Coral Expeditions I

ITINERARY and PRICE: 10 NIGHTS Darwin-Broome

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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DAY 1: depart darwin

Board your ship at 8.00am for planned 9:00am departure > cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters > join our expedition staff in the lounge for an informative introduction to the Kimberley > with fellow travellers and friendly Coral Expeditions’ crew, enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks

DAY 2: King George River and Falls

Discover the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George > board Explorer, our specially designed excursion vessel 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 > visit secluded Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration

DAY 3: 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 4: 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, conducted by third party helicopter operator) > this evening enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as we indulge in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ

Day 5: Bigge Island and Careening Bay

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 > 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
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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: Montgomery Reef and Doubtful Bay

Savour 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 > discover the reef’s diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks > cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay

Day 8: Raft Point and Ruby Falls

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 9: Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago

Meander through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands > in Talbot Bay the region’s large tides can 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 > explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and crystal clear waters

Day 10: 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, often seen nesting > this evening we reflect on this wonderful expedition with new-found friends as we enjoy the Captain’s farewell drinks

Day 11: Arrive in Broome

Our adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes in Broome this morning at 8:00am > 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 > post cruise transfers 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.