ABROLHOS ISLANDS – Small vessel & Coral Coast exploration

We have secured an allotment for 10 to 12 passengers on the vessel which holds a maximum of 34 passengers

Contact Glenn at The Travellers Hut for details on 43 63 1699 or email Glenn@thetravellershut.com.au

11 Day ~ 10 Night Itinerary Overview

ABROLHOS Cruise Vessel

Upgrade to Bridge Deck Deluxe King $ 524 per person ~ Upgrade to Main Deck Deluxe King for $ 524 per person.

Contact Glenn at The Travellers Hut for details on 43 63 1699 or email Glenn@thetravellershut.com.au

Refer to the normal Tikka Tours terms and conditions.

11 Day ~ 10 Night Detailed Itinerary

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ABROLHOS ISLANDS CRUISE & CORAL COAST EXPLORATION 11 Days/ 10 nights
12th – 22nd February, 2022
Ex Geraldton

DAY 1 – 12 FEBRUARY 2022 ARRIVE GERALDTON

On arrival into Geraldton, you will be transferred to your hotel in time to check-in and meet back up with the group for your welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant. (D)
Overnight 
– The Gerald Apartment Hotel (studio room)

DAY 2 – 13 FEBRUARY 2022 GERALDTON
Geraldton is rich in West Australian culture and history and has slowly become more and more popular as a must-visit tourist destination north of Perth. The welcoming town is located right on the beachfront and has a range of water and inland activities available.

Today your tour of Geraldton will cover must see sights like HMAS Sydney II Memorial, Point Moore Lighthouse, St Francis Xavier Cathedral, just to name a few as you follow some of the Geraldton Heritage Trails. Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon, followed by dinner at the hotel(B,D)
Overnight – The Gerald Apartment Hotel (studio room)

DAY 3 – 14 FEBRUARY 2022 GERALDTON TO MONKEY MIA
Departing Geraldton you will head towards your destination of Monkey Mia, stopping along the way at Hutt Lagoon. Sometimes bright bubblegum pink, sometimes lilac, and occasionally even red, the waters of Hutt Lagoon can be an extraordinary sight.

Then off through Kalbarri National Park, one of Western Australia’s bestknown parks, with its scenic gorges through redand white banded sandstone and its soaring coastal cliffs. You will also stop along the way at Hamelin Pool in the Shark Bay World Heritage area, which boasts the most diverse and abundant examples of living marine stromatolites, or living fossils, in the world, monuments to life on Earth over 3500 million years ago. After arriving into Monkey Mia, you will have the rest of the day to relax. Meet up for dinner at Dolphin Resort (B,D)
Overnight – RAC Dolphin Resort (beach view room)

DAY 4 – 15 FEBRUARY 2022 MONKEY MIA
Dolphin feedings 
take place up to three times between 7:45 am and 12:00 pm every day onthe beach at Monkey Mia. The dolphins don’t have set feeding times, so the exact time theyappear varies from day to day. Days when no dolphins appear are extremely rare – the reserve has a 99% dolphin attendance rate year-round!

The rest of the day you can relax and soak up the atmosphere of the resort or do some local touring with the guide. Dinner will be at the Dolphin Resort (B,D)
Overnight – RAC Dolphin Resort (beach view room)

DAY 5 – 16 FEBRUARY 2022 MONKEY MIA – GERALDTON – EMBARK CRUISE After departing Monkey Mia, you will head off to Shell Beach which is one of only two beaches in the world that is made entirely of shells. This iconic stretch of beach is over 60km long and has a depth of 7-10 metres of shell under your feet, as you walk closer to the shore you will be taken back by the beauty of this beach where bright white tiny sea shells meet the calm aqua coloured ocean waters snacks are also welcomed.

