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Address: Cockburn, Rottnest Island, Western Australia 6161, Australia
Phone Number: (08) 9225 7555
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Underwater Exploring at Rottnest Island

Diving

The diversity of fish, coral...

Underwater Exploring at Rottnest Island

Diving

The diversity of fish, coral species and shipwrecks in the waters around Rottnest Island make it one of the most fascinating dive sites to be found in such close proximity to a capital city. For this reason, many dive operators based on the mainland conduct day trips and dives at Rottnest Island.

Please take care when diving around coral as it is easily damaged and takes many years to recover. Also please note that spearguns and handspears are not permitted in the Marine Reserve.

Refer to the marine life section of the site for more information about what you can expect to see on a dive in the Rottnest Island Marine Reserve.

Several private diving charters operate from the mainland but can also be arranged to pick-up and drop-off divers from Rottnest Island. Between September and April each year, Charter 1 offers a variety of dive packages aboard their 43ft Catamaran SV Capella (private charter only).

Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper also now offer dive tank refills.

Snorkelling

The marine environment surrounding Rottnest Island offers a stunning array of snorkelling destinations. Popular snorkelling spots include The Basin, Parakeet Bay, Parker Point, Little Salmon Bay and Little Armstrong Bay.

A guided snorkel trail can be followed at Parker Point with underwater plaques along the way. Kingstown Reef also offers some plaques, while many other reefs around the Island offer great viewing opportunities. A very useful publication on snorkelling at Rottnest Island is available from the visitor centre.

Snorkel sets can be hired from Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper, located just behind Hotel Rottnest.

Rottnest Express and Charter 1 also offer guided snorkelling tours off Rottnest Island. Explore natural underwater sculptures alongside hundreds of fish without the hassle and crowd of the beach.

Please take care when snorkelling around coral as it is easily damaged and may take many years to recover. Note that spearguns and handspears are not permitted in the Marine Reserve.

See the marine life section of the site for more information about what you can expect to see snorkelling in the Rottnest Island Marine Reserve.

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A truly amazing place, located in an out of the way area

This little islaned is an incredible place to go for either the day for for several restful days of gentle hiking, snorkeling or just lounging at the beach (in the right weather... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

This little islaned is an incredible place to go for either the day for for several restful days of gentle hiking, snorkeling or just lounging at the beach (in the right weather). Ferries go out from the Freemantle area (Perth) and take a short trip to the island. It's not too expensive, and the trip to get away from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We stayed on the island for a week together with our friends from Hillarys so that our holiday would combine with theirs. It is a wonderful place. We stayed in what would have been the site of previous convict's places as the island was just that- a penitentiary. The rooms were very spartan and the beds reminiscent of a dormitory... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

Because of this fine establishment, I had an incredible time snorkeling. The sights were absolutely amazing; I highly recommend renting snorkel gear here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Situated a 40 min ferry ride off Freemantle this Island is an oasis of relaxing well being opportunitiy to spend time unwinding. There is surfing, isolated beaches, scuba , cycling restaurant white sandy beaches, it is idillic. And of course it is car free and so you can hire bikes and tootle about the Island at your leisure. Going to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We took a day trip to the island from Freemantle by ferry. Then the adventure tour round the island by high speed motor boat. Sit near the back if you don't like roller coasters as the boat goes very fast (60 knots) and very high over the waves,very exciting and we saw sea lion and dolphin and we think a... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Not being a warer-bird, this experience was wasted on me. Perhaps someone with a love of the underwater world would have rated this higher.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Located on Rottnest RID&S is relatively new but building a greta reputation. last time I was there their range of products for everything to do the the sea was excelelnt, from swimming to fishing plus addons that go with it..fashionable items, you name it. Staff were also great and able to answer all types of questions from where to swim... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Give it a try. Great views great way to spend an afternoon

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Simply my favorite spot. Been there 50 + times in last 20 years. If you have not been there you have not been in Perth. It does have a lot of character.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

magnificent species of fish caught in this area,also many water sports area,near rottnest island

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