The Dampier Ardchipelago offers visitors unsurpassed opportunities for water recreation at its finest. Everything from pristine white beaches, fringing coral reefs, spectacular fishing, world class snorkeling and diving, all lie within a 45 kilometre radius of Dampier Western Australia. For details on charter boat operatiors and access to the islands, please contact:
The Dampier Archipelago in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is a coastal wonderland comprising 42 islands and islets off the coast of Dampier and Port Sampson. These islands offer excellent opportunities for boating, fishing, snorkeling, camping or family recreation.
The Jaburara Aboriginal language group are the original inhabitants of WA’s Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago, and it wasn’t untillk 1699 that William Dampier became the first recorded Englishman to visit the area.
What to Do at the Dampier Archipelago ?
- Take a four hour boat trip from Dampier to the neighbouring Montebello Islands, a group of 100 limestone islands with unspoiled white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The islands are perfect for diving, snorkelling, camping, beach combing and fishing. The Montebello Islandss also claim to be the site of Western Australia’s first shipwreck, the Tyrall, which sank in 1622.
- Admire some of the best examples of Aboriginal rock art (petroglyphs), created by the Jaburara people on Enderby and Rosemary Islands in the Dampier Archipelago. The east side of Enderby Island is the resting place of may historical boats and planes.
- Explore the ruins on West Lewis Island, they are believed to have been one of the early pastoral settlements on WA’s Dampier Archipelago.
- Enjoy excellent fishing and experience the thrill of beach camping on one or more of the islands.
- Check out the remains of the old whaling and pearling stations that operated on Malus Island between 1870 and 1872.
- Visit Gidley Island’s Black Hawk Bay and explore the remains of the pearler camp and grave sites.
- Go diving or snorkelling on the coral reefs surrounding Dolphin Island and check the rock pools that are thought to have been used by the pearl fishers for collecting fresh water.
- Fishing on the Dampier Archipelago: With a huge variety of fish species inhabiting the area its a fishing paradise for both amateurs and professionals alike. Species include the much sought after coral trout, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, spangled emperor and Norwest snapper.
- Camping on the Dampier Archipelago: Camping in WA’s Dampier Archipelago is permitted within 100 metres of the high water mark on beaches that are zoned for recreation.
- Some of the islands are classified ‘A Class’ reserves, which means they are off limits, although a select few allow day access and overnight camping. Please remember, no fires, be clean and protect the local flora and fauna.