MAJESTIC 8 CRUISE (BROOME TO BROOME CRUISE) WITH KIMBERLEY EXPEDITIONS

Join us for an 8-Day Expedition to the Magnificent Western Kimberley Coastline

An adventure of a lifetime Broome Cruise around the Kimberley Coast. Join us aboard Reef Prince to experience the best the Kimberley has to offer. Our Broome Cruise includes:

  • Dampier Peninsula
  • Buccaneer Archipelago, Crock Creek, Myridi Bay, Sampson Inlet 
  • Hanover Beach, Camden Harbour, St George Basin.
  • Prince Regent River including King’s Cascade
  • South into Collier Bay, Sale River
  • Sale River
  • Talbot Bay, Cyclone Creek and the Horizontal Falls

BOOK THIS CRUISE ONLINE

OUR VESSEL
Reef Prince is a custom-built 38m-expedition vessel, ideally suited for a Kimberley Cruise from Darwin. The advanced catamaran design ensures very quiet operation, spacious interior with phenomenal stability. Perfect for sneaking into secluded shallow bays, she draws only 1.8 meters and is powered by two quiet Mercedes diesel engines.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR A BROOME CRUISE OF THE KIMBERLEY?
Most attractions are at their best during April – November, waterfalls are flowing, gorges are full, flora and fauna are at their abundant best. Ideal conditions apply for walking, exploring and experiencing one of the worlds most remote and tranquil destinations.

YOUR COMFORT AND SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO US…
Our crew are experienced guides and will share with you their knowledge of the Kimberley and guide you safely on all excursions. 

The dining area can seat all passengers comfortably for meals or presentations. Outside on the upper deck all guests can be seated under shade for alfresco meals and presentations, Reef Prince has three other comfortable outdoor viewing decks. We have available on board the vessel washing facilities to help make your packing lighter, dryer, iron and hairdryers.

Reef Prince carries a compliment of navigational equipment, radios, satellite communications, data facilities and a full DVD entertainment system.

Reef Prince allows for comfort for all guests with a choice of accommodation types to suit all budgets.

Our Magnificent 8 cruise is very popular so be sure to book early!

2020 bookings now open!

8 DAY CRUISE FROM BROOME FROM $7,675 PP

29th August to 5th September 2020

7th September to 14th September 2020

16th September to 23rd September 2020

26th September to 03rd October 2020

PRICING FROM

STATE CLASS – $9,870 PP
(Port Side Cabins 15 & 17) (Starboard 16 & 18)

CLASS 1 – $8,875 PP
(Port Side Cabins 9 & 10) (Starboard 11 & 12)

CLASS 2 – $8,485 PP
(Port Side Cabins 2 & 4) (Starboard 6 & 8)

CLASS 3 – $8,095 PP
(Internal Cabins 1, 3, 5, 7)

CLASS 4 – $7,695 PP
(Internal Cabins 13 & 14)

8 DAY KIMBERLEY CRUISE FROM BROOME TO BROOME FROM $7,695PP

See the Sights!

  • Cruise north up the Dampier Peninsula
  • Visit Silica Beach for a beach walk
  • Visit Crocodile Creek
  • Lunch at Myridi Bay
  • Chance to spot whales and dolphins at Montgomery Reef
  • Cruise through the pearling operation of Kuri bay
  • Camden Harbour and Hanover beach
  • St George Basin
  • See Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo
  • Prince Regent River including King’s Cascade
  • Doubtful Bay, Raft Point, Sale River or Ruby Falls.
  • Aboriginal Rock Art and culture
  • Horizontal Falls
  • Geology at Talbot Bay and Yampi Peninsula

 

Excursions 

Most excursions are via our tender vessel “Regent”. Regent is a 10 metre passenger tender that can take the whole group ashore or on expedition at the same time. With safe easy access, commentary, comfortable seating, toilet, shade plus a open area for enjoying the waterfalls. Regent is a fantastic asset to our expedition. We also have two other small vessels for those who would like to enjoy fishing, mud crabbing and exploring. 

Disembarking 

Disembarking is around 10am on the 11th day of your cruise in Broome. 

Departure 

We organise transfers to and from the vessel. Please ensure you arrange accommodation in the Darwin CBD to have the transfers included. Pick up Darwin will be at around 8am on the morning of your departure. Disembarking with will around 10am on the 11th day of your cruise in Broome. We recommend you don’t fly until late evening or the following day to avoid missing flights and avoid fatigue. Please ensure we have all your accommodation details prior to departure.

Reservations

If you require more information or wish to make a reservation please either booking online or send a quick inquiry, we also have a free call number for further information 1300 874 707

To confirm your reservation we require a 20% non refundable deposit to secure your booking, a signed booking form and final payment is due 60 days prior to your cruise.

We accept cheques; cash, Master and Visa Card or you can direct debit the deposit into our account.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard Reef Prince.

ITINERARY – Darwin to Broome

Welcome Aboard Reef Prince

Day 1: Welcome Aboard.  Cruise up the Dampier Peninsula.

Our Cruise Director will greet you aboard our Broome charter bus at your accommodation. We arrive at Gantheaume Beach for the first of many trips in the tenders.  We’ll ferry you out to your home for the next 8 days – MV Reef Prince.

