Reef Prince

ITINERARY and PRICE: 10 NIGHTS Broome-Darwin 

 

2019

  Twin Share Sole Use
Class 4 $9,875 pp Please enquire
Class 3 $10,395 pp Please enquire 
Class 2 $10,980 pp Please enquire 
Class 1 $11,490 pp Please enquire 
Single travellers: Limited sole use occupancy available.
Cruise fare includes: Cruise transfer to Broome hotel; Cruise transfer to CBD Hotels in Darwin only; All meals on board; Boat ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls, Port fees, Excursions and tender transfers, Govt. Fees & Taxes.
Cruise fare does not include: Travel and medical insurance; Emergency evacuation; Shopping on board; Bar expenses; Transfers from Hotels in Darwin outside of the CBD and airport; Optional shore experiences – heli flights and adventure high speed boat rides; Medical treatment; Telephone and internet charges.

 

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FREE HOTEL: 1 night in Darwin OR 1 night in Broome. 
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 Combine this cruise with a Kimberley Spirit 4wd tour

10% off the 12 Night Kimberley Loop 4wd tour: See the highlights of the Kimberley’s interior including the Gibb River Road, Bungle Bungles and Geikie Gorge on a guided, accommodated 4wd tour. 
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Darwin-Broome cruise itinerary

DAY 1: depart Broome

Our charter bus will pick you up in Broome at around 9am and transport you to board the vessel from Gantheaume Beach. Our crew will welcome you aboard and after a safety briefing, an introduction and a light brunch we’ll depart Broome’s Gantheaume Bay and cruise up the Dampier Peninsula, heading into the heart of the Kimberley overnight.
 

DAY 2: Buccaneer Archipelago

Ashore for a morning walk on one of the many beautiful Kimberley islands. The squeaky clean white sands caress your feet while the morning bird call welcomes you ashore. Cruising through Yampi Peninsula we will witness the past effects of the iron ore mining operations on Koolan and Cockatoo Islands. We’ll visit a freshwater swimming hole to enjoy a safe swim. Tonight we’ll arrive in Talbot Bay. The region’s 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle. You’ll know you’re in Kimberley country now.
   

DAY 3: Horizontal Falls

This morning we can experience the awesome power of the Horizontal Falls. On a trip through the falls our attention will be taken by the incredible geology that abounds this area. The adventurous can cling on to the rails during an optional fast boat ride through the falls. The tour is included in your cruise package. We head off to see Montgomery Reef ‘rise’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join the excursion vessel for a reef cruise to study the marine life of Turtle Gully. On the high tide we explore Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls.
   

DAY 4: Aboriginal art

After breakfast you will be taken ashore for a solid morning walk which reveals another spectacular Kimberley view. At the top of our trail we visit a hidden and very interesting Aboriginal Wandjina rock art gallery. We’ll then hop on the outgoing tide and cruise out of Collier Bay to Hall Point to try our luck at fishing or exploring the beaches.
   

Day 5: Prince Regent River & King Cascade

On the high tide we take our vessel many miles up the Prince Regent River to discover a picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. We can nose the bow of our expedition tender under the cascading falls to indulge in an unforgettable wash in the cool fresh water. This afternoon a steep climb up the banks of the river will reveal a perfect fresh water swimming hole fringed with blue gums and pandanus.
   

Day 6: Careening Bay

Today we admire the work of an early European explorer P.P. King. King explored and chartered the Kimberley in 1820-22. His detailed and accurate charts form the basis of our modern electronic plotters, allowing us to safely cruise these waters. Unfortunately his early exploits didn’t come without problems as we’ll discover. Careening Bay was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship, ‘HMC Mermaid’, was careened during his first voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Our Itinerary crew will lead you to the site of a large boab tree bearing the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later. This afternoon we explore the famous Porosus Creek and its wildlife. This ecosystem is a favourite for bird watchers. On the turn of the tide fishermen can try their luck for a giant thread fin salmon.
   

Day 7: Porosus Creek

Today we explore Bigge Island. This afternoon our crew will lead you to a stunning display of the distinctive and relatively modern Aboriginal rock art in beach caves. The paintings include examples of first contact with sailing ships and pipe-smoking European seafarers of the 19th century. The lack of feral predators makes the Kimberley islands an ideal habitat for vulnerable mammal species. Tonight we steam to Vansittart Bay.
   

Day 8: Bradshaw art & DC3 plane crash

Your guides will escort you ashore to a small island with some fabulous examples of mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), thought to be some of the world’s oldest indigenous art. A short cruise across the bay and we’ll take an easy walk to witness the site of a crashed WW2 transport plane. Well preserved in the Kimberley bush, your guides will recall the fateful day in early 1942. Tonight we cruise to the mouth of the King George River.
   

Day 9: Koolama Bay

The best of the Kimberley ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. While entering King George River on the high tide we can enjoy the soaring cliffs and two breath taking falls of mammoth proportions. The best views are from the upper deck and bow. Feel the spray mist produced from billions of litres of water falling hundreds of feet as MV Reef Prince is steered expertly to the base of the majestic falls. Climb the escarpment to take in the views from above and take some fantastic photographs of the vessel and falls in the backdrop.
 
 

Day 10: King George River

This morning the Vessel Master sneaks us out of the King George River over the shallow sand banks. Relax while the amazing coastline disappears as we start our journey across the Bonaparte Gulf and sail into Northern Territory waters overnight.
   

Day 11: Disembark in Darwin

Farewell your fellow travellers and swap details. We disembark Darwin at around 10am, say goodbye to the crew. Guests can be transferred to their hotel of choice in the Darwin CBD.

This itinerary is subject to change. The skipper will customise your cruise depending on weather and tidal conditions. To undertake some of the shore based excursions you will need to have a moderate level of fitness. You are however, quite welcome to enjoy the views from the vessel without going ashore. It’s your cruise so you can do as little or as much as you would like.