Joining the Coral Expeditions fleet in January 2021, hop on board the Coral Geographer for your 10-night Kimberley cruise from Broom to Darwin. With 25 years’ experience of small ship cruising along the Kimberley coastline, Coral Expeditions have highly informative Expeditions Leaders who will introduce you to an ancient landscape and remote locations.
Utilising specially designed excursion vessels, the Xplorers and Zodiacs, safely discover stunning landscapes, beautiful nature and wildlife and Aboriginal rock art. Highlights of your excursions include the Lacepede Islands, Montgomery Reef, Prince Regent River and King Cascades, Jar Island and the Horizontal Falls.
Back on board the Coral Geographer enjoy fresh chef-prepared meals in the dining room, grab a drink at the indoor or outdoor bar, or relax on the large sundeck making new friends with your fellow explorers. This Kimberley cruise adventure is an experience of a lifetime.
Select from four cabin types, all spacious and elegantly appointed. The choice of accommodation on board the Coral Geographer includes Staterooms and Suites.
Coral Deck: Size is 17 sqm. Bedding is 1 Junior King Bed or 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Promenade Deck: Size is 17 sqm. Bedding is 1 Junior King Bed or 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Explorer Deck: Size is 21.4 sqm. Bedding is 1 Junior King Bed or 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Bridge Deck Suite: Size is 37.5 sqm. Bedding is 1 Junior King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
All meals during the cruise are included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Dining Room located on the Main Deck. Coffee and tea is available 24 hours. Soft drinks are complimentary. House wine and selected beers, juices and house spirits are served with lunch and dinner service. Meal times will be advised in the onboard daily bulletins.
Day 1: Board Coral Geographer at 4.00pm for a 5.00pm departure from Broome. This evening meet your fellow travellers and friendly crew at the Captain's Welcome Cocktails. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner and stunning views as you cruise north towards Cape Leveque.
Day 2: Cruise through Pender Bay and, subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying atop a platform reef. This nature reserve has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area as it supports up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, possibly the largest such population in the world. Board the zodiacs and explore the island's lagoon, keeping an eye out for many species of marine bird life including Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets, gulls and terns. The islands are also renowned as Western Australia's most significant breeding grounds for the Green Turtle, often seen nesting on the islands. This afternoon, join the Expedition Staff in the Lounge for an interesting introduction to the Kimberley.
Day 3: This morning travel ashore to Hidden Island for a walk on the fine white sands of Silica Beach. Then, cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region's 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough as "one the greatest natural wonders in the world". Board the zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls.
Day 4: This morning explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a cooling dip at Ruby Falls. Cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and the mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion).
Day 5: Cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay before savouring a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef 'rises' out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join the Expedition Staff aboard the Explorer and zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef's diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks.
Day 6: Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Explorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. Enjoy refreshments at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is time for a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools.
Day 7: At Careening Bay the lecturers lead you to the site of a large boab tree bearing the inscription "HMC Mermaid - 1820", still clearly visible almost 200 years later. Then, discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art.
Day 8: After anchoring in Winyalken Bay, travel ashore aboard Explorer to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway's Hideaway. Later, helicopters are available for optional scenic flights over the Mitchell Plateau for close up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls (additional expense). This evening, enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as you indulge in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ.
Day 9: Join the Expedition Leader on a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during WWII. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island's outstanding rock art gallery. The Guest Lecturers will point out fine examples of the Kimberley's mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.
Day 10: Visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration. Later, discover the last of the Kimberley's 'big' rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard Explorer, the specially designed excursion vessel, you'll explore scenic gorges, and in the inflatable zodiacs you'll cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia towering some 80 metres above the river below.
Day 11: Expedition concludes in Darwin at 8.30am.
**This itinerary is an indication of the destinations Coral Expeditions Cruises visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition they may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggest that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.**
Coral Geographer caters for 120 passengers in 60 staterooms, with 32 of them having balconies.
Facilities: Open deck space including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views, WiFi available in all guest areas (additional cost applies), small on-board library, lecture lounge with multimedia for daily expedition briefings and presentations, air-conditioned public areas, indoor and outdoor bars and wine cellar.
Expeditions: The "Xplorer" is a specially designed aluminium excursion vessel used for the majority of the excursions. This vessel has high horsepower engines and will accommodate all passengers at one time. The "Xplorer" is used for landings and for extensive exploration of rivers and tributaries. For your added convenience and comfort, the "Xplorer" is equipped with an awning and toilet.
The Coral Geographer also carries three inflatable landing craft (Zodiacs). Designed for expedition work, these large and heavy-duty inflatables are extremely safe. Separate air compartments retain a large reserve of buoyancy even if the boat is damaged. The flat bottom design permits these crafts to land directly onto the beaches. Expect none-the-less to wade through shallow water to reach the shore.
10, 31 May
02, 23 August
Departs: 5.00pm from Broome
Arrives: 8.30am to Darwin
Children: Under 14 years of age are not recommended
Excludes: Pre and Post flights/accommodation, Visa expenses, Travel Vaccinations, PCR testing/GP appointments, pre-cruise transfers, fuel surcharges if applicable, personal items such as telephone, WiFi, laundry, bar charges, travel insurance, gift shop purchases, pre booked premium wine packages, optional excursions on some itineraries and optional SCUBA diving. Any undisclosed fee imposed by government or organizational bodies prior or during cruise.
Operated By: Coral Expeditions