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Mantarays Ningaloo Newsletter - August 2017

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Mantarays Ningaloo Newsletter - May 2017

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Name a Ningaloo Manta Ray and Win!

 

The Ningaloo Reef is home to a large resident population of graceful manta rays. To date, over 800 individual mantas have been identified in and around Coral Bay using the unique dot patterns found on the belly of each manta ray. In conjunction with Project Manta and The University of Queensland, this identification program has now been expanded to include the northern part of the Ningaloo Reef, around Exmouth.

To commemorate this, the Exmouth Visitor Centre and Project Manta are asking the public to name the 50th manta ray identified as part of Project Manta. The winning entry will win two tour tickets to swim with Ningaloo manta rays thanks to Coral Bay Eco Tours.

Project Manta seeks to examine how environmental factors affect the movements of manta rays, both within known hot spots such as the Ningaloo Reef and right throughout northern Australia. An understanding of why manta rays occupy particular sites at particular times is important, especially in the face of climate change.

Project Manta also encourages citizens to contribute to this research by submitting any photos taken of manta rays they see throughout the Ningaloo region. The unique spot pattern on a manta ray’s belly is like a fingerprint, so a photo of the underside of a manta allows the research team to cross reference their existing database and determine if it is a new or previously identified Ningaloo manta ray.

The 50th individual manta ray identified as part of Project Manta’s northern Ningaloo Reef expansion was a female ray that was part of a large feeding aggregation of mantas which took place inside Exmouth Gulf in October 2016. During this aggregation, spotter plane pilots reported seeing more than 100 manta rays swimming and feeding within an area of just a few kilometres of coast, close to shore near the Exmouth township.

Exmouth Visitor Centre manager, Kristy Bryan-Smith said the Ningaloo Reef and in particular Coral Bay is one of very few places in the world that is home to a resident population of manta rays.

“Because of the large resident population of manta rays, tours to swim with these huge, but completely harmless and very playful creatures are available every day of the year out of Coral Bay” Ms Bryan-Smith said.

“Snorkelling with a Ningaloo Reef manta ray is an unforgettable experience, as these rays are known for their love of interacting with swimmers.”

To enter the Exmouth Visitor Centre/Project Manta Name a Ningaloo Manta Ray competition, simply email your favourite name to: communications@exmouthwa.com.au. The winning entry will be announced on the Exmouth Visitor Centre’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/exmouthvisitor/ on February 28.

For more information on Ningaloo manta rays, contact the Exmouth Visitor Centre on Ph: 08 9949 1176 or email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au.

The 50th manta ray identified under Project Manta’s northern Ningaloo Reef expansion.

 

Swimming with a Ningaloo Reef manta ray. Image by Janine Marx.

 

For hi-res images, further information or interviews, please contact:
Ben Knaggs | Membership & Communications Coordinator | Exmouth Visitor Centre
Ph: (08) 9949 1176 | Email: communications@exmouthwa.com.au

 

Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, Madaffari Drive, Exmouth WA  6707                    +61 8 9949 0000

Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort our new name from December 1

 

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The award-winning Novotel Ningaloo Resort will be rebranded to become Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort from December 1, 2016.

After ten years with the AccorHotels Group, the owners have decided to rename the resort, which will no longer operate under the Novotel brand.

Ningaloo has become an international tourist destination and Mantarays is a very established world-class resort ready to compliment future growth.

The World Heritage status has given Ningaloo an international profile and with swimming with the whale sharks, a bucket list adventure, we are proud to be part of an iconic experience.

The AccorHotels relationship has been a success for both parties and the brand helped establish the resort as the premier accommodation located in Ningaloo and the Gascoyne.

We now see this as the right move at a time of growth for Ningaloo and the rise in international tourism,” he said.

In leaving a corporate brand we look forward to aligning the resort offering with the attractions of the local area.

We would like to thank the AccorHotels Group for our mutually beneficial association.

Please note:

We don’t administer the AccorPlus program. We are giving AccorPlus the opportunity to contact their members who currently hold bookings with us and they are in the process of doing this. Whilst this change has been in the planning and negotiation process for some time the final decisions have only just been made and we are now in a position to let you all know.

