Mackerel Islands Group
22 km offshore are the Mackerel Islands which are noted for their
sport fishing and bottom fishing. The pristine waters are home to
world-class coral reefs that offer a spectacular array of colourful
reef fish and coral formations - a diver's / snorkeller's paradise. And
the fishing action is up there with some of the worlds best. Whether
you like to fish off the beach or out on the ocean, you won't be
disappointed with the smorgasbord of five-star species.
Of the 10 islands that make up the Mackerels group, two provide
accommodation - Thevenard Island and Direction Island. The landscape is
very much north Western Australian, abounding with vegetation typical
of the region. The casual nature of the Mackerel Islands provides an
ideal escape for singles, couples, families and groups.
Sea snakes, dolphins, dugongs, humpback whales and an abundance of
Turtles are some just of the amazing life that can be seen from
cruising these nearby Islands. The keen fisherman will think they are
in heaven when they experience some of WA's best fishing action.
Hooking up to your first Giant Trevally or a huge Spanish Mackerel will
make even the most experienced fisherman weak at the knees.
The main island, Thevenard Island, is a C Class Nature Reserve with
a portion leased as a recreational village. Thevenard Island is a
certified PADI dive resort and so full dive courses are available.
Thevenard Island was named in July 1801 by the French exploration
party headed by Nicolas Baudin. amed after Antoine Jean Marie Comte de
Thevenard (1733-1800), French naval officer who reached the rank of
vice-admiral in 1792. Thevenard was created a senator and a count in
1810, and made a peer of France, 4 June 1814. He was a member of
several learned societies of Europe and America, of the Royal academy
of marine in 1773, and of the Paris academy of sciences after 1785.