13 DAY CORAL COAST DISCOVERY KIMBERLEY EXPEDITIONS

Come on our 13 day West Australian Coral Coast Discovery!
CRUISE FROM GERALDTON TO BROOME 

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

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OUR VESSEL
Reef Prince is a 38m custom-built, fully air conditioned, large stable catamaran, just perfect for exploring the coast in comfort and style. 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 ensuited single bunk beds. A choice to suit your budget. All cabins are air conditioned, with storage cupboards, DVD players, and personal bar fridges and very comfortable commercial mattresses.

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 2020 Coral Coast Discovery 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!

2020 bookings now open!

 13 DAY WEST AUSTRALIAN CORAL COAST DISCOVERY 2020 

FROM $6,450 PP

CRUISE FROM  GERALDTON TO BROOME

3rd March 2020 to 15th March 2020

PRICING

Cabin Configuration – All with Ensuites
$6,450PP

Cabin allocation  – First in, best dressed

13 DAY COASTAL CRUISE
EX GERALDTON/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 Geraldton.

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 will not be disappointed.

Welcome Aboard – Reef Prince

Your expedition vessel Reef Prince is awaiting you in the cray fishing capital of Geraldton. Make your way to the Geraldton Fishermen’s wharf. Your crew will welcome you aboard between 4 and 6pm. If you wish to board outside these times please contact your vessel master – Nick on 0428 654 128.

We’ll introduce you to your cabin and give you a detailed briefing. We will spend the night on board in Geraldton, ready for our early departure to our first destination the coral islands of the Abrolhos.

 

Day 1: Depart Geraldton – the Abrolhos Islands – Easter Group

Your Expedition begins this morning. Arriving mid morning within 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 coral 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

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 2 & 3: 122 coral islands – the 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 1629 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 highlight. 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 Exmouth Gulf and spend a few hours exploring Exmouth town.

In Exmouth we have two optional tours. Firstly to snorkel with whale sharks. An amazing opportunity but $ of course. Well get you the lastest group discount price closer to the time, but expect around $400 for the day.  

Secondly a scenic town tour showing the best of Exmouth. Around $80 for 3 hrs.       

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

 

Day 7: Mackeral Islands opening with Serrurier Island

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

Three days is just enough time to give us a great taste of the Monties. 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. In 1956 there were two further tests, on Alpha and Trimouille Islands respectively. The second of these, codenamed “G2”, included the largest nuclear explosion in Australia, with a yield of 98 kilotons (6 times that of Hiroshima). 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, snorkeling, diving or just strolling the perfect isolated beaches the Monties are our playground for the next two days before we cruise to the Rowley Shoals.

Day 10: Cruise to the Rowley Shoals

This afternoon we arrive at Clerk Reef.  From within the Shelter of the Atoll we watch the sun set over a pristine and virtually untouched coral island. The top deck is definitely the place to be for yet another spectacular sunset whilst enjoying your choice of beverage before savoring a delicious meal.

 

Day 11 & 12: Snorkel, Fish or enjoy great beach combing and bird watching

Today you may wish to join a fishing expedition or beach comb the sandy cay within the atoll.  Amazing diving and snorkelling at the Rowley shoals. 

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 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.

 Our crew will fill the day for you with some unforgettable experiences.  After our final afternoon at the Rowleys we begin our overnight steam towards the Pearling town of Broome.

Day 13: Arrive Broome

We’ve shared some amazing experiences together. We’ve made some great new friendsToday we disembark in Broome at around noon. 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.

Please call us to discuss your requirements further.

PACKING LIST

When packing for your 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 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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FREE CALL:
1300 874 707

EMAIL:
info@kimberleyexpeditions.com.au

ADDRESS:
7 Farrell Street, Broome, WA

POSTAL ADDRESS:
PO BOX 4006
Mataranka, NT, 0852

 

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