New is­land en­ter­prises floated

Cockburn Gazette - - SHOP LOCAL -

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.

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