Nautical Delight: Exploring Rottnest Island by Water

Here’s how you can Tour and Explore in '24 with Rottnest Express

Nestled off the coast of Western Australia, Rottnest Island beckons with its pristine beaches, diverse marine life, and stunning coastal landscapes. While exploring the island by land is an adventure, discovering Rottnest by water unveils a whole new dimension of beauty and excitement. There are a number of ways you can explore the aquatic wonders that await as you embark on a nautical journey around Rottnest Island.

Snorkeling Extravaganza

Rottnest Island’s underwater world is a kaleidoscope of colors and marine diversity. Set sail to discover secluded coves and sheltered bays, perfect for dropping anchor and slipping into the crystal-clear waters. Snorkelers will be treated to vibrant coral gardens, playful sea lions, and schools of tropical fish. Little Salmon Bay, The Basin, and Parker Point are just a few hotspots that promise an unforgettable snorkeling experience. Don’t forget to hire snorkel gear with your ferry fare from Rottnest Express.


Kayaking Adventures

Glide along the island’s rugged coastline by kayak for a unique perspective. Paddle through sea caves and arches, exploring hidden corners inaccessible by larger vessels. Parakeet Bay and Geordie Bay are ideal launch points for a peaceful kayaking adventure. Keep an eye out for the resident dolphins that often accompany paddlers, adding a touch of magic to the journey.

Boat Tour Thrills

Live life on the wild side by hopping onto one of our Adventure Rottnest Boat Tours from Rottnest Express, where you will be swept away at high speeds to circumnavigate the island. Spot some of the island’s resident flora and fauna from the boat, keeping your eyes peeled for Sea Lions, Fur Seals and Dolphins. Hear from our expert on-board commentator to learn interesting and unique facts about Rottnest Island and its surrounds.

Adventure Boat Tour

Sunset Sailing

As the day draws to a close, treat yourself to a magical sunset sailing experience. Whether you join a group tour with Charter 1 or charter a private yacht, witnessing the sun dip below the horizon while sailing around Rottnest is a truly enchanting experience. Capture the kaleidoscope of colors reflecting off the water and the silhouette of the island’s iconic landmarks.

Tips for Exploring Rottnest Island by Water:

  1. Check Weather Conditions: Before setting out, ensure you’re aware of the weather conditions. Rottnest’s waters can be unpredictable, so plan your aquatic adventures accordingly.
  2. Respect Marine Life: Practice responsible tourism by keeping a safe distance from wildlife and not taking anything from the reef home with you.
  3. Pack Essentials: Bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and snacks to stay hydrated during your water-based exploration.
  4. Plan Ahead: Research and plan your route in advance, considering the best spots for your chosen water activity.


Exploring Rottnest Island by water opens up a world of aquatic wonders and unforgettable experiences. From snorkeling in vibrant coral reefs to paddling along secluded bays, every moment on the water is a new adventure waiting to be discovered. So, whether you’re aboard a boat, kayak, or SUP, let the turquoise waters of Rottnest Island be your guide to a nautical paradise.

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