For AccorPlus and LeClub Members who currently hold accommodation reservations booked either direct with the hotel or the AccorHotels website at November 30 we will continue to offer them their members benefits. As of November 30 we will be disconnected from all Accor systems which means we will be unable to award points for stays.

For casual dining in Mantaray’s restaurant once we leave the AccorHotels group dining discounts will no longer apply. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused you. If you have any issues regarding your membership please contact the AccorPlus members hotline on 1300 363 637.

If you have any issues regarding your upcoming stay at the resort or using your card in Mantaray’s Restaurant please don’t hesitate to contact the resort on (08) 9949 0000.

 

After December 1, please use www.mantaraysningalooresort.com.au for information and bookings

Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, Madaffari Drive, Exmouth WA  6707                    +61 8 9949 0000

Novotel Ningaloo Newsletter - July 2016

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Staff day off ends in a win at the Exmouth Billfish Tournament

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Tristan Jahme, Operations Manager, Novotel Ningaloo Resort, entered the 2016 Exmouth Billfish Tournament. Here is his experience.

Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival 2016

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This year’s festival has expanded to a five day event - Wednesday, May 25 - Sunday, May 29, Exmouth WA. Whale sharks, mermaids, pirates and all things marine will be part of the celebration of the annual return of the whale sharks to Ningaloo.

The celebrations are for all ages and will include top bands, magic, fire acts, aerial displays, a fun run, Aussie breakfast, market stalls, beach games, a movie night and much, much more..

Novotel Ningaloo Newsletter - March 2016

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Novotel Ningaloo Resort Exmouth - Top Novotel of the Year

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General Manager Darren Cossill was a joint winner of the highly coveted General Manager of the Year.

The hat trick win also included the Loyalty Award in recognition of its highly successful engagement with AccorHotels loyalty programs AccorPlus and Le Club AccorHotels.

The annual awards recognise outstanding performance and achievements of the group’s franchise hotels.

The General Manager award recognises a leader who adopts the AccorHotels values of Innovation, Respect, Trust, Spirit of Conquest and Performance.

Darren said: “I’m delighted to win this award and especially pleased for the staff that their efforts have been recognised through the brand award of the Year.”

 

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Novotel Ningaloo Newsletter - Summer Specials

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Nesting turtles will be seen on regular guided tours from the Jurabi Turtle Centre, an interpretive, educational facility, located within the Jurabi Coastal Park, 13 km from Exmouth township. 

This area is a popular rookery for three threatened species of marine turtles – the Green (Chelonia mydas), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata).

By participating in a guided turtle interaction tour, you are actively helping to conserve marine turtles," said Darren Cossill, General Manager, Novotel Ningaloo.

For guided turtle interaction tour bookings and to check when the turtles are hatching please contact the Exmouth Visitor Centre (08) 9949 1176 or www.exmouthwa.com.au. Bookings are essential.

 

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Surf and Turf on Sunrise Beach

Whaleshark Festival Magic

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Swimming with the whale sharks, manta rays, and colourful fish are a bucket list adventure at Ningaloo. This year even the first humpbacks of the season appeared early for the Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival (May 21-24). The magnificent fringing reef runs 260km along the coast and provides a plentiful supply of krill for the annual return of the whale sharks. The world's largest living fish grow up to 18metres in length.

For those who didn't venture out to the reef the festival offered bands and entertainers including the Sunshine Brothers, Morgan Bain, 'Fingers' Mitch Cullen, James Abberley and Mike Elrington. 

The Gala Opening was a sell out.  Held by the Novotel Ningaloo Resort pool guests mingled under a starry sky or danced to the sounds of the Sunshine Brothers. They dined on delicacies created by chefs from the resort's award winning Mantaray's restaurant.

ASP Xtreme thrilled crowds with their motocross skills and their acrobatic displays riding their bikes high up into the air at Talanjee Oval on Saturday.

The Festival Finale was held at Exmouth Yacht Club with bands, entertainment, games and a mystical mime by stilt walkers from the Gascoyne in May Troupe. The artists portrayed the Ningaloo coast historical characters including the early sailors, settlers, and sea life brought to life under special lighting.

