Coral Discoverer

ITINERARY and PRICE: 10 NIGHTS BROOME-DARWIN

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2018

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Twin Share Sole Use Twin Share Sole Use 
Main Deck Stateroom “B” $10,290 pp N/A $10,695 pp N/A
Main Deck Stateroom “A” $10,690 pp N/A $10,995 pp N/A
Promenade Deck Stateroom “B” $11,190 pp $16,785 $11,595 pp $17,392
Promenade Deck Stateroom “A” $11,590 pp N/A $11,995 pp N/A
Bridge Deck Stateroom $12,860 pp N/A $12,995 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. Beer / wine with dinner
Cruise fare does not include: Flights before or after the cruise; Mitchell Falls helicopter flight

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Broome-Darwin itinerary

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Day 1: Depart Broome

4:30pm: Board Oceanic Discoverer for a 6:00pm 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 we cruise north towards Cape Leveque.

Day 2: Lacepede Islands

We 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 birdlife including Australian Pelicans, frigatebirds, 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 our Expedition Staff in the Lounge for an interesting introductory presentation to the Kimberley.

DAY 3: Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago

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 David Attenborough as “one the greatest natural wonders in the world”. Board the zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls.

DAY 4: Ruby Falls and Raft Point

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, we 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: Doubtful Bay and Montgomery Reef

Cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay before savouring a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join our Expedition Staff aboard the Xplorer 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

We cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Xplorer to breathtaking King Cascade, 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: Careening Bay and Bigge Island

At Careening Bay our lecturers lead us 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: Hathaway’s Hideaway and Mitchell Falls

After anchoring in Winyalken Bay we travel ashore aboard Xplorer 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 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 WWII. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery. Our Guest Lecturers will point out fine examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.

Day 10: King George River and Falls

We visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration. Later we discover the last of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard Xplorer, our specially designed excursion vessel, we’ll explore scenic gorges, and in our inflatable zodiacs we’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.
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Day 11: Expedition concludes in Darwin

8:00am. Our unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Darwin this morning. We recommend booking a flight that departs after lunchtime (or staying a night in Darwin! Our staff can assist in hotel bookings).

Please Note: These itineraries are an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. While every effort will be made to follow this itinerary we do reserve the right to vary this itinerary to make allowances for weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.