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Montebello Islands and Tryal Rocks

Distance Travelled: 136 NM
Steaming Time: 13 Hours

The Coral Adventurer will sail through the evening and arrive shortly after sunrise Tryal Rocks where, weather permitting, guests will be able to snorkel or dive and view the wreck of the Tryal (1622). The Tryall is the first known shipwreck in the history of Australia. It ran aground on the rocks after attempting a new faster route on its voyage from the Cape of Good Hope to Batavia.

We will then make a short 2 hour voyage to enter the Montebello Islands where nature and history await.

The Montebello Islands are an archipelago of around 174 small islands lying off the Pilbara coast of north-western Australia. Montebello is Italian for "beautiful mountain". The islands form a conservation park, soon to become a marine conservation reserve. The area is a globally renowned sanctuary for rare seabird colonies because they support over 1% of the world populations of fairy and roseate terns. Other birds breeding on the islands include ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles, pied oystercatchers, Caspian terns and bridled terns. The islands are also home to endangered mammal species including rufous hare-wallabies and Shark Bay mice.

The islands have a unique and interesting past as they were the site of three nuclear weapons tests by the British military in the 1950s.

Guests will enjoy time in the islands to walk deserted beaches, birdwatch and swim, snorkel and dive in these pristine marine environments.

Our Story

Australia’s Pioneering Cruise Line
For over 30 years Coral Expeditions has had one purpose – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. Coral Expeditions was founded by a fisherman with a passion for the sea. Then named Coral Princess Cruises, the small North Queensland based company explored the Great Barrier Reef and pioneered small ship expedition cruising to the Kimberley and Papua New Guinea. Today, Coral Expeditions has grown to include voyages to Tasmania, Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the Indonesian Archipelago. Our Australian crew provide warm hospitality and personal service on board. Shore-rich itineraries in remote locations allow our guests to be immersed in local cultures, get close to wildlife, and enjoy adventurous land and sea activities in safety. We invite you to celebrate 35 years of exploration with us.

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