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“Whale Shark swim and Ningaloo Reef Holiday”
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Sea Breeze Resort
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Exmouth
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“Whale Shark swim and Ningaloo Reef Holiday”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Whale Shark and Reef Holiday

We wanted an ecotourism holiday, during the April school holidays and in the planning we discovered Ningaloo Reef and the swim with the whale sharks, this was our main aim for visiting Exmouth in WA. We were unfortunately on a schedule, because our stay was dictated by the availability of flights in and out. We booked a package for 4 days and 3 nights it was full on [5:30 flight out of Perth, 7:30 at Exmouth gave us a full first day]: the beautiful thing about the Sea Breeze Resort is that their aim is to make your stay as memorable as possible, with above all a relaxing atmosphere. They organised airport transfers, a hire car [which is essential if you are planning any excursions not using tour operators], continental breakfast and our tours. Upon arrival we were collected at 9;30 for a glass bottom boat tour of the reef, which was a great intro and then the Snorkel with the whale sharks the next day which has to be experienced to be believed [this experience by itself was worth the 2 days of flights] Fantastic! The range of nationalities converging here was quiet extraordinary, the rest of the world knows about this place and we found it accidently. Having your own cooking facilities was a possible bonus for families, but we went into town bought supplies and used the resort bar-b-q each night. Transport was also available to take you into town to restaurants. Nothing was too hard for them. Would we go back, most certainly. The one thing that disappointed me was that I did not see a Manta ray while snorkelling on the reef, maybe next time, we were told July is supposed to be even better with the addition of the Whales coming through and maybe dugongs? Check it out!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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AxelExmouth, Owner at Sea Breeze Resort, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Thank you for your detailed review and to share your amazing experience with other Tripadvisor users. We do like to highlight that our Whale Shark Packages are the best value for you money and offers the best service and experience in Exmouth. So I guess we will see you back shortly as the Mantas have arrived and the Whale Shark Tours include an almost daily swim with the Mantas! Humpbacks are increasing in numbers and we are offering at the moment THE BIG 3!!!!
Whale Sharks, Mantas and Humpbacks in one day! The only place on the planet which claims that!
Thx again and see you back soon.
Cya Axel
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

My wife and I drove up from Perth and stayed here for a week. The resort is in a quiet location 5 km from downtown, close to the National Park. The building is a newly renovated military barrack with all the modern conveniences you need. Their bed was even more comfortable than our own bed at home. Although there are shuttles that pick up and drop off for all the tour guides and restaurants in town, a car is essential to get to the beaches and snorkel areas for Ningaloo Reef on your own. This is true no matter where you stay in Exmouth. We booked scuba diving, whalesharking and the snorkel package through the resort. There is a swimming pool and self-seve barbeque/picnic area on the premises. Every morning we enjoyed a continental breakfast as part of our stay. Fresh delicious coffee is available at any time during office hours. Nadja and the staff are very knowledgeable about the area, and aim to please their guests. This is one of the most hassle-free holidays we've ever spent. Our last day we watched a gorgeous sunset from the Exmouth light house. Some day we'll come back, and stay even longer.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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AxelExmouth, Owner at Sea Breeze Resort, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Thank you for the review and your kind words! I think if we have been taking care of your worries and you had a great relaxing time and good sleep, we have done our job well! Thank you for staying with us and we are looking forward to welcome you back soon!
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Axel
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

It's definitely a refurbished military building, but it doesn't pretend to be anything else. It is comfortable and tasteful, and the staff are just wonderful. Our 5 night package was fully organised by the Sea Breeze staff and all we had to do was enjoy ourselves!! Breakfast in the morning was a lovely touch, and the whole trip was completely relaxing. Highly recommended for a hassle-free break.

