1000 ISLANDS DISCOVER 8 DAY CRUISE FROM EXMOUTH WITH KIMBERLEY EXPEDITIONS

Join us for an 8-Day 1000 Islands Discovery of Murion, Montebellos and Mackerel Islands. 

Join our experienced crew as we depart Exmouth to spend eight days discovering the Muiron, Montebellos and Mackerel Islands.  These waters offer some of the most colourful, hard and soft coral gardens on WAs coast, along with the opportunity to come face to face with giant potato cod, manta rays and turtles to make this a diving and snorkelling paradise.  By day, enjoy brilliant tropical wonderlands with the pristine beaches and islands alive with numerous types of fish, flora and fauna.

Anchoring in secluded turquoise waters fringed by miles of untouched beautiful beaches we can go ashore to watch hundreds of mating turtles or catch your own seafood medley.  Whilst cruising, do not miss the possibility of seeing, dolphins, humpback or pilot whales and dugongs.

All the Islands hold their own special beauty, unique attractions and history.  They offer some of the world’s best and plentiful fishing grounds, with dive areas that compare to any in the world. Come and relax surrounded by islands whilst dining on local seafood delights of tropical crayfish, coral trout, mud crabs and calamari. 

The Montes offers something for everyone : 

  • Picture perfect inviting beaches, 
  • Hidden coves brimming with marine life, 
  • Sheltered Snorkelling for all ages, 
  • Spectacular drift diving,  
  • Safe over night anchorages,
  • Unmatched tropical fishing,   
  • An abundance of seafoods, 
  • Natural and European history.
  • Opportunities for every weather and tide.      

2021 bookings now open!

8 DAY CRUISE FROM EXMOUTH FROM $4,265 PP

12th October to 19th October 2021

22nd October to 29th October 2021

1st November to 8th November 2021

PRICING FROM

Cabin Configuration
– All with Ensuites
$4,265 PP

Cabin Allocation – First in Best Dressed

Based on Twin Share – SOLO Travellers Welcome
(Cruise Fare + 20% SOLO Sup)

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. 

 Departure

We organise transfers to and from the vessel. Please ensure you arrange accommodation in the Exmouth to have the transfers included.  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 

Welcome Aboard Reef Prince

Day 1: Depart Exmouth Marina to Murion Islands

We will cruise out of the Exmouth Marina while you enjoy a hearty breakfast either inside the dining room or in fresh air – alfresco style.  After breakfast you can enjoy the sea air and views from the fly bridge or have a nap in your cabin as we cruise north for about two hours towards our first stop at the Muiron Islands.  Here we have morning tea and view a major turtle breeding and nesting ground.  Relax and spend the morning enjoying your choice of activity – Be it diving, snorkelling, beach walking, fishing, surfing or photography.

North and South Muiron hold a number of great dive sites for us to enjoy. The Muiron’s separate the cloudy Exmouth Gulf waters from the clear fresh oceanic waters. Your Dive Master has some spectacular options to choose from for your first underwater discovery.  Working with the tides and wind we choose from The Cod Spot in the South or the Gap between the two islands or The Bastions or Fragile Rock.

After lunch we cruise further north towards Barrow Island.  On our way 70Nm north we pass along the edge of the continental shelf where on a good day we can spot all manner of pelagic species including manta rays, dolphins, feeding frenzies of sharks, tuna, mackerel and feeding sea birds.  We should arrive at our safe overnight anchorage off the bottom end of Barrow Island by dusk.   Tonight, we have a chance to spot the feeding tawny nurse sharks in the evening light.

 

Photo of Koolama Bay

Day 2: Barrow Island shoals then onto the Montebello Islands.

Up early for a morning snorkel or fish on Barrow Island shoals.  Swim with countless tropical fish over beautiful coral outcrops throughout the shallows around Barrow island or try your lure choice, on the many monster coral trout.  Very tasty on the BBQ.

After an invigorating morning we cruise north towards the Montebello’s.  On the way a high speed lure or two might pick up a trout or tuna or even a big Spanish mackerel

Regent tender under King George falls - Kimberley Expeditions

Day 3 to 5: Exploring the Montebello Islands.

For those wanting to make the most of our stay in this amazing group of islands we can start the day with an early morning swim.  Then a trip ashore to one of the many perfect beaches for a walk and a dip in safe, calm, clear waters.

The Montes hold many attractions for us – from fishing the shallows and the tidal inlets to the deep water for Emperor.  There will be daily snorkeling and diving expeditions to the beautiful coral gardens, giving us the chance to extract a tropical cray for the dinner table. Top off the day with a sun-downer on the beach and greet the many female turtles as they lumber up the beach to lay their eggs.  Or perhaps walk to the sites of the three 1952 atomic bomb tests.  We can look at the relics that were left by the British army to test the impact of these massive blasts, then wonder as to how nature has returned the islands to their former glory.

WWII aircraft crash site photo

Day 6: Departing the Montebello Islands to the Mackerel Islands  

A fresh morning dip at another beautiful untouched beach before we head off to the Mackerel Islands.  We can trawl a lure as we head south.  We should pull in a few coral trout from the shallows and mackerel from the deeper waters.  Then an overnight anchorage in the shelter of one of the many islands.

montgomery reef

Day 7: Discover the Mackerel Islands the overnight to Thevenard Island.

We discover several perfect beaches, coral reefs to snorkel and new sites to explore and fish as we cruise our way through the Mackerel Islands.  We plan to arrive at Serrurier Island by about 5pm.   A trip ashore to enjoy swimming pool like conditions or watch from a distance as Turtles lumber ashore.  In the evening we’ll enjoy a glass of our favourite while the crew cook us a very tasty BBQ dinner.  Back to our floating home for another good night’s sleep.

Mitchell Falls Scenic Flight add-on

Day 8: A morning snorkel or walk then on to Exmouth.

A hearty breakfast to start the day before our cruise director takes us ashore to the sheltered beaches of Long Island.  Relax in the sands and reflect on the last eight days of your “1000 Island Discovery”.

Swim or walk these white sandy beaches.  We’ll board our vessel for the last time and make our way to Exmouth.  Now is the time to swap your details with the crew and new friends aboard Reef Prince.  We should arrive at sleepy Exmouth Marina mid-afternoon.

 

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 Pilbara will enjoy plenty of sunny days and pleasant 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.

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.

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
  • 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.

This Visitor Pass fee is included in our cruise fares. 

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:
info@kimberleyexpeditions.com.au

ADDRESS:
7 Farrell Street, Broome, WA

POSTAL ADDRESS:
PO BOX 4006
Mataranka, NT, 0852

 

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