Australia traveler stands atop a cliff edge high above a large river between red rock walls on a Nat Geo Kimberley Expedition.
Travelers on a Nat Geo expedition cruise in a black Zodiac in glassy water beside tall red rock walls seen on Kimberley cruises.
Australia traveler sits atop a large rock in a sandstone cave with light seeping through, seen on Nat Geo Kimberley Expeditions.
Crocodile suns itself atop a tan rock with sparkling blue water behind, seen on National Geographic Kimberley expeditions.
Nat Geo Orion small expedition ship with blue hull & white upper decks sits in turquoise water beside red & green islands in Australia.
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National Geographic Kimberley Expeditions

On these 15-day Kimberley cruises aboard 102-guest Nat Geo Orion, see the best of the vibrant Kimberley wilderness. Stretching along Australia’s northwest coast, the Kimberley plateau is a vast landscape of plunging waterfalls, wild sandstone formations, emerald rainforest and deep gorges. Explore this immense and complex landscape: examine Aboriginal rock art, see otherworldly geological formations, and witness fascinating phenomena from “horizontal” waterfalls to the spectacular—and remote—King George Falls.

Take Zodiacs up the spectacular King George River and be dwarfed by the towering red rock canyon walls, then cooled by the mist of King George Falls. View an outdoor Aboriginal art gallery, portraying images of the Wandjina spirits. Take a scenic flight over the famous Bungle Bungle Ranges, a natural wonder. Visit Montgomery Reef, where the tide drops so rapidly that waters trapped atop the reef create a raging torrent as they escape. Travel westbound from Darwin to Broome, or reverse, making a sea crossing for a brief technical stop in East Timor along the way.

An alternative 18-day itinerary does not travel as far along Australia’s northern coastline, instead adding explorations in Indonesia, including the famed Komodo National Park, routing from Broome, Australia to Bali, Indonesia, or reverse. All departures are aboard 102-guest National Geographic Orion, a ship built for stability in open sea. Enjoy the ship’s educational features along the way, including a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with an underwater video feed, as well as enough Zodiacs and kayaks to accommodate all guests at the same time.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises in Australia and trips to Australia.



Itinerary

Westbound Kimberley Expedition: Australia's Wild Northwest Itinerary

The 15-day westbound Kimberley Expedition operates from Darwin to Broome, Australia. The 15-day itineraries make a unique visit to Talbot Bay with its famed Horizontal Waterfalls, plus a brief technical stop in East Timor.

Route map of Nat Geo Kimberley Expedition cruise between Darwin & Broome with visits to Talbot Bay, Montgomery Reef, Vansittart Bay, King George River & Falls, Wyndham & Com, East Timor.
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Days 1 - 3
Fly to Darwin, Australia & Overnight

Depart for Darwin, cross the international date line (depending on flight path), and arrive on Day 3. The capital of Australia’s remote Northern Territory, Darwin began as a frontier town of gold miners, and has developed into a thriving multicultural city. Spend a night at the group hotel.

Accommodations

n/a (days 1 - 2); Included Hotel TBA (day 3)

Meals

n/a

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Day 4
Embark Darwin

Today, board the ship and cast off in the afternoon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
Com, East Timor & At Sea

Settle into your cabin and prepare for amazing photographic opportunities in the Kimberley with talks and hands-on instruction by the certified photo instructor traveling on board. The ship makes a brief technical stop at Com before continuing into the heart of the Kimberley.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Wyndham & The Bungle Bungles, Australia

Wyndham is the perfect staging point to discover Purnululu National Park, home of the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range. These ancient hills resemble giant beehives forming deep chasms with palm trees and long gorges. This strange landscape is even more remarkable from an included charter flightseeing excursion. Alternatively, enjoy an Ord River Cruise to Lake Argyle. The Ord River is one of the most stunning river systems in Australia. You’ll navigate a massive stretch of river between Kununurra and Lake Argyle (Ord River Dam) and then view the Lake from a scenic lookout and have a visit to the historic Durack homestead.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
King George River & Falls