You will then continue back down to Geraldton, where upon arrival, you will board your home for the next 5 nights, the family ownedand run ‘’Eco-Abrolhos’’ cruise boat (B,D) * This departure is one of their specially created‘’WA WINE & FOOD ‘’ departures, which showcases some of Western Australia’s best wines, to accompany the diverse range of fresh seafood and other locally sourced produce that you will be served daily. This will be a gourmet extravaganza out at sea! Overnight – Eco Abrolhos

DAY 6 – 17 FEBRUARY 2022 ABROLHOS ISLANDS CRUISE

Depart Fishermans Wharf in Geraldton at 6.00am.
Continental Breakfast, tea, coffee and morning tea is available on the 5-hour cruise to the Southern Group Islands. Arrive at the coral patches at the north eastern corner of the ‘’Southern Group’’ and drop anchor. This area is a sanctuary and is home to an abundance of fish and corals. You will have a snorkelling brief then time for snorkelling, otherwise you can enjoy a glass bottom tour. Weigh anchor and steam to Post Office Island & Basile Island whilst lunch is being served. Now is a good time to set our cray pots ready for a pick up on the way out in the morning.

Head ashore to visit Latitude or Pelsaert Pearl farms. These 2 Islands are shared by the cray fishermen and pearl farm operators and are a good insight into both industries. Back on board we make our way to Pelsaert Island to anchor for the night.


During our voyages between islands we will have a lure out off the stern of the ship in case we can pick up a yellow fin tuna or a spanish mackerel for dinner. If we still have time, we cantake a look on the island which is the site of the guano miners jetty built back in the early 1900’s,also a haven for nesting migratory sea birds in the thousands with up to 100 varieties scattered throughout these islands. Dolphins are usually at play in the turquoise waters inside the reef , so a quick trip in the glass bottom is the best way to see them.


Arrive back on Eco Abrolhos for pre-dinner nibbles and sunset drinks on the top deck.
Dinner in the dining room with a selection of seafood (or other choices if you do not eat seafood). During the evening there are movies of Abrolhos and the Batavia Mutiny, as well as a large variety of Hollywood classics. On the back deck we fish for bait and squid while watching the schools of fish dance in the spot light. School sharks and dolphins also come in chasing the bait fish and squid for their dinner. (B,L,D)
Overnight – Eco Abrolhos

DAY 7 – 18 FEBRUARY 2022 ABROLHOS ISLANDS CRUISE

Breakfast available from 7am.
Weigh anchor and head north west to the Easter Group.
On our way out from Southern Group we pull our 4 cray pots.
If weather permits, we can also drop a line briefly to catch a fish for dinner.
Arrive at Easter group and drop anchor at Wooded Island. Morning tea is served.
This Island is heavily populated with sea birds with a couple of resident osprey , nesting close to shore.


The Squid Hole is also at one end of Wooded Island, here we snorkel in this well protected hole between two islands and if we are lucky we can catch some squid for dinner. Wooded Island is a good walk to view the bird havens, mangroves and inland lakes.


Back on board for lunch then a casual cruise past Roma, Little Rat & Big Rat Islands, which are only habited from March until August each year by the cray fishermen during the season.
Off the north west corner of Big Rat Island lays our mooring, nestled in a sand hole surrounded by coral reefs. Here we can take the tenders and do a range of activities dependent on weather currents and tides.

Activities include:
Glass bottom boating
Snorkelling
View the sea lion colony on Little Sandy Island
Visit Big Rat Island crayfishing community with a walk or by tender
Fishing in the lagoons inside the reef to catch dinner
Set the cray pots ready to pull the next day
Relax on board and read a book or watch DVDs about Abrolhos History and the Batavia

Mutiny

Afternoon snacks & drinks on the top deck at Sunset. Dinner served around 7.30pm in the dining room. Story time and picture viewing after dessert. (B,L,D) Overnight – Eco Abrolhos

DAY 8 – 19 FEBRUARY 2022 ABROLHOS ISLANDS CRUISE

Cooked breakfast starting from 7.30am.
Pull the cray pots. This morning we carry on with activities missed previously. 10.00am morning tea. Leisure time followed by 12.30pm lunch. After lunch we take a slow cruise through theEaster group of Islands on our way to Leos Island, where we visit the sea lion colony andhand feed a cod in a land locked lagoon. Amazing beaches and colours with one lone cray fishermen,the only human inhabitant on this island! Good surf either side of the island with the right conditions.


