13 DAY COASTAL CRUISE WITH KIMBERLEY EXPEDITIONS

Come on our 13 day Coastal Cruise Expedition in 2019!

EX BROOME/PERTH 
EX PERTH/BROOME 

Diving, snorkelling, fishing, coastal cruising – Rowley Shoals, Monte Bellos, Exmouth, Shark Bay, Abrolhos, Geraldton, Fremantle.

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OUR VESSEL
Reef Prince is a 38m custom-built, fully air conditioned,large stable catamaran. 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.

We cater for all guests with cabin options ranging from deluxe en-suited doubles to well priced twin share single bunk beds. A choice to suit your budget. 

WHEN TO TRAVEL WITH US…
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.

Reef Prince’s offers you numerous areas to relax. Under the sun on your choice of open air decks or under cover on the alfresco deck or inside within her lounge, coffee shop, reading rooms, library, movie room, or office. The choice is yours. Her spacious open dining room provides bar facilities and a place to relax and take in the spectacular passing scenery. The lounge area is an excellent place to catch up on some reading while enjoying a fresh cappuccino or make a selection from our choices of teas, chais or hot chocolate.

Reef Prince carries a compliment of the latest navigational equipment, radios, satellite communications, data facilities and a full DVD entertainment system. Full digital and audio visual presentation equipment for corporate functions and a library of informative and fictional books.

Our 2019 Coral Coast Cruise is very popular so be sure to book early!

Experience the cruise of a lifetime and let your crew use their years of experience and passion for West Australia’s coastal secrets, show you the best WA has to offer!

2019 bookings now open!

 13 DAY COASTAL CRUISE EXPEDITION FROM $5950 PP

EX BROOME TO PERTH
25th October 2019 to 6th November 2019

EX PERTH TO BROOME
7th March 2019 to 19th March 2019

PRICING

Cabin Configuration – All with Ensuites
$5,950 PP

13 DAY COASTAL CRUISE

EX BROOME/PERTH
EX PERTH/BROOME

Some of the locations we visit include:

  • Abrolhos Island
  • Anenomi lump
  • Wallabi Group of Islands
  • Batavia Wreck
  • Steep Point, Shark Bay
  • Monkey Rock
  • Dirk Hartog Islands
  • Turtle Bay
  • Bernier and Dorre Islands
  • Exmouth / Mackeral islands
  • Serrurier island
  • Montebello Islands
  • strolling the perfect isolated beaches
  • Rowley Shoals
  • Mermaid Reef – mermaid wall and mermaid caves
  • Broome

Excursions 

MV Reef Prince carries several smaller expedition tenders which allow guests to choose from a wide variety of activities available such as bush walking, touring waterfalls and gorges, beach picnics and sunset drinks, fishing, mud crabbing, turtle spotting, and on our Rowley Shoals expeditions; scuba diving and beach walking.

Disembarking 

Disembarking is in Broome. Please ensure we have all your accommodation details prior to departure.

Departure 

Transfers to and from the vessel are included. This cruise departs from Perth (with a luxury coach ride to Geraldton to meet the vessel in port).

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

After discussion on board with you – our guests, your experienced Cruise Director will consider the best tides and weather conditions to develop your cruise plan and provide for an unforgettable tailored expedition for you and your fellow explorers. The following itinerary is a guide. You certainly wont be disappointed.

Day 1: Welcome Aboard – Reef Prince

Your expedition begins this afternoon in the Midwest City of Geraldton, after a short flight from Perth. A charter coach will deliver you to our vessel in Geraldton. Our crew will welcome you aboard this afternoon, introduce you to your cabin and give you a detailed briefing. Tonight we enjoy our first meal and a drink aboard whilst anchored just off Geraldton’s town beach.

Day 2: Abrolhos Islands – Easter Group

We pull our anchor at 6am and steam West to the Easter Group of the Abrolhos Island. Discovered and charted by the Portuguese in 1619 and aptly named. Abrolhos means – “Keep Your Eyes Open”. Comprising 3 main island groups. Many of the 122 islands were heavily mined for Guano over a hundred years from 1844. While they are still home for thousands of beautiful and rare sea birds the islands are currently supporting a thriving cray fish industry from the 15th March to the end of June each year.

Today we can snorkel or dive on the beautiful Anenomi lump – one of the best dive sites in WA. This afternoon we fish for today’s target species (and dinner) the Blue Bone Grouper. We’ll grab a mooring sheltered by a small island, which provides sanctuary for a colony of Australian Sea lions. As the sun sets we can visit their island and share a memorable moment on the beach talking to these delightful puppies.

