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Kimberley Coast - Darwin to Broome

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Coral Expeditions I
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Jump onboard Coral Expeditions I and let yourself be led by Kimberley experts into a world like no other. The exotic, remote, and surprising Kimberley coastline, located in Australia's northwest, offers unique discoveries from ancient aboriginal rock paintings and intriguing Horizontal Waterfalls, to incredible reefs home to fascinating wildlife and powerful tidal phenomena. Australia's Kimberley Coast is a natural marvel not to be missed. Come and see it for yourself!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin, Northern Territory | Embark
Day 2 : Joseph Bonaparte Gulf
Day 3 : Vansittart Bay | King George River
Day 4 : Bigge Island
Day 5 : Prince Regent Nature Reserve
Days 6-7 : Camden Sound Whale Sanctuary | Prince Regent River
Days 8-9 : Horizontal Waterfalls | Montgomery Reef
Day 10 : Dampier Peninsula | Lacepede Islands
Day 11 : Broome, Western Australia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Search for Gwion Gwion figures and WWII relics in Vansittart Bay inlets
  • Discover the Wandjina & Bradshaw rock paintings
  • Zodiac cruise through the powerful Horizontal Waterfalls
  • Watch for seabirds and turtle nesting grounds in the Lacepede Islands

Ship

Coral Expeditions I

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • South Pacific
  • Bigge Island
  • Broome
  • Darwin
  • Horizontal Falls
  • King George River
  • Lacepede Islands
  • Montgomery Reef
  • Prince Regent River
  • Vansittart Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkel the vibrant waters of the South Pacific The unusual red color of Broome, Australia The South Pacific is fringed with errupting blowholes Colorful coral reef and fish Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly

Day 1 Darwin, Northern Territory | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meet your fellow passengers and Aurora Expeditions' crew in Darwin, Northern Territory, and board Coral Expeditions I for a morning departure.

Day 2 Joseph Bonaparte Gulf

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the morning by crossing Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, which was first sighted by Abel Tasman in 1644 and named by French explorer Nicolas Baudin in 1803. Located in the Timor Sea, the gulf consists of a shallow inlet. In the afternoon, explore the serpentine creek system below Cox Peninsula.

Day 3 Vansittart Bay | King George River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Vansittart Bay inlets, islands, and protected waters in search for Gwion Gwion figures and WWII relics. The 80-meter thundering King George Falls waits for you on the other side of the King George River.

Day 4 Bigge Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Bigge Island, an important cultural landing site and home to monjons (small rock wallabies) and ospreys. A rock painting specialist can take you through the fascinating Wandjina and Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) figures.

Day 5 Prince Regent Nature Reserve

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover Prince Regent Nature Reserve, where more than half of the region's bird life and mammal species thrive. The reserve boasts mangrove stands, towering red cliffs, impressive tidal currents, and the famous saltwater crocodiles. Land at Careening Bay and look for huge boab tree bearing the 1820 blaze of Phillip Parker King's HMC Mermaid.

Day 6-7 Camden Sound Whale Sanctuary | Prince Regent River

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Look for humpback whales and their young in Camden Sound Whale Sanctuary. Expedition leader and Kimberley expert Mike Cusack takes you to ruins of the Kunmunya Mission, the remote settlement he and his wife Susan called home for a year, as Australia Geographic's Wilderness Couple. Cruise along Prince Regent River up to the cooling King Cascade.

Day 8-9 Horizontal Waterfalls | Montgomery Reef

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Explore a photographer's paradise - the 800 iron-rich islands that make up the Buccaneer Archipelago, stretching across azure waters. Take the time to cool off in Crocodile Creek. Adventure seekers can experience the thrill of a Zodiac cruise through the powerful Horizontal Waterfalls. Then, visit the marine sanctuary of Montgomery Reef, home to friendly manta rays and sharks and tidal cascades.

Day 10 Dampier Peninsula | Lacepede Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today sail to the Dampier Peninsula and head towards the Lacepede Islands in search of seabird and turtle nesting grounds.

Day 11 Broome, Western Australia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Upon arrival in Broome, say farewell to shipboard friends and crew before being transferred to the airport or continue on to explore Broome’s beaches, its pearling industry, and captivating history.

Coral Expeditions I

Per person starting at
$6,190
Coral Expeditions I - Cabin Twin Share
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Cabins
Six cabins, decks C & D. 10 sqm with twin beds.
Coral Expeditions I - Stateroom
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Staterooms
Five Staterooms on deck C. 13 sqm with twin or double beds.
Coral Expeditions I - Upper Deck Stateroom
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Upper Deck Staterooms
Eight upper deck staterooms on deck B. 14 sqm with twin or double beds.
Coral Expeditions I - Deluxe Stateroom Double
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Deluxe Staterooms
Six deluxe staterooms on deck c. 17 sqm with twin or double beds.

Notes

Solo Travelers:
A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “twin share” program. Book a cabin at the posted fare and the Coral Expeditions I will attempt to match you with another solo traveler of the same gender. If not possible, enjoy the sole use of the cabin at the twin share price.

Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.

Please note:
This itinerary is an indication of the reef, islands and coastal areas hoped to visit. While every effort will be made to follow this itinerary the Coral Expeditions I reserves the right to vary this itinerary to make allowances for weather, tidal conditions and any other reasons whatsoever.

Included in cruise fare:
  • Accommodation during the voyage onboard Coral Expeditions I
  • Transfer from the ship to your hotel or airport (post voyage)
  • Artist workshops
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises & landings with purpose-built craft The Explorer
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and briefings
  • Professionally-produced hard back voyage log
  • Access to first aid service
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All applicable landing fees

Not included in cruise fare:
  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Hotel or airport transfers to the ship, unless specified
  • Meals and accommodation before and after the voyage in Broome or Darwin
  • Optional helicopter flight to Mitchel Falls
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges

Included

  • 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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