Experience the Abrolhos Islands in 3 days


 

We’re introducing our new Abrolhos Island 3-day tours into the schedule for 2020.

We’ve collated the best of the Abrolhos Islands and condensed it into 3-day tour so you can experience it all without the long boat trip there and back. You’ll catch a 40 minute flight to either Big Rat Island (South to North trip) or East Wallabi Island (North to South trip) then spend the next 3 days exploring all the best locations of the Abrolhos.

The most recent National Park to be named in Western Australia, Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park, boasts 125 islands and is the landing point of the famous Batavia Shipwreck. The Batavia wreck and the island where the notorious mutinies took place are both key stops on this 3 day trip.

Spend your days snorkeling pristine reefs, exploring untouched beaches, taking snaps of playful marine life, eating fresh seafood and learning all about the rich Abrolhos history. You’ll spend evenings socialising with other passengers, sipping WA premium wines and enjoying sunsets on the top deck with 360 degree panoramic views of the ocean.

Fly In & Out from Geraldton

In conjunction with Shine Aviation we are happy to offer flights from Geraldton to the Abrolhos Islands and return. A maximum of 14kg luggage per person is allowed on these flights.

Maximum Island time

Convenient in & out flights maximise your time on the Abrolhos Islands. That means more time for you to explore & enjoy! During your flight you will take in the amazing Geraldton City and coastline with views of the Abrolhos Islands and the stunning fringing reef systems.

Wish to spend more time on the islands? Limited 5 Days Fly In & Out Tours are available!

Check out the itinerary here:

 

3 DAY FLY in & OUT ITINERARY – Running North to South

DAY 0

The tour departs Geraldton airport at 2pm or 4pm and arrives at East Wallabi Island where the Eco Abrolhos crew will be waiting to welcome you.

The fly time is generally 40 minutes followed by a short tender transit to the Eco Abrolhos. First on the agenda will be the required safety briefings and induction. Weather permitting, you will enjoy sunset drinks ashore overlooking Turtle Bay and the setting sun. After dinner guests are encouraged to watch the Batavia Shipwreck and mutiny re-enactment documentary to learn what happened during Australia’s most infamous Shipwreck saga.

DAY 1

Your first activity of the day is to board the King Diver (40ft Cray fishing tender) and head off to pull the Cray pots. Watch the crew as they bring the pots onboard, help size and count the catch before the pots are re-baited and re-set.

After breakfast the Batavia history starts with a tour to West Wallabi Island to view Wiebbe Hayes’s Fort which is the first European building in Australia.

The tour includes a drive by of The Pidgeon Islands for a chance to learn about the area’s Cray Fishing industry.

The fort tour meanders inland past a Wallaby Corridor, bird life, lizards and possibly large Carpet Pythons before arriving at the 2 forts. The staff will show you a series of waterholes that kept the marooned soldiers alive.

After a crayfish lunch there will be a snorkeling option with either a snorkel on the Batavia shipwreck (weather permitting) or on the snorkel trail at Turtle Bay. For non-snorkelers there is the option of a glass bottom boat tour.

DAY 2

After a crayfish lunch there will be a snorkeling option with either a snorkel on the Batavia shipwreck (weather permitting) or on the snorkel trail at Turtle Bay. For non-snorkelers there is the option of a glass bottom boat tour.

After lunch we move the Eco Abrolhos south to the Easter Group. One of our options is to visit Morley Island. This island has many things to see and do. The area is a Sea Lion hotspot with the resident colony of females and young pups lazily stretched out on the sandy foreshore. It’s not uncommon for them to join the guests for a swim as they snorkel around the snorkel trail. This is a very popular snorkel site for guests catering to all snorkeling abilities.

The area is also home to the Lesser Noddy – one of the world’s rarest birds. They will have returned to roost during the summer so this is the best time of the year to see them. The island is a great place to sunbake, swim, enjoy a glass-bottom boat ride, relax, or walk along the sandy foreshore.

An option is to move the Eco Abrolhos to our Rat Island mooring and go ashore for sunset drinks on Little Sandy Island. This tiny island is host to one of the biggest Sea Lion colonies in the Abrolhos with up to 20 sealions returning for the night. It makes a for a fantastic sight as they come out of the water and dance to the Van Morrison tunes we have playing for us – and them…  The spit at the end of the island is normally covered with over 20 species of birds that have also returned for the night. It makes for excellent viewing and photography with the setting sun.

DAY 3

After your last pot pull and another hearty hot breakfast, the Eco Abrolhos moves over to either Leo’s Island or Wooded Island. The Wooded Island walk showcases nesting birds in the mangrove area & one of our favorite snorkeling sites – the squid hole. Getting in and out by tender is also a lot of fun as it’s very shallow and the super clear water makes for amazing viewing.

After your last pot pull and another hearty hot breakfast, the Eco Abrolhos moves over to either Leo’s Island or Wooded Island. The Wooded Island walk showcases nesting birds in the mangrove area & one of our favorite snorkeling sites – the squid hole. Getting in and out by tender is also a lot of fun as it’s very shallow and the super clear water makes for amazing viewing.

After lunch we take you on a drive by tour of the Rat Island Group. This area was home to the Eco’s owners cray fishing camps and so there are a lot of stories to tell. If they are around, we will meet some of the colorful locals. There are millions of birds roosting on the Rat Islands during the spring & summer months.

After the tour we will take you ashore at Big Rat Island which has the largest airstrip in the Abrolhos Islands. Then it will be time to say goodbye as you board your flight back to Geraldton.

 

*Disclaimer: Due to the seasonal demersal finfish closure fishing is not available on these tours. You won’t lack for fresh seafood as we are still able to crayfish!