a zodiac skiff takes adventure travelers through a turquoise horizontal waterfall with cliffs on either side on the Kimberley Cruising to the Australian Outback trip
Aerial view of Tranquil Bay, Australia, with white-sand spit, turquoise water, red-rock cliffs, waterfalls & lush greenery.
Silver Xplorer tender boat pulls up in front of cascading waterfalls under a blue sky in Australia's Kimberley Region.
a guide points to indigenous cave art on a tour during the Kimberley - Cruising to the Australian Outback small ship cruise trip
Zodiac of people pulls up to rocky red islet with teal-colored water & bright green plants in Australia's Kimberley region.
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Asia / Pacific Australia Cruise

The Kimberley – Cruising to Australia’s Last Frontier

This 11- or 13-day exploration voyage to the Kimberley has so many highlights that you’ll be an expert in the Australian Last Frontier by the end. The expedition cruise begins from either Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory, or Broome, which is famous for its beauty and cultured pearls. Both are unique frontier centers and are the gateways to the magnificent Kimberley wilderness. 

Receive the best service while experiencing the wonderful remote access only a small cruise ship can permit. Choose from expeditions aboard the 72-guest Coral Discoverer, 120-guest Coral Adventurer or 120-guest Coral Geographer. Experienced, highly informative expedition leaders and guest lecturers will supervise the itinerary, maximizing the experiences offered on each shore excursion. Be awed by the power and vastness of this land steeped in ancient indigenous culture; experience it firsthand by traveling ashore to view the world’s oldest known indigenous rock art, the mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings. 

On the 11-day itinerary, a specially designed excursion vessel enables exploration of the King George and Mitchell Falls, Prince Regent River and King Cascades. For the more adventurous, optional (added-cost) helicopter flights to the Mitchell Falls are also available. On the 13-day itinerary, make unique visits to the Rowley Shoals Marine Park, plus Ashmore and Scott Reefs, for incredible snorkeling and diving opportunities.

On a special April 15 departure aboard Coral Adventurer, view the solar eclipse 2023 without obstruction from the remote Ashmore Reef. On this solar eclipse vacation, enjoy the chance to watch the birdlife fly home to roost in the middle of the day as everything goes dark. Astronomer-at-Large Dr. Fred Watson joins this cruise to see the solar eclipse, to provide insights into the special celestial event. And Dark Sky Defender Marnie Ogg will also be on hand to enrich your experience of the 2023 solar eclipse in Australia.

The abundance of bird life and native wildlife, including the salt-water crocodile, make every moment of the expedition unique. With hundreds of islands in the Buccaneer Archipelago, the tidal phenomena at Montgomery Reef and the extraordinary horizontal waterfalls near Talbot Bay, the Kimberley has it all!

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Australian cruises and Australian trips.



Itinerary

The Kimberley: Westbound Itinerary

The 11-day westbound Kimberley cruise travels from Darwin to Broome, along Western Australia’s territory.

Route map of The Kimberley cruise, operating between Darwin and Broome, Australia, with visits to Lacepede Islands, Horizontal Falls, Doubtful Bay, Raft Point, Montgomery Reef, Prince Regent River, Careening Bay, Prince Frederick Harbor, Bigge Island, Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan, Swift Bay, Vansittart Bay & King George River & Falls.
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Day 1
Embark Darwin, Australia

Board at 8:00am and take time to settle into your cabin before a 9:00am departure. Spend a luxuriant sea day at leisure as the ship cruises across Joseph Bonaparte Gulf and into Western Australian waters. Become acquainted with all the facilities on board and join the expedition team for an insightful introduction to the Kimberley. As dusk falls, meet fellow travelers, the captain and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Discoverer, Coral Geographer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Days 2 - 10
Exploration of The Kimberley

No two Kimberley cruises are the same. Each expedition is crafted by experienced captains and expedition leaders around weather, tidal and community requirements. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

King George River & Falls (Oomari Falls)

Fed by the King George River draining across the Gardner Plateau, the over-260-feet-tall King George Falls (“Oomari” Falls) are the most impressive Kimberley waterfalls and the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Before reaching the mist-like spray rising from the base of King George Falls, cruise through steep-sided gorges carved by a flooded river system that carved a swathe through the Kimberley landscape 400 million years ago. The indigenous group here is the Balanggarra people. Early in the waterfall season, possibly cruise around the base of impressive King George Falls, or in later months take the opportunity to view the honeycomb erosion patterns of sandstone cliffs up close.

Vansittart Bay (Banjal)

Vansittart Bay is home to many cultural and historically significant sites like the remarkable Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) Aboriginal rock art galleries estimated to be up to 20,000 years old. Jar Island is so-named after the pot shards found here, brought to the island by Macassan fisherman harvesting sea cucumbers (also known as trepang). Jar Island’s Indigenous name is Njula, and the Indigenous Group is the Gaambera people.

Nearby, on the Anjo Peninsula lays the well-preserved wreckage of a US Airforce C-53 Skytrooper aircraft, the result of a pilot losing his bearings flying from Perth to Broome in 1942 and putting down on a salt pan near present-day Truscott Airbase.

Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan & Swift Bay

Tumbling down the Mitchell Plateau in a series of tiered waterfalls and emerald green rock pools, the Mitchell Falls (“Punamii-Uunpuu”) are the photogenic poster child for the Mitchell River National Park. Take a scenic heli flight (additional cost) to multi-tiered Mitchell Falls where emerald-hued rock pools cascade down the escarpment. The indigenous group here are the Wunambal people.

Mitchell River National Park is inhabited by significant numbers of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and bird species which are lured by a year-round water source. Sandstone terraces beside tiered rock pools make a terrific viewing platform from which to savor the serenity of this ancient landscape.

An alternative option to Mitchell Falls is exploring the sandstone caves of Wollaston Bay or Wollaston Creek. This mass of weathered tunnels, arches and columns form a labyrinth-like maze and was once an Aboriginal midden. Another option while anchored at Winyalkan Bay is a visit to a series of Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art galleries at Swift Bay. In the evening, enjoy watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean while indulging in a gourmet BBQ.

Prince Frederick Harbor & Bigge Island (Wuuyuru)

Prince Frederick Harbor is one of the Kimberley’s most spectacular locations at the southern end of York Sound. The harbor is dotted with islands lined with mangroves and monsoon rainforests, set against a backdrop of ochre-hued escarpment. White-bellied sea eagles and other birds of prey are often seen here, and at low tide, expansive mudflats reveal large populations of mudskippers and mangrove crabs. Take the Xplorer tender vessels on a cruise up Porosus Creek to view some striking rock formations. Bigge Island’s indigenous name is “Wuuyuru,” per the Wunambal people.

Prince Regent River & Careening Bay (Wunbung-Gu)

King Cascade (“Mambulbada”) is a classically beautiful terraced waterfall and is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the Kimberley. Falling from a considerable height and around 165 feet across, water tumbles down a staggered terrace of Kimberley sandstone. Layer upon layer of the ochre-hued and blackened rock sprouts grasses, mosses and ferns in a sort of lushly vegetated hanging garden. Reach King Cascade after cruising in Xplorer tender vessels down the Prince Regent River which is a remarkable anomaly as the river runs dead straight along a fault line. The indigenous group here is the Dambimangari people.

Lt. Phillip Parker King named nearby Careening Bay after he beached his leaking vessel HMC Mermaid to effect repairs. While stranded on this remote coastline for 17 days, the ship’s carpenter carved HMC Mermaid 1820 into the bottle-shaped trunk of a boab tree near the beach. 200 years later, the Mermaid Boab Tree has since split into two trunks and sports a mammoth girth of 40 feet. Significantly, the bulbous tree is listed on the National Register of Big Trees and the carpenter’s careful inscription now stands almost as tall as a person. Careening Bay’s indigenous name is “Wunbung-gu,” per the indigenous group: the Wunambal people.

Montgomery Reef (Yowjab)

Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 155 square miles and was named by Phillip Parker King. Twice daily, as the sea recedes in mammoth 36-foot tides, Montgomery Reef rises from the Indian Ocean in a cascade of rushing water, revealing a flat-topped reef pockmarked with rockpools and rivulets. Opportunistic birds, turtles and dolphins take advantage of the emerging reef, feeding on marine life left exposed in rock pools. Montgomery Reef’s indigenous name is “Yowjab,” and the channel “Wilyjaru,” according to the Dambimangari people.

Doubtful Bay & Raft Point (Ngumbree)

Raft Point guards the entrance to Doubtful Bay, a vast body of sheltered water which harbors significant sites such as the ancient Wandjina rock art galleries, considered some of the finest in the Kimberley. If a Traditional Owner guide is available, then visit the galleries. Raft point is known as “Ngumbree” to the indigenous group here, the Dambimangari people.

Doubtful Bay is the traditional country of the Worrora people who follow the Wandjina, their god, law-maker and creator. Images of Wandjina are found throughout the Kimberley, recording their stories, knowledge and culture in stone. Other sites in Doubtful Bay include the mighty Steep Island and Ruby Falls at Red Cone Creek.

Horizontal Falls (Garaanngaddim) & Buccaneer Archipelago

The Horizontal Falls are one of the Kimberley’s biggest attractions and are a result of the mammoth 36-foot tides the Kimberley is renowned for. The Horizontal Falls, described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world,” are created as the ocean thunders through a narrow gorge in the McLarty Ranges. Water builds up on one side and is forcibly pushed through the bottleneck, creating a rushing horizontal waterfall of swiftly flowing seawater. Riding the rapids on Zodiac inflatable tenders is a trip highlight. The Horizontal Falls are known as “Garaanngaddim” to the local indigenous group, the Dambimangari people.

Talbot Bay is at the heart of the Buccaneer Archipelago, where rocks on the 800 or so islands are estimated at over 2 billion years old. At Cyclone Creek, see evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations and cruise through the Iron Islands, past Koolan Island, before enjoying sunset drinks at Nares Point.

