1 Broome, Cygnet Bay
Depart Broome this afternoon and journey to Cape Leveque to visit the remote camp of Kooljaman, which is owned and run by the Indigenous Bardi Jawi Communities. Dinner tonight will be accompanied by an Indigenous host at Kooljaman Stay Two Nights: Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm (L/D)
2 Cygnet Bay
Start your day with breakfast overlooking Cygnet Bay before enjoying a Signature Experience. After lunch, take to the water on a Sea Safari and cruise the ancient landscapes of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Watch the sunset on Shell Island before dinner back at Cygnet Bay this evening. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Join a local expert to discover the secrets of how the world's finest pearls are produced at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm.
3 Beagle Bay, Broome, Embark Ship
Farewell the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm and visit the Ardyaloon Trochus Hatchery & Aquaculture Centre at One Arm Point. The Bardi Jawi retain a strong connection to their rich culture and saltwater traditions, and you'll learn about the hunting and gathering methods that have been passed down by their ancestors over the years. Gain a fascinating insight into the Aboriginal Dreamtime before continuing to Beagle Bay, a small Indigenous community that was founded in 1890 by French Trappist monks. Visit the Beagle Bay Church and view its decorative altar. An abundance of mother of pearl shells from local waters have been laid into the plaster, giving it a unique finish. Later, return to Broome and board your expedition ship. A relaxed dinner this evening sets the tone for the next nine nights on board. Stay Nine Nights: MS Island Sky or MS Caledonian Sky (B/L/D)
4 Adele Island, Buccaneer Archipelago
There's promise of yet more turquoise waters today as your ship arrives in the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands. Cruise to Adele Island and join your expedition team for an exploration of this remote coastal area by Zodiac. (B/L/D)
5 Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls
Today your ship cruises through to Talbot Bay, known for its epic 12-metre tides that create an astonishing natural spectacle, the Horizontal Falls. After an exciting Signature Experience, join your expedition team and hop aboard a Zodiac to venture through Cyclone Creek. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Subject to tidal conditions, set out on a thrilling ride through Horizontal Falls aboard a high-powered fast boat.
6 Raft Point, Doubtful Bay, Montgomery Reef
Excitement builds this morning as you set out on an incredible Signature Experience. Then, cruise through Doubtful Bay before stepping ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient rock art site. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Join your expedition team for an in-depth exploration of Montgomery Reef by Zodiac. Witness the reef rise out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade rapidly into the surrounding channels.
7 Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve, St George's Basin
Reach Careening Bay today, home to the historic Mermaid Boab Tree. See for yourself a living piece of Australian colonial history before continuing on to Prince Regent Nature Reserve. Only accessible by boat, explore this protected area and see why it is recognised as a national biodiversity hotspot. Next, it's on to the untouched coastal area of Hanover Bay. While you're here, you might like to hop aboard your Zodiac for an enthralling visit to St George's Basin. (B/L/D)
8 Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls
Your expedition ship arrives at Prince Frederick Harbour today, home to soaring red cliffs and mangroves. Once again, it's time to jump aboard your trusty Zodiac vessels, this time for an exhilarating exploration of the Hunter River and Naturalist Island. As your day of discovery draws to a close, you might choose to set out on a helicopter flight and view Mitchell Falls from above (own expense). (B/L/D)
9 Bigge Island
Discover Bigge Island today, known for its Indigenous rock art created by the Wunambal people. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- In caves throughout Bigge Island, see examples of first contact art.
10 Vansittart Bay, Jar Island
An intriguing exploration of Vansittart Bay awaits today. Join your expedition team and set out across the bay's vast salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 that crash landed on the beach during World War II. Later, step ashore at Jar Island and see examples of mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years. (B/L/D)
11 Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls
Wake this morning as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay. Hear how this harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942. Next, it's on to King George River, where you will enjoy a Signature Experience. Back on board, toast the end of an epic adventure during a farewell dinner. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Join your expedition team and jump aboard a Zodiac to meander through the river's gorge system. Anticipation builds as your Zodiac approaches King George Falls, plunging 80 metres over a towering sandstone cliff.
12 Wyndham, Disembark Ship, Depart Kununurra
Arriving into Wyndham this morning means it's time to say goodbye to your ship. Be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (B)