Aerial view of red sand bars with green scrub brush hosting travelers swimming on western Australia cruises.
Travelers walk down a red sand hill towards people on the beach as a small aluminum boat pulls into shore in west Australia.
Tan sea turtle swims over turquoise reef in very clear water, seen on western australia cruises.
Snorkeler at water's surface photographs a large whale shark swimming nearby in clear water on western Australia cruises.
Rufous hare wallaby with rabbit-like ears & tan fur looks up from beside sandy scrub brush on a western Australia cruise.
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Western Australia Cruises

Choose from three small ships and two 13-day itineraries to cruise western Australia—home to some of the country’s most extraordinary wonders; many only accessible by sea. Join expert guides and guest lecturers to cruise in true expedition style to offshore coral reefs and remote archipelagos and coastlines that few have the opportunity to visit. These western Australia cruises explore the region’s contrasting coastal palette of rich red sands and turquoise sea, offering memories that will last a lifetime.

The main 13-day Abrolhos Islands & The Coral Coast itinerary operates between Broome and Fremantle, voyaging along most of western Australia for a comprehensive experience. With a fascinating maritime and Indigenous history, this region is layered with stories. The natural coastal reserves harbor abundant birdlife and marine species. A unique highlight is a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site Shark Bay, where the temperate climate of the south meets the desert climate of the north, resulting in exclusive and abundant wildlife ashore and under the water.

The alternative 13-day Ningaloo & The Blue Water Wonders of Australia’s West itinerary operates round-trip from Broome, focusing on a shorter section of Australia’s west coast, reaching only as far south as the Ningaloo Reef. These departures offer even more opportunities to snorkel and dive, with unique visits to the incredible Rowley Shoals and Mackerel Islands. Of note, this itinerary has no days at sea and provides time to snorkel and dive at the World-Heritage-listed Ningaloo, while the main itinerary departures only cruise Ningaloo with opportunities to snorkel in nearby bays.

Enjoy authentic Australian hospitality and remote access only a small cruise ship can permit. Choose from departures aboard the 72-guest Coral Discoverer, 120-guest Coral Adventurer or 120-guest Coral Geographer. Highly informative expedition leaders and guest lecturers maximize the experiences offered on each shore excursion. Each ship comes equipped for exploration with Zodiacs, a glass-bottom boat and Xplorer tender vessel with a platform for easy entry into the water.

Read on for details about these small ship cruises in western Australia, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Small ship cruises in Australia or trips to Australia.



Itinerary

Northbound Abrolhos Islands & The Coral Coast Itinerary

The northbound Abrolhos Islands & The Coral Coast cruise operates from Fremantle to Broome, exploring Western Australia’s wild and largely untouched coast, with its contrasting coastal palette of rich red sands and turquoise sea.

Route map of Abrolhos Islands & The Coral Coast western Australia cruises, operating between Fremantle and Broome, with visits to Dampier Archipelago, Montebello Islands, Muiron Islands, Ningaloo Reef, Frances Peron National Park, Dark Hartog Island, Shark Bay & Abrolhos Islands.
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Day 1
Embark Fremantle, Australia

Make your way to the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges for check-in at 7:30am before transferring to the ship at Victoria Quay, Fremantle Inner Harbor for boarding at 8:00am. There will be time to settle into your stateroom before departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities on board. As dusk falls, join guests and the friendly crew to enjoy the captain’s welcome drinks and sit down to the first of many delicious dinners.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
At Sea

If weather conditions allow, this morning enjoy snorkeling at one of the Pelsaert groups’ outer reefs before a relaxing day at sea cruising from Fremantle toward the Abrolhos Islands.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 11
Cruise Western Australia

No two western Australia cruises are the same. Throughout the expedition, allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

The Abrolhos Islands

The Abrolhos Islands consist of 122 islands, clustered into three main groups: the Wallabi, Easter and Pelsaert Groups. Lying in the stream of the southward flowing Leeuwin current, the marine environment here is a meeting place for tropical and temperate sea life. Common marine mammals include Australian sea lions and bottlenose dolphins, and over 90 species of seabirds have been identified. The treacherous reefs around these islands have claimed many wrecks over the centuries, the most famous being the Batavia in 1629whose Dutch crew swam ashore only to experience a brutal mutiny. The Abrolhos islands offer a near-pristine natural environment with a diverse range of marine and terrestrial fauna and flora. This area also offers a rich history including shipwrecks and remnants of early colonial industries such as guano mining and commercial fishing. The Australian sea lions love to swim and play with snorkelers and divers here.