Lacepede Islands

Subject to weather and tides, explore the Lacepede Islands’ lagoons by Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels. This protected class-A nature reserve is a significant seabird nesting rookery for brown boobies and roseate terns. Other species often sighted at the Lacepedes include Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets and gulls. The four low-lying islands are also an important breeding and nesting habitat for green turtles.

As the incredible Kimberley adventure draws to a close, on the last evening aboard, enjoy the captain’s farewell drinks amongst new-found friends.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Discoverer, Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Broome, Australia

This unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Broome this morning after an early breakfast. Disembark at 8:00am and take an included transfer to Broome’s central business district or the airport.

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n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations as booked; cruise transportation; all meals onboard; 24-hour coffee and tea; showcase wines and selected beers with lunch and dinner service; excursions and sightseeing, daily lectures and briefings, use of Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels; use of all onboard facilities, including comprehensive range of library and video resources; visitor pass for the Kimberley during the 2022 & 2023 seasons (subject to change).

Exclusions

Items of a personal nature, including but not limited to travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges. A helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls may be available for purchase while onboard the vessel; the price to join this optional flight is approximately $630(AUD) per person in 2022 and estimated at $645(AUD) per person in 2023 (subject to change).

The Traditional Owners of the Kimberley and their representatives have now implemented a permit/fee for guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley region.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. A $200 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is a $500 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Kimberley – Cruising to Australia’s Last Frontier expedition begins in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (DRW), and ends in Broome, Western Australia, Australia (BME). Plan flights to arrive to Darwin in time for an 8:00am boarding and 9:00am departure on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Broome following the 8:00am disembarkation on day 11.

We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include scenic helicopter flights (added cost), land treks, swimming, snorkeling, wildlife observation, beachcombing, cultural visits and Xplorer tours.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate; ask your Adventure Smith Specialist for details. Bookings made via the solo use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

The Kimberley: Eastbound Itinerary

The 11-day eastbound Kimberley cruise travels from Broome to Darwin, along Western Australia’s territory.

Route map of The Kimberley cruise, operating between Darwin and Broome, Australia, with visits to Lacepede Islands, Horizontal Falls, Doubtful Bay, Raft Point, Montgomery Reef, Prince Regent River, Careening Bay, Prince Frederick Harbor, Bigge Island, Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan, Swift Bay, Vansittart Bay & King George River & Falls.
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Day 1
Embark Broome, Australia

Board at 4:00pm and take time to settle into your cabin before a 5:00pm departure. Become acquainted with all the facilities on board as the ship cruises northwards towards Cape Leveque. As dusk falls, meet fellow travelers, the captain and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Discoverer, Coral Geographer

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 10
Exploration of The Kimberley

No two Kimberley cruises are the same. Each expedition is crafted by experienced captains and expedition leaders around weather, tidal and community requirements. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

Lacepede Islands

Subject to weather and tides, explore the Lacepede Islands’ lagoons by Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels. This protected class-A nature reserve is a significant seabird nesting rookery for brown boobies and roseate terns. Other species often sighted at the Lacepedes include Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets and gulls. The four low-lying islands are also an important breeding and nesting habitat for green turtles.

Horizontal Falls (Garaanngaddim) & Buccaneer Archipelago

The Horizontal Falls are one of the Kimberley’s biggest attractions and are a result of the mammoth 36-foot tides the Kimberley is renowned for. The Horizontal Falls, described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world,” are created as the ocean thunders through a narrow gorge in the McLarty Ranges. Water builds up on one side and is forcibly pushed through the bottleneck, creating a rushing horizontal waterfall of swiftly flowing seawater. Riding the rapids on Zodiac inflatable tenders is a trip highlight. The Horizontal Falls are known as “Garaanngaddim” to the local indigenous group, the Dambimangari people.

Talbot Bay is at the heart of the Buccaneer Archipelago, where rocks on the 800 or so islands are estimated at over 2 billion years old. At Cyclone Creek, see evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations and cruise through the Iron Islands, past Koolan Island, before enjoying sunset drinks at Nares Point.

Doubtful Bay & Raft Point (Ngumbree)

Raft Point guards the entrance to Doubtful Bay, a vast body of sheltered water which harbors significant sites such as the ancient Wandjina rock art galleries, considered some of the finest in the Kimberley. If a Traditional Owner guide is available, then visit the galleries. Raft point is known as “Ngumbree” to the indigenous group here, the Dambimangari people.

Doubtful Bay is the traditional country of the Worrora people who follow the Wandjina, their god, law-maker and creator. Images of Wandjina are found throughout the Kimberley, recording their stories, knowledge and culture in stone. Other sites in Doubtful Bay include the mighty Steep Island and Ruby Falls at Red Cone Creek.

Montgomery Reef (Yowjab)

Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 155 square miles and was named by Phillip Parker King. Twice daily, as the sea recedes in mammoth 36-foot tides, Montgomery Reef rises from the Indian Ocean in a cascade of rushing water, revealing a flat-topped reef pockmarked with rockpools and rivulets. Opportunistic birds, turtles and dolphins take advantage of the emerging reef, feeding on marine life left exposed in rock pools. Montgomery Reef’s indigenous name is “Yowjab,” and the channel “Wilyjaru,” according to the Dambimangari people.

