Coral Discoverer

ITINERARY and PRICE : 10 NIGHTS DARWIN-BROOME

Stateroom

2017

2018

Twin Share Sole Use Twin Share Sole Use
Main Deck Stateroom “B” $9,980 pp N/A $10,290 pp N/A
Main Deck Stateroom “A” $10,380 pp N/A $10,690 pp N/A
Promenade Deck Stateroom “B” $10,880 pp $16,320 $11,190 pp $16,785
Promenade Deck Stateroom “A” $11,280 pp N/A $11,590 pp N/A
Bridge Deck Stateroom $12,480 pp N/A $12,860 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 meals
Cruise fare does not include: Flights before or after the cruise; Mitchell Falls helicopter flight

$499 SPECIAL: RETURN FLIGHTS + 2 NIGHTS HOTEL

qantas special RETURN FLIGHTS OR GHAN VOUCHER: Dates are flexible if you would like to stay for additional nights.
special HOTEL: 1 night in Darwin and 1 night in Broome OR 2 nights in one place. We can book additional nights, if you like.
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DAY 1: depart darwin

8:00am: Board Oceanic Discoverer in Darwin for a 9:00am departure. Farewelling Darwin Harbour we cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This afternoon join our expedition staff in the lounge for an informative introduction to the Kimberley before meeting your fellow travellers and friendly crew at the Captain’s Welcome Cocktails.

DAY 2: King George River and Falls

Today we discover the first 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 single-drop waterfalls in Western Australia, towering some 80 metres above the river below. Later, we 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. 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 4: 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 5: Bigge Island and Careening Bay

Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art. Our Guest Lecturers will be on hand to explain these traditional art forms and the myths from the dreamtime that inspired them. Then, explore Careening Bay which was 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 lecturers 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

We cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Explorer to breathtaking King Cascades, 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

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

Day 8: Raft Point and Ruby Falls

Cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, we 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). Later, explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a leisurely swim at Ruby Falls.

Day 9: Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago

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 of the greatest natural wonders in the world”. The amazing power of the falls is revealed when the region’s 12 metre tides turn, forcing millions of litres of water to rush through the narrow gaps between cliffs. Board the zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls. Later, explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and crystal clear waters.

Day 10: 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 evening we reflect on this wonderful expedition with new-found friends as we enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Cocktails.
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Day 11: Arrive in Broome

8:00am: Our incredible adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes in Broome this morning. We recommend booking flights departing after lunchtime (or stay a night in Broome! We can assist in your hotel booking).

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.