Day 3: Abrolhos Islands – Wallabi Group

This morning, during a tasty breakfast, we steam north to the Wallabi Group of Islands. If the weathers on our side we hope to have snorkel or dive on the Batavia wreck. In 1829 this Dutch vessel on her maiden voyage hit Morning Reef. The events that followed make an unbelievable tail. After our discovery of the wreck site we can steam to turtle bay and walk on West Wallabi Island to the site of the earliest European structures on Australian soil. The soldiers of the Batavia built stone forts to protect themselves from the murderous Mutineers. Well take you to the site of these forts whilst looking for the Tammar Wallabi and pythons.

This evenings target species is the Pink Snapper. The skipper knows a drop off that’s usually home to a school of Pinkies.

Departing the Abrolhos at 1600 we enjoy our evening meal while we cruise thru the night to arrive at our next destination – Steep Point, within Shark Bay 

Day 4: Steep Point & Dirk Hartog Islands within Shark Bay

This morning we arrive inside Steep Point for a snorkel or dive around Monkey Rock. Some may wish to stay on the surface and try their luck for a mackerel – todays target species.

We’ll cruise north up the inside of West Australias largest island. Dirk Hartog Islands is 80 kms long. The island was discovered on 25 October 1616 by Hartog in the Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship Eendracht from Cape Town to Batavia (Jakarta). Hartog inscribed his name and the date on a pewter plate and nailed it to a post.

In 1697 the Dutch captain Willem de Vlamingh landed on the island and discovered Hartog’s plate. He replaced it with one of his own, which included a copy of Hartog’s inscription, and took the original plate home to Amsterdam, where it is still kept in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Well anchor at the top end of the island just beside the site of Dirk Hartogs landing. We’ll enjoy our chefs delights here then perhaps a drink or two under the stars on the upper deck.

Day 5: Dirk Hartog Island Cruise past the Cuvier cliffs

Departing Turtle Bay early we steam north past Bernier and Dorre Islands. Rising sea levels and wave erosion some 8 000 years ago left Bernier and Dorre Islands separated from the mainland and inaccessible for Aboriginal occupation.

Dirk Hartog’s voyage in 1616 represents the first known landing on the islands and in 1696 William de Vlamingh surveyed and named Dorre Island from the Dutch words ‘Dor’ meaning dry or barren.

The natural harbour of Cuvier is our next high light. Sheltered within high rocky cliffs lies a salt port. Feel free to drag a lure as we continue our cruise past Coral Bay and into the evening.

Day 6: Discover Exmouth then cruise to Serrurier

This morning we awake as we steam past the Norwest Cape lighthouse.

Today we have the option to steam down into the Gulf and spend a few hours exploring Exmouth or head straight for the Mackeral islands.

Either way we’ll enjoy a very sheltered overnight anchorage at Serrurier Island – 40Nm northeast of Exmouth.

Day 7: Pilbara Islands opening with Serrurier

An early mornings beach walk and swim on Serrurier or a fishing expedition for today target species the Estuarine Cod – the choice is yours. Serrurier offers some great beach combing and swimming.

Departing our little island paradise we sail through the industrial islands of the Pilbara making our way to the heavenly Montebello Islands by tonight. The fishermen will be keen to drag a lure while we head north east. Good chance of a charging Spanish mackerel for the patient.

Tonight we arrive and anchor within the shelter of 174 beautiful little islands. The crews favourite destination.

Day 8, & 9: Explore the Montebello Islands

Two days will never do the Monte Bellos justice. From the mangroves to the ornate crayfish and perfect little sandy bays.

These islands were significant for pearling from the end of the 19th century until recent years when the farms were disassembled.

The Montebello islands were the site of three nuclear weapons tests by the British military: one in 1952, and two in 1956. A bay on Trimouille Island was the site of Operation Hurricane, the first ever atomic weapon tested by the United Kingdom , on 3 October 1952. Fallout from the Montebello tests is reported to have contaminated areas of mainland Australia as far away as Queensland. We can explore the, now safe, site of these blasts.

Be it fishing, snorkelling, diving or just strolling the perfect isolated beaches the Montes are our playground for the next 2 days.

