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Carnac Island Eco-Tour

Interact with Friendly Sea Lions on our amazing Carnac Island Half Day Sail

Lying between Rottnest and Garden Islands, Carnac Island is an A-class Nature Reserve, teeming with wildlife (David Attenborough has even done a documentary on the wildlife here!).

Carnac Island is a leisurely 45 minute sail from Fremantle Boat Harbour through the gentle waters of Cockburn Sound. It is an important haul out location for Australian Sea Lions and a myriad of sea birds as well as boasting spectacular diving, snorkelling and fishing.

A large sheltered bay on the eastern side of Carnac provides a safe haven from the southwest wind and swell – you just might have to share the beach with some playful juvenile Sea Lions!

Bottlenose Dolphins are also very common in the area and Capella is able to get closer than other boats without noisy motors scaring them off.

The clear, calm, shallow waters of Carnac island allow you to venture almost right up to the shore where you can step off into waist deep water to head off for a snorkel.

If the easterly is up, no worries! The western side of Carnac is an absolute delight with high limestone cliffs plunging into the water and a truly spectacular anchorage perfect for paddling the kayaks around.

  • Destination

  • Departure

    Sardine Jetty, 1 Mews Rd, Fremantle (Fishing Boat Harbour)
  • Departure Time

    8am or 1pm (returns 4 hours later)
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable clothing. No heels on deck
  • Included

    Boom Net
    Drinking Water
    Morning Tea
    Quality snorkel gear (masks/fins)
    Sun Lotion
  • Not Included

    Afternoon Tea
    BYO additional drinks
    Cicerello's 10% Discount
    Coffee/Tea
    Drinking water onboard
    Glass of sparkling
    Refreshments available for purchase
    Shared antipasto
    Shared Fruit Platter
    Use of Kayaks/SUPs
    Yummy Ploughman’s Lunch

Tour Location

About Carnac Island

Lying between Rottnest and Garden Islands, Carnac Island is an A class nature reserve, teeming with wildlife (David Attenborough has even done a documentary on the wildlife here). Carnac Island is a leisurely 45 minute sail from Fremantle Boat Harbour, through the gentle waters of Cockburn Sound. It is an important haul out location for Australian Sea Lions and a myriad of sea birds as well as boasting spectacular diving, snorkelling and fishing. A large sheltered bay on the eastern side of Carnac provides a safe haven from the southwest wind and swell – you just might have to share the beach with some playful juvenile Sea Lions! Bottlenose Dolphins are also very common in the area and Capella is able to get closer than other boats without noisy motors to scare them off. The clear, calm, shallow waters of Carnac island allow you to venture almost right up to the shore where you can literally step off into waist deep water to head off for a snorkel. If the easterly is up, no worries!… The western side of Carnac is an absolute delight with high limestone cliffs plunging into the water and a truly spectacular anchorage perfect for paddling the kayaks around.

Tour Terms and Conditions

By booking this experience you agree to the following terms and conditions for this particular tour:
Minimum Numbers
  • There will be other guests on the boat with you: a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 24.
  • If minimum numbers are not reached we will contact you 3-5 days out to arrange an alternative date that suits you.
Fair Weather Policy
  • Remember, sailing is an outdoor activity and can at times get a little wet and windy.
  • We reserve the right to cancel right up until the departure time if conditions are deemed unsafe.
  • Direction is of the skipper who will take all conditions into account on the day (speed, direction etc).
Children On Board
  • Children are welcome as part of a family group but must be supervised at all times.
  • Contact us prior to booking as we carry only a small number of children’s life vests onboard.
Reschedules / Refund Policy
  • A lot of planning goes in behind the scenes to ensuring minimum numbers are met and that guests get to experience this tour on their chosen date.
  • One reschedule is allowed but must be made at least 72 hours (3 days) prior to departure. Subsequent reschedules are not permitted.
  • 24-72 hours prior to departure - reschedules will incur a $25 per person late change fee. Subsequent reschedules are not permitted.
  • 0-24 hours prior to departure - changes are not permitted.
  • If you are unable to use your ticket and would like to transfer it to a friend, please contact us at least 24 hours out so that we have the correct persons phone number, in the event we need to contact them on the day.
  • Patricia Richards Avatar

    We have had two cruises on Capella and we loved them. The Yellow Cat is awesome! Lots of room and lots of things to do! Watching dolphins or sea lions, snorkelling, swimming and diving, or just relaxing on board with a cold drink or two! Have had a day cruise to Carnac island and a twilight cruise! Loved watching the sun go down with nothing between us and the sun! Beautiful! Thanks Charter 1.

    Patricia Richards 5/29/2018
  • ptrythall Avatar

    5 star rating Corporate Christmas Cruise The Charter one team really have the whole deal down pact. The team went above and beyond to look after us on our 4 hour afternoon cruise to Carnac island.
    The local knowledge of the team really shines through, we were accommodated like family on board. The endless activities provided, food service and also having a local tell us about the nature around the area made for a perfect office escape!
    Charter 1 worked around us to ensure we had a successful Christmas party.
    I'd recommend hopping aboard - for whatever occasion with this awesome team - you will not be disappointed!

    ptrythall 12/21/2017
  • Claire B Avatar

    5 star rating Brilliant Day on Board the Capella! My group of friends and I booked the Capella for a day to Carnac Island. So easy to book and organise with Charter 1. They were so helpful on the day - just took along our food and drink and everything was done for us after that! I didn’t have to worry about cooking the BBQ etc! Ronni and the crew were brilliant at helping people get set up with the kayaks, snorkelling, SUP - so much to do! The day just wasn’t long enough! Special mention to Ronni for saving some sunnies from a life at the bottom of the sea! Thanks Charter 1! You will definitely see us again soon!

    Claire B 1/25/2018