ROTTNEST ISLAND – CARNAC ISLAND CHARTERS – SWAN RIVER – PRIVATE CHARTERS TWILIGHT SAILS – CORPORATE CHARTERS
Capella / Charter 1 is a vessel that provides the ultimate charter experience for both small and large groups. We are based on Rottnest Island, Western Australia between September and April and the stunning Abrolhos Island archipeligo from April – June.
Private Charters are available from and to a variety of locations including the Fremantle Port and Harbours, Perth’s stunning coastline, Carnac Island, Garden Island and Rottnest Island.
Our main pick-up / drop off points include Rottnest Island main ferry jetty or the Sardine Jetty in Fishing Boat Harbour (Fremantle). Hillarys Boat Harbour is also an option.
We will tailor the charter to suit your budget and requirements, so please contact us to discuss.
Capella operates live-a-boards at the Abrohlos Islands through April-June. If you are interested in calling Capella home for a live-a-board charter at one of your favourite locations in Western Australia please get in touch – You may be surprised by our reasonable rates!
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Rottnest Island Snorkelling Tours
Come onboard Capella and discover the amazing snorkeling Rottnest has to offer. Explore natural underwater landscapes, and historical shipwrecks alongside hundreds of fish in the crystal clear waters surrounding the island without the hassle and crowds of the beach. Although Rottnest boasts some excellent beach snorkeling many of her most amazing secrets lay just offshore only reachable by Capellas shallow draft.
With a lowerable forward boarding ladder and rear transom, getting in and out of the ocean is a breeze. We also have a high speed safety boat in the water with you for when you feel like climbing back onboard and for those that would like to observe any wildlife from the surface. All of Capellas crew are highly experienced divemasters and will ensure you feel safe and comfortable in the water. 2 hot and cold showers on the rear deck provide a quick rinse to get the salt off after your snorkel. Snorkeling equipment is provided free of charge onboard, and a scrumptious morning tea is served on our sail back into Thompson Bay.
On our snorkel trips we regularly encounter bottlenose dolphins, eagle rays, many species of fish and coral, New Zealand Fur Seals and the very playful Australian Sea Lions along with many other island inhabitants.
Rottnest Island Eco Adventure / Whale Watching Cruise
Come onboard Capella – Rottnest’s very own sailing catamaran. Perfect for either a leisurely afternoon or an exhilarating sailing experience. You are welcome to do as much or as little as you want as we sail around to a secluded bay stopping to discover wildlife on the way. From September- November Rottnest is visited by over 20,000 Humpback Whales (mainly mothers and calves) as they head south, back to the Southern Ocean to feed over the summer months. These mother Humpbacks take time out to allow their babies to grow strong in the waters surrounding Rottnest before hitting the chillier southern temperatures allowing spectators an amazing opportunity to get up close to these gentle giants and observe their often playful, always entertaining behaviour.
We will drop anchor at a sheltered beach or bay for a refreshing swim where you are most welcome to go for a paddle on our glass bottom kayaks or stand-up paddle board before dropping our cargo net off the stern of Capella where you are welcome to recline and be dragged gently along in the water whilst Capella sails slowly back towards Thompson Bay. Kids of all ages (even up to 80 years old) love our cargo net. You are welcome got get involved with hoisting the sails or simply recline in the forward trampolines and listen to the sound of the water rush by beneath us.
Enjoy some afternoon tea and a cuppa (or an alcoholic beverage ) as we head back around to Thompson Bay. We often encounter pods of playful Dolphins, Australia Sea Lions, Ospreys and other aquatic wildlife on our Eco Sails.
Rottnest Island Twilight Sails
Capella provides the best view of the setting sun over the magnificent Indian Ocean and Rottnest Island.
Enjoy a chilled beverage and some nibbles as we sail off into the sunset – Stopping for a refreshing dip for those that want a quick cool down on balmy nights. Our cargo net is awaiting for any takers – imagine your very own salt water waterfall as we sail along into the sunset – with only the sounds of the breeze in the sails- Ahhhh – Bliss.
Fremantle Twilight Sails
Activites in Perth don’t get better than sunset sailing on a world-class luxury catamaran! You and your partner can watch the day turn into night and the stars begin to shine. Enjoy a magnificent WA sunset – the perfect romantic twilight setting for two!
Your sunset adventure will start and finish at world famous Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.
Capella is a luxury appointed 12.5m Schionning designed sailing catamaran noted for her stable ride. Experience our magnificent west coast sunset from the ocean on the wide foredeck or rear cockpit deck and watch Fremantle, the Port and Harbour come alive with a kaleidoscope of colour as we transfer from sunset to evening. We may even be joined by a pod of dolphins which love to play around the front of the boat as we sail into the sunset.
A glass of champagne and canapés are provided during your sunset sailing experience. Beer and wine are available for sale onboard at very reasonable prices.
Sailing is an adult environment, but children are welcome as part of a family group, with a minimum age of 4 years (no babies in arms). You are welcome to take part in the sailing, raising, lowering and trimming of the sails and taking the helm!
Sailing can be a windy and wet experience. It is advisable to bring a ‘windcheater’ and / or a warm pullover to keep the chill at bay. Shoes with a good grip and preferably a white or light-coloured sole are best. Bare feet on deck. If the weather permits bring along your swimmers for a drag in or cargo net.