Prince Regent River & Careening Bay (Wunbung-Gu)

King Cascade (“Mambulbada”) is a classically beautiful terraced waterfall and is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the Kimberley. Falling from a considerable height and around 165 feet across, water tumbles down a staggered terrace of Kimberley sandstone. Layer upon layer of the ochre-hued and blackened rock sprouts grasses, mosses and ferns in a sort of lushly vegetated hanging garden. Reach King Cascade after cruising in Xplorer tender vessels down the Prince Regent River which is a remarkable anomaly as the river runs dead straight along a fault line. The indigenous group here is the Dambimangari people.

Lt. Phillip Parker King named nearby Careening Bay after he beached his leaking vessel HMC Mermaid to effect repairs. While stranded on this remote coastline for 17 days, the ship’s carpenter carved HMC Mermaid 1820 into the bottle-shaped trunk of a boab tree near the beach. 200 years later, the Mermaid Boab Tree has since split into two trunks and sports a mammoth girth of 40 feet. Significantly, the bulbous tree is listed on the National Register of Big Trees and the carpenter’s careful inscription now stands almost as tall as a person. Careening Bay’s indigenous name is “Wunbung-gu,” per the indigenous group: the Wunambal people.

Prince Frederick Harbor & Bigge Island (Wuuyuru)

Prince Frederick Harbor is one of the Kimberley’s most spectacular locations at the southern end of York Sound. The harbor is dotted with islands lined with mangroves and monsoon rainforests, set against a backdrop of ochre-hued escarpment. White-bellied sea eagles and other birds of prey are often seen here, and at low tide, expansive mudflats reveal large populations of mudskippers and mangrove crabs. Take the Xplorer tender vessels on a cruise up Porosus Creek to view some striking rock formations. Bigge Island’s indigenous name is “Wuuyuru,” per the Wunambal people.

Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan & Swift Bay

Tumbling down the Mitchell Plateau in a series of tiered waterfalls and emerald green rock pools, the Mitchell Falls (“Punamii-Uunpuu”) are the photogenic poster child for the Mitchell River National Park. Take a scenic heli flight (additional cost) to multi-tiered Mitchell Falls where emerald-hued rock pools cascade down the escarpment. The indigenous group here are the Wunambal people.

Mitchell River National Park is inhabited by significant numbers of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and bird species which are lured by a year-round water source. Sandstone terraces beside tiered rock pools make a terrific viewing platform from which to savor the serenity of this ancient landscape.

An alternative option to Mitchell Falls is exploring the sandstone caves of Wollaston Bay or Wollaston Creek. This mass of weathered tunnels, arches and columns form a labyrinth-like maze and was once an Aboriginal midden. Another option while anchored at Winyalkan Bay is a visit to a series of Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art galleries at Swift Bay. In the evening, enjoy watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean while indulging in a gourmet BBQ.

Vansittart Bay (Banjal)

Vansittart Bay is home to many cultural and historically significant sites like the remarkable Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) Aboriginal rock art galleries estimated to be up to 20,000 years old. Jar Island is so-named after the pot shards found here, brought to the island by Macassan fisherman harvesting sea cucumbers (also known as trepang). Jar Island’s Indigenous name is Njula, and the Indigenous Group is the Gaambera people.

Nearby, on the Anjo Peninsula lays the well-preserved wreckage of a US Airforce C-53 Skytrooper aircraft, the result of a pilot losing his bearings flying from Perth to Broome in 1942 and putting down on a salt pan near present-day Truscott Airbase.

King George River & Falls (Oomari Falls)

Fed by the King George River draining across the Gardner Plateau, the over-260-feet-tall King George Falls (“Oomari” Falls) are the most impressive Kimberley waterfalls and the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Before reaching the mist-like spray rising from the base of King George Falls, cruise through steep-sided gorges carved by a flooded river system that carved a swathe through the Kimberley landscape 400 million years ago. The indigenous group here is the Balanggarra people. Early in the waterfall season, possibly cruise around the base of impressive King George Falls, or in later months take the opportunity to view the honeycomb erosion patterns of sandstone cliffs up close.

As the incredible Kimberley adventure draws to a close, on the last evening aboard, enjoy the captain’s farewell drinks amongst new-found friends.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Discoverer, Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Darwin, Australia

This unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Darwin this morning after an early breakfast. Disembark at 8:30am and take an included transfer to Darwin’s central business district hotels or the airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations as booked; cruise transportation; all meals onboard; 24-hour coffee and tea; showcase wines and selected beers with lunch and dinner service; excursions and sightseeing, daily lectures and briefings, use of Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels; use of all onboard facilities, including comprehensive range of library and video resources; visitor pass for the Kimberley during the 2022 & 2023 seasons (subject to change).

