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.
Snorkelling brief, snorkelling, diving and glass bottom tours.
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 crayfishermen 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 can take 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.
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 crayfishermen 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 dependant on weather currents and tides.
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.
Pull the cray pots.
10.00am morning tea.
This morning we take a slow cruise through the Easter group of Islands on our way to Leos Island where we visit the sea lion colony and hand feed a Cod in a land locked lagoon. Amazing beaches and colours with one lone crayfishermen 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 to hand-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.
Pull anchor at 1.00pm and head back to Geraldton for 5.30-6.00pm arrival.