The gorgeous Ningaloo Reef may be a bit of trek to get to, but boy is it worth it. Especially when you spend three sun-soaked days kayaking and snorkeling through crystal clear seas.
- Sea kayak the sheltered, turquoise lagoons of World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef over three days
- Snorkel different world-class snorkel sites each day with your guide
- Camp at wilderness beach campsites in Cape Range National Park each night
Sea Kayaking and Snorkelling – The sea kayaking takes place inside the fringing reef, where the lagoon is rarely more than 3m deep – perfect for spotting wildlife and snorkelling. After your guide gives you the all-important paddling instruction and safety talk, we launch the kayaks and travel along the coast at a relaxed pace, stopping on secluded beaches for morning tea and lunch as we go. We usually paddle the coastline from Osprey Bay and head north with the prevailing winds, usually finishing at Ned’s Camp or Mangrove Bay.
Each day provides fantastic snorkelling opportunities. At some sites we land the kayaks on the beach and swim a short distance from shore, at other sites we anchor or moor the kayaks and slip over the side. We have discovered some excellent ‘un-named’ snorkel spots that are accessible only by kayak.
Beach Camping – These 3 day tours are perfect for the person looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Ningaloo. Each afternoon we pull up our kayaks at a different deserted beach and set up our camp for the night.
We endeavor to make your camping experience as comfortable as possible, with self-inflating mattresses, tents, sleeping bags and liners, camp chairs, we even provide inflatable pillows! This tour is the perfect choice for those looking for an adventure and to immerse themselves in the wonders of Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park.
At 8am we pick you up from your Exmouth accommodation and make the journey into Cape Range National Park (approx. 55minutes), to our launch spot for the beginning of our adventure. After packing your kayak and going through the safety briefing, it’s off to explore the wonders of Ningaloo!
Today we’ll cover about 9km in the kayaks (going with the prevailing breeze), and stop at a couple of our guide’s favourite snorkel sites, where you’ll be amazed at the diversity of life on Ningaloo. Stops on the beach for morning tea and lunch break the kayaking up into manageable sections, even for complete novices.
We arrive at our wilderness beach camp site around 4pm in the afternoon, giving us time to set up our tents and have a quick dip before we settle in for some sundowners, a delicious dinner under the stars and a satisfying night’s sleep.
We start the day around 7am with an alfresco beach brekky, before packing up camp and getting prepped for another amazing day exploring Ningaloo.
Today we paddle a beautiful stretch of Ningaloo coastline, encompassing some of the best shore-based snorkelling in the area. With only 7kms to our campsite this afternoon, we can really relax and focus on immersing ourselves in the wonders of Ningaloo. Oyster Stacks and Turquoise Bay are two well-known sites that we’ll stop and snorkel along the way.
Our guides know the reef like the back of their hand, and the nature of our small group tours mean they can customise them to our guests. During the paddle today, you might also marvel at the stunning contrast between reef and range – the juxtaposition of turquoise waters, deserted sandy beaches, and coral reef with the arid shrublands and ancient gorges of Cape Range: uniquely beautiful.
Our last day on the reef and we make the most of it! Our day starts again at 7am with a delicious breakfast. Once out on the water, we paddle out into the clear lagoon waters, looking for turtles and rays. This section of the lagoon is also good for spotting dugong in season (April – August), so keep a lookout!
We’ve got one of our favourite snorkel sites saved for our last day, a beautiful shore-based site teeming with life. After a snorkel and lunch on the beach, we have a few more kms of paddling until we reach our endpoint, where it’s time to unpack our kayaks and make the journey back into Exmouth town.
We drop you off at your Exmouth accommodation around 4pm.
- Double sit-inside expedition sea kayaks with rudder for comfortable cruising
- PFDs (life jackets)
- Long sleeve sun shirts, broad-brim hats, paddling gloves
- Snorkelling gear: snorkel, mask and fins, wetsuit in season
- Dry bags for packing clothing, sleeping gear etc
- Comfortable camping gear: tents, pillows, sleeping bags and liners, camp chairs, shade shelter
- Healthy and delicious food, drinks (alcohol not included, byo welcome)
- Transport to and from Cape Range National Park in our air-conditioned bus
- National park entry and camping fees
- Qualified and experienced guide
- Complimentary tour photos
What do I need to bring?
- Drinking water (capacity for ~1.5L)
- Sunglasses (polarised are great for seeing under the water)
- Sunscreen, zinc or SPF lip balm (please choose reef-safe sun protection products where possible)
- Bathers, boardshorts, or surf tights for paddling in (great for sun protection)
- Camera (spare batteries)
- Towel or sarong
- Gloves (optional: fingerless cycling or paddling gloves are great for sun protection)
- Footwear that may get wet (crocs, sandals etc)
- Head torch (spare batteries)
- Drinks for sunset happy hour
- Overnight bag with camp clothes, toiletries etc. Pack warm clothes for cool nights
- You can bring fishing gear too, however this is not a focus of our tours (please use lures rather than bait)
Location: Tours depart from Exmouth, Western Australia
Tour Provider: Exmouth Adventure Co
Duration: 3 days. 8am Day 1 –> 4pm Day 3
Price per person: Adults: $1095 // Children 12 – 17: $985
Group Size: 4-8
Difficulty: Suitable for all levels of experience, from beginner to expert