Before or after Leos Island tour (depending on the tide) we will pull up on the Anemone lump tohand feed the spangled emperors and parrot fish. Trolling for mackerel, tuna, coral trout & squid can be done outside the sanctuary while others visit Leos Island.
Back to the mooring at Big Rat Island for sundowners, snacks and dinner. Tonight ,we watch the Batavia movie and discuss the saga, learning everything we can in preparation for the Quiz night tomorrow night. Questions asked will be about the boat, nautical terms, Abrolhos stories, Batavia history, birds, fish and corals we have seen along the way. (B,L,D) Overnight – Eco Abrolhos

DAY 9 – 20 FEBRUARY 2022 ABROLHOS ISLANDS CRUISE
Breakfast at 7.00am. Drop the moorings and head for Wallaby Group and the Batavia’sGraveyard. We need to coordinate the next couple of days with the tide, swell and wind to reach all the places of interest. Snorkel the Long Island Dive Trail, erected by the Fisheries Department. Which is a series of plaques on the sea bed that you read and follow, also picturing and naming the different species of fish and corals in the area.


Large brain corals are the highlight and can be easily snorkelled. Fishing is also an option (strictly only enough to eat) if the right conditions prevail, limited to a few in the tender, while other tours are in progress. Anchor at Turtle Bay off East Wallaby Island for the night. There are usually herring, taylor & squid around at night. Tonight is the Quiz Night so I hope you have been taking notes along the voyage!


BBQ on the top deck at sunset followed by dessert then question time.
Dolphins frequent these waters at night and in the mornings, chasing the bait fish.

Activities include: Batavia

Visit the island of angry ghosts (Beacon Island) where 126 men, women and children were massacred by the blood thirsty mutineers over 400 years ago.

Snorkel on the wreck site of the Batavia. The swell must be low and the wind calm for this to be possible.

Visit the forts built by Wiebbe Hayes and his band of soldiers on West Wallaby Island. The forts are said to be the first European buildings in Australian historyWiebbe Hayes held offCornelius’s Mutineers until help arrived but that’s another story altogether!

Wallabies, snakes, lizards and thousands of birds inhabit this island (we need a full high tide to get to the beach for this tour). (B,L,D)
Overnight 
– Eco Abrolhos

DAY 10 – 21 FEBRUARY 2022 ABROLHOS ISLAND CRUISE & DISEMBARKBreakfast starting 7.00am. Turtle Bay on East Wallaby Island is spectacular with long sandy beaches and crystal-clear water. Great for a snorkel and on the eastern point shuck oystersoff the rocks and take a walk to the top of the cliffs, possibly catching a glimpse of the local wallabies and osprey.

Optional activities this morning including: Island expeditions
Snorkelling
Fishing

And any activities we didn’t get to on day 4. 12.00pm lunch. Then depart for Geraldton.
On arrival back into Geraldton you will be transferred back to the Gerald Hotel where you will spend the night. (B,L,D)
Overnight 
– The Gerald (Studio Room)

DAY 11 – 22 FEBRUARY 2022 DEPART GERALDTON

Spend your last day discovering the sights of Geraldton, or fit in any last-minute shopping, before heading back to the airport for your onward or home bound flight. (B)

Inclusions:

5 Nights Eco Abrolhos Cruise
3 Nights accommodation at The Gerald Hotel – Studio room
2 Nights accommodation at RAC Dolphin Resort – Beach View room All touring as per itinerary
All transfers as per itinerary
All meals as per itinerary = B (11) L (5) D (10)

Not Included:

Airfares

Drinks/Alcohol
Optional touring
Meals not mentioned on itinerary

Contact Glenn at The Travellers Hut for details on 43 63 1699 or email Glenn@thetravellershut.com.au