Exclusions

Items of a personal nature, including but not limited to travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges. A helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls may be available for purchase while onboard the vessel; the price to join this optional flight is approximately $630(AUD) per person in 2022 and estimated at $645(AUD) per person in 2023 (subject to change).

The Traditional Owners of the Kimberley and their representatives have now implemented a permit/fee for guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley region.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. A $200 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is a $500 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse Kimberley – Cruising to Australia’s Last Frontier expedition begins in Broome, Western Australia, Australia (BME) and ends in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (DRW). Plan flights to arrive to Broome in time for a 4:00pm boarding and 5:00pm departure on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Darwin following the 8:30am disembarkation on day 11. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include scenic helicopter flights (added cost), land treks, swimming, snorkeling, wildlife observation, beachcombing, cultural visits and Xplorer tours.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate; ask your Adventure Smith Specialist for details. Bookings made via the solo use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Kimberley Icons, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals: Westbound Itinerary

The 13-day westbound Kimberley Icons, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals cruise travels from Darwin to Broome, along Western Australia’s territory, with special visits to Rowley Shoals Marine Park and remote snorkeling and diving at Ashmore Reef and Scott Reef.

Route map of Kimberley Icons, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals cruise, operating between Darwin and Broome, Australia, with visits to King George River, Scott Reef, Adele Island, Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Horizontal Falls & the Lacepede Islands.
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Day 1
Embark Darwin, Australia

Board at 9:00am and take time to settle into your cabin before a 10:00am departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities on board and join the expedition team in the lounge for an insightful introduction to the Kimberley. As dusk falls, meet fellow travelers, the captain and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks as the ship crosses the Bonaparte Gulf.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Days 2 - 12
Exploration of The Kimberley, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals

No two Kimberley Icons, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals cruises are the same. Each expedition is crafted by experienced captains and expedition leaders around weather, tidal and community requirements. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

King George River

Cruise down the scenic King George River, through steep-sided gorges carved by a flooded river system that carved a swathe through the Kimberley landscape 400 million years ago. Take the opportunity to get up close and view the honeycomb erosion patterns of the over-260-foot-tall sandstone cliffs.

A Day of Rock Art

Land at either Jar Island, Swift Bay, Wollsaton Bay or Bigge Island. Each of these locations are home to fantastic Wandjina and Gwion Gwion Rock Art (Bradshaw) galleries. Stretch the legs and explore the magnificent sandstone structures, providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters, find examples of this rock art.

Ashmore Reef

The territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands is made up of the West, Middle and East Islands of Ashmore Reef, as well as Cartier Island and the surrounding 12-nautical-mile territorial sea. These islands are uninhabited, making them the perfect location for seabird breeding. Each year around 100,000 seabirds flock to the marine park’s three tiny islands.

The reef here boasts a wide diversity of marine life, including over 70 fish species and 255 varieties of coral. To protect this reef, the Australia Government declared the Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve in 1983. The islands also have a significant marine turtle nesting area and migratory bird populations. Here, spend time birdwatching, swimming and snorkeling the pristine reef.

Scott Reef

A group of four separate reef structures: Scott Reef South, Scott Reef Central, Scott Reef North and Seringapatam Reef–These atolls are situated on the continental shelf in the Timor Sea. Weather and tide permitting, snorkel and dive the outer reef–The sheer walls and diverse ecosystems of this acclaimed coral habitat will take your breath away! Enjoy nature and history interpretations from the expedition team.

Adele Island

Weather and tide permitting, visit the remote and beautiful Adele Island. Pristine, teeming with breeding bird and supported by coral reef that surrounds it, Adele Island was declared a Nature Reserve in 2001. The island is recognized for its bird breeding sanctuary, classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area for its seabirds and waders. Adele Reef is one of the more unique reef habitats on the planet, with exclusive discoveries reported in this area. This area is of great scientific interest as it provides an environmental link between the Kimberley’s oceanic and inshore reef systems.

Montgomery Reef

Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 155 square miles and was named by Phillip Parker King. Twice daily, as the sea recedes in mammoth 36-foot tides, Montgomery Reef rises from the Indian Ocean in a cascade of rushing water, revealing a flat-topped reef pockmarked with rockpools and rivulets. Opportunistic birds, turtles and dolphins take advantage of the emerging reef, feeding on marine life left exposed in rock pools.

Doubtful Bay

Raft Point guards the entrance to Doubtful Bay, a vast body of sheltered water which harbors significant sites such as the ancient Wandjina rock art galleries, considered some of the finest in the Kimberley. If a Traditional Owner guide is available, then visit the galleries. Doubtful Bay is the traditional country of the Worrora people who follow the Wandjina, their god, law-maker and creator. Images of Wandjina are found throughout the Kimberley, recording their stories, knowledge and culture in stone.

