Kimberley Expeditions prides itself on providing experienced guides to the Kimberley on board our affordable yet very comfortable cruise vessel “Reef Prince”.
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. Our adventure departs from Broome or Darwin.
Aboard Reef Prince witness both the unspoilt natural beauty and spectacular scenery of:
• Jar Islands – Bradshaw art
• King George Falls – the highest in the area
• Magnificent Hunter and Roe Rivers
• Montgomery Reef featuring the marine life of Turtle Gully
• Prince Regent River including the beautiful King Cascades and Camp Creek
• Raft Points breathtaking scenery and aboriginal art galleries.
• Talbot Bays ancient geology, mangrove creeks and spectacular Horizontal Water Falls
• Crocodile Creeks idyllic freshwater waterfall and swimming hole.
• Silicon Beach nestled within the 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago.
• Countless perfect beaches, inlets and Kimberley coastal scenery.
Our crew are experienced guides and will share with you their knowledge of the Kimberley and guide you safely on all excursions.
Reef Prince is a custom-built 38m-expedition vessel. 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 MTU diesel engines.
Reef Prince allows for comfort for all guests with a choice of accommodation types to suit all budgets.
The prices for the Cruise and cabin configurations for 2016 are as follows;
Class 1 : : Exterior double bed with en-suites, writing desk, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 13,14 Port side and 17,18 Starboard side are on the mid deck. $16,000 for two guests
Class 2: : Interior doubles with en-suites, personal DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge Cabins are on the main deck. $14,000 for two guests
Class 3 : Interior king single bunks with en-suites, writing desk, personal DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 15 & 16 are on the mid $13,000 for two guests
Class 4 : Exterior double bed with shared facilities on mid deck, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 20 (port side) and 23 (starboard side) are on the mid deck. $13,000 for two guests
Class 5 : Interior double bed with DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Shared facilities located on the main deck $13,000 for two guests
Class 6 : Exterior King single bunk beds with shared facilities, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 1 port side and 11 starboard side are on the main deck. $11,000 for two guests
Class 7: Exterior single bunk beds with DVD player, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 12 and 2 are on the main deck, 19 Port side and 24 Starboard side are on the mid deck $10,600 for two guest
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 3 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. Facilities are provided for burning photos to CD’s or DVDs, full digital and audio visual presentation equipment for corporate functions and a library of informative and fictional books.
All excursions are off our tender vessel “Regent”. Regent is a 10mtre 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.
We organise transfers to and from the vessel. Please ensure you arrange accommodation in the Darwin CBD to have the transfers included. Pick up to depart Broome is 10am and Darwin will be at around 8am on the morning of your departure. Disembarking with will around 10 – 12pm on the 11h day of your cruise in Broome and 2pm in Darwin, 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.
If you require more information or wish to make a reservation please either complete a booking or send a quick enquiry, we also have a free call number and you can call for further information 1300 874 707
To confirm your reservation we require a 30% 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 in 2015
Beautiful reefs & waterfalls, Aboriginal Art, and much much more! Join Kimberley Expeditions aboard one of our Broome Boat Cruises!
CRUISE DATES 2017 and Rates
Broome – Darwin 11 day April 9th – 19th May 8th – 18th 2017 June 7th – 17th 2017 July 6th – 16th 2017 August 5th- 15th 2017, we also offer 10 day Broome to Broome cruises in September 4th to 13th 2017
Darwin – Broome 11 day April 23rd to 3rd of May, May 22nd to June 1st 2017, June 21st to July 1st 2017, July 20th to 30th 2017 August 19th – 29th 2017, September cruises are Broome to Broome 18th to the 27th 2017
The cabin configurations for 2017 are as follows;
Class 1 : : Exterior double bed with en-suites, writing desk, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 13,14 Port side and 17,18 Starboard side are on the mid deck.
Class 2: : Interior doubles with en-suites, personal DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge Cabins are on the main deck. Class 3 : Interior king single bunks with en-suites, writing desk, personal DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 15 & 16 are on the mid
Class 4 : Exterior double bed with shared facilities on mid deck, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 20 (port side) and 23 (starboard side) are on the mid deck.
Class 5 : Interior double bed with DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Shared facilities located on the main deck
Class 6 : Exterior King single bunk beds with shared facilities, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 1 port side and 11 starboard side are on the main deck.