Pelsaert (Southern) Group

At the Pelsaert (Southern) group, visit Liddon Pearl Farm and Crayfishing operations on Post Office Island. Learn what is involved with growing the pearls, learning the different shells and pearl categories, and how the different types of pearls are set. Also have insights into the renowned cray fishing industry of the island, from the family who has been in the Abrolhos for four generations. Later is the opportunity to snorkel the blue holes from the jetty.

Easter Group

At the Easter Group, visit the Sea Lion colony at Little Sandy Island, home to the largest colony of Sea Lions in the Abrolhos. Later, snorkel the vibrant coral reefs at locations such as Squid Hole, the Anemone Lump or Morley Island. Also enjoy the opportunity to bird watch at Wooded Island. Activities will be subject to weather and tides as this area is known to be very tidal and windy.

Wallabi Group

Today snorkel off picturesque Turtle Bay and take a short walk along the beach where Tamar wallabies, skinks and the endemic Abrolhos dwarf bearded dragons may be seen. Cruise past the Pidgeon islands, the wealthiest of the crayfishing islands. Birdwatch for ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles and Caspian terns amongst other birdlife. Conditions permitting, visit Beacon Island, also known as the Island of Angry Ghostswhere 126 men, women and children were massacred by the blood thirsty mutineers of this area over 400 years ago. This is home to fantastic bird life, as well as the Batavia Memorial cairn and the coral pitsstill evident from where Jeronimus Cornelisz (the mutiny ring leader) was held prior to his trial and execution.

Shark Bay World Heritage Area

Explore the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, the first location in Western Australia to receive UNESCO World Heritage status, in 1991. This is a region of colorful landscapes, rare flora and fauna, and home to a staggering 35% of all of Australia’s bird species. Explore Francois Peron National Park, named after the naturalist on explorer Nicholas Baudin’s expeditions. Cruise past historic Cape Inscription, the site of Dirk Hartog’s landing in 1616, and time permitting, enjoy a refreshing swim off the sandy remote beach.

Cruising The Ningaloo Coast

The remote and well-hidden Bateman’s Bay, just north of Coral Bay, is a much more remote and untouched landscape in comparison with beautiful sand beaches. Weather permitting, make a short landing on the remote Ningaloo coast between Northwest Cape and Shark Bay, for a swim and a beachcomb.

Exmouth & Cape Range National Park (Ningaloo Reef)

One of the longest and most pristine fringing reefs in the world, Ningaloo Reef has an unusually narrow continental shelf. The deep oceanic waters, reef and coastline communities are close in proximity, resulting in a huge array of significant and healthy marine life coexisting in one area. The Ningaloo Coast is also one of the most important turtle nesting rookeries in the Indian Ocean, with a significant maritime history from explorers, traders, pearl luggers, whaling and fishing. Spend the day at Cape Range National Park with options to snorkel at Turquoise Bay, visit Yardie Creek via a 0.75-mile nature walk, head up to the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse or visit the Ningaloo Center. There will also be some free time to explore Exmouth.

Muiron Islands & Serrurier Island

The Muiron Islands are located approximately 10 nautical miles off the North West Cape. The Islands are well known for their incredible reef, colorful soft corals, an abundance of turtles, schools of fish and even sightings of manta rays! A variety of dive sites are on offer at this destination, including swim-throughs and ledges where nudibranchs, eels and angelfish hide. With fantastic bommies and protected reef, snorkelers will appreciate the variety of soft corals and gorgonians as well the incredible fish life. Birdlife is abundant onshoresee if you can spot wedge-tail shearwaters, roseate terns, osprey and black-shouldered kites (just to name a few).

Serrurier Island is located a further 20 nautical miles northeast of the Muirons. Here, experience great coral competition and seagrass beds that feed the local dugongs. The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is the turquoise jewel in the crown of the Western Australian coastline. Spanning nearly 2,000 square miles, this is one of the largest fringing reefs in the world. Its inner and outer reefs create a diverse range of habitats for vibrant corals and more than 500 species of fish. This is also where mega marine life come to feed during their migrations, including humpback whales, giant manta rays and the majestic whale shark. It is also a coastline with a fascinating heritage, where lonely whalers battled it out against the elements. After in-water activities, stretch the legs on a stroll down the beach on these untouched islands.

