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Sal Salis - A Definite "Must Do"
Where the Outback Meets the Reef
We arrived at Sal Salis in good time for a 2pm check-in and were blown away by it. This really is a very special place to stay indeed. It is a digital detox zone (no wi-fi), so forgive me, but I am going to say little more about our stay here beyond the accommodation review. The photos can do the talking and if you want to know more, then add this place to your bucket list and come and discover it all for yourself – I promise you, you will not leave disappointed.
The 15 spacious tents all look out onto the ocean and you can walk directly from them out onto the beach where the spectacular coral reef awaits you. Your slice of paradise – guests only. No need for boats, just walk slowly into the water, sink into it, start using you snorkel to breath and float over miles of pristine coral reef alive with shoals of gorgeous, brightly coloured fish and blue fringed stagshorn coral. It is a whole other world under there and it is all yours to explore at your own pace.
Hikes are organised too at sunrise and sunset which gives you a chance to observe the antics of the agile rock wallabies up close.
The cuisine is excellent. Creative menus are prepared with the freshest of local ingredients. The breakfast menu is very varied and lunch is a real highlight with three choices. There is a set menu in the evening with a couple of glasses of paired wines included.
The tents are very comfortable (complete with outdoor hammock) and the bar is open (all inclusive). Very friendly staff work well together as a team to do everything they can to ensure that your stay is enjoyable. There is a very efficient composting toilet in the little bathroom at the back of the tent. Water is restricted to 20 litres a day per person, but we found that more than adequate if you respect the guidelines and are water wise.
Tips for Future Travellers
It is a little tricky to find this out of the way wilderness camp. We found a “closed road” sign before we realised that access is via South Mandu Car Park Road only – they come and pick you up in a buggy from here as the road to the camp is not driveable and it is a 15 minute walk.
If you mind the sound of the sea, you might want to bring your ear plugs.
You won’t be able to use your hairdryer here, but the vibe is so relaxed, that you really don’t need to worry.
Very highly recommended for a truly memorable experience – a real treat. No wi-fi – this is a true digital detox zone – just kick back and enjoy it!.