Class 7: Exterior single bunk beds with DVD player, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 12 and 2 are on the main deck, 19 Port side and 24 Starboard side are on the mid deck
Included and Excluded
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.
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, transfers 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.
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.
Fly Cruises and Expeditions – Guests who are joining us on our fly cruises will be restricted to a 15kg per person luggage allowance as a transfer flight are included and weight restrictions may apply. Please pack your gear into one soft bag as suitcases do not always fit in the seaplane or light aircraft compartments.
*No weight restriction applies for the 11 Day cruises nor do we have baggage limits.
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
- Motion sickness preventative
- Sun protection (sunscreen is provided on-board)
- Insect repellent (Repellent spray is provided on-board)CLIMATE
The Kimberley is a semi-tropical region experiencing two warm, balmy days with minimal rainfall and cool, starry nights during our cruise season.DRESS CODE/EVENING WEAR
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.Excursions
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.Footwear
You will need a pair of enclosed shoes that offer good ankle support for bush walking. We also recommend you bring another pair of shoes that you do not mind getting wet as we regularly have wet landings. This includes;; reef sandals, booties or equivalent. Shoes can be worn on-board.PACKING LIST – CLOTHING
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 comfortableWet Shoes
Reef shoes or equivalent with good ankle support – a pair of redundant joggers are a cheaper option
Enclosed walking shoes (sneakers) .
Shoes/Sandals (for on board and scenic excursions)
Sleep wear, undergarments and socks
Bathing suits for swimmers
We recommend a sports towel (quick drying and light weight)
Wide-brim hat (available for purchase on-board)
Day 1: Welcome Aboard Reef Prince.
Your Expedition begins today. A charter coach will pick you up in the morning and transport you to board your vessel MV Reef Prince. Our crew will welcome you aboard, introduce you to your cabin and give you a detailed briefing. After a tasty morning tea we’ll wave good-bye to the city of Darwin.
This evening as we steam towards the setting sun, you can meet your fellow travellers and friendly crew as you enjoy the view from the decks and the fresh sea air. Relax while the Northern Territory coastline disappears as we start our journey across the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters.
Day 2: Koolama Bay – The entry to King George River.
Wake in the tranquil setting of Koolama Bay. Over breakfast we’ll discuss the days activities. On the high tide we’ll enter the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. Within the King George River we’ll marvel at the soaring cliffs leading to two breath taking falls of mammoth proportions. The best views are from the upper sun deck and bow. Feel the spray mist produced from billions of litres of water falling hundreds of feet as MV Reef Prince or its expedition tender is steered expertly to the majestic falls. Those after a challenge may wish to climb the escarpment to take in the views from above and take some unforgettable photographs of the vessel and falls below.
Well enjoy a night anchored at the base of these perfect falls.
Day 3: King George River
With our movements governed by natures time keeper – the sun and moon will allow us to catch the high tide out over the sand bars. We sadly depart the amazing King George River this morning. Within Koolama Bay lies many hidden treasures for us to explore. A fascinating mangrove system brimming with life or an idyllic fresh water pool for a dip or perhaps a morning walk on the first of many isolated Kimberley Beaches. Departing Koolama we cruise thru the night on calm waters to arrive at our next destination.
Day 4: Jar Island & a WWII aircraft crash site.
Our crew will lead you to several stunning displays of the distinctive Aboriginal rock art in beach caves. These easily accessible paintings are very early Bradshaw art, now known to be around 20,000 years old. Within Vansitart Bay lies a more recent reminder of our past. After running out of fuel on its way to Broome in 1943 a DC 3 crashed. Well go ashore to explore this well preserved site. Departing Vansittart Bay we’ll cruise west within a multitude of Kimberley Islands.
Day 5 Bigge islands Aboriginal Art
We awake at the northern end of Bigge Island. When the tide allows, we can go ashore to visit a very significant aboriginal art galley on Bigge Island. Here we will discover examples of the first contact with sailing ships and pipe-smoking European seafarers of the 19th century. Keep an eye out for small rock wallabies and large salt water crocodiles. The lack of feral predators makes the Kimberley islands an ideal habitat for vulnerable mammal species. Departing Bigge Island we cruise into Prince Fredrick Harbour then further up into the Hunter River and Porosus Creek. On the low tide we can all investigate the ecosystems hidden within the mangroves and mud flats from the comfort of our 11m expedition tender – “Regent”. This ecosystem is a favourite for those who enjoy our native birds. We have a chance to spot a Great Billed Heron, White bellied sea eagle or a Chestnut Rail. For the keen fisherperson, the chance to flick a lure into the low tide run offs.
