Discover the Abrolhos Islands

Eco Abrolhos provides a boutique cruise experience in the Abrolhos Islands with only 32 guests on board and every cabin with its own private ensuite.

This limited capacity ensures an intimate and personalised experience, allowing travellers to forge connections with fellow adventurers while revelling in the tranquillity of the Abrolhos Islands 65km west of Geraldton in Western Australia.

With its five-day itinerary, one of the trip’s highlights is snorkelling the incredible coral reef and spotting the colourful underwater creatures. If snorkelling isn’t for you, you can jump in a glass-bottom boat to see all the magic underwater. Eco Abrolhos guides accompany guests, ensuring a safe and educational experience that leaves you with a deep appreciation for the delicate marine ecosystem.

Experience “sea-to-plate” adventures in the Abrolhos Islands

Eco Abrolhos takes pride in its commitment to sustainable seafood practices. Experience unique “sea-to-plate” dining with delectable seafood fresh from the pristine waters of the Abrolhos. The onboard chef crafts a diverse menu showcasing local flavours and ingredients. Every meal celebrates the region’s rich culinary heritage, from succulent grilled lobster to mouthwatering fish dishes.

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Delectable seafood caught from the pristine waters © Eco Abrolhos

Abrolhos Islands is more than a picturesque escape

Beyond the culinary delights, the Eco Abrolhos cruise also focuses on environmental education. Guided nature walks emphasise the need to protect and preserve these pristine environments. During the cruise, guests have the unique opportunity to delve into the region’s rich maritime history, particularly the infamous Batavia shipwreck. The Abrolhos Islands are home to this historical site, where the Dutch East India Company ship Batavia ran aground in 1629. The wreckage, submerged beneath the crystal-clear waters, has become the most popular part of the itinerary.

A five-day cruise to Eco Abrolhos offers more than just a picturesque escape. It’s an experience that combines adventure, sustainability, and gastronomic indulgence, from snorkelling in vibrant coral gardens to relishing delicious seafood and an appreciation for the wonders of our natural world. The Eco Abrolhos also operates a 13-night Kimberley cruise from May to September.

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‘Galapagos Islands of the Indian Ocean’

These 122 islands have such important and unique biodiversity that the Abrolhos Islands are often named the ‘Galapagos Islands of the Indian Ocean’ by marine biologists.

The Abrolhos has long been the sole domain of professional fishers and pearl farmers, but thanks to cray-fishers-turned-tourism-operators Jay and Sonia Cox of Eco Abrolhos, these magnificent islands and the azure waters that surround them are now accessible to everyone.

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Guide through paradise in the Abrolhos Islands

Spending a week at the islands on the Eco Abrolhos is an incredible combination of being guided through a photographer’s paradise and fishing experience at the same time.

The ocean off Geraldton can be rough, but once in the protected lagoons of the coral atolls, everything changes. The waters become calm and luminous with all shades of blue and green – there is marine life everywhere. Whales, dolphins and fish surround the boat and seabirds wheel in huge numbers. A few of the islands are bird sanctuaries and the sheer numbers and density of nesting birds are almost overwhelming.

After a day of exploring, head back to your floating hotel where the chef will create a menu of the freshest seafood catch of the day having simply dropped a line out the galley window to catch pink snapper and balchin groper for dinner.

The highlight for many is a close encounter swim with engaging sea lions © Dan Avila
The clear turquoise water ensures incredible visibility for snorkelling and diving © Dan Avila
Common to the islands are the white-bellied sea eagles © Dan Avila
During crayfish season, Pigeon Island becomes an active village complete © Dan Avila
The water surrounding the low lying coral islands is crystal clear and full of life © Dan Avila

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