The ship will drop anchor here and Zodiacs will take everyone up the spectacular King George River, with its almost vertical sheer canyon walls. The river drains the Gardner Plateau here into the highest single-drop falls in the Kimberley. Conditions permitting, hang back and refresh in the thundering mist or get right up close, even under, the cool fresh waterfalls.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Vansittart Bay

Today, be led by the naturalists to an outdoor Gwion Gwion Aboriginal art gallery. Discovered by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891, the rock images are estimated to be up to 40,000 years old. Nearby there is a wreck of a DC-3 aircraft that became lost and crashed during WWII. If time allows, explore the crash site and the remains of the plane.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Hunter River (& Optional Helicopter to Mitchell Falls)

This is one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, lined with green rainforest, mangroves and soaring red cliffs. The ship will drop anchor near Naturalists Island, the proper name of which is “Wunumpurramarra”—a stunning backdrop to the day’s explorations. The Hunter River has many crocodiles, and you may be lucky enough to see them on a Zodiac foray through the mangroves. For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior, today presents a wonderful opportunity. The distance from Naturalists Island to the famous Mitchell Falls and Plateau is about 30 miles, and you may choose to take an optional helicopter excursion over some spectacular terrain.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Montgomery Reef

As the ship arrives at high tide, very little of the Montgomery Reef will be visible. However, if conditions are right, the tide may drop rapidly away and a raging torrent of water will erupt, as miles of surrounding reef appear to slowly rise out of the ocean. A Zodiac will maneuver everyone into a channel in the reef as water cascades down on either side. It’s the perfect spot to watch cormorants, egrets and sandpipers forage for sea life trapped on the surface of the reef. Below the waterline, opportunistic sea turtles, reef sharks and many larger fish also take advantage of this feast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Talbot Bay & Horizontal Waterfalls

The Horizontal Waterfalls in the Buccaneer Archipelago are created by the rapid tidal fall on the ocean side of the cliffs. When conditions are right, a “waterfall” up to ten feet high may form as the trapped landward waters cascade out through the narrow gap to the ocean side. Take the Zodiacs for an exhilarating trip to witness this extraordinary phenomenon. Later in the day, join the naturalists on an excursion to Cyclone Bay to explore the twisted geological folds of the ancient seabed.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Nares Point & Crocodile Creek

Just off Koolan Island, this geological finger of sandstone protruding into the ocean provides great opportunities for Zodiac safaris. Nearby Crocodile Creek defies its name, with several vertical embankments keeping it crocodile free, allowing travelers to take advantage of the cool freshwater natural swimming pool to relax and beat the Kimberley heat.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 15
Disembark Broome, Australia

Disembark in Broome and make your way to the airport for an overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast (day 14); n/a (day 15)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Chartered flightseeing over Bungle Bungle range; all accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Optional helicopter excursion to Mitchell Falls; immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
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), including a booster shot for those eligible. 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 Expedition: Australia’s Wild Northwest cruise begins in Darwin, Australia (DRW) and ends in Broome, Australia (BME). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Darwin anytime on Day 3. Disembarkation in Broome is after breakfast on Day 14 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Broome anytime after 12:00pm Noon on Day 14. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, swimming, a river cruise, flightseeing (included) and helicopter tour (added cost). Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

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.

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.

Eastbound Kimberley Expedition: Australia's Wild Northwest Itinerary

The 15-day eastbound Kimberley Expedition operates from Broome to Darwin, Australia. The 15-day itineraries make a unique visit to Talbot Bay with its famed Horizontal Waterfalls, plus a brief technical stop in East Timor.

Route map of Nat Geo Kimberley Expedition cruise between Darwin & Broome with visits to Talbot Bay, Montgomery Reef, Vansittart Bay, King George River & Falls, Wyndham & Com, East Timor.
Read More
Days 1 - 3
Fly to Broome, Australia & Overnight

Depart for Broome, cross the international date line (depending on flight path), and arrive on Day 3. Spend a night at the group hotel.

