Sports Fishing The Montebello Islands Western Australia
Located approximately 75 nautical miles north of Onslow, off the West Australian coast, the little known Montebello Islands presents a rare opportunity for adventure, fun and relaxation. The Montebello Island experience is available to guests from April to October every year.
With over 100 small islands in the group, the Montebello's are surrounded by magnificent virgin coral reefs with water temperatures perfect for snorkelling, fishing, swimming and scuba diving. The many reefs in the area also create fantastic wave conditions for surfing. These are just some of the many reasons why this is one of the top Australian destinations for the adventurous traveler.
Montebello Island Safaris
The team at “Montebello Island Safaris” offer one of the most unique and flexible travel fishing experiences available in Australia. Following your arrival in Exmouth in West Australia's northern coast Pilbara region, guests board the 62 'charter boat' Kylin '.
Departing around midday on day 1 of a week long experience, you head direct to the Montebello Islands where the 'Kylin' becomes your “activities center” to take you fishing, sightseeing, diving, surfing or whatever you desire. Spend six nights and five action packed days exploring the natural wonders of the islands before returning to Exmouth on the seventh day.
Fishing The Montebello Islands
The itinerary allows for 3 days of deep-sea fishing on board the 'Kylin'. Island cruising, snorkelling and fishing is done from the 4 dinghies, which are also for commuting to shore for sight seeing.
Deep-sea boat rods and reels for bottom fishing are all supplied. Guests are encouraged to bring rods, reels, lures and light gear for playing in and around the Islands. Lure fishing is popular.
The catch is filleted at the end of each day and packed in fish boxes in individual plastic bags. It is then placed in the snap freezer on the Kylin. Everyone is expected to participate in this activity. Once back at the mainland, if you do not wish to take your fish with you, you can arrange for your fish to be transported home.
Explore The Inshore Waters
The crystal clear waters surrounding the islands allow for amazing visibility of the reefs and their inhabitants. Dinghies 'are available for guests to explore the Islands' mangrove swamps and deserted beaches. A recreational Skipper's ticket is now required under West Australian legislation to take the dinghy's out. You must have the ticket with you to show the skipper or crew prior to departure.
The shallow depths (from 3-10 meters) offer the underwater photographer a unique opportunity to capture on film the beautiful coral outcrops, wonderful shells and many species of plant and marine life that thrive in the area.
The fishing is arguably the best in Australia – the catch frequently consisting of Spanish Mackerel, Red Emperor, Coral Trout, North West Snapper (Spangled Emperor), Trevally and Cod. There's also a bounty of Crayfish just waiting to be snared, cooked and plated up for the evening meal.
Montebello Island Accommodation
Your “Floating Accommodation” is a pontoon style twin hull house boat, appropriately named 'The Full Monte', and permanently moored in Claret Cove, an altogether sheltered horseshoe bay on the southern point of Hermite Island. The houseboat provides a stable comfortable home to prepare meals and reminisce on the events of the day. Accommodation for the trip is provided for 14 people.
With all the amenities you could need “The Full Monte” offers 4 x 2 bunk bed cabins and 2 x 4 bunk bed cabins, 3 bathrooms, a large galley (kitchen), dining area and the all important spacious outdoor area leading to the boarding dock.
There's also a TV and DVD player available for sitting back and relaxing in front of a movie at the end of the day. There's no guarantee of phone reception once you reach the Montebello's but a satellite phone number is provided when you book for emergency contact.
Whilst on the safari, the resident cook provides all meals in a sociable, homely atmosphere. The ocean is the great provider – serving up a myriad of seafood delicacies. All meals are served with fresh salads or freshly cooked vegetables. Sweet biscuits, cake, savory snacks, & delicious pre dinner nibbles are provided. Sweets such as ice cream, custards and fruit are also available. A basket of fresh fruit is always available for everyone to enjoy.
If due to special dietary requirements you require anything specific make it known at the time of booking (as you can appreciate, all food is ordered in advance) and they will do their best to assist. Tea, coffee, cordial and breakfast juices, are supplied but all other beverages are strictly BYO.
Diving The Montebello Islands
If you intend to scuba dive you will need to advise the team when you book as a “Dive Master” must be on board and this must be taken into account when the roster is prepared at the beginning of the season. Tanks and weight belts are supplied. You will need to take along any other personal gear required. Snorkelling is of course acceptable without a “Dive Master”. A light wetsuit is ideal to protect against the coral when snorkelling.
In Conclusion …
All in all, this is one of the world's “great” fishing holidays. With everything on offer and at your fingertips, there is no stress and endless fun to be had. You can choose to wear yourself out every day of the safari or simply pace yourself and relax as best you see fit. The choice is yours and the only thing required is a sense of adventure.