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Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly

Best of the Kimberley and Tiwi Islands

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Coral Discoverer
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This 11-day sailing experience on Coral Discoverer brings you to the wonders of the Kimberley coast. Wonder at the unique tidal phenomenon of the Horizontal Waterfalls, marvel at the 80 meter high King George Falls, and watch for abundant wildlife as you travel and reach Broome. The Kimberley Region is named for its most imposing landmark - an ancient mountain range visible from the rugged sea coast. It is a place acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Witness magnificent coastal vistas created by towering rock ridges, silent secluded gorges, plunging waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and massive tidal movements.
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Highlights
  • Experience the unique tidal phenomenon of the Horizontal Waterfalls
  • Marvel at the plunging 80 meter high King George Falls
  • Learn from expert interpretation of ancient Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art
  • Witness Montgomery Reef rise out of the ocean with the falling tide
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Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Darwin / Broom | Embark

Darwin Departures: Arrive at Darwin Fort Hill Wharf for boarding at 8:00 am, with time to settle into your stateroom before the 9:00 am departure.

Broome Departures: Arrive at the designated meeting point (advised closer to your departure) before the transfer to Broome Deep Water Port for boarding at 4:00 pm. Settle into your stateroom before the 5:00 pm departure.

Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard before joining the expedition team in the Bridge Deck Lounge for an introduction to Kimberley. As dusk falls, meet your fellow travelers, the Captain, and the crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 2-10: Explore Kimberley

TIWI ISLANDS
Enjoy a traditional welcome ceremony and morning tea before taking a guided tour of the museum and old mission precinct to learn about the Tiwi culture and history. Visit Tiwi Design, create your artwork with the guidance of a local artist and purchase traditional Tiwi artworks at Munupi Arts.

KING GEORGE RIVER & FALLS (OOMARI FALLS)
Enjoy a traditional welcome ceremony with a morning tea. Explore the museum and old mission precinct on a guided tour. See various artworks at Tiwi Design, including paintings, carvings, and sculptures. Create your artwork with the help of a local artist. Visit Munupi Arts on Melville Island to experience traditional and contemporary art and purchase traditional Tiwi artworks

VANSITTART BAY (BANJAL)
Discover the Gwion Gwion Aboriginal rock art galleries and the pot shards on Jar Island. See the wreckage of a US Airforce C-53 Skytrooper on the Anjo Peninsula.

MITCHELL FALLS, & WINYALKAN
Mitchell Falls in Mitchell River National Park are known for their stunning tiered waterfalls and emerald green rock pools. Visitors can enjoy a scenic helicopter flight to see the falls, rock pools, and ancient rock art hidden in caves. The park is home to diverse wildlife, thanks to its constant water source, and offers great views from sandstone terraces. Alternatives include exploring the sandstone caves of Wollaston Bay or Creek, a labyrinth of weathered tunnels and arches. End the day with a sunset over the Indian Ocean and a gourmet BBQ.

PRINCE FREDERICK HARBOUR AND BIGGE ISLAND (WUUYURU)
Mitchell Falls in Mitchell River National Park feature tiered waterfalls, emerald green rock pools, and ancient rock art hidden in caves. Visitors can enjoy a scenic helicopter flight and sandstone terraces. Alternatively, explore sandstone caves in Wollaston Bay or Creek. End the day watching sunset over the Indian Ocean with a gourmet BBQ. Prince Frederick Harbour is a beautiful location in the Kimberley region known for its mangrove-lined islands and monsoon rainforests, great birdwatching, and mudflats.

PRINCE REGENT RIVER AND CAREENING BAY (WUNBUNG-GU)
King Cascade, a stunning terraced waterfall in the Kimberley, is renowned for its picturesque scenery. Water flows down a series of Kimberley sandstone terraces, adorned with a vibrant mix of grasses, mosses, and ferns. This natural wonder is accessible via Xplorer tender vessels along the Prince Regent River, a unique straight river that follows a fault line.

The area also holds historical significance with nearby Careening Bay, where Lt. Phillip Parker King repaired his vessel, HMC Mermaid, in 1820. A notable landmark from this event is the Mermaid Boab Tree, marked by the ship's carpenter and now listed on the National Register of Big Trees for its impressive size and historical inscription.

MONTGOMERY REEF (YOWJAB)
Montgomery Reef is a 300 sq km area named by Phillip Parker King that rises twice daily from the Indian Ocean in 11m tides, revealing a flat-topped reef with rock pools and rivulets. Witness this spectacle up close with your Xplorer and Zodiac inflatable tenders, and see the opportunistic birds and wildlife feeding on exposed marine life.

HORIZONTAL FALLS (GARAANNGADDIM) AND BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO
The Horizontal Falls in the Kimberley are a natural wonder created as seawater rushes through a narrow gorge. It's a highlight of Kimberley expedition cruises where you can ride the rapids on Zodiac inflatable tenders. Talbot Bay is at the heart of the Buccaneer Archipelago with over 800 islands estimated at over 2 billion years old. At Cyclone Creek, you'll see impressive rock formations and cruise past Koolan Island before enjoying sunset drinks at Nares Point.

THE LACEPEDES
The Lacepede Islands are an important nature reserve for seabird nesting and green turtles. You can explore the lagoons using Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels if weather permits. On your last evening aboard, you can enjoy Captain's farewell drinks with new friends as your Kimberley adventures come to an end.

Day 11: Broome / Darwin | Disembark

Your incredible adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes. Bid farewell to new-found friends, the Captain, and the crew.

Broome Arrival: Arrive in Broome this morning at 8:00 am. A post-cruise transfer to Broome CBD or Airport is included. If you’re not transferring directly to the airport, why not spend the day visiting world-famous Cable Beach or stroll the historic streets of Chinatown in central Broome?

Darwin Arrival: Arrive at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 08:30 am. Post-cruise transfers to CBD hotels or the airport are included. If you’re not transferring directly to the airport, why not spend the day enjoying the tropical city of Darwin with its landscaped waterfront and harbourside Wave Pool?

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Coral Discoverer

Coral Discoverer
Bridge Deck Bar aboard the Coral Discoverer

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$7,440 2-3 travelers

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Main Deck B
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Three cabins located on the Main Deck, equipped with twin portholes, desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Main Deck A
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Six cabins located on the Main Deck, equipped with twin porthole windows, desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade Deck B
Averaging 160 sq. ft. Four cabins located on the Promenade Deck, equipped with picture windows, desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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Promenade Deck A
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Eighteen cabins located on the Promenade Deck, equipped with picture windows, sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Bridge Deck
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Five cabins located on the Bridge Deck, equipped with picture windows, sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Notes

Solo Travelers:
Solo cabin occupancy is limited and based on availability in Promenade Deck B cabins only. Single supplement is an additional 50%.

Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian or New Zealand Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.
Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Your expedition photos captured during the voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers (in most destinations)
  • 24-hour coffee and selection of teas
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry Service
  • Entry visas/Travel permits
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet 
  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)
  • Airport Departure Tax - Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Passport or Visa fees

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