Depending on the tides, visit Red Cone Creek, which flows gently downstream until it meets the small but impressive Ruby Falls. Named by local mariner Capt. Chris Trucker after his daughter, Red Cone Creek is carved through rock formations stacked atop each other like building blocks. These rock walls are great for climbing and clambering over before reaching a series of freshwater swimming holes and waterfalls. The falls may be a gurgling torrent or a gentle trickle, depending on the time of the year. If traditional owner guides are available, visit Wijingarra Bard Bard (Freshwater Cove) with a hike to the hinterland to view rock art at Cyclone Cave.

Horizontal Falls & Buccaneer Archipelago

The Horizontal Falls are one of the Kimberley’s biggest attractions and are a result of the mammoth 36-foot tides the Kimberley is renowned for. The Horizontal Falls, described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world,” are created as the ocean thunders through a narrow gorge in the McLarty Ranges. Water builds up on one side and is forcibly pushed through the bottleneck, creating a rushing horizontal waterfall of swiftly flowing seawater. Riding the rapids on Zodiac inflatable tenders is a trip highlight.

Talbot Bay is at the heart of the Buccaneer Archipelago, where rocks on the 800 or so islands are estimated at over 2 billion years old. At Cyclone Creek, see evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations and cruise through the Iron Islands, past Koolan Island.

Lacepede Islands

Subject to weather and tides, explore the Lacepede Islands’ lagoons by Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels. This protected class-A nature reserve is a significant seabird nesting rookery for brown boobies and roseate terns. Other species often sighted at the Lacepedes include Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets and gulls. The four low-lying islands are also an important breeding and nesting habitat for green turtles.

Rowley Shoals

At the edge of the continental shelf, 170 nautical miles offshore, lie the Rowley Shoalsa chain of three coral atolls including Clerke, Mermaid and Imperieuse Reefs. The shoals, named by Captain Phillip Parker King, offer some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities in the world. Their shallow lagoons are inhabited by myriad coral species and marine life, including giant potato cod, Maori wrasse, at least 233 species of coral and 688 species of fish–many of which are not found on other coral reefs. Diving along the outside edge of the shoals one can view colorful soft corals, hammerheads and pelagic fish. Water clarity here is absolutely unparalleled, making for superb underwater photography opportunities.

Conditions permitting, spend 1-2 days at Clerke, with ample time for snorkeling and diving opportunities. With each atoll covering approximately 35 square miles, there will be plenty to see! Guided by the onboard marine biologist, snorkel away the day in the coral gardens of the Aquarium at Clerke Reef, or dive along the sheer vertical walls and through coral canyons. If time and tide permit, also visit Bedwell Island, with a chance to look out for the rate red-tailed tropicbird.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Broome, Australia

This unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Broome this morning after an early breakfast. Disembark at 8:00am and take an included transfer to Cable Beach, a Broome central business district hotel or the airport.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations and meals on board; 24-hour coffee/tea station; showcase wines and beer, as well as soft drinks, with lunch and dinner service; daily excursions and sightseeing; use of Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels; snorkeling and kayaking equipment and instruction; use of all onboard facilities, including a reference library; visitor pass for the Kimberley during the 2022 & 2023 seasons (subject to change).

Exclusions

Pre- and post-flights; personal items such as telephone, internet charges, laundry, bar charges, medical and travel insurance; scuba diving.

The Traditional Owners of the Kimberley and their representatives have now implemented a permit/fee for guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley region.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. A $200(AUD) per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is a $500(AUD) per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The westbound Kimberley Icons, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals cruise begins in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (DRW), and ends in Broome, Western Australia, Australia (BME). Plan flights to arrive to Darwin in time for a 9:00am boarding and 10:00am departure on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Broome following the 8:00am disembarkation on Day 13.

We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include land treks, swimming, snorkeling, wildlife observation, beachcombing, cultural visits and Xplorer tours. Scuba diving is offered at an additional cost.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Kimberley Icons, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals: Eastbound Itinerary

The 13-day eastbound Kimberley Icons, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals cruise travels from Broome to Darwin, along Western Australia’s territory, with special visits to Rowley Shoals Marine Park and remote snorkeling and diving at Ashmore Reef and Scott Reef.

Route map of Kimberley Icons, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals cruise, operating between Darwin and Broome, Australia, with visits to King George River, Scott Reef, Adele Island, Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Horizontal Falls & the Lacepede Islands.
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Day 1
Embark Broome, Australia

Board at 4:00pm and take time to settle into your cabin before a 5:00pm departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities on board and join the expedition team in the lounge for an insightful introduction to the Kimberley. As dusk falls, meet fellow travelers, the captain and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 12
Exploration of The Kimberley, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals

No two Kimberley Icons, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals cruises are the same. Each expedition is crafted by experienced captains and expedition leaders around weather, tidal and community requirements. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

Rowley Shoals

At the edge of the continental shelf, 170 nautical miles offshore, lie the Rowley Shoalsa chain of three coral atolls including Clerke, Mermaid and Imperieuse Reefs. The shoals, named by Captain Phillip Parker King, offer some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities in the world. Their shallow lagoons are inhabited by myriad coral species and marine life, including giant potato cod, Maori wrasse, at least 233 species of coral and 688 species of fish–many of which are not found on other coral reefs. Diving along the outside edge of the shoals one can view colorful soft corals, hammerheads and pelagic fish. Water clarity here is absolutely unparalleled, making for superb underwater photography opportunities.