Accommodations

n/a (days 1 - 2); Included Hotel TBA (day 3)

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 4
Embark Broome

Today, board the ship and cast off in the afternoon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Nares Point & Crocodile Creek

Just off Koolan Island, this geological finger of sandstone protruding into the ocean provides great opportunities for Zodiac safaris. Nearby Crocodile Creek defies its name, with several vertical embankments keeping it crocodile free, allowing travelers to take advantage of the cool freshwater natural swimming pool to relax and beat the Kimberley heat.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Talbot Bay & Horizontal Waterfalls

The Horizontal Waterfalls in the Buccaneer Archipelago are created by the rapid tidal fall on the ocean side of the cliffs. When conditions are right, a “waterfall” up to ten feet high may form as the trapped landward waters cascade out through the narrow gap to the ocean side. Take the Zodiacs for an exhilarating trip to witness this extraordinary phenomenon. Later in the day, join the naturalists on an excursion to Cyclone Bay to explore the twisted geological folds of the ancient seabed.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Montgomery Reef

As the ship arrives at high tide, very little of the Montgomery Reef will be visible. However, if conditions are right, the tide may drop rapidly away and a raging torrent of water will erupt, as miles of surrounding reef appear to slowly rise out of the ocean. A Zodiac will maneuver everyone into a channel in the reef as water cascades down on either side. It’s the perfect spot to watch cormorants, egrets and sandpipers forage for sea life trapped on the surface of the reef. Below the waterline, opportunistic sea turtles, reef sharks and many larger fish also take advantage of this feast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Hunter River (& Optional Helicopter to Mitchell Falls)

This is one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, lined with green rainforest, mangroves and soaring red cliffs. The ship will drop anchor near Naturalists Island, the proper name of which is “Wunumpurramarra”—a stunning backdrop to the day’s explorations. The Hunter River has many crocodiles, and you may be lucky enough to see them on a Zodiac foray through the mangroves. For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior, today presents a wonderful opportunity. The distance from Naturalists Island to the famous Mitchell Falls and Plateau is about 30 miles, and you may choose to take an optional helicopter excursion over some spectacular terrain.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Vansittart Bay

Today, be led by the naturalists to an outdoor Gwion Gwion Aboriginal art gallery. Discovered by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891, the rock images are estimated to be up to 40,000 years old. Nearby there is a wreck of a DC-3 aircraft that became lost and crashed during WWII. If time allows, explore the crash site and the remains of the plane.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
King George River & Falls

The ship will drop anchor here and Zodiacs will take everyone up the spectacular King George River, with its almost vertical sheer canyon walls. The river drains the Gardner Plateau here into the highest single-drop falls in the Kimberley. Conditions permitting, hang back and refresh in the thundering mist or get right up close, even under, the cool fresh waterfalls.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Wyndham & The Bungle Bungles, Australia

Wyndham is the perfect staging point to discover Purnululu National Park, home of the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range. These ancient hills resemble giant beehives forming deep chasms with palm trees and long gorges. This strange landscape is even more remarkable from an included charter flightseeing excursion. Alternatively, enjoy an Ord River Cruise to Lake Argyle. The Ord River is one of the most stunning river systems in Australia. You’ll navigate a massive stretch of river between Kununurra and Lake Argyle (Ord River Dam) and then view the Lake from a scenic lookout and have a visit to the historic Durack homestead.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 12 - 13
Com, East Timor & At Sea

Settle into your cabin and reflect on your time in the Kimberley. Enjoy talks and hands-on instruction by the certified photo instructor traveling on board. The ship makes a brief technical stop at Com before continuing on to Darwin.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 15
Disembark Darwin, Australia

The capital of Australia’s remote Northern Territory, Darwin began as a frontier town of gold miners, and has developed into a thriving multicultural city Disembark in Darwin and transfer to the airport for an overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast (day 14); n/a (day 15)

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Chartered flightseeing over Bungle Bungle range; all accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Optional helicopter excursion to Mitchell Falls; immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
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), including a booster shot for those eligible. 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 Expedition: Australia’s Wild Northwest cruise begins in Broome, Australia (BME) and ends in Darwin, Australia (DRW). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Broome anytime on Day 3. Disembarkation in Darwin is after breakfast on Day 14 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Darwin anytime after 12:00pm Noon on Day 14. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, swimming, a river cruise, flightseeing (included) and helicopter tour (added cost). Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

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.

