Having heard great things about the Ningaloo reef, we decided to spend our honeymoon there, and were delighted with our experience on board Shore Thing. Lannie was friendly and very helpful right from the start, arranging our transfers and overnight stay at the end of our trip, and greeting us at the airport when we arrived.
Having spent time on boats before we were amazed at how spacious and comfortable the living areas and cabins were on board the catamaran, and the food that Ali and Marissa produced from the galley was absolutely delicious! It's a good job we were doing plenty of snorkelling every day to build up our appetites!
Luke was a great skipper and host, and was so knowledgeable about the reef and the wildlife to be found there. He guided us with ease to all his favourite spots, and before each spell in the water he talked us through the route to take and what to look out for on the way. We knew we were in for a treat from the start, when we spent our first snorkel swimming with a number of giant manta rays, gracefully swooping their way back and forth along the bottom to feed. Having dived before in many unspoilt spots around the world, I was still blown away by how pristine the coral was in Ningaloo, and by the variety of things we could see just by snorkelling. Highlights were the Fin wreck, the 'clam graveyard', where we saw reef sharks, turtles, and shoals of thousands of tiny reef fish, and the 'green mile', where we saw so many massive green turtles that we felt like we had travelled back in time to some prehistoric world.
While travelling between snorkelling spots, the look-out tower was the perfect place to sit and spot rays, turtles dugongs and dolphins in the clear, shallow water, while enjoying a tropical fruit platter and a quick game of backgammon.
There was the opportunity for some fishing on the way, and we were rewarded with delicious fresh sushi and calamari, having hooked a yellowfin tuna and several squid (the latter being a very entertaining catch to watch from a distance... lots of squirting black ink everywhere!).
I can't recommend this trip highly enough, and we would love to go back in the future. I don't think there can be a better way to experience the marine wonderland of Ningaloo than aboard Shore Thing. Go soon before everyone else finds out about it!!
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