Visit the Abrolhos Islands by Seaplane!

Seaplane parked on the beach at Turtle Bay.

At Swan River Seaplanes, we firmly believe that there’s no better way to explore the natural splendor of Western Australia than by taking to the skies. For those seeking an unforgettable destination that offers a unique and awe-inspiring experience, the Abrolhos Islands are truly hard to beat. Situated off the coast of Western Australia, this cluster of coral islands boasts diverse marine life, rare and endangered species, and a rich history that visitors are sure to find captivating. And what better way to explore this breathtaking natural wonder than by seaplane?

“We are extremely pleased that after significant planning and trial flights with various landings, we are able to offer a charter option to the Abrolhos Islands, direct from Perth or out from Geraldton. Showcasing Western Australia’s untouched paradise is a development we are particularly excited about and we are enjoying the unfolding story and future life-long memories these experiences will create,” said Dean Kingi, director of Swan River Seaplanes.

One of many photo opportunities when flying above the islands.

As the only seaplane operator providing flights to the Abrolhos Islands from the mainland of Western Australia, we are proud to offer our guests the opportunity to view some of the most beautiful and pristine areas of the state from a completely different perspective. Our seaplane flights depart from the Swan River in Perth and take approximately 1.5 hours, providing stunning views of the coastline, the Indian Ocean, and the islands below.

Upon landing at the Pelsaert Group, located on the southern end of the Abrolhos Islands, visitors can embark on a variety of activities such as snorkeling, diving, or taking a guided tour of the area. The Pelsaert Group is a cluster of 42 islands and reefs known for its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life. Visitors can also relax on one of the sandy beaches or enjoy the hospitality aboard a cruise vessel or a pre-arrange tour of Post Office Island – all while taking in the area’s natural beauty.

In addition to our seaplane tours, Swan River Seaplanes is thrilled to be involved in two exciting events in April. The Pearls and Plates event, taking place on April 15th, 16th, and 17th, is a unique long table lunch with a waterside setting that offers a fine dining experience at the rugged Abrolhos Islands. This culinary journey features incredible local seafood delicacies such as crayfish, scallop, octopus, and wild catch fish, paired with world-class Margaret River wines, French champagne, WA beers, and Campari cocktails. Guests can also enjoy live music sessions by Tom Fisher and take in the stories of shipwrecks around the Southern Group and an art exhibition by renowned WA artists Jeremy Kirwan-ward and Helen Smith, showcasing the area’s intriguing pearling culture and the stunning jewelry of Liddon Pearls. More information can be found at the following website: 

The view of the iconic Post-Office Island from the seaplane.


Another exciting event taking place in the Abrolhos Islands in April is the Shore Leave Festival, a celebration of the region’s maritime heritage with music, food, and entertainment for the whole family. The festival’s long-table lunch on East Wallabi Island features fresh seafood and other local delicacies, along with stunning views of the surrounding area. This sold out festival runs on April 27th.

Seaplanes have a rich history at the Abrolhos Islands. Due to their remote location, the islands were an ideal location for seaplane operations in the early 20th century. Various airlines and companies used seaplanes in the 1920s and 1930s to transport passengers, mail, and supplies to the islands. MacRobertson Miller Airlines (MMA) established a regular seaplane service to the Abrolhos Islands in 1935, which continued until World War II broke out in 1939. During the war, the islands were used as a base for Allied seaplanes that patrolled the coast and monitored Japanese naval activity in the region.

After the war, seaplane operations continued at the Abrolhos Islands, with various companies and individuals using them for fishing, tourism, and transportation. In the 1960s, the Western Australian Department of Fisheries used seaplanes to survey the area for fishing grounds, and seaplanes were also used for tourist activities such as sightseeing

Seaplane at Little Pigeon Island.

It’s worth mentioning that the seaplane offers a unique mode of transport that can complement other forms of transportation. For example, our seaplanes can easily meet luxury charter boats and other vessels, allowing visitors to seamlessly integrate their travel plans and explore the Abrolhos Islands from multiple angles. Whether you’re looking for an adventure-packed day trip or a more leisurely getaway, Swan River Seaplanes has you covered. Enquire about a seaplane charter today and discover the unparalleled beauty of the Abrolhos Islands.