than 2.5km of arcades and various lesser known laneways throughout the city. Due to Perth's warm climate, the city centre was built with many arcades to keep shoppers shaded and cool. Through churches, shopping malls and public areas, these arcades and laneways provide interesting routes for locals to navigate through the city centre. Art Deco, ultra modern and even faux-Tudor, these are wonderful parts of the city that you will visit on this tour and learn of their origins and impact on the city. In recent years, some forgotten and under utilized laneways in Perth have been given a new lease on life. Through Government investment, the establishment small bars and cafes, pop-up cultural events and a proliferation of street art, these once ignored places are now hip and happening. It is very easy to spend a couple of leisurely hours exploring these hidden yet bustling/vibrant elements of life in Perth. With plenty of opportunities to grab a coffee on the go, have a tasty treat, or find some awesome places to come back to after the tour, your friendly guide will help set you up for an enjoyable adventure through the lesser known parts of Perth. Tour concludes at approximately 4:00pm, in the central city area of Perth.
Day 8 -
Rottnest Island Experience
You will board your vessel in Northport to commence a full day Discover Rottnest tour. Cruise to Rottnest Island and receive a guided introduction walk, then enjoy cycling around the island at your own pace to discover the beauty and tranquility of Rottnest. Enjoy lunch at Rottnest Lodge, followed by free time at your leisure before boarding the ferry to depart the island and cruise back to Northport. Once you return to Perth after finishing the day exploring Rottnest Island, consider an evening of Hopman Cup tennis matches where it will be Switzerland against France at the Perth Arena.
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Day 9 -
Transfer by seat in coach shuttle to Perth airport. Depart Perth for your return flight home or to your next destination within Australia.
Consider adding one of these Australian experiences to your package
Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel Monday - Thursday from Los Angeles, San Francisco or Dallas on Qantas (add $200 for Qantas JFK flight); $60 supplement applies each way for travel on Friday to Sunday. Ask an Aspire consultant for pricing for other travel dates. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain blackout dates apply on the accommodation and tour value add offers - check with your Aspire consultant. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.
A passport with extended validity past your travel dates and an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required to enter Australia; Aspire Down Under can issue your ETA for a processing fee of $25 per person. A copy of the picture page of your passport and payment for your ETA is required at the time of booking.