About The Rowley Shoals

Please see below for 2017  7 day 8 night Dive and Snorkel Cruises

  • 2017 October 7th  to 15th – Places available
  • 2017 October 25th to November 2nd – Places available

The Rowley Shoals National Marine Park a days cruise and 250 km west of Broome you find the Rowley Shoals, a scuba diving site that must rank among the most ‘remote’ and pristine marine areas in the world.

We offer a small group diving and snorkeling liveaboard experience.

The Cabin configurations are as follows;

Class 1 : : Exterior double bed with en-suites, writing desk, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 13, 14 Port side and 17, 18 Starboard side are on the mid deck. 

Class 2: Interior doubles with en-suites, personal DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge Cabins are on the main deck.

Class 3 : Interior king single bunks with en-suites, writing desk, personal DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 15 & 16 are on the mid deck. 

Class 4 : Exterior double bed with shared facilities on mid deck, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 20 (port side)  and 23 (starboard side) are on the mid deck. 

Class 5 : Interior double bed with DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Shared facilities located on the main deck.

Class 6  : Exterior King single bunk beds with shared facilities, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 1 and 19 are port side and 9, 24 are on the starboard side 

Class 7:Exterior single bunk beds with DVD player, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 10 and 2 are on the main deck.

Places are $3500 per person

The coral atolls of the Rowley Shoals are famed for their almost untouched coral gardens, giant clams and other shell fish. Giant potato cod and maori wrasse wait to be hand fed and follow scuba divers around, while colourful reef fish show little fear, and trevally, mackerel and tuna hover in schools. Over 200 species of coral and 650 species of fish inhabit the Rowley Shoals – including many species not found on near shore coral reefs as well as humpback whales, manta rays, hammerhead sharks and other large reef species. At last count there where at least 28 species of staghorn coral alone. The coral and fish communities of the Rowley Shoals are unique in their composition, and relative abundance. The species themselves are more characteristic of south-east Asian reefs than other Western Australian reefs.

The Rowley Shoals rank among the most remote and pristine marine areas in the world where you can enjoy scuba diving holidays in a diverse and exciting diving environment. Lying on the very edge of Australia’s continental shelf, the Rowley Shoals are regarded as the best example of shelf atolls in Australian waters, and this is one of the reasons many consider the Rowley Shoals to be a scuba diving experience unmatched anywhere else in the world. The Rowley Shoals are subjected to a high tidal range, with 4 metre plus tides, flowing into and out of the reefs. The ebb and flow of these large volumes of water has helped to sculpt the reefs into dramatic formations. The tidal movement also hosts the most thrilling drift and snorkel dives through the channels.

Activities

Come and enjoy the Rowley Shoals Diving Cruise:

    • Scuba Diving
    • Bird Watching of rare species
    • Beach combing the coral atolls
    • snorkeling on the abundant sheltered reefs
    • Swimming and Surfing
    • Fishing

Fishing is not permitted at Mermaid Reef. You can however fish at Clerke and Imperieuse Reefs, although potato cod, maori wrasse, coral trout, Queensland cod (groper) and all shellfish within 1.6 km of the reefs are fully protected.

The outside walls of the Rowley Shoals are alive with soft corals in every imaginable colour. At low tide the water becomes trapped within the reef walls with the water flowing over the atoll walls like waterfalls. At high tide, the reefs disappear beneath the sea, with only the sandy islands of Clerke and Imperieuse visible. The Rowley Shoals give you the opportunity to experience a diverse array of scuba diving environments including, lagoons, canyons, high speed drift dives and sheer outer reef wall dives. Often touted as the world’s last great ‘underwater wilderness’, the Rowley Shoals offer some of the most remote scuba diving within Australia. Scuba diving holidays and expeditions to this pristine location operate several times a year. The best time of year for a scuba diving holiday will be from June to November. We depart from Broome at sunset and arrive at the Rowley Shoals in time for morning tea. Our Cruises are 6 and 7 days in duration but we can tailor cruises to suit your requirements. For scuba dive bookings to this fascinating diving destination just contact us on 1300 874 707

What We Supply

What we supply

    • All your catering whilst on board
    • All your linen, including towels
    • Tanks and weight belts
    • All air fills

We have a Computers so you can download and view pictures and videos or you may choose to bring along your own. We will have a dive master on board, two dive compressors, oxygen, oxiviva and a first aid kit.

Guests must supply their own

  • Wetsuits – 3mm suits are best
  • Mask, snorkel and fins – please ensure you have spare straps
  • BCD, Regulator
  • Dive Computers are mandatory, please ensure yours is in good working order and you have a spare battery.
  • Safety sausage, Cyalume stick, Dive torch, Camera etc

Please have all equipment serviced and checked before your trip, we have limited spares. This is adventure diving at its best and as such we recommend divers be at least Advanced standard or equivalent, however if you are less qualified but experienced and confident come along we’ll look after you.

Some equipment can be hired in from us, please be sure to book in advance.

Travel insurance is strongly recommended, we are diving in a very remote area.

 

From $3,200pp

 2017 CRUISE DATES!

  • 2017 October 7th  to 15th – Places available
  • 2017 October 25th to Nov 2nd – Places available

    2018  CRUISE DATES!

  • 2018 October 22nd  to 29th – Places available
  • 2018 November  4th to Nov 12th – Places available

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