We depart our playground today to cruise to the Rowley Shoals. The Rowley Shoals were so named by Captain Phillip Parker King in 1818 in honour of Captain Rowley who first sighted the ‘Imperieuse’ reef in 1800. The Rowley Shoals have been visited by fishermen from Indonesia, since the mid-18th century. The Indonesian fishermen were collecting or hunting for trepang, turtle shell, trochus shell and sharkfin.

Day 10: Cruise to the Rowley Shoals

This afternoon we arrive at the Rowley Shoals to watch the sun set over one of three pristine and virtually untouched coral atolls. The top deck is definitely the place to be for your first spectacular Rowleys sunset enjoying a nice beverage before munching a delicious meal. Tonight we anchor inside the lagoon

The Rowley Shoals are a chain of coral atolls on the edge of one of the widest continental shelves in the world. The three pear-shaped atolls have shallow lagoons inhabited by corals and abundant marine life. Each atoll covers an area of around 80 to 90 square kilometers. 

The Shoals rise with nearly vertical sides from very deep water. Mermaid Reef, the most northerly, rises from about 440 meters, Clerke from 390 meters and Imperieuse from about 230 meters.

The Rowley Shoals is an opportunity to experience a diverse array of snorkelling and diving environments including lagoons, canyons, sheer vertical walls, high speed drifts, night dives and snorkelling. You can experience the swimming pool like condition 300 km’s from the nearest land.

The coral atolls of the Rowley Shoals are famed for their almost untouched coral gardens, giant clams and other shellfish. Giant potato cod wait to be hand fed and follow divers around, while colourful reef fish show little fear, and trevally, mackerel and tuna hover in schools.

Rowley Shoals are among the few reefs in the world affected by a high tidal range. The dramatic five meter tides pour massive volumes in and out of the coral framework and have created unearthly and enchanting coralscapes. The turquoise lagoons are filled with coral bommies brimming with exotic tropical fish and unbelievably colourful formations. Drift diving in and out of the atolls sweeps you through pristine reefs with, maori wrasse, barracuda, potato cod, morays turtles and many shark.

 

Day 11: Dive, Snorkel & Fish Clerk Atoll

Today you may wish to join a fishing expedition or beach comb the sandy cay within the atoll, however we recommend you join the some of the crew to snorkel or dive three channels that feed the interior of these pristine atolls. The crystal clear waters pouring in and out of these channels make a thrilling ride for divers and snorkelers. This afternoon we steam to the Mermaid Atoll. Pending tides we have an amazing dive for you at the Cod hole. On the edge of the channel feeding the interior of the coral atoll lies hundreds of fish and sharks waiting to greet us.

 

Day 12: Dive & Snorkel Mermaid Atoll

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before your first dive on the outer reef. There’s plenty of time to explore diving country along the outer reef including “Mermaid Wall” and “Mermaid Caves” with the possibility of seeing a sailfish or humpback whale display its acrobatics in all its glory..

No fishing here we’re inside a marine park. Dive or snorkel one of the many walls and gutters that await within the clear waters of Mermaid Reef.

This afternoon we begin our over night steam back into Broome.

Day 13 Arrive Broome

We’ve shared some amazing experiences together. We’ve made some great new friends. Today we disembark in Broome during the morning hours.  We will arrange transfers to your hotel

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.   Please call us to discuss your requirements further.

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.

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
  • All meals on board
  • Facilities, port & handling charges,
  • Excursions and tender transfers.
  • Govt. Fees & Taxes.
  • Whilst on the vessel all your catering, ice, tanks, weight belts and air fills.

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 experiences including meals ashore in Exmouth.
  • Single fare guests who do not wish to share with a same sex passenger.
  • Medical treatment
  • Telephone and internet charges.
  • You will need to bring your own dive & snorkel equipment.

Come on, this 13 day coastal cruise is just what you need!

ABOUT US

Kimberley Expeditions can offer you a Kimberley expedition at a very competitive price!

Join us aboard MV Reef Prince in our air conditioned, catamaran with a choice of en-suited cabins, solo cabin and standard cabins. Our vessels are designed specifically for the Kimberley coast!

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CONTACT US

FREE CALL:
1300 874 707

EMAIL:
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ADDRESS:
7 Farrell Street, Broome, WA

POSTAL ADDRESS:
PO BOX 4006
Mataranka, NT, 0852

*Guests who book directly have access to the depot in Broome to leave cars and vans or to just swim and relax in the pool whilst waiting for your flight.

 

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