8 Day Rowley Shoals

from $4,990 per person twin share

Located 300kms from the nearest land the Rowley Shoals are a chain of coral atolls that rise nearly vertically from approximately 440 metres deep on the edge of one of the widest continental shelves in the world. Rising from the deep blue of the Indian Ocean each of the three coral atolls covers around 90sq km and features a diverse array of snorkelling and diving environments with exceptional visibility.

The Rowley Shoals are amongst the few reefs in the world that are affected by a huge tidal range. The dramatic five metre tides pour massive volumes of water in and out of the coral framework and have created unearthly and enchanting coral landscapes. The Rowley Shoals is home to an amazing 233 species of coral and 688 species of fish including many that are not found on near shore coral reefs.

Less than 400 people a year are privileged to experience the swimming pool like conditions of the Rowley Shoals Marine Park. Be one of the few to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the Rowley Shoals as you dive crystal clear lagoons, shear vertical walls and drift dive through deep, clear canyons amongst turtles, sharks and the many species of marine life that inhabit this unique and remote area.

Rowley shoals is a remote location. A recognised open water certification is required to dive a the Rowley Shoals. Odyssey Expeditions recommends, for your safety, that all divers have maintained their dive skills on a regular basis and have logged 20+ dives.

What’s included when you choose a 8 day Rowley Shoals adventure Odyssey Expeditions?

8 days on board Odyssey with all meals included. Our onboard chef will provide you with fresh, wholesome gourmet delights daily. If you have any dietary requirements or are celebrating a special event let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to accommodate your requirements. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, a range of soft drinks and snacks are complimentary and are conveniently available at your leisure. In your room linen is provided so no need to fill up your luggage with extra blankets we have plenty on board. Hair dryers are provided in each cabin.

  • Accommodation, A deluxe or classic style cabin with each cabin fully equipped with all linen, ample storage, a bar fridge, 240 volt power and hair dryer.

  • All meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas are all freshly prepared by our on board chef. Dietary requirements are catered for just let us know when booking.

  • Beverages, complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, a range of soft drinks and juices are available at all times. Alcoholic beverages are available from the bar, all very reasonably priced.

  • Air Fills are provided by our 21cfm compressor. All fills are free whilst aboard the Odyssey.

  • Belts and Weights are provided by Odyssey or you can bring your own if you choose.

  • Fishing is very restricted at the Rowley Shoals Marine Park; there is an abundance of fish in the waters however fishing is only allowed at Clerke Reef where we will stay for approximately 4 nights. MV Odyssey is well equipped with Shimano and Penn fishing equipment to help with your catch or if your prefer bring you own favourite rod and tackle. Our experienced crew will take you out in one of our 3 tender vessels equipped with fishing gear and tackle and help you as much as you require.
    Whilst all our guest are invited to fish, Odyssey Expeditions has a catch and eat or release licence, if you catch it our chef will scale it, clean it and make a mouth watering feast of it, but no one can take fish home, just a photo, a permanent reminder of your catch.
    Fishing is prohibited at Mermaid Reef.

  • On-Board Entertainment, MV Odyssey is equipped with state of the art viewing and surround sound SONOS system. Two large plasma and LCD  screens will keep you informed and entertained. Our DVD and CD library offers a large range of music, movies and documentaries for you to choose from.

  • First aid / Medical, All the crew of Odyssey hold a current senior first aid certificate and will assist you if a medical emergency should arise. As well as a general first aid kit MV Odyssey is also equipped with a Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) Medical Chest; the chest contains a range of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical items which enables emergency and non emergency treatment to be given. The consultation and support of the Royal Flying Doctors Service is available to Odyssey 24 hours a day via satellite phone.

Example Itinerary

This is an example itinerary only. All our cruises are individual due to changing tidal movements, prevailing conditions, guest preferences and what is found on any given day.

What to Bring?

Pack simply and lightly for your adventure with Odyssey, in soft bags please for easy storage. Comfortable, casual clothing such as shorts, with cotton tops are the best for day time, with jeans and a light jumper at night, when it can be cool. Shirts with long sleeves will protect you from sunburn and light colours are cooler in the sun. Simple reef or wet suit shoes are great for trips ashore.

The following packing list may be helpful

  • Sun hat / sunscreen.
  • Personal toiletries (we supply sunscreen, body wash, insect repellent, tissues & hairdryers)
  • Water bottle with large opening for ice
  • Camera with plenty of memory, all cabins have 240v outlet for recharging.
  • Beach towel and bathers
  • Dive and snorkelling gear (tanks 80c/11.1 litre, weights & weight belts are supplied).
  • Skin suit or wet suit (3mm recommended) – water temperature is around 25oC
  • Spare parts kit that should include glow sticks, safety sausage and dive touch.
  • Dive log and Dive certification
  • Dive torch and spare batteries
  • Light summer clothing (typically around 30 degrees during the day and less than 20 during the night)
  • Warm clothing as the mornings/evenings can be cool, long pants and a jumper are suggested
  • Prescription drugs or vitamins, each cabin has a personal bar fridge for storing medication.
  • Motion sickness preventative
  • Fishing gear is provided on the vessel, however, keen fishermen & women might want to bring their own lures or they are available for purchase on board Odyssey.