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Houtman Abrolhos

Distance Travelled: 200 NM
Steaming Time: 19 Hours

The Abrolhos Islands and their surrounding coral reef communities form one of Western Australia's unique marine areas. The Islands lie about 60 km west of Geraldton on the Western Australian coast, and consist of 122 islands clustered into three main groups: the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group, which extend from north to south across 100 km of ocean.

Lying in the stream of Western Australia's warm, southward-flowing Leeuwin Current, the marine environment surrounding the Abrolhos is a meeting place for tropical and temperate sealife. Large breeding colonies of seabirds exist on many of the Abrolhos Islands and depend for their food on schools of pelagic baitfish. More than 90 species of seabird have been identified. Smaller seabirds, in turn, provide food for white breasted sea eagles which occur in unusually large numbers throughout the Abrolhos Islands. Abrolhos waters are home to charming marine mammals like the Australian Sea Lion and the bottlenose dolphin. You can watch the sea lions as they play in the waters or bask on coral beaches in the sun at Peos Island. Sampson fish are also common, and some have become so friendly you can feed these huge fish by hand. Migrating humpback whales also inhabit Abrolhos waters during their migration from around July to October.

The beautiful but treacherous reef-surrounded atolls have claimed many wrecks over the centuries. The most notable was the Batavia in 1629 which was wrecked on Morning Reef in the Wallabi group. The Dutch East Indies survivors made it to land, only to face a mutiny. Avid divers can explore the site although the dive is weather dependent and for experienced divers only.

Guests on board the Coral Adventurer will enjoy beach landings, snorkelling and wildlife experiences during our excursions in the Abrolhos Islands and we will enjoy 24 hours exploring this natural wonder and rarely seen habitat.

Photo Credit: Darren Jew/Australian Geographic

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