There will be other guests on the boat with you. We operate with a minimum of 10 guests and a maximum of 38 (very rarely). If minimum numbers are not met for the date you request, we will need to reschedule your experience.
Remember, sailing is wind and weather dependent, so the choice of direction and destinations will need to be evaluated nearer the day. We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule if conditions require it.
Celebrate your special event in style aboard Capella. Our vessel usually departs from the Left Bank jetty where in consultation with our Captain you can decide your destiny for the hours that follow or alternatively relax and let our crew take you on a memorable cruise upon Perth’s spectacular waterways with either coastal or river cruising an option.
We cater for birthday celebrations, pre wedding celebrations, engagements and weddings, reunions, office parties, team building events, sail training and dive/snorkel trips.
Other departure/arrival locations are an option and should be negotiated on booking.
We offer several catering options ranging from bring your own food and self service to fully catered ala-carte meals, with the most popular being our catered BBQ option. Please discuss catering requirements when booking.
Capella can accommodate 10 guests overnight so why not consider staying aboard for the night. You can experience the stunning sights of the City of Lights from the Swan River at night, have a restful sleep and wake up in the calm waters before enjoying a cooked breakfast and a peaceful sail back to Fremantle.
Being the closest and most accessible island to the Fremantle coast Carnac Island is a popular destination for guests who want to experience marine animals in their natural surroundings. Home to a resident population of Australian Sea lions, fish and numerous species of sea birds Carnac Island is a nature lovers paradise. Snorkelling in pristine clear water only metres away from basking Sea lions will create lasting memories. At a position south westerly and 5 nautical miles from Fremantle, Carnac Island is in the perfect location to sail home from when the predictable sea breeze starts to blow.
Rotto School Excursions
From primary to high school, from sailing to snorkelling – Capella has something to offer all age groups.
Bring the class on board for a day of fun! For the lower ages we can offer interactive snorkelling and beach combing days – with out unique forward extendable ladder which can drop everyone right on the beach – as well as leadership and team building exercises for the older kids. We can hold 38 passengers for day trips and for extended stays we sleep 10 passengers overnight. Capella takes around 2 hours one way to Rottnest Island.
A massive barrier reef extending 260km’s from Gnaraloo to Exmouth, Ningaloo is WA’s Great Barrier Reef. Over 500 species of fish and 200 species of coral live along the Ningaloo Reef with many more transients passing through such as Humpback Whales, Mantas Rays and the giant Whale Shark. While Exmouth and Coral Bay are popular Ningaloo access points, the rest of the reef is mostly inaccessible except by boat leaving kilometers of coast for you to choose from.
Some Suggestions for your corporate charter:
Having been residents of this amazing island for several years let us show you some local secrets like resident dolphin pods, Australian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, hidden swim-through caves and the best surf within 200kms of the metro coast.
For those who want to experience the marine environment this place has it all with crystal clear water, protected bays, excellent dive and snorkel sites for all levels of ability and experience and unspoiled beaches. Let us guide you around our island home and show you some hidden treasures both on land and in the water.
You can eat and drink ashore in one of several fantastic establishments or opt for our catering service. We have equipment for water sports including, snorkelling gear, wave skis and a stand up paddle (SUP) board for your enjoyment.
Arrangements can be made when booking for passengers to bring their own SCUBA gear aboard for a dive within the island’s magnificent A Class marine reserve. SCUBA cylinders and weight belts can be hired aboard by prior agreement.
Rottnest Island charters can be structured as a day trip for up to 38 passengers, overnight for 10 passengers or extended stays for several nights or a week, which you can negotiate with us.
Some suggested Rottnest Island charters that Capella offers:
These fantastic islands are a playground just waiting to be explored. With a rich history of early European discovery and an amazing natural environment you will need several days to properly experience this region. Let our crew guide you through the three island groups and escort you to some of the best diving, fishing and surfing locations in Western Australia. We’ll show you the wreck of the Batavia and explain the astounding story of the wreck, the subsequent mutiny, it’s survivor’s and the repercussions. We can play in the shallows with sea lion pups, or land a giant Coral Trout or Bald Chin Grouper for the freshest seafood dinner imaginable.
Build your own charter
With several crewing and catering options available we give you the flexibility to build your own charter. Tell us what you want and we’ll do our best to accommodate your requests. We have operated along the entire West Australian coast so anything is possible. We are passionate about adventure and exploration so we look forward to your queries. Some options are using Capella as a filming/viewing platform during events, school excursions and sail training.
Exmouth to Montebellos
Explore the uninhabited islands stretching over 200 kms from the Exmouth Gulf to north of Dampier. The inhospitable and largely uninhabited coastline between Onslow and Karratha has kept these islands from mass exposure to tourism and as such the area is in pristine condition. Swim with countless turtles and fish, dine on northwest snapper and surf waves that have been kept secret for years.
Shark Bay is a massive and remote area with over 1500 kilometres of coastline, numerous islands and large tracts of unpopulated land spread over 2 huge peninsulas. This incredibly diverse and unique area supports several ecosystems and many species, both terrestrial and aquatic, found nowhere else on earth.
Shark Bay is an adventurers dream with seemingly undiscovered beaches and bays looming around each corner as well as boasting smooth sailing conditions out of the famous resort, Monkey Mia.