On board you can enjoy, morning tea meet your crew and be introduced into your cabin.  We’ll be steaming North on our Broome cruise as soon as possible.

You can enjoy the sea air and views from the decks, spot for whales, turtles and dolphins, explore the boat or have a nap as we cruise north up the Dampier Peninsula.

Photo of Koolama Bay

Day 2: Buccaneer Archipelago, Crock Creek, Myridi Bay for Lunch and into Sampson Inlet for the evening.

Relax, sit back and enjoy the scenery as we cruise throughout the magnificent Buccaneer Archipelago.  The Buccaneer Archipelago consists of more than 800 islands, this area undergoes a tidal range of over 10 metre. Named by Phillip Parker King in 1820 in memory of William Dampier, the 18th century English explorer.

We’ll visit Silica Beach for a scenic beach walk then onto Crocodile Creek. We’ll cruise up the creek in our Tenders and view a lovely spring fed waterfall.  For some a climb to the top of the falls reveals a safe swimming hole fringed by Pandanus. Then into beautiful Myridi Bay to enjoy a scrumptious lunch.    

Enjoy our second sun set, tonight over Montgomery Reef as we cruise towards Sampson inlet. A chance to spot whales and dolphins at play and perhaps catch a fresh fish for dinner.

Located at the top end of Collier Bay, Sampson makes a perfect natural harbour for our evening stop. We might even find a few very tasty large Kimberley black lipped oysters in Sampson. Perhaps some Aboriginal art or the fishermen might like to drift a bait for a Spanish Mackerel on the high tide.    

Regent tender under King George falls - Kimberley Expeditions

Day 3: Hanover Beach, Camden Harbour & Cruise into St George Basin.

From Sampson Inlet we’ll cruise through the pearling operation of Kuri bay, Australia’s first attempt at Cultured Pearls.  In 1957 a poor season of Pearl farming in Japan resulted in an estimated 17 tonnes of pearls being lost. Following this a joint Australian, American and Japanese effort established Kuri Bay Pearls, now very successful venture culturing Pinctata Maxima.

Next we cruise to Camden Harbour. In 1864, an association of optimistic farmers and workers attempted to establish a new settlement within Camden Harbour. With the tides on our side we may be able to visit this ill-fated site and relive the little known history of this area.

Hanover Beach is next for a little Kimberley dip and stretch our legs.  It was from here, in 1838 that Lt George Grey set out on the first land based expedition of the North West of Australia.  His expedition had planned to trek in search of the great inland sea and later arrive in Perth. Unfortunately, his party of 12 got no further than the head waters of the Glenelg River and returned to Hanover Bay after being attacked by Aboriginals. However, he later reported the area to be “Lush and fertile” as well as “harsh, dry and inhospitable”. Several years later the Victorian Pastoralist Assoc. used his report to sell the Kimberley to many hopeful Victorian farmers as a new beginning and hence the failed Camden Harbour settlement was formed.

From Hanover we cruise through the picturesque Munster Waters on our way into the St George Basin.  Standing tall on our arrival will be Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, Named by P. P. King in 1820 after the recent Napoleonic wars.

WWII aircraft crash site photo

Day 4: Prince Regent River including King’s Cascade 

With the tides and time on our side we’ll have an unforgettable morning arrival within the Prince Regent River. We will take you to view the lovely King’s Cascade where we’ll remind you to respect the local crocs and their environment  If the tides are on fair we may be able to show you some easily accessible Aboriginal art or the spectacular Cathedral Falls. The more adventurous can climb to the top of Kings Cascade. The breathtaking scenery will have your camera working overtime. Leaving the Prince Regent River on the falling tide we will cruise to a safe anchorage for another magic Kimberley sunset.      

montgomery reef

Day 5: South into Collier Bay & the Sale River.

Up early to make the most of the incoming tide to take us down into Collier Bay. Our aim today is to begin our exploration of Doubtful Bay including Raft Point and the Sale River or Ruby Falls.

On the low tide, we enjoy a fascinating reef exploration of the 400 sq km’s of Montgomery Reef. With one of the biggest tide ranges in the world, on a high spring tide this reef is more than 4 meters underwater, then within 6 hours on low tide it’s exposed by more than 4 meters. A marvel not to be missed

Mitchell Falls Scenic Flight add-on

Day 6: Montgomery Reef, then up the Sale River & Talbot Bay for the evening.

We cruise from Mongomery Reef to spectacular scenery and endless views across Doubtful Bay to Steep Island.

We take an unforgettable passage up the Sale River.  On the high tide we’ll hop in our tenders and zip up to where the fresh water from the Sale River meets the tidal salt water. We will walk within some heavenly country and enjoy the crystal waters of the rainforest creeks feeding the Sale  Time to leave this awesome country. We cruise back out of the magnificent Sale on our way to Talbot Bay and the Horizontal Falls.

Day 7: Talbot Bay including the amazing Geology of Cyclone Creek and the Horizontal Falls.