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.

Northbound Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia Itinerary

The 18-day northbound Kimberley Expedition operates from Broome, Australia, to Bali, Indonesia. The 18-day itineraries make a unique visit to the pristine underwater paradise of Rowley Shoals, the famous rock art of Bigge Island and select Indonesian sites, including Komodo National Park.

Route map of Nat Geo Kimberley Expedition cruise between Broome, Australia & Bali, Indonesia with visits to Rowley Shoals, Montgomery Reef, Bigge Island, Vansittart Bay, King George River & Falls, Wyndham, Komodo National Park & more.
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Days 1 - 3
Fly to Broome, Australia & Overnight

Depart for Broome, cross the international date line (depending on flight path), and arrive on Day 3. Spend a night at the group hotel.

Accommodations

n/a (days 1 - 2); Included Hotel TBA (day 3)

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 4
Embark Broome

Today, board the ship and take to the waters of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Rowley Shoals

With abundant marine life and untouched corals, Rowley Shoals is comprised of atoll-like reefs and is one of the world’s most pristine marine environments. Enjoy time to snorkel, dive, and explore this remote and incredible place by Zodiac.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
At Sea & Montgomery Reef

Conditions permitting, the tide may drop rapidly away and a raging torrent of water will erupt, as miles of surrounding reef appear to slowly rise out of the ocean. A Zodiac will maneuver everyone into a channel in the reef as water cascades down on either side. It’s the perfect spot to watch cormorants, egrets and sandpipers forage for sea life trapped on the surface of the reef. Below the waterline, opportunistic sea turtles, reef sharks and many larger fish also take advantage of this feast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Hunter River (& Optional Helicopter to Mitchell Falls)

This is one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, lined with green rainforest, mangroves and soaring red cliffs. The ship will drop anchor near Naturalists Island, the proper name of which is “Wunumpurramarra”—a stunning backdrop to the day’s explorations. The Hunter River has many crocodiles, and you may be lucky enough to see them on a Zodiac foray through the mangroves. For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior, today presents a wonderful opportunity. The distance from Naturalists Island to the famous Mitchell Falls and Plateau is about 30 miles, and you may choose to take an optional helicopter excursion over some spectacular terrain in the vast interior.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Bigge Island

Aboard Zodiacs, visit this rocky island jutting out of aqua seas, famous for Wandjina rock art. Composed of weathered sandstones and dolerites forming a rugged terrain, Bigge Island is crisscrossed by many deep grooves in the rock, forming valleys and fissures which support the island’s vegetation. Small monjon rock wallabies and the northern quoll thrive here free of predators.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
King George River & Falls

Take a Zodiac up the King George River with its almost vertical sheer canyon walls. Enjoy the opportunity to explore it at water level, and experience its towering red rock canyon walls. The river drains the Gardner Plateau here into spectacular King George Falls, the highest single-drop waterfalls in the Kimberley.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Wyndham & The Bungle Bungles

Wyndham is the perfect staging point to discover Purnululu National Park, home of the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range. These ancient hills resemble giant beehives forming deep chasms with palm trees and long gorges. This strange landscape is even more remarkable from an included charter flightseeing excursion. Alternatively, enjoy an Ord River Cruise to Lake Argyle. The Ord River is one of the most stunning river systems in Australia. You’ll navigate a massive stretch of river between Kununurra and Lake Argyle (Ord River Dam) and then view the Lake from a scenic lookout and have a visit to the historic Durack homestead.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 12 - 13
Vansittart Bay, Jar Island & At Sea

Today, be led by the naturalists to an outdoor Gwion Gwion Aboriginal art gallery on Jar Island. Discovered by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891, the rock images are estimated to be up to 40,000 years old. Nearby there is a wreck of a DC-3 aircraft that became lost and crashed during WWII. If time allows, explore the crash site and the remains of the plane.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Sawu Island, Indonesia