Montebello Islands

The Montebello Islands, or Montes, are an archipelago of more than 250 limestone islands and islets off the coast of the Pilbara. A delight for birdwatchers, the islands are considered an Important Bird Area, as they support over 1% of the world populations of fairy and roseate terns, as well as sooty oystercatchers. The Montes have an explosive past. Alpha and Trimouille Islands were the site of three British atomic weapons tests in the 1950s. Relics of the military operation can still be found on the islands today. Visit the plinth, which marks Ground Zero at Trimouille Island, now a haven for wildlife, including the rufous hare wallaby. A fascinating maritime history surrounds the Montebello Island. Survivors of the Dutch vessel “Tryall” swam here after their ship was wrecked in 1622, therefore being the first Europeans to land on the islands. Spend a full day exploring this island group, including wildlife spotting opportunities and beautiful beach walks. Keep watch for the rare rufous hare wallaby and lagoon rays while exploring amazing vistas.

Dampier Archipelago

Consisting of 42 islands and islets, 25 of which are nature reserves, the iron-red islands of the Dampier Archipelago stand in bright contrast to the turquoise waters which surround them. The archipelago not only offers exceptional natural beauty but significant sites for Aboriginal and European Heritage, many of which are in National Heritage Listed Areas. Named after English explorer William Dampier who first visited the islands aboard the Cygnet in 1699; the islands’ earliest inhabitants were the Yaburara people, as is evidenced by the thousands of rock engravings, shell middens and stone arrangements scattered across the area. There will be ample opportunity to explore the area’s historical and cultural sites before taking to the azure waters for swimming and kayaking. Birdwatchers will have the opportunity to see several species of migratory waders as well as sea eagles and ospreys. With luck, possibly even see the elusive Rothschild’s rock wallaby. **Please note viewing of aboriginal petroglyphs is subject to approval and guidance by traditional owners of the area, and cannot be guaranteed**

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
At Sea

Relax on deck for a day at sea, with onboard presentations from the guest lecturers, plus workshops and demonstrations. This evening, celebrate the end of the voyage with fellow passengers and crew at the captain’s farewell drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Broome, Australia

Arrive in Broome for an 8:00am disembarkation.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing; snorkeling & equipment; use of Xplorer tender vessel, Zodiacs and kayaks; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner service; 24-hour coffee and selection of teas; captain’s welcome and farewell events; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare; Australian entry visas or travel permits; alcoholic drinks (including beer and wine) outside of lunch and dinner service; 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; scuba diving (AUD80-110 per person, per dive in 2022 & 2023, contact your Adventure Specialist for details).

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. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 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 northbound Abrolhos Islands & The Coral Coast cruise begins in Fremantle, South Australia, Australia (accessible via nearby Perth Airport, PER) and ends in Broome, Western Australia, Australia (BME). The cruise operator recommends arriving before embarkation day and planning flights to depart a day or more after disembarkation, in case of unplanned schedule changes. In general, plan flights to arrive to Fremantle in time for a 7:30am check in, 8:00am boarding and 9:00am departure on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Broome following the 8:00am disembarkation on the final day of the itinerary. 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, kayaking, historic site visits, wildlife observation and Xplorer tender vessel tours. Scuba diving is offered at an additional cost (see Exclusions).

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.

Southbound Abrolhos Islands & The Coral Coast Itinerary

The southbound Abrolhos Islands & The Coral Coast cruise operates from Broome to Fremantle, exploring Western Australia’s wild and largely untouched coast, with its contrasting coastal palette of rich red sands and turquoise sea.

