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Welcome to the Montebello Islands, a breathtaking destination for an unforgettable diving adventure! Our live-aboard tour is the perfect opportunity for diving enthusiasts to explore the stunning underwater world of this remote and pristine archipelago. 

Get ready to immerse yourself in a marine paradise filled with vibrant coral reefs, captivating marine life, and a fascinating historical wreck site. 

Highlights of the Montebello Island Safaris Dive  Tour:

1.Untouched Dive Sites:

Dive into crystal blue water and discover a treasure trove of marine biodiversity. 

The Montebello Islands are renowned for their untouched dive sites, offering great visibility and a wide array of colorful coral gardens. Prepare to encounter an abundance of tropical fish, turtles, rays, and Local shark species

2.Main Trial wreck site, south-west of the Trial Rocks.

In May 2021, the WA Museum travelled to the Montebello Islands and Trial Rocks, as part of the Disney+ ‘Shipwreck Hunters Australia’ documentary series, in conjunction with Terra Australis Productions and VAM Media. The main Trial site area (TR01) was revisited and surveyed using 3D photogrammetry. When compared with the 1971 and 1985 site plans from earlier WA Museum expeditions, the survey showed that the cannon and anchors continue to be moved around the site by natural forces on this highly dynamic site.
Learn more about Trial (1622) at the WA Museum.
Reconstructed using Agisoft Metashape. 5th and 6th of May 2021. 1173 images. WA Museum and Patrick Morrison.

Trial (1622) wreck site, 2021 by Western Australian Museum on Sketchfab

3.Deep & Shallow Dives:

The Montebello and surrounding area is littered with  sites for divers of various experiences and we can target your trip accordingly 

From the back of the fringing reef on the West side to drop-offs on the North and East side and deep channels to the South Its all there.

4.What we supply:

Dive Tanks, Refills and weights for belts are all supplied on your trip.

5.Comfortable Live Aboard Experience:

Our live-aboard houseboat and vessels provide comfortable accommodation for up to 16 people and have excellent amenities including Hot showers, fresh desalinated drinking water, comfortable twin share room (houseboat only) Twin bathrooms and toilets, full galley with customers own refrigerator to use for personal gear, plenty of storage for your personal snacks, BBQ and more ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable stay throughout your diving expedition. Indulge in delectable cuisine prepared by our onboard cook, unwind on the spacious sun deck, and share your diving tales with fellow enthusiasts in the cozy lounge area.

6.Expert Crew and Guides:

Our experienced team are passionate about the Montebello Islands and our Dive Master will accompany you on every dive,  sharing their knowledge of the marine ecosystem and pointing out hidden wonders. 

Introducing Trial: Australia’s first known ship wreck, Montebello Islands, Western Australia.

Welcome to the intriguing tale of Trial, also known as Tryall or Tryal, an English ship with a fascinating history. 

Departing from Plymouth, England, this vessel embarked on a voyage to Batavia, bound for Batavia in the Dutch East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia) in the year 1621. 

Loaded with cargo for the renowned English East India Company (EEIC) and carrying 143 individuals, Trial set sail under the command of its master, John Brookes. The ship’s mission was to follow the newly established Brouwer Route, a Dutch shipping path.

After passing the Cape of Good Hope, Trial took advantage of the prevailing westerly winds in the southern latitudes.

Tragically, on 25 May 1622, the ship encountered treacherous rocks along the remote northern coast of Western Australia, resulting in its catastrophic wreckage.

Devastatingly, over 100 lives were lost as the ship broke up on rocks, (now known as Trial rocks) while a fortunate few managed to survive aboard the ship’s skiff and longboat.

Among the survivors were John Brookes, the ship’s master, and Thomas Bright, the merchant officer. 

Their accounts of the tragedy differed significantly, with Bright accusing Brookes of negligence and claiming that his inept navigation was solely responsible for the shipwreck. Bright further accused Brookes of theft, alleging that valuable items belonging to the EEIC were stolen.

In an astonishing revelation, research conducted over 300 years later uncovered deceit in the form of a falsified ship’s logbook. 

It was discovered that Brookes had deliberately provided misleading information to support his version of events, suggesting that Trial was following the prescribed course when it met its fate. Brookes had manipulated the Trial Rocks’ coordinates, placing them further west than their actual location and south of the Straits of Sunda. 

This deception misled both the EEIC and the Dutch East India Company in their attempts to locate the wreck of Trial, resulting in unsuccessful search efforts.

Today, Trial stands as a testament to a tragic maritime event and a valuable historical artefact.

Recognising its significance, the wreck enjoys protection under the Commonwealth Underwater Cultural Heritage Act 2018.

Join us on a captivating journey to uncover the secrets and mysteries surrounding Trial, as we delve into its ill-fated voyage and the stories of those who were aboard.

A living underwater time capsule of history: Descending into the depths to explore Trial is like stepping into a time capsule. Preserved by the sea for centuries, the remains of the ship provide a window into the past. Divers have the opportunity to witness firsthand the remnants of a vessel that played a significant role in the maritime trade of its era.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an underwater photographer, or simply seeking an extraordinary diving experience, Trial offers a blend of historical intrigue and natural beauty that is sure to captivate all who venture into its depths.

Dive into the enchanting world of Trial and witness firsthand the allure of exploring a shipwreck that holds a place in both history and the imaginations of adventurers.
7.Historical Wreck:

Explore the remnants of the first recorded shipwreck in Australian history . The Trial was wrecked in 1622 on a then uncharted reef off the coast of New Holland (Western Australia)  which we now know as at the Montebello Islands. Remnants of the wreck including its cannons are still visible today. The wreck provides a unique backdrop for underwater exploration and is teeming with marine life.

They prioritize your safety and guarantee a personalized diving experience tailored to your skill level.

Join us on this extraordinary journey to the Montebello Islands and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

Whether you’re an experienced diver or just beginning your underwater exploration, our live-aboard tour offers an unparalleled West Australian adventure in one of the world’s most captivating and unique dive destinations. 

Book your group today and prepare to be amazed!

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