This morning, arrive in Indonesia at the small island of Sawu, located in the Sawu Sea. The deep trenches and strong current of the sea in this region make it an important corridor for migrating whales and sea turtles. Many species of fish can also be found in the vibrant coral reefs. Explore the area both above and below the sea while kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or snorkeling in these rich waters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Larantuka

In the 1600s, Flores was an important Portuguese trade center and as Dutch influence spread throughout the 17th century, Portuguese populations moved here. Today, Larantuka is a neat little seaside township with spectacular views. Meet the locals and learn their history and customs, and enjoy an opportunity to swim and snorkel off white-sand beaches.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Komodo

Explore Komodo National Park, home to the world’s largest living lizard—the Komodo dragon. Park rangers will share details about the conservation of these prehistoric giants, then join on a hike to spot the lizards in their natural habitat. Then enjoy an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling, or beachcombing at Pink Beach, named for the coral fragments that lend their color to the sand.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Satonda & Sumbawa, Lesser Sunda Islands

Today, visit the uninhabited Indonesian island of Satonda—a small circular island that is an ancient volcanic cone. Spend the morning snorkeling or diving the vibrant reefs or hike inland to the island’s sacred lake. This afternoon visit the island of Sumbawa, where villagers welcome all with a lively cultural display. Witness a traditional wedding ceremony and a local boxing match.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 18
Disembark Bali, Indonesia, Explore & Depart

This morning, arrive in Denpasar on the lush island of Bali. Following disembarkation, get a taste of this paradise where life and art are interwoven. Following lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Chartered flightseeing over Bungle Bungle range; all accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Optional helicopter excursion to Mitchell Falls; immigration fees; diving; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
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), including a booster shot for those eligible. 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 northbound Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia cruise begins in Broome, Australia (BME) and ends in Bali, Indonesia (DPS). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Broome anytime on Day 3. Disembarkation in Bali is after breakfast on Day 18 of the outlined itinerary, with a guided tour and lunch before transferring to the airport. Plan flights to depart Bali anytime in the evening on Day 18. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, a river cruise, diving (added cost), hiking, flightseeing (included) and helicopter tour (added cost). Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

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.

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.

Southbound Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia Itinerary

The 18-day southbound Kimberley Expedition operates from Bali, Indonesia, to Broome, Australia. The 18-day itineraries make a unique visit to the pristine underwater paradise of Rowley Shoals, the famous rock art of Bigge Island and select Indonesian sites, including Komodo National Park.

Route map of Nat Geo Kimberley Expedition cruise between Broome, Australia & Bali, Indonesia with visits to Rowley Shoals, Montgomery Reef, Bigge Island, Vansittart Bay, King George River & Falls, Wyndham, Komodo National Park & more.
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Days 1 - 3
Fly to Bali, Indonesia & Overnight

Depart for Bali, cross the international date line (depending on flight path), and arrive on Day 3. Spend a night at the group hotel.

Accommodations

n/a (days 1 - 2); Included Hotel TBA (day 3)

Meals

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Day 4
Embark Bali

Today, board the ship and take to the waters of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Satonda & Sumbawa, Lesser Sunda Islands

Today, visit the uninhabited Indonesian island of Satonda—a small circular island that is an ancient volcanic cone. Spend the morning snorkeling or diving the vibrant reefs or hike inland to the island’s sacred lake. This afternoon visit the island of Sumbawa, where villagers welcome all with a lively cultural display. Witness a traditional wedding ceremony and a local boxing match.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Komodo

Explore Komodo National Park, home to the world’s largest living lizard—the Komodo dragon. Park rangers will share details about the conservation of these prehistoric giants, then join on a hike to spot the lizards in their natural habitat. Then enjoy an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling, or beachcombing at Pink Beach, named for the coral fragments that lend their color to the sand.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Larantuka

