Monte Bello and Mackeral Islands – 8 Day Expedition

The Night Before: 6 – 8pm

Your crew are looking forward to meeting you at Exmouth Marina where you can board your vessel, the Odyssey, between 6 and 8pm. Settle into your cabin for the evening. Enjoy a drink on the upper deck within the marina. You can either BYO or purchase your alcoholic beverages from our very reasonably priced bar. (Meals are not available onboard tonight so please make the most of the town facilities.)

Day 1: 6:00 am Depart Exmouth Marina

We’ll cruise out of the Exmouth Marina while you enjoy a hearty breakfast either inside the café style setting or in fresh air alfresco style area. After breakfast you can watch a DVD movie, enjoy the sea air and views from the fly bridge or have a nap in your cabin as we cruise north for about two hours towards our first stop at the Muiron Islands. Here we’ll have morning tea and view a major turtle breeding and nesting ground. Spend the morning enjoying your choice of activity. Be it diving, snorkeling, beach walking, fishing, surfing or photography.

After lunch we’ll cruise further north towards Barrow Island. On our way north we pass along the edge of the continental shelf where on a good day we can spot all manner of pelagic species including manta rays, dolphins, feeding frenzies of sharks, tuna, mackerel, dolphin fish and feeding sea birds. We should arrive at our safe over night anchorage off the bottom end of Barrow Island by dusk. We’ve often a chance to spot the feeding tawny nurse sharks in the evening light.

Day 2: Barrow Island shoals then onto the Montibello Islands

Up early for a morning snorkel or fish on Barrow Island shoals. Swim with countless tropical fish over beautiful coral outcrops thoughout the shallows around Barrow island or try your luck, and your lure choice, on the many monster coral trout. Very tasty on the BBQ.

After a invigorating morning we’ll cruise north towards the Montibellos. On the way we’ll drag a high speed lure or two to see if we can pick up a trout or tuna or even a big Spanish mackerel

Day 3 to 5: Exploring the Montibello Islands

For those wanting to make the most of our stay in this amazing group of islands we can start the day with an early morning swim. We’ll take you ashore to one off the many perfect beaches for a walk and a dip in safe, calm, clear waters.

The Montis hold many attraction for us – from fishing the shallows and the tidal inlets to the deep water for Emperor. We’ll take daily snorkeling and diving expeditions to the beautiful coral gardens, giving us the chance to extract a tropical cray for the dinner table. Top off the day with a sun-downer on the beach and greet the many female turtles as they lumber up the beach to lay their eggs. Walk to the sites of the three 1952 atomic bomb tests. We can look at the relics that were left by the British army to test the impact of these massive blasts, then wonder as to how nature has returned the islands to their former glory.

Day 6: Departing the Montibello Islands to the Mackerel Islands

A fresh morning dip at another beautiful untouched beach before we head off to the Mackerel Islands. We can trawl a lure as we head south. We should pull in a few coral trout from the shallows and mackerel from the deeper waters. We’ll have an over night anchorage in the shelter of one of the many islands.

Day 7: Discover the Mackerel Islands then overnight to Thevenard Island

We’ll discover several perfect beaches, coral reefs to snorkel and new sites to explore and fish as we cruise our way through the Mackerel Islands. We plan to arrive at Thevenard Island by about 5pm. For many years now a very comfortable beach camp has been established. We’ll go ashore and make use of the swimming pool and recreation facilities. In the evening we’ll watch for turtles as they sneak ashore while the crew on Thevenard cook us a very tasty BBQ dinner. Back to our floating home for another good nights sleep.

Day 8: Depart Thevenard to Long Island then onto Exmouth.

A hearty breakfast to start the day as our skipper takes us to the lovely beaches of Long Island. Relax in the sands with perhaps a glass of champagne and reflect on the last 8 days of your “1000 island Odyssey”.

Swim or walk these white sandy beaches. We board our vessel for the last time and make our way to Exmouth. Now is the time to swap your details with the crew and your friends aboard the Odyssey. We should arrive at 6pm within the sleepy Exmouth Marina.

Please note our landings and activities are planned around the tides. We endeavour to optimise each trip to suit your preferences and tidal conditions. We ask you use our itineraries as a guide only.
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