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Things To Do in Rottnest Island Region


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Diving at Crystal Palace

Situated on the south east side of the Island this ‘hidden’ dive site is spectacular.

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  • Activities:Diving
  • Type:Activity Sites

Description

Positioned approximately 850m South west of Dyer Island, ‘Crystals’ has a depth range of 8-18m.Entering the water, which is generally quite calm due to the position of the site, the first thing you will notice is the sheer amount of caves and swim through’s that you can see just from the surface. Looking down you will know straight away that 1 tank is not going to be enough!

As you descend into this array of caves you will see many fish of all species scarper into different directions to make way for you. This is the site where you are most likely to see just about every species of fish you are likely to encounter around Rottnest in the 1 dive! From the colourful Harlequin fish to the breathtaking big Blue Gropers, that can push you backwards just from the power of a tail kick in the opposite direction. Stay there a while though because he is sure to return curiously to see his new ‘Scuba friend’.

Once you have had a good look around over the top of the reef, begin to explore the subterranean caves for more exciting encounters! On this dive expect to see large Samson fish, the occasional Dhufish, Western Blue Devils, Buffalo Bream, Morwongs, Box fish, Leather-jackets and of course Crayfish! The topography of Crystal Palace is just brilliant with constant caves, holes and swim through’s; this is a dive that you will not get bored with. The site covers around 6-800m of awesome reef, which will excite even the most experienced diver.

For diving enquiries, contact Perth Scuba. 

Diving at Porpoise Bay Caves

Almost directly linked to Crystal Palace, towards the Island, directly out of Porpoise Bay, Porpoise Bay Caves make for an exciting second dive after the ‘Palace'.

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  • Activities:Diving
  • Type:Activity Sites

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There are brilliant photographic opportunities here with divers quite regularly seeing Sea Turtles, Leafy Sea Dragons and Fire fish (a species of Lionfish). This dive is simply a sit back and watch the world go by, or explore the caves until your heart is content type of dive. No cave here is the same.

Crayfish hunters be sure to take your loop with you, the Crayfish are big out here!

The best way to dive Porpoise bay caves is to start on the southern end of the reef and work your way toward the island. Be sure to get a good compass bearing, as many caves look alike from the surface and the currents here are a little stronger than Crystal Palace.

The dive is such an exciting array of caves that you will very easily lose track of where you are and that could lead to a long swim back to the boat if you are not careful. This dive site has a maximum depth of around 18m and runs up to about 8m. Choose this site when winds are light to non-existent as this site does ‘chop up’ fairly quickly on a stiff breeze, which can make the dive a little uncomfortable.

Marine life you can expect to see here are similar to Crystal Palace and you can be sure to see something new every time you dive here.

Contact Perth Scuba for further information and diving enquiries. 

Diving At Swirl Reef

So called because of the “footprint” visible on the surface of the water after a swell has passed through.

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  • Activities:Diving
  • Type:Activity Sites

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The reef is virtually formed like a crater with a hollow in the center and many swim through’s accessible from the inside, especially the northwest and southeast sections of the reef. The most awesome swim through is accessible only from the outside and is again on the northwest side, with a huge cavernous opening at seabed level.

Contact Perth Scuba for diving enquiries. 

Diving at the Macedon and Denton Holmes Wrecks

The resting ground of not one but two shipwrecks - perfect for underwater exploration.

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  • Activities:Diving
  • Type:Activity Sites

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The Macedon was built in Liverpool in 1870 and was carrying 50 horses along with its cargo and passengers before it hit rock and sunk in 1883. A few years later in 1890, cargo vessel Denton Holmes joined it at the bottom of the sea after striking the reef off Rottnest Island's coastline. 

Located virtually on top of each other, these wrecks lie on top of Kingston Reef just out from Thompson’s Bay. They have been prone to a lot of swell and surge, so apart from timber and iron remnants there is not a lot left. Watch out when you anchor near here and do NOT tie up to the big yellow mooring, as the local glass bottom boat cruises in here to show people the wreck.

For diving enquiries, contact Perth Scuba. 

 

Diving at the Wreck Of The Shark

Lying in the shallow water near the beach at Henrietta Rocks, the shipwreck provides an exciting environment for adventurous snorkellers.

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  • Activities:Diving,Snorkelling
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The Shark met its end when it crashed into the reef around Rottnest Island, and now sits 50m off from the shoreline. Visible from the lookout over Henrietta Rocks, the wreck is home to a crew of fishy folk. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

 

Snorkelling at Fish Hook Bay

A secluded, enclosed bay with calm shallow water and pristine snorkelling conditions

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  • Activities:Snorkelling
  • Type:Activity Sites

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Fish Hook Bay is located on the western coastline of Rottnest Island, named for its curved shape reminiscent of a fish-hook. The bay features a sandy, white shore for sun-bakers and a vibrant community of fish for curious snorkellers and divers to discover. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Snorkelling At Little Armstrong Bay

Lined by reef and bordered by coastal land features such as archways and caverns, Little Armstrong Bay is popular amongst seaside adventurers.

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  • Activities:Snorkelling
  • Type:Activity Sites

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Little Armstrong Bay is located on the North Point of Rottnest Island, within a marine sanctuary protecting the diverse fishlife inhabiting the area. 

It is suitable for an array of recreational activities including swimming, coastal exploration and snorkelling. 

Image used with permission from Tourism WA. 

Snorkelling at Little Parakeet Bay

Calm conditions for snorkellers of all abilities with plenty of opportunities for fish-spotting

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  • Activities:Snorkelling
  • Type:Activity Sites

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Busiest in summer and earlier in the mornings, Little Parakeet Bay is great for snorkelling and swimming, protected by the surrounding reef and enclosed by the cliff faces. It is within cycling distance of the settlement so you can make an afternoon of it and soak your feet in the cooling water after your journey. 

 

Snorkelling At Mary Cove

A secluded snorkelling experience in one of Kitson Point's idyllic enclosed coves

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  • Activities:Snorkelling
  • Type:Activity Sites

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Snorkellers of varying abilities will be able to enjoy exploring the coral and fish population living amongst the reef system in Mary Cove, a southern facing protected cove along Rottnest Island's Kitson Point. 

Check beachsafe.org.au for swell conditions before setting out to ensure conditions are suitable. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Snorkelling at Uribes Shipwreck

Snorkel by this Scottish braque in Rottnest Island's bustling Thomson Bay

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  • Activities:Snorkelling
  • Type:Activity Sites

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The remains of Uribes lie in the shallow, 3–4 metres waters with parts of the ship's machinery and hull well preserved for snorkellers to peruse. In good weather, it is a safe dive for snorkellers and close to the shore.

Image used with permission from Tourism Western Australia. 

Surfing at Stark Bay

A surf break featuring exposed reef and a reliably consistent western swell.

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  • Activities:Surfing
  • Type:Activity Sites

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A reef break that provides consistent surfing conditions through the colder months whilst maintaining calmer conditions during the summer. Stark Bay is rarely crowded and is located on the western side of the island near Bovell Way and Strickland Bay. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

 

Surfing at The Fruit Bowl

A challenging but rewarding surfing break located between two beautiful bays just off the coast of Rottnest Island.

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  • Activities:Surfing
  • Type:Activity Sites

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The Fruit Bowl sits between Catherine Bay and City of York Bay, reachable via Bovell Way. It is also known as Ricey Beach West. Better suited for more experienced surfers, it makes for a more secluded surfing experience, with the break scarcely populated throughout the week and over the week-end. 

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