Frequently Asked Questions
See our frequently asked questions for all tours and charters
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I HAVE ONBOARD?
For private charters Capella is licenses to carry 40 passengers. We generally advice no more than 37 adults so that an extra crew member can be onboard if required (most charters have 2 crew members, but we may use 3 if required). We find that 25 is a comfortable number of guests but up to 37 is certainly possible. For overnight charters we can cater for 10 across 5 cabins (2 queen, 3 doubles)
ARE CHILDREN WELCOME?
Yes of course! We love having children on board!! We do ask however that they are supervised by an accompanying adult at all times as our crew are often busy cooking and taking groups on guided snorkel tours. Kids under 10 must wear a life jacket when underway. Adult life jackets are suitable for ages 8 and over. As we carry only a limited number of life jackets for children under 8, please speak to us prior to your charter if there are kids under 8 coming onboard.
WHAT WATER TOYS DO YOU HAVE FOR USE?
Available for use on your charter are: 2 kayaks, a SUP, quality snorkel gear (fins and masks), inflating pontoon, bean bags, a hammock, a beach cricket set, board games (for liveaboards). There are also 2 small kids kayaks that can be provided on request, however do take up additional deck space so is not recommended for charters of more than 25 people.
TOURS ARE SUBJECT TO MINIMUM NUMBERS
We operate with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 (rarely). If minimum numbers are not reached, we will contact you 3-5 days prior to arrange an alternative date that suits you. We make every effort to ensure all tours run but on occasion may need to reschedule.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD ON THE DAY OF OUR TOUR?
Sailing is an outdoor activity and exposure to the elements should be expected. Your safety and enjoyment are our priority however, so we will continually monitor wind and weather conditions right up until the time of departure. We will contact you with as much notice as possible if we deem it too unsafe or too uncomfortable to be out on the water, to organise a reschedule.
WHAT IF I SUFFER FROM SEA SICKNESS?
Prone to sea sickness? Being catamarans our vessels are extremely stable and we find guests that often are prone to seasickness do not feel sick on board however we do recommend speaking with a pharmacist about sea sickness medications so as not to affect your experience onboard if you are at all concerned.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ONBOARD?
For public tours please refer to the individual tour page for details.
For private charters, if you are self-catering we ask that you bring disposable servery with you (i.e. paper plates, knives, forks, cups) based on the numbers you require, as there is limited crockery carried onboard (enough for about 12). If your charter is being catered by us, we will provide all of this for you. BYO ice or we can organise this for you for a small additional fee. Further information will be provided to you upon confirmation of your booking.
WHAT KITCHEN FACILITIES ARE THERE?
Capella has a fully functioning kitchenette with fridge, oven, stove, microwave, toaster, kettle, crockery, pots/pans etc. and a Webber BBQ. Everything needed to live-aboard! We also have a large central 200L ice box to put all of your drinks into (please leave your esky as home as it limits deck space). There is also an extra ice box and waeco at hand for extra cold storage. Please note the BBQ can only be used when Capella is stationary.
WHAT ARE BATHROOM FACILITIES?
Capella has 1 bathroom available during day drips and 2 when hired for overnight accommodation. The bathroom has a flushing toilet and shower and there are also 2 more outside showers that can be used on the stern deck.
CAN I HIRE CAPELLA BAREBOAT (SELF DRIVE)?
Sorry, Capella is not available for bareboat hire. All tours and charters come with a minimum of 2 crew (skipper and deckhand) who are there to assist you in any way, ferry you to/from shore and take you to magical lesser known spots around Rottnest. We generally find that overnight guests love having our crew onboard and can’t wait to do it again.
DO YOU OFFER DIVE TOURS?
Sorry, we no longer offer dive tours
WHAT ARE RIA FEES?
Rottnest Island is a Marine Park managed by the Rottnest Island Authority. Much like other marine parks (Ningaloo, Monkey Mia etc.) there are entry fees for visiting the island which includes the waters around Rottnest Island. As at Jan 1, 2019 these are $18.50pp for a day trip.
Entry into the waters only (for charter vessels) is available at a reduced rate of $11 per person. Charter 1 on-charges these fees to private charter guests as the total amount depends on the number of guests you have with you.
Our Rottnest Eco Tour Day Sail however includes RIA fees, and all meals, so there are no hidden extras.
CAN I BYO?
Yes you can!
All tours come all-inclusive of nibbles (twilight sail) and meals (longer day sails) however you are most welcome to BYO additional drinks or snacks.
Private charter rates are self-catered / BYO however we can also assist with catering if you require.
The carrying of straight spirits onboard is however prohibited – beer/wine/premixes only. Charter 1 is a regulated premises by law and all of our staff practice responsible serving of alcohol.
DO YOU OFFER CATERING?
Yes! We have a range of catering options for your group from gourmet BBQ packages to seafood platters, breakfasts and more. Minimum numbers apply and orders must be made no later than 2 weeks prior to your charter date. Ask us for more information.