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Dive Abrolhos Islands

The Abrolhos Islands are located 60 kms west of Geraldton’s shores in Western Australia.

It is an amazing archipelago consisting of 122 islands clustered into three main groups the Wallaby, Easter and Pelsart Group, which network over an expansive 100 kms of ocean.

The islands boast an extensive range of marine life, thanks to a unique mix of tropical and temperature marine species. The unique coral reef formations and spectacular coral gardens make for magnificent scuba diving and snorkeling while the prolific fish life abounds making for excellent fishing.

History
The Abrolhos Islands are also rich in maritime history. The islands were quickly named by the early mariners, “abre os olhos” Abrolhos, meaning “open the eyes”. Wrecks are littered throughout the islands, a reminder just how hazardous these waters once were. The best known being that of the Dutch East India Company vessel Batavia(1629), wrecked on Morning Reef near Beacon Island. While Commander Pelsaert and 44 of his men took the ship’s tender to Jakarta for help, fighting and mutiny erupted on the Islands. Jeronimus Cornelisz had more than 130 men, women and children murdered. When Pelsart returned he captured the prepetrators had them trialled and they were hung.

The Batavia and the Zeewijk are the best known shipwrecks at the Abrolhos. There have been around 18 other historic shipwrecks that have been discovered around the Abrolhos waters.

Fauna
Many species of breeding sea bird colonies keep the skies dancing with entertainment, whilst the protected waters are a haven for marine mammals such as the sun basking sea lines, bottlenose dolphins and migratory whales. Swell lines wrapping left and right around the islands make quality surfing locations possible in a variety of weather conditions.

Abrolhos Island Charters operates from March out of Geraldton, which is situated 424kms north of Perth in Western Australia.

We pride ourselves on our local knowledge of the area and our guests enjoyment, comfort and safety are of the utmost importance to us which is why many continue to return on our charters year after year.

Adventure tours to the Abrolhos are our specialty. Our tours include eco tours, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, surfing and bird watching. Or if you would like to view the spectacular sights underwater, our dive charters are for you. We also cater to research and scientific study groups.

We can individually design tours to satisfy all your preferred marine activities.
Our Crew
Our crew have all lived or worked the Abrolhos Islands as professional fisherman and we pride ourselves on maintaining the pristine enviroment in which we operate. We will take you to the best fishing grounds, surf spots and spectacular diving trails or just a cruise around all the historical sites that are the Abrolhos Islands.

Features

At Abrolhos Island Charters, we aim to provide our guests with the best facilities to ensure you have a comfortable and safe holiday.

Our boat, the Bella Del Tindari, is a 60ft Westcoater fibreglass vessel and decked out with everything you need. It’s equipped with:

•1000 HP Detriot twin turbo
•State of the art electronics
•Next G network mobile phone (24 hour access)
•Diver compressor
•2 RFD certified 25man and 6 man liferafts
•Overnight accommodation for 10 people
•4m zodiac tender
•2 dinghies

Facilities
•Air-conditioning
•A toilet and hot shower
•Convection microwave oven
•Food warmer
•Hot plate
•Fridges and freezers
•BBQ
•Iceboxes
•Fresh water
•Enclosed back deck
•Large table with seating
•Flat screen TV
•DVD
•CD player
•Facilities to plug your iPod
•Fishing rods and lines
•Dive Platform and ladder
All you need to bring is a sleeping bag or swag and pillow to put on top of the bed and a towel – all you need to make your adventure tour a sensational experience.
All meals are provided for and also include morning tea/afternoon tea. If you have any special dietary requirements please notify us prior and we will accomodate your needs.

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The Abrolhos islands are located 60kms west of Geraldton in Western Australia and have the most southern coral reefs in the world.

Water temperature during winter is around 20 – 22C and the visibility is known to be the best on the West Coast of Australia.

The unique coral reef formations, the spectacular coloured coral gardens and the abundance of fish life make for magnificent scuba diving and snorkeling. Not to mention the friendly sea lions, dolphins, stingrays, crayfish and large Samson fish you may encounter along the way.
Visit the site of the historic Batavia shipwreck which is situated off Beacon Island and dive on the remains of the vessels disastrous fate in 1629. Learn about the gruesome series of events that make up the rich history of the Abrolhos Islands.
We are aware of the energy you burn whilst diving and ensure you will not go hungry with plenty of top quality produce to keep you more than satisfied.

Please ensure you bring along your dive tickets.

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