Shore Thing Catamaran, Australia

Excellent food and drinks

“The variety of coral is breathtaking. So great to see a reef that is still thriving. Lots of big fish like sharks, rays, and group…”

DG W, United States United States
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  • Purpose-built catamaran to offer comfort and unique sailing holidays
  • A choice of accommodation options to suit varying budgets
  • Shallow draft to access the many spectacular inner reef lagoons that other boats can't get to
  • Ideal for divers and snorkellers to explore world-heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
  • Experience encounters with an array of marine life
  • Accredited award-winning eco-tourism owner-operated vessel

The Shore Thing catamaran offers snorkellers and divers an opportunity to explore one of the world’s most exciting, remote, and pristine coral reef systems. Tours range from 3, 5 & 8 nights, and Coral Bay is one of the most reliable places in the world to see and swim with Manta Rays; you also have a great chance of snorkeling and diving with reef sharks, marine turtles, and rays, as well as observing humpback whales (June – Oct), dolphins and the mysterious dugong. Tours offer a combination of snorkeling and diving activities, as this is the best way to experience everything the fringing Ningaloo Reef has to offer.

Topside, the Shore Thing liveaboard caters to a maximum 10 guests, ensuring a unique experience aboard. There are 4 cabins available; 2 Staterooms with private ensuite facilities and 2 Deluxe Double cabins with private facilities located just outside the cabins. Guests can relax in the indoor saloon & dining room or out on the deck to enjoy the sea breeze and stunning views.

The Shore Thing is owner-operated to deliver unforgettable experiences of Australia's Coral Coast. Book online today to reserve space and start your Australian West Coast adventure.

Please Note: Shared Airport Transfers, Whale shark (Mar-Jul) & Humpback whale (Jun-Oct) day swim tours, and Dive Hire equipment are not included in Tour pricing. Please inquire about these optional extras.

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Included: VAT, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (100-140 AUD per trip), Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Rental Gear (150-370 AUD), Scuba Diving Courses (100-200 AUD).

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Full-board Option
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Length 51 feet
  • Beam 27 feet
  • Max guests 10
  • Number of cabins 4
  • Number of bathrooms 4

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm

Shore Thing Reviews

  • 9.7 Exceptional
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • DG W
  • United States United States
Awesome three days in Coral Bay!

The variety of coral is breathtaking. So great to see a reef that is still thriving. Lots of big fish like sharks, rays, and groupers, but the wobegongs, cuttlefish, and octopus were my favorites. Several spots had interesting pass-throughs and giant coral configurations. On board everything was well set-up and the staff were excellent all round. Food was wonderful, including fresh baked bread!

Recommended for
The diving/snorkeling was amazing and the food was awesome. The staff were super friendly, knowledgeable, and professional.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Stephen B
  • Australia Australia
Our trip exploring Ningaloo Reef on Shore Thing exceeded expectations. If it's not on your bucket list, cross off something else and put it at the top.

Without doubt, Ningaloo Reef and its marine life: innumerable small fish every colour of the spectrum, shy cuttlefish, rays of all sizes, close up sharks (black tip, white tip, wobbies, reef), bottlenose dolphins playing tag, turtles, mother and calf humpback whales frolicking near us for 30 minutes while we were under full sail, the glorious sunrise/sunsets. Oh, did I nearly forget the faultless crew? You get the idea.

Recommended for
Number 1: The knowledgable and hardworking crew: Tiana, Bonny and Luke were terrific. Number 2: Ningaloo Reef - beyond wonderful. Number 3: our co-guests were great: low maintenance, easy going, up for everything, considerate of others.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Graeme A
  • Australia Australia
West Coast Snorkel

Watching the behavior of the sharks at the cleaning station

Recommended for
The crew, location, boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Glenn W
  • Australia Australia
Our Shore Thing Ningaloo Escape delivered experiences with diverse marine life in the pristine waters of Coral Bay.

The relaxed comfort of the catamaran was a perfect setting for carefully planned and cooked meals. The service of the crew anticipated guests needs and professionally briefed and prepared group for all water activities. The crew’s knowledge of the reef highlighted experiences with the ocean and abundance of macro and micro marine life. The Captain calmly communicated to guests daily plans and expertly navigated the vessel to ensure experiences with marine environment were memorable. It was truly a “Ningaloo Escape”and immersion in this exceptional pristine environment. The crews flexibility ensured all guests needs were catered for and professional photography created beautiful reminders of the Liveaboard experience. We look forward to returning for a “Shore Thing Ningaloo Escape”.

Recommended for
The welcoming friendliness of the crew, professionalism and support with all diving and snorkelling activities and intimate knowledge of the environment.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anna L
  • Australia Australia
The friendly and knowledgeable crew, the delicious and plentiful food and the amazing location made this a trip we'll never forget.

Snorkelling with manta rays, the shark cleaning station, sailing and wildlife spotting, the wonderful crew, getting so much time in the water.

Recommended for
The crew were genuinely friendly and nothing was too much for them. The snorkeling was amazing, full of wonder and delight. The food was so delicious, freshly baked bread on board a boat blew my expectations out of the water.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Miko M
  • Australia Australia
Would go again

The trip from start to finish was a great experience from the crew interaction, the other passengers on the boat, everything we saw under and above the water, food and service and all round comfort of the trip.

Recommended for
Knowledge and friendliness of crew. Abundance of marine life. Onboard menu.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Teresa V
  • Canada Canada
Incredible experience!!!

-watching whales breaching during sunset -finding manta rays unexpectedly and snorkeling with them -seeing all the different wild marine life (leopard shark, baby tiger shark, manta rays, whales) -enjoying the sea and relaxing on the boat with good company and crew

Recommended for
Staff, food, and the whole experience in general