In the 1600s, Flores was an important Portuguese trade center and as Dutch influence spread throughout the 17th century, Portuguese populations moved here. Today, Larantuka is a neat little seaside township with spectacular views. Meet the locals and learn their history and customs, and enjoy an opportunity to swim and snorkel off white-sand beaches.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Sawu Island

This morning, arrive at the small island of Sawu, located in the Sawu Sea. The deep trenches and strong current of the sea in this region make it an important corridor for migrating whales and sea turtles. Many species of fish can also be found in the vibrant coral reefs. Explore the area both above and below the sea while kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or snorkeling in these rich waters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
At Sea, Vansittart Bay & Jar Island, Australia

Today, be led by the naturalists to an outdoor Gwion Gwion Aboriginal art gallery on Jar Island. Discovered by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891, the rock images are estimated to be up to 40,000 years old. Nearby there is a wreck of a DC-3 aircraft that became lost and crashed during WWII. If time allows, explore the crash site and the remains of the plane.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Wyndham & The Bungle Bungles

Wyndham is the perfect staging point to discover Purnululu National Park, home of the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range. These ancient hills resemble giant beehives forming deep chasms with palm trees and long gorges. This strange landscape is even more remarkable from an included charter flightseeing excursion. Alternatively, enjoy an Ord River Cruise to Lake Argyle. The Ord River is one of the most stunning river systems in Australia. You’ll navigate a massive stretch of river between Kununurra and Lake Argyle (Ord River Dam) and then view the Lake from a scenic lookout and have a visit to the historic Durack homestead.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
King George River & Falls

Take a Zodiac up the King George River with its almost vertical sheer canyon walls. Enjoy the opportunity to explore it at water level, and experience its towering red rock canyon walls. The river drains the Gardner Plateau here into spectacular King George Falls, the highest single-drop waterfalls in the Kimberley.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Bigge Island

Aboard Zodiacs, visit this rocky island jutting out of aqua seas, famous for Wandjina rock art. Composed of weathered sandstones and dolerites forming a rugged terrain, Bigge Island is crisscrossed by many deep grooves in the rock, forming valleys and fissures which support the island’s vegetation. Small monjon rock wallabies and the northern quoll thrive here free of predators.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Hunter River (& Optional Helicopter to Mitchell Falls)

This is one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, lined with green rainforest, mangroves and soaring red cliffs. The ship will drop anchor near Naturalists Island, the proper name of which is “Wunumpurramarra”—a stunning backdrop to the day’s explorations. The Hunter River has many crocodiles, and you may be lucky enough to see them on a Zodiac foray through the mangroves. For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior, today presents a wonderful opportunity. The distance from Naturalists Island to the famous Mitchell Falls and Plateau is about 30 miles, and you may choose to take an optional helicopter excursion over some spectacular terrain in the vast interior.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 15 - 16
At Sea & Montgomery Reef

Conditions permitting, the tide may drop rapidly away and a raging torrent of water will erupt, as miles of surrounding reef appear to slowly rise out of the ocean. A Zodiac will maneuver everyone into a channel in the reef as water cascades down on either side. It’s the perfect spot to watch cormorants, egrets and sandpipers forage for sea life trapped on the surface of the reef. Below the waterline, opportunistic sea turtles, reef sharks and many larger fish also take advantage of this feast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Rowley Shoals

With abundant marine life and untouched corals, Rowley Shoals is comprised of atoll-like reefs and is one of the world’s most pristine marine environments. Enjoy time to snorkel, dive, and explore this remote and incredible place by Zodiac.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 18
Disembark Broome, Australia Explore & Depart

Disembark in Broome and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Chartered flightseeing over Bungle Bungle range; all accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Optional helicopter excursion to Mitchell Falls; immigration fees; diving; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
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), including a booster shot for those eligible. 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 southbound Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia cruise begins in Bali, Indonesia (DPS) and ends in Broome, Australia (BME). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Bali anytime on Day 3. Disembarkation in Broome is after breakfast on Day 18 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Broome anytime in the evening on Day 18. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, a river cruise, diving (added cost), hiking, flightseeing (included) and helicopter tour (added cost). Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

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.

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

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

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