Conditions permitting, spend 1-2 days at Clerke, with ample time for snorkeling and diving opportunities. With each atoll covering approximately 35 square miles, there will be plenty to see! Guided by the onboard marine biologist, snorkel away the day in the coral gardens of the Aquarium at Clerke Reef, or dive along the sheer vertical walls and through coral canyons. If time and tide permit, also visit Bedwell Island, with a chance to look out for the rate red-tailed tropicbird.

Lacepede Islands

Subject to weather and tides, explore the Lacepede Islands’ lagoons by Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels. This protected class-A nature reserve is a significant seabird nesting rookery for brown boobies and roseate terns. Other species often sighted at the Lacepedes include Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets and gulls. The four low-lying islands are also an important breeding and nesting habitat for green turtles.

Horizontal Falls & Buccaneer Archipelago

The Horizontal Falls are one of the Kimberley’s biggest attractions and are a result of the mammoth 36-foot tides the Kimberley is renowned for. The Horizontal Falls, described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world,” are created as the ocean thunders through a narrow gorge in the McLarty Ranges. Water builds up on one side and is forcibly pushed through the bottleneck, creating a rushing horizontal waterfall of swiftly flowing seawater. Riding the rapids on Zodiac inflatable tenders is a trip highlight.

Talbot Bay is at the heart of the Buccaneer Archipelago, where rocks on the 800 or so islands are estimated at over 2 billion years old. At Cyclone Creek, see evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations and cruise through the Iron Islands, past Koolan Island.

Doubtful Bay

Raft Point guards the entrance to Doubtful Bay, a vast body of sheltered water which harbors significant sites such as the ancient Wandjina rock art galleries, considered some of the finest in the Kimberley. If a Traditional Owner guide is available, then visit the galleries. Doubtful Bay is the traditional country of the Worrora people who follow the Wandjina, their god, law-maker and creator. Images of Wandjina are found throughout the Kimberley, recording their stories, knowledge and culture in stone.

Depending on the tides, visit Red Cone Creek, which flows gently downstream until it meets the small but impressive Ruby Falls. Named by local mariner Capt. Chris Trucker after his daughter, Red Cone Creek is carved through rock formations stacked atop each other like building blocks. These rock walls are great for climbing and clambering over before reaching a series of freshwater swimming holes and waterfalls. The falls may be a gurgling torrent or a gentle trickle, depending on the time of the year. If traditional owner guides are available, visit Wijingarra Bard Bard (Freshwater Cove) with a hike to the hinterland to view rock art at Cyclone Cave.

Montgomery Reef

Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 155 square miles and was named by Phillip Parker King. Twice daily, as the sea recedes in mammoth 36-foot tides, Montgomery Reef rises from the Indian Ocean in a cascade of rushing water, revealing a flat-topped reef pockmarked with rockpools and rivulets. Opportunistic birds, turtles and dolphins take advantage of the emerging reef, feeding on marine life left exposed in rock pools.

Adele Island

Weather and tide permitting, visit the remote and beautiful Adele Island. Pristine, teeming with breeding bird and supported by coral reef that surrounds it, Adele Island was declared a Nature Reserve in 2001. The island is recognized for its bird breeding sanctuary, classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area for its seabirds and waders. Adele Reef is one of the more unique reef habitats on the planet, with exclusive discoveries reported in this area. This area is of great scientific interest as it provides an environmental link between the Kimberley’s oceanic and inshore reef systems.

Scott Reef

A group of four separate reef structures: Scott Reef South, Scott Reef Central, Scott Reef North and Seringapatam Reef–These atolls are situated on the continental shelf in the Timor Sea. Weather and tide permitting, snorkel and dive the outer reef–The sheer walls and diverse ecosystems of this acclaimed coral habitat will take your breath away! Enjoy nature and history interpretations from the expedition team.

Ashmore Reef

The territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands is made up of the West, Middle and East Islands of Ashmore Reef, as well as Cartier Island and the surrounding 12-nautical-mile territorial sea. These islands are uninhabited, making them the perfect location for seabird breeding. Each year around 100,000 seabirds flock to the marine park’s three tiny islands.

The reef here boasts a wide diversity of marine life, including over 70 fish species and 255 varieties of coral. To protect this reef, the Australia Government declared the Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve in 1983. The islands also have a significant marine turtle nesting area and migratory bird populations. Here, spend time birdwatching, swimming and snorkeling the pristine reef.

A Day of Rock Art

Land at either Jar Island, Swift Bay, Wollsaton Bay or Bigge Island. Each of these locations are home to fantastic Wandjina and Gwion Gwion Rock Art (Bradshaw) galleries. Stretch the legs and explore the magnificent sandstone structures, providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters, find examples of this rock art.

