Pirates Cove, Dampier Archipelago

Explore Dampier Archipelago

The Dampier Archipelago in the Pilbara region of WA is a coastal wonderland comprising of 42 islands and islets off the coast of Dampier and Point Samson. These islands offer excellent opportunities for boating, fishing, snorkelling, camping and other recreational activities.

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The Yaburara Aboriginal language group are the original inhabitants of WA’s Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago. It wasn’t until 1699 that William Dampier became the first recorded Englishman to visit the area.

Dampier Archipelago

Wildlife and Flora

Boasting many varied natural land and marine habitats, the area is an important nesting site for green, logger head, flatback and hawksbill turtles. You may also encounter dugongs, manta rays and bottlenose dolphins in the waters surrounding the Dampier Archipelago in WA, and if you visit between July and September, humpback whales can be seen as they migrate to temperate subtropical waters to mate and give birth.

Keen birdwatchers will also be interested to know that the islands are an important refuge and breeding ground for some 26 species of land, sea and shore birds, including fairy and bridled terns.

Dampier Archipelago

Things to do

Getting to Dampier Archipelago

A range of boat cruises available with local operators who can take you on a memorable day out on the warm waters off the coast of Dampier to discover some of the 150 beaches surrounding the 42 islands that make up the archipelago.