Route map of Abrolhos Islands & The Coral Coast western Australia cruises, operating between Fremantle and Broome, with visits to Dampier Archipelago, Montebello Islands, Muiron Islands, Ningaloo Reef, Frances Peron National Park, Dark Hartog Island, Shark Bay & Abrolhos Islands.
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Day 1
Embark Broome, Australia

Make your way to the Broome Civic Center for check-in at 3:00pm before transferring to the ship for boarding at 4:00pm. There will be time to settle into your stateroom before the 5:00pm departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities on board. As dusk falls, join guests and the friendly crew to enjoy the captain’s welcome drinks and sit down to the first of many delicious dinners.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 2
At Sea

Relax on deck for a day at sea, with onboard presentations from the guest lecturers, plus workshops and demonstrations.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 3 - 11
Cruise Western Australia

No two western Australia cruises are the same. Throughout the expedition, allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

Dampier Archipelago

Consisting of 42 islands and islets, 25 of which are nature reserves, the iron-red islands of the Dampier Archipelago stand in bright contrast to the turquoise waters which surround them. The archipelago not only offers exceptional natural beauty but significant sites for Aboriginal and European Heritage, many of which are in National Heritage Listed Areas. Named after English explorer William Dampier who first visited the islands aboard the Cygnet in 1699; the islands’ earliest inhabitants were the Yaburara people, as is evidenced by the thousands of rock engravings, shell middens and stone arrangements scattered across the area. There will be ample opportunity to explore the area’s historical and cultural sites before taking to the azure waters for swimming and kayaking. Birdwatchers will have the opportunity to see several species of migratory waders as well as sea eagles and ospreys. With luck, possibly even see the elusive Rothschild’s rock wallaby. **Please note viewing of aboriginal petroglyphs is subject to approval and guidance by traditional owners of the area, and cannot be guaranteed**

Montebello Islands

The Montebello Islands, or Montes, are an archipelago of more than 250 limestone islands and islets off the coast of the Pilbara. A delight for birdwatchers, the islands are considered an Important Bird Area, as they support over 1% of the world populations of fairy and roseate terns, as well as sooty oystercatchers. The Montes have an explosive past. Alpha and Trimouille Islands were the site of three British atomic weapons tests in the 1950s. Relics of the military operation can still be found on the islands today. Visit the plinth, which marks Ground Zero at Trimouille Island, now a haven for wildlife, including the rufous hare wallaby. A fascinating maritime history surrounds the Montebello Island. Survivors of the Dutch vessel “Tryall” swam here after their ship was wrecked in 1622, therefore being the first Europeans to land on the islands. Spend a full day exploring this island group, including wildlife spotting opportunities and beautiful beach walks. Keep watch for the rare rufous hare wallaby and lagoon rays while exploring amazing vistas.

Muiron Islands & Serrurier Island

The Muiron Islands are located approximately 10 nautical miles off the North West Cape. The Islands are well known for their incredible reef, colorful soft corals, an abundance of turtles, schools of fish and even sightings of manta rays! A variety of dive sites are on offer at this destination, including swim-throughs and ledges where nudibranchs, eels and angelfish hide. With fantastic bommies and protected reef, snorkelers will appreciate the variety of soft corals and gorgonians as well the incredible fish life. Birdlife is abundant onshoresee if you can spot wedge-tail shearwaters, roseate terns, osprey and black-shouldered kites (just to name a few).

Serrurier Island is located a further 20 nautical miles northeast of the Muirons. Here, experience great coral competition and seagrass beds that feed the local dugongs. The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is the turquoise jewel in the crown of the Western Australian coastline. Spanning nearly 2,000 square miles, this is one of the largest fringing reefs in the world. Its inner and outer reefs create a diverse range of habitats for vibrant corals and more than 500 species of fish. This is also where mega marine life come to feed during their migrations, including humpback whales, giant manta rays and the majestic whale shark. It is also a coastline with a fascinating heritage, where lonely whalers battled it out against the elements. After in-water activities, stretch the legs on a stroll down the beach on these untouched islands.

Exmouth & Cape Range National Park (Ningaloo Reef)

One of the longest and most pristine fringing reefs in the world, Ningaloo Reef has an unusually narrow continental shelf. The deep oceanic waters, reef and coastline communities are close in proximity, resulting in a huge array of significant and healthy marine life coexisting in one area. The Ningaloo Coast is also one of the most important turtle nesting rookeries in the Indian Ocean, with a significant maritime history from explorers, traders, pearl luggers, whaling and fishing. Spend the day at Cape Range National Park with options to snorkel at Turquoise Bay, visit Yardie Creek via a 0.75-mile nature walk, head up to the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse or visit the Ningaloo Center. There will also be some free time to explore Exmouth.

