Coral Expeditions I

ITINERARY and PRICE: 10 NIGHTS Broome-Darwin

cabin

2018

2019

Twin Share Sole Use  Twin Share Sole Use
Cabin $8,290 pp $12,435 $8,690 pp $13,035
Stateroom $9,490 pp N/A $9,890 pp N/A
Upper Deck Strm $9,990 pp N/A $10,290 pp N/A
Deluxe Strm $10,490 pp N/A $10,790 pp N/A
Single travellers: Limited sole use occupancy available.
Cruise fare includes: Meals; Shore excursions by tender boat; Crew; Services of expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities; 24 hour tea/coffee station
Cruise fare does not include: Alcohol; Flights before or after the cruise; Mitchell Falls helicopter flight

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FREE HOTEL: 1 night in Darwin and 1 night in Broome OR 2 nights in one place (2019 bookings. For 2018 bookings, only 1 night applies).
FREE TOUR: Sightseeing tour in Broome or Darwin OR $99 pp upgrade for Kakadu or Cape Leveque day tour 
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Broome-Darwin itinerary

Day 1: Depart Broome

Board your ship at 4.30pm for planned 6.00pm departure > with fellow travellers and friendly Coral Expeditions’ crew, enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks > the sundeck is the place to be for stunning views as we cruise north towards Cape Leveque

Day 2: Lacepede Islands

Explore 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 birdlife 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

DAY 3: Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago

Travel ashore to Hidden Island for a walk on the fine white sands of Silica Beach > cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands > in Talbot Bay the region’s large tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders in the world” > board the Zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls

DAY 4: Ruby Falls and Raft Point

Cruise through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry > travel ashore at imposing Raft Point and visit a secluded and very interesting Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and some of the Kimberley’s most well-preserved Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion) > explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a leisurely swim at Ruby Falls

Day 5: Doubtful Bay and Montgomery Reef

Cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay before savoring a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs > join our 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
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Day 6: Prince Regent River and King Cascade

Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Explorer to the breathtaking King Cascade, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations > enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is also time for a cooling dip in the freshwater pools

Day 7: Careening Bay and Bigge Island

Explore Careening Bay; named by early explorer Phillip Parker King after his ship ‘HMC Mermaid’ was careened for repairs during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley > our Expedition Team will lead us to the site of a remarkable boab tree bearing the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later > discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art > hear from our Guest Lecturers about these traditional art forms and the myths from the dreamtime that inspired them

Day 8: Hathaway’s Hideaway and Mitchell Falls

Anchor in Winyalken Bay > travel ashore aboard Explorer to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway’s Hideaway > consider an optional scenic heli-flight 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 we indulge in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ

Day 9: Vansittart Bay DC3 and Jar Island

Join our 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 World War II > visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery > with our Guest Lecturers, see fine examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years

Day 10: King George River and Falls

Visit secluded Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration > discover the mighty King George River, one of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers and the last we will encounter > board Explorer and explore scenic gorges > take to our inflatable Zodiacs and cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfalls in Western Australia, towering some 80 metres above the river below

Day 11: Expedition concludes in Darwin

Our incredible adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes in Darwin this morning at 8:00am > bid farewell to new-found friends and the Captain and crew > post cruise transfers in Darwin included

Please Note: This itinerary is an indication of the destinations Coral Expeditions visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, Coral Expeditions 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.