Broome / EmbarkArrive in Broome and board the National Geographic Orion for your South Pacific adventure through Kimberly and the Spice Islands.
Rowley ShoalsExplore three of Rowley Shoals' coral atolls off the Kimberley Coast. These shoals offer abundant marine life and untouched coral reefs, making Rowley one of the world’s most pristine marine environments. Snorkel and dive from the sand cays that make up the shoals and, weather permitting, take out one of the kayaks.
At SeaSpend a day at sea relaxing, chat with your shipmates, read, or attend a lecture on the history of the region. The day is yours to do as you wish on board.
Freshwater CoveJoin your tour guides for a scenic walk to view Wandjinas and Gwion Gwion rock art in several ancient caves. View the distinctive Boab trees, which feature carved Wandjina figures.
Camden Harbour & Sheep IslandAfter a failed attempt to settle the area by Victorian sheep farmers in 1864, Camden Harbour is rarely visited from the sea. Nature has gradually reclaimed the ruins, leaving fragments of a hard life from long ago. Visit nearby Sheep Island, which features the grave sites of several ill-fated settlers.
Bigge IslandTake a zodiac and land on rocky Bigge Island. View the small monjon rock wallabies and the northern quoll which thrive on the island, due to a lack of predators. View the rock art in several caves with the expedition team, who will point out the Wandjina figures. These figures are easily distinguished by what appear to be halos around the head of each figure. You may also see images of sailing ships and figures smoking pipes, which have been interpreted as representing seafaring European visitors in the 19th century.
King George River & FallsThe zodiacs will take you up the King George River, revealing spectacular scenery. The walls of the canyon are sheer in steepness, and have been eroded over millions of years. The falls are the highest single-drop falls in the whole of Kimberley. You can also take a steep walk to the top of the falls and have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim.
Wyndham / At SeaThe National Geographic Orion will make an operational stop at Wyndham in order to clear customs in Australia before proceeding north to East Timor. Attend lectures on board about the history and culture of what is to come.
Jaco Island, East TimorArrive at Jaco Island, a small stretch of sacred land to the traditional Timorese. The island is part of the Nino Konis Santana National Park and is home to some of Timor’s endemic bird species. Receive a colorful traditional welcome from people from the nearby mainland.
DiliVisit Dili, the capital of East Timor, and spend the day exploring Alieu and Dare. Dare, the memorial to Sparrow Force, an ill-fated band of Australian soldiers who fought a guerrilla war against the Japanese with the Timorese people, is a point of historical interest. Visit the memorial to the Alieu massacre, where a large number of Timorese were killed by the Japanese troops during WWII.
Larantuka, IndonesiaArrive in Larantuka, a small seaside township which features spectacular views and friendly locals. Learn about the history and customs of this town, and end the day with snorkeling and swimming off the white-sand beaches.
KomodoVisit the world renowned Komodo National Park and begin your search for the world’s largest living lizard: the Komodo dragon. These prehistoric creatures can grow up to ten feet long and weigh up to 150 pounds. Join the park rangers to learn about the conservation of these giants and take a hike to spot the lizards in their natural habitat.
Badas, SumbawaExperience the strong culture of the Pamulung villagers, who will delight you with an elaborate cultural display of a mock traditional wedding ceremony and a local boxing match.
Bali / DisembarkDisembark the National Geographic Orion in the morning and transfer to the airport for your connecting flights.