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Sailing and Snorkelling Cruises to Rottnest Island

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Published December 21st 2015
A luxurious way to enjoy Rottnest Island
Summer is here and what better way to spend a sunny day in Perth than to visit Rottnest Island aboard a luxurious catamaran. Charter 1 runs full day sailing voyages throughout the summer, to Rottnest Island aboard their 12.5m Catamaran "Cappella". The trip to Rottnest takes about 1.5 hrs, depending on the conditions and being a multi hull vessel it is quite a smooth ride.

Charter 1 Sailing and Snorkelling Cruise to Rottnest Island
Cappella Catamaran


Capella is well appointed with plenty of comfortable seating inside and out, and a fantastic cargo net to ride in as the catamaran rips through the water on the journey or lounge in while moored in one of the spectacular coves off Rottnest Island.

Rottnest Island coves and bays
Lounging on the cargo net


The full day trip includes a couple of stops at Rottnest, which allows plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of the pristine water and stunning beaches. Snorkeling equipment is provided to explore the reefs and admire the stunning coral and array of colourful and diverse fish. We were lucky enough to moor in a bay that is home to a colony of Australian sea lions, which added to the varied marine wildlife we saw through the day.

Rottnest Island secluded bays
Stunning secluded bays


There is plenty of time to wander along the exquisite white sand beaches of the island and soak up the tranquility of the sheltered bays. Or if you prefer to indulge in a little activity during the day kayaks and a stand-up paddleboard are available.

Rottnest Island kayaking
Kayaking in the picturesque coves


The crew were a delight to sail with. Their knowledge of the region and the many bays and coves at Rottnest enables them to find the most protected locations for any wind direction. A delicious ploughman's lunch is supplied as well as morning and afternoon tea. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase.

Rottnest Island cruises
Enjoying the delicious ploughman's lunch


Charter 1's full day Rottnest sailing cruises depart from the heart of Fremantle's Fishing Boat Harbour, launching from the Sardine Jetty (50m south of Little Creatures Brewery) at 9am and return at 4pm. There is ample car parking available or it is a 10 minute walk from the Fremantle train station.

Charter 1 also runs twilight cruises aboard the Capella and Swan River cruises and charter voyages aboard their 14.5 m power vessel "Concorde", which is perfect for parties and dinner cruises.


Prices for the full day sail to Rottnest Island are
Adult: $229
Child $149
Conc $199
Family $599
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Why? The most luxurious way to enjoy Rottnest Island
When: Summer
Phone: 0428 604 794
Where: Departing from Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
Cost: Adult: $229 Child: $149 Conc: $199 Family: $599
Your Comment
Sounds like a really great day out. But at $229 per adult, we will need to wait until after we win lotto. Are they serious?
by gdtri (score: 0|2) 487 days ago
Yes does sound wonderful, way out of reach money wise if you want to make a day of it with your family😩
by jude (score: 0|2) 485 days ago
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