Accommodation the evening pre-cruise if required can be arranged if your Cruise departs out of Geraldton.
Please arrive before 9 pm to sleep aboard. We require prior arrangement in preparation for your arrival. Accommodation is additional at $35.00 per person.
Day 1: 6am Welcome aboard Reef Prince
The expedition vessel Reef Prince will be waiting for you within the Geraldton Marina. Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to departure Your crew are waiting to greet you aboard Reef Prince. Let them help you settle into your new home for the next 5 days. After a safety briefing we depart for the islands at 6am. Keep a watch from one the 3 decks for Whales, Dolphins & seabirds on the crossing to the Abrolhos Islands. We drop anchor within the shelter of the Southern Group to enjoy a tasty breakfast. You will then have the opportunity to snorkel, dive or walk upon and discover the coral atolls or go fishing for dinner. Cruise past square island and view a Sealion colony on our way to Pelsaert Island to discover an amazing number of resident and visiting seabirds. This afternoon we’ll make our way to the Coral Patches for more amazing diving and snorkeling. Or you may wish to relax on the upper decks and watch the sun go down with a glass of your favorite.
Day 2: Easter Group for the evening
After Breakfast we head off to Whales Bay – Baldchin Groper, Coral Trout, Dhu Fish, Shark and Mackerel. This is serious country for the advanced diver and keen fisherman. Rolling hills of colourful plate and staghorn coral provide the backdrop for plenty of large and very tasty species. Snorkelers certainly aren’t forgotten. Nearly all our dive sites can be equally enjoyed by snorkel as the coral atolls are such that they rise to the surface making safe snorkelling a pleasure. Teams of brilliant reef fish. Crystal clear tropical water. If the fishermen have been successful, tonight we shall enjoy a succulent seafood spread.
Day 3: Discover the Secrets of the Easter group.
The Easter group of islands is home to scores of breeding seabirds, sea lions, Minke whales and the “Anemone Lump”. The size of a football field rising up from 45m up to 4m, the Anemone lump must harbour one of the widest range of fi sh species. Tropical and temperate; pelagic and resident; delicate and powerful, this piece of deep blue ocean will leave you speechless. There is no need to travel the world looking for a favourite dive site. Easily one of the best dives in Australia. In the afternoon we head to Eagles Nest Island. If you can drag your self away from the playful sea lions, slip down past the defensive lines of coral trout, weave around the tangled staghorn coral, you’ll be greeted by gardens of plate coral hiding all manner of reef fish. If your suitably qualified you’ll be in about 28 meters now and cruising comfortable drift along the surface bathing themselves within a rainbow of living colour.
Day 4: From the Easter Group to the Wallaby Islands and the Batavia
Abre Os Olhos. Open The Eyes. Unfortunately many early mariners didn’t, allowing these low lying coral atolls to take many lives. Eighteen known wrecks litter the islands as a stark reminder and testament to even modern-day skippers. Wrecked in 1629 on morning reef, the Batavia provides the reason why so many travellers are drawn to the Abrolhos. Lying in 4-6m of clear water, both divers and snorkellors will soon be drawn to the outline of the hull together with plenty of cannons and anchors. All remain as a reminder of the gruesome tale these waters have helped write. One of our experienced guides will happily snorkel or dive with you to ensure you don’t miss a bit. Being open to the wind and swell the Batavia is not always accessible. Afterward we take you to the Islands where we will tell you the tales of the survivors and the mutineers. This afternoon we cruise past Fish Point on our way into Turtle Bay for the evening. Fish point is a great dive with depths from 4 – 13m, plenty of channels and swim throughs cut in a reef teeming with life, fish point promises a great dive for beginners, experienced divers and free divers. Located just outside the protected beautiful Turtle Bay, Fish Point is rarely affected by currents allowing visibility to range from 10 to 25m. We will moor overnight in beautiful Turtle Bay and watch the sunset whilst you enjoy happy hour.
Day 5: The Wallabi Islands.
Fisheries Long Island Dive trail. Located in a protected along the base of a coral atoll. Snorkelers can enjoy the Reef Observation Area – the fisheries department have a placed a series of plaques in a 125m trail, pointing out the features of the local inhabitants. Coral trout, Sandy the turtle, a 1000 year old Porites coral, sheltering Western Rock Lobster along side butterfly fish. Each plaque contains a colourful illustration by artist Kelle Merritt. Or we may wish to have a drift dive, making use of the gentle , arriving currents through Goss Passage. This spectacular dive in the clear warm waters that run along the walls of this channel will insist you return for more. Keep a close eye on your depth, this can be a serious dive. With some of the best visibility at the islands a gaze into the depths will often reveal a curious pelagic keeping a distant eye on you. After a late leisurely lunch we will up anchor and say good bye to the Abrolhos and head back to Geraldton.
* Please note: Times and locations will vary to make the most of weather conditions. Our landings and activities are planned around the conditions. We endeavour to optimise each trip to suit your preferences and weather conditions. We ask you use our itineraries as a guide only.