Just be aware that it is a way out of town, so a car is imperative (though, to enjoy the area it really is anyway) - that did mean a nice, quiet place to have a good night's sleep, though!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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AxelExmouth, Owner at Sea Breeze Resort, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Thank you for the top and refined review. You sum it up very well! The Whale Shark Package is the best value and you just leave all the headaches to us and enjoyment to you! Simple really! Yes you need a car in Exmouth to get around, no matter where you are and being only 5km out of town is not a big deal really, but the wildlife and quiet nights are a big bonus.
Thank you also for pointing out that we are unique an unpretentious..... We are what we are, a big solid heritage listed EX US Naval Chie Officers Block with a big heart and top customer service.
Thanks and see you back again sometime.
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Axel
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We have just returned from an awesome weeks stay in Exmouth. We stayed at the old naval quarters just out of town, the old American Naval Base bachelors quarters has been converted into a very comfortable Best Western motel resort. The spacious well-appointed rooms allowed us to cook our meals and store our food in the rooms if we wished and, contained one of the most comfortable queen sized beds I’ve ever slept on in a motel or hotel. The building is heritage listed so it has been refurbished with that in mind so it’s not a really super flash 5 star motel but has been tastefully redecorated never less. The package deal we got (hire car, breakfast, accommodation and three Islands Whale Shark swim) was the best deal we could find in Exmouth. Plus there were the free extras-beach shelters and eskies with ice blocks, towels and snorkeling gear to borrow and unlimited tea, coffee etc. and a free comfortable shuttle service capably driven by Lynn to and from the airport and regularly through the day and evening into town. Breakfast was great toast, cereals and fresh fruit salad every morning, a great way to start the day sitting outside by the pool watching the wildlife- goannas, euros, emus and birds, nice to be away from the crowds in town. The staff could not have been more courteous and helpful, Nadja and Sina arranged our tours on the spot, making bookings answering questions, nothing was too hard for them to do for us. We read about the gentleman who complained about flooding in his room and would like to make the following observation. All the locals have said that was an exceptional rain event with almost cyclonic winds and rain. Many places in town and the National park were flooded and some of the campsites in the park will be closed for good they were that badly damaged. A lady in town said that some people will head to the old Naval Base buildings because they are built to withstand cyclones (and have in fact withstood a number of them since it was built in the 1960s) so you can’t be in a safer place should a high wind or rain event come through the area. When we next come up this way we will definitely be staying here again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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AxelExmouth, Owner at Sea Breeze Resort, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Thank you for the detailed review! We appreciate your kind words, which motivates us to do an even better job. The comment you are referring to has been removed by Tripadvisor as it violated several TA rules. I actually would not have mind it staying there, as it showcased how some guests are behaving in a challenging situation and an unexpected natural disaster event. They obviously needed a way to let of some steam and we don;t mind that. Violating TA rules however, is not on and we appreciate that TA has taken this review off. However, back to your review, we thank you for pointing out the amazing value of our packages and that you experienced Ningaloo at it;s best as expected and that you had a great night sleep in one or our great beds. We are changing gradually all our beds and maintaining them as good as we can. "Young" Lyn our driver, is fast becoming a legend here on TA, Mrs Schumacher, we call her! What a Darling she is and the rest of the Team is wonderful too. As you mentioned, nothing is too hard or impossible. Our goal is to make everybody's Ningaloo Experience as relaxing, enjoyable and memorable as possible. Hope to see you back soon and meet you myself. Thank you for staying with us and the time you put into this review. Much appreciated.
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Our stay was Hassle free, right from the start of being picked up from the airport we felt that nothing was going to be a problem staying with Seabreeze. Our room was lovely, staff friendly and welcoming. There was no hidden charges. 10 out of 10 :)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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AxelExmouth, Owner at Sea Breeze Resort, responded to this review, 25 May 2014
Thank you for your time to share your experience with other Tripadvisor users and point out that your package was hassle free! We are very thankful when our efforts are honored and it motivates the team when they get reassured that they are doing the right thing.
Thanks for choosing and staying at the BEST WESTERN Sea Breeze Resort and we hope to see you again.
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Axel
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Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

Nadja and Sina very lovely, helpful and both go out of their way to make our stay comfortable.
Hotel is slightly out of town but shuttle bus is convenient for pick up drop offs for dinner.
We were uncertain about taking up the offer of a hire car but on the insistence of the manager took up the offer. The staff certainly know best. Would be stuck without the car.
Thanks for everything Seabreeze!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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AxelExmouth, Owner at Sea Breeze Resort, responded to this review, 24 May 2014
Thank you for the nice review and pointing out that you need a car in Exmouth to enjoy it. It is THE most important thing in addition to your camera and snorkel gear... That the reason why we urge people to book our packages and let us take care of your stay in Exmouth and save!
Thx again and we hope you are coming back soon.
Cya Axel
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Peregian Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

We (three persons) stayed three nights in one of the executive studios. we can highly recommend the package including the rental car. We really enjoyed our stay there, especially Nadja and Sina from the staff have been very nice and helpful from the first booking contact on!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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AxelExmouth, Owner at Sea Breeze Resort, responded to this review, 24 May 2014
Thank you for your time and sharing your experience with other Tripadvisor users. Especially the kind words to our staff! We are very proud of our 4th Award of Excellence and thank you for choosing the package! We can not highlight this enough, it is the best value for your money and service. We hope to welcome you again when the Humpback Whales are here calving and bringing up their young ones for the first few weeks!
Thank you for this review and choosing Best Western Sea Breeze Resort.
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Axel
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Property: Sea Breeze Resort
Address: 116 North C Street, Exmouth, Western Australia 6707, Australia (Formerly BEST WESTERN Sea Breeze Resort)
Region: Australia > Western Australia > Exmouth
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Exmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sea Breeze Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Sea Breeze Resort Exmouth, a unique owner-operated resort located next to the Historic Naval Base just 5km north of Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. We are the closest resort to the Ningaloo Marine Park in Exmouth. Our resort was a former Chief Petty Officer Quarters of the US Navy and the Passeck Family "recycled" this building and turned it into one of the best resorts in Exmouth. With only 30 fully self-contained studios we are proud to offer personalized service to all of our visitors. Our facilities and services are unique which makes our resort the perfect place to stay in Exmouth for a couple, the family escape or for corporate guests. Our 30 studios are quiet and serviced daily. Each studio features a kitchenette with cook top, range hood, large 260 liter refrigerator, microwave with convection oven & grill. Guests can enjoy free WIFI, 8Ch Foxtel, Restaurant and airport transfers on request. ... more   less 
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