New island enterprises floated
EIGHT new businesses will join the Rottnest Island community after a call for expressions of interest earlier this year.
There will be a crayfish catch and cruise experience, glass bottom kayaks, a catamaran cruise, boat hire, subsea scooters and undersea helmet walks, as well as a new food van at the lighthouse and shade and beach accessory hire.
Rottnest Island Authority executive director Michelle Reynolds said most of the new offerings were water-based.
“We made a decision about those that were appropriate and would build on brand Rottnest, and they were mostly water-based,” Ms Reynolds said.
“We’re very excited about offering tourists and visitors more to do.”
From next month, Fremantle-based cruise company Charter 1 will bring its catamaran Capella to Rottnest offering sailing tours, whale watching and accommodation for up to 10 guests.
Owner Jules de Angelis said it was a simple decision to expand to Rottnest.
“People love coming to Rottnest and it makes sense to offer these experiences when they’re on the island,” Mr de Angelis said.
“We love being on the boat and sharing that experience with other people.”
Sea Kayak Rottnest will start glass bottom kayak tours in January, offering family-friendly kayaks tours at different locations on the island.
Head guide Malcolm Roberts said the reefs off Rottnest Island were beautiful and visitors could ex- pect to see stingrays and dolphins on the tours.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia launched the new businesses recently, saying they gave visitors more to do on the island.