Day 6 Naturalist Island with optional scenic flights & Careening Bay
Enjoy the solitude as the Kimberley sun rise over the spectacular sandstone cliffs and invites you to share another day in Kimberley Country. This morning we move a short distance to Naturalist Island. We are pleased to offer a very scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls. Register your interest upon booking your cruise. Whilst many enjoy the flights other can try their luck in our favourite fishing patch on the incoming tide. Departing after lunch we steam for Carreening Bay.
Careening Bay was named by an early explorer Phillip Parker King after his ship, ‘HMC Mermaid’, was careened for repairs during his first voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Our crew will lead you ashore to the site of a large boab tree, inscribed by the ships carpenter “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later.
This evening we enjoy yet another Kimberley sunset as we cruise towards The Prince Regent River. Awaiting the incoming tide we anchor in St George Basin for the night.
Day 7 Prince Regent River.
On the high tide we take our vessel Reef Prince many miles up the Prince Regent River to discover a spectacular waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. We can nose the bow of our expedition tender Regent, under the cascading falls to indulge in an unforgettable wash in the cool fresh water. This afternoon opens many other option for us. We may choose to explore another hidden water fall further up the Regent or take a steep climb up the banks of the river to reveal the mysterious Aboriginal Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), thought to be some of the world’s oldest indigenous art, dating back over 20, 000 years or climb to the top of King Cascades water fall – the choice is ours. Tonight we ride the tide out of the river to anchor just off a perfect little Kimberley beach.
Day 8 The beautiful Ruby Falls following a morning walk to a scenic aboriginal art galley.
Within Collier Bay lies many Kimberley gems for us to enjoy. We’ll plan our day around the huge 12m tides rising and falling every 6hrs. On the mornings low tide, after a healthy Breakfast, we can stretch our legs and walk to the top of an escarpment to view a special gallery of modern Wandjina style art. Some may like the optional Indigenous tour were local aboriginals will welcome you to their land with a smoking ceremony and ochre face painting followed by story telling and a walk to their significant cyclone cave. Register your interest upon booking.
On the high spring tide we can explore Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim within Ruby Falls. Red Cone Creek may also entice us to try our luck for a mud crab or barramundi.
Day 9 Montgomery Reef reveals it secrets as it ‘rises’ out of the ocean on the ebbing tide.
Within the heart of Collier Bay lies 400square kilometres of Kimberley Reef System. Many consider Montgomery Reef to be their most memorable experience during their Kimberley Expedition. Join a reef cruise in our expedition tender to study the marine life.
Leaving Montgomery we cruise to Talbot Bay for the evening, the location of the commanding Horizontal Falls. After we drop anchor we’ll be greeted by our resident tawny nurse sharks who come for a friendly snuffle at our transom
Day 10: Within Talbot Bay, the region’s 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle.
This morning we’ll experience the awesome power of the Horizontal Falls. On a trip through the falls our attention will be taken by the incredible geology that abounds this area. Our cruise director will point out the changes that have occurred in this region over the last 2000 million years to form the water ways we now enjoy.
Cruising through Yampie Sound witness the effects of the iron ore mining operations on Koolan and Cockatoo Islands. Visit Crocodile
Creek to enjoy a fresh water swim under a cool water fall. Finally we toast to our Kimberley Expedition and enjoy afternoon drinks as the sun sets over the Buccaneer Archipelago.
Day 11: We’ve shared some amazing experiences together.
We’ve made some great new friends. Unfortunately today we disembark in Broome at around 10.00am. 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 Lorie or Nick to discuss your requirements further.
From $5,300pp in 2017
See the Sights!
- Breathtaking Scenery
- Fast Boat ride-Horizontal Waterfalls
- Scenic Helicopter flights
- Swim at the foot of a waterfall
- Photograph the amazing Kimberley scenery
- Barramundi sizzling in the kitchen below, and much more!
- Explore the rugged landscapes of northwestern Australia and the traditional cultures
- Spectacular Wildlife from giant saltwater crocodiles, migrating humpback whales to the shy chestnut rail
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