Surf and Turf on Sunrise Beach

Don't miss out next year! Keep checking www.ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com for details for 2016 (May 26 - 29) and check out this year's photos at www.facebook.com/ningaloowhalesharkfestival

Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival, Exmouth, May 21 – 24

Check out the full line up for the 2015 Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival which kicks off this Thursday, May 21.  

Get your tickets now to the Gala Opening at the Novotel Ningaloo and Morgan Bain at Grace's from the Exmouth Visitor CentreIdaho boutiqueNovotel Ningaloo Resort Exmouth or Grace's Tavern.

  • Thursday, May 21 Movies In the park at Federation Park 4.30pm –10.00pm. 
  • Friday, May 22  Gala Festival Opening at Novotel Ningaloo Resort 7.00pm–9.30pm. $90 per person.

Ticket includes an array of sumptuous delicacies, five drinks (beer, wine or soft drink) and entertainment.

This is an 18+ event.

Saturday, May 23  Festival Fun Day at Talanjee Oval, 8.30am – 5,30pm.

See full program http://www.ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com/2014-festival/event-times/

Saturday, May 23 Grace's Tavern 7.30pm– 12am Headline Act:  Morgan Bain

Supporting acts:  Mike Elrington and Cape Collective

$50 per person. This is an 18+ event.

Sunday, May 24 Big Day Out on Ningaloo Reef

7.30am Pick ups commence for a day out whale sharking with Exmouth's local whale shark swim tour operators.  

Special discounted price of $350/adult for today only.

Whaleshark Festival Sundowner Exmouth Yacht Club, 2.00pm–10.00pm.

Beach activities, activities for kids, entertainment see full program http://www.ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com/2014-festival/event-times/

Sunday Times Merv Hughes Fishing Trip

Win a trip for two to fish with Merv Hughes in Exmouth, staying at the fantastic Novotel Ningaloo for six nights, with The Sunday Times.

To go into the draw to be part of the Billfish, Bulldust and Big Guns trip from August 16-23 presented by Western Angler, simply send an email with your full contact details (name, address, phone number) to reservations@novotelningaloo.com.au

Limit of one entry per person. Put SUNDAY TIMES FISHING COMPETITION in the subject line. 

Prize is valued at $3100 and full terms and conditions can be found at http://novotelningaloo.com.au/novotel-ningaloo-blog.html drawn on April 30 and will be notified by Novotel Ningaloo.

Terms and Conditions:

 In the event the Merv Hughes Fishing Trip is cancelled the winner would receive a voucher for 6 nights accommodation in a standard room (for two people) and a cooked breakfast in Mantaray's restaurant each morning.

The accommodation cannot be taken in WA school holidays, is subject to availability and must be taken before August 30, 2015.

 

Check out the concert to be held poolside at Novotel Ningaloo Sunday, October 27

The Crossing Roper - Bar Tour 2013

An extraordinary cross-cultural music concert performance under the stars, by the sea

  • $40 Standard, $30 Concession,
  • $70 Premium*, Family $90, Under 5 Free
  • Tickets: Idaho Boutique,
  • Novotel Ningaloo Resort, Visitors Centre

    *Premium Reserved Seating and post event function

Electrifying marriage of the very old with the very new, Crossing Roper Bar 2013 is a celebration of country, of ceremony, and of the power of music to build enduring bridges across cultures, time and space.

Crossing Roper Bar is a visionary exploration of the music traditions of Australia's first people by the Australian Art Orchestra in collaboration
with the Wägilak Songmen from Ngukurr, south east Arnhem Land. The collaboration extends in 2013 to include legendary Broome-based musician Stephen Pigram.

  • Benjamin Wilfred
    Wägilak Songman and didgeridoo
  • David Wilfred
    Wägilak Songman and didgeridoo
  • Daniel Wilfred
    Wägilak Songman and dancer
  • Peter Knight
    Trumpet
  • Stephen Pigram
    Singer, guitarist
  • Stephen Magnusson
    Guitar
  • Rajiv Jayaweera
    Drums/percussion
  • Chris Hale
    Bass Guitar

Full details at crbtour13.tura.com.au

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