King George River

Cruise down the scenic King George River, through steep-sided gorges carved by a flooded river system that carved a swathe through the Kimberley landscape 400 million years ago. Take the opportunity to get up close and view the honeycomb erosion patterns of the over-260-foot-tall sandstone cliffs.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Darwin, Australia

This unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Darwin this morning after an early breakfast. Disembark at 8:00am and take an included transfer to Cable Beach, a Broome central business district hotel or the airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations and meals on board; 24-hour coffee/tea station; showcase wines and beer, as well as soft drinks, with lunch and dinner service; daily excursions and sightseeing; use of Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels; snorkeling and kayaking equipment and instruction; use of all onboard facilities, including a reference library; visitor pass for the Kimberley during the 2022 & 2023 seasons (subject to change).

Exclusions

Pre- and post-flights; personal items such as telephone, internet charges, laundry, bar charges, medical and travel insurance; scuba diving.

The Traditional Owners of the Kimberley and their representatives have now implemented a permit/fee for guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley region.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. A $200(AUD) per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is a $500(AUD) per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The eastbound Kimberley Icons, Ashmore & The Rowley Shoals cruise begins in Broome, Western Australia, Australia (BME), and ends in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (DRW). Plan flights to arrive to Darwin in time for a 4:00pm boarding and 5:00pm departure on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Darwin following the 8:00am disembarkation on Day 13.

We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include land treks, swimming, snorkeling, wildlife observation, beachcombing, cultural visits and Xplorer tours. Scuba diving is offered at an additional cost.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Listed prices for this trip are based on foreign currency exchange rates and may vary. USD pricing will be calculated at the time of final payment based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

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Jul 22 - Aug 01, 2023
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Jul 28 - Aug 07, 2023
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Aug 01 - Aug 11, 2023
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Aug 07 - Aug 17, 2023
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Aug 12 - Aug 22, 2023
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Aug 18 - Aug 28, 2023
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Aug 22 - Sep 01, 2023
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Aug 28 - Sep 07, 2023
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Sep 02 - Sep 12, 2023
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Sep 08 - Sep 18, 2023
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Sep 13 - Sep 25, 2023
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Sep 26 - Oct 08, 2023
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Coral Discoverer

The 72-guest Coral Discoverer has set a benchmark standard for luxury small ship cruising in Australia and the South Pacific.

Expedition Ship
Coral Adventurer

Launched in 2019, the 120-guest Coral Adventurer Australian expedition ship offers a wine cellar, open galley, private balconies and efficient ship-to-shore operations.

Expedition Ship
Coral Geographer

The 120-guest Coral Geographer Australian expedition ship offers six balcony suites, a showcase galley, a passenger elevator and advanced navigation and propulsion systems.

Expert Review

Reviews From Our Experts so You Know What to Expect

Leslie Camacho • December 28th, 2019
Expert Aboard: Coral Adventurer Ship Review

An AdventureSmith cruise expert goes aboard in Australia to write this ship review of the 120-guest Coral Adventurer. Read about her favorite features and cabin insights.

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11 - 12 Day Cruise
Cape York & Arnhem Land

Experience Australia's best by combining The Top End, The Great Barrier Reef, Cape York Peninsula, Arnhem Land and the Cobourg Peninsula, or simply focus on Cape York and the Great Barrier Reef. This unforgettable 11- or 12-day exploration of Australia's northern coasts will take you to spots few have experienced.

From $8105USD
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15 - 21 Day Cruise
Islands of Indonesia

Snorkel, kayak and dive on this 15-day Islands of Indonesia cruise. Participate in conservation at Taka Bonerate National Park, visit Komodo and experience cultural and historical sites on this unique Sulawesi cruise aboard the 120-guest Coral Adventurer.

From $6890USD
Mar Apr
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36 Day Cruise
Frontier Lands of New Guinea

Travel from Australia aboard the 120-guest Coral Adventurer to circumnavigate the rarely visited New Guinea. Choose from 18 days to a comprehensive 36-day route that explores the entire coastline of Papua New Guinea, plus Raja Ampat and the history-rich Spice Islands.

From $9225USD
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11 - 17 Day Cruise
Coastal Wilds of Tasmania Cruise

This 11-, 14- or 17-day Tasmania expedition cruise is a rare adventure into the wilderness, showcasing the rugged coastal beauty and World Heritage Listed National Parks of Australia’s island state, in the intimate comfort of the 72-guest Coral Discoverer or 120-guest Coral Adventurer.

From $5410USD
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13 Day Cruise
Spice Islands & Raja Ampat

The 120-guest Coral Adventurer travels from Darwin, Australia, to remote Indonesian archipelagos exploring the natural wonders of Raja Ampat, traditional cultures of West Papua and vast history of the Spice Islands.

From $6770USD
Jan Dec
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8 Day Cruise
Great Barrier Reef Cruises

The most comprehensive Great Barrier Reef itinerary available, this Australia small ship cruise will reveal the underwater world of numerous exclusive reef sites with opportunities to become a relaxed beachcomber or an inquisitive adventurer on an 8-day island-hopping voyage of discovery aboard 72-guest Coral Discoverer.

From $3535USD
Nov Dec
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