Today we’ll experience the awesome power of the Horizontal Falls on high tide. When its safe, your crew will take you through the falls then continue on for a magnificent exploration of the geology located within Talbot Bay. About 1800 million years ago a piece of continental crust, which we now know as the Kimberley, impacted with Northern Australia. A succession of intrusive lava flows together with massive up lifting and faulting of the once horizontal layers of sandstone have given rise to the amazing display of geology we can now enjoy in Talbot Bay and the rest of the Yampi Peninsula

This afternoon we’ll cruise from Talbot Bay past Koolan Island, where you can view the heavily mined iron ore islands. We’ll enjoy another perfect Kimberley sunset within Yampi Sound as we cruise through the night to have you back in Broome.

Ruby Falls, WA

Day 8: To Broome. 

A hearty breakfast to start the day as we continue our cruise back to Broome. Sit back and reflect on the last 8 days of your beautiful Kimberley expedition as we steam south.  Now is the time to swap your details with the crew and your friends. 

We should arrive in the mid-morning at Gantheaume Bay where you will be ferried ashore and transferred to your accommodation 

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. The skipper will customize 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.

Please ensure Kimberley Expeditions has your accommodation details for transfer to the vessel 7 days prior to your departure.  Please wear shoes you can get wet (or remove) and shorts or pants you can roll up as you will be ferried to Reef Prince via the beach.

PACKING LIST

When packing for your Kimberley cruise we recommend that all passengers pack lightly. Laundry facilities are available on-board free of charge. You do have room to store suitcases either under your beds or in the cupboards provided in each cabin.

The Kimberley is a semi-tropical region experiencing warm, balmy days with minimal rainfall and cool, starry nights during our cruise season.

Toiletries and Medications

We do require you to bring your own private toiletries which include:

  • Personal toiletries/hygiene items (we provide hair-dryers)
  • Prescription medication
  • Vitamins
  • Motion sickness preventative
  • Chapstick
  • Sun protection (sunscreen is provided on-board)
  • Insect repellent (Repellent spray is provided on-board)

We advise guests to pack four to five changes of casual clothing which are comfortable. There is no dress code for dining as a rule, generally “Kimberley casual” attire for evenings is recommended.

Light-weight and quick-dry clothing for excursions is recommended. This includes a few pairs of shorts, T-shirts, a long-sleeved shirt and pair of light-weight pants that offer protection against the sun.
  • T-shirts/Blouses – Short-sleeved, quick-drying and sun protected
  • Long-sleeved Shirts – Quick drying, sun-protected and breathable (Can be purchased on-board)
  • Jumper/Jacket- Suitable for cooler nights
  • Shorts – Loose, quick-drying and comfortable
  • Pants – Long, light-weight and comfortable.
  • Sleep wear, undergarments and socks
  • Bathing suits for swimmers
  • Enclosed walking shoes (sneakers or similar with good ankle support for bush walking) .
  • Shoes/Sandals (for on board and scenic excursions)

We also recommend you bring another pair of shoes that you do not mind getting wet as we regularly have wet landings

  • Reef shoes or equivalent with good ankle support – a pair of redundant joggers are a cheaper option .

 

  • Sports towel (quick drying and light weight)
  • Sarong
  • Wide-brim hat (available for purchase on-board)
  • Polarised sunglasses

INCLUDED

Included in your cruise fare are:

  • Accommodations as booked on board
  • Cruise transportation to your Hotel in Broome
  • Cruise transportation to Central Business District Hotels in Darwin only
  • All meals on board
  • Boat ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls,
  • Facilities, port & handling charges,
  • Excursions and tender transfers.
  • Govt. Fees & Taxes.

EXCLUDED

Fares do not include items of a personal nature, including but not limited to:

  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Shopping on board
  • Bar expenses
  • Trransfers 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.

Visitors Pass (North Kimberley Region) - Wunambal Gaambera Country

The traditional indigenous owners of the Wunambal Gaambera Country of the North Kimberley Region and their representatives have recently introduced a ‘Visitor’s Pass’ for all guests entering their lands.

As you may be aware there has been many discussions with the Aboriginal Corporations regarding the Visitor’s Pass (VP). A visitor pass is now required for all passengers to access areas and visit the natural and cultural assets of the Wunambal Gaambera Country of the North Kimberley Area. The fee for 2019 has been set at $105.00 per passenger.

This Visitor Pass fee for 2019 has not been included in our cruise fares and will, therefor, be charged over and above the cruise fare effective from  16/03/19. All fees collected are forwarded directly to the relevant traditional owners. We have been informed the fees will increase in future years.

This fee of $105 will be invoiced upon booking.  We thank you for your understanding.

Are you ready for an amazing, 8 day adventure cruise?

ABOUT US

Kimberley Expeditions can offer you a Kimberley expedition cruise of a lifetime!

Join us aboard MV Reef Prince in our air conditioned, catamaran with a choice of en-suited cabins. Our vessel Reef Prince is designed specifically for the Northern Australian and Kimberley coast!

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CONTACT US

FREE CALL:
1300 874 707

EMAIL:
[email protected]

ADDRESS:
7 Farrell Street, Broome, WA

POSTAL ADDRESS:
PO BOX 4006
Mataranka, NT, 0852

 

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