Cruising The Ningaloo Coast

The remote and well-hidden Bateman’s Bay, just north of Coral Bay, is a much more remote and untouched landscape in comparison with beautiful sand beaches. Weather permitting, make a short landing on the remote Ningaloo coast between Northwest Cape and Shark Bay, for a swim and a beachcomb.

Shark Bay World Heritage Area

Explore the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, the first location in Western Australia to receive UNESCO World Heritage status, in 1991. This is a region of colorful landscapes, rare flora and fauna, and home to a staggering 35% of all of Australia’s bird species. Explore Francois Peron National Park, named after the naturalist on explorer Nicholas Baudin’s expeditions. Cruise past historic Cape Inscription, the site of Dirk Hartog’s landing in 1616, and time permitting, enjoy a refreshing swim off the sandy remote beach.

The Abrolhos Islands

The Abrolhos Islands consist of 122 islands, clustered into three main groups: the Wallabi, Easter and Pelsaert Groups. Lying in the stream of the southward flowing Leeuwin current, the marine environment here is a meeting place for tropical and temperate sea life. Common marine mammals include Australian sea lions and bottlenose dolphins, and over 90 species of seabirds have been identified. The treacherous reefs around these islands have claimed many wrecks over the centuries, the most famous being the Batavia in 1629whose Dutch crew swam ashore only to experience a brutal mutiny. The Abrolhos islands offer a near-pristine natural environment with a diverse range of marine and terrestrial fauna and flora. This area also offers a rich history including shipwrecks and remnants of early colonial industries such as guano mining and commercial fishing. The Australian sea lions love to swim and play with snorkelers and divers here.

Wallabi Group

Today snorkel off picturesque Turtle Bay and take a short walk along the beach where Tamar wallabies, skinks and the endemic Abrolhos dwarf bearded dragons may be seen. Cruise past the Pidgeon islands, the wealthiest of the crayfishing islands. Birdwatch for ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles and Caspian terns amongst other birdlife. Conditions permitting, visit Beacon Island, also known as the Island of Angry Ghostswhere 126 men, women and children were massacred by the blood thirsty mutineers of this area over 400 years ago. This is home to fantastic bird life, as well as the Batavia Memorial cairn and the coral pitsstill evident from where Jeronimus Cornelisz (the mutiny ring leader) was held prior to his trial and execution.

Easter Group

At the Easter Group, visit the Sea Lion colony at Little Sandy Island, home to the largest colony of Sea Lions in the Abrolhos. Later, snorkel the vibrant coral reefs at locations such as Squid Hole, the Anemone Lump or Morley Island. Also enjoy the opportunity to bird watch at Wooded Island. Activities will be subject to weather and tides as this area is known to be very tidal and windy.

Pelsaert (Southern) Group

At the Pelsaert (Southern) group, visit Liddon Pearl Farm and Crayfishing operations on Post Office Island. Learn what is involved with growing the pearls, learning the different shells and pearl categories, and how the different types of pearls are set. Also have insights into the renowned cray fishing industry of the island, from the family who has been in the Abrolhos for four generations. Later is the opportunity to snorkel the blue holes from the jetty.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
At Sea

If weather conditions allow, this morning enjoy snorkeling at one of the Pelsaert groups outer reefs before a relaxing day at sea cruising to Fremantle. This evening, celebrate the end of the voyage with fellow passengers and crew at the captain’s farewell drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer, Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Fremantle, Australia

Arrive in Fremantle at 7:30am for an 8:00am disembarkation.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing; snorkeling & equipment; use of Xplorer tender vessel, Zodiacs and kayaks; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner service; 24-hour coffee and selection of teas; captain’s welcome and farewell events; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare; Australian entry visas or travel permits; alcoholic drinks (including beer and wine) outside of lunch and dinner service; 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; scuba diving (AUD80-110 per person, per dive in 2022 & 2023, contact your Adventure Specialist for details).

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. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 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 southbound Abrolhos Islands & The Coral Coast cruise begins in Broome, Western Australia, Australia (BME) and ends in Fremantle, South Australia, Australia (accessible via nearby Perth Airport, PER). The cruise operator recommends arriving before embarkation day and planning flights to depart a day or more after disembarkation, in case of unplanned schedule changes. In general, plan flights to arrive to Broome in time for a 3:00pm check in, 4:00pm boarding and 5:00pm departure on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Fremantle following the 8:00am disembarkation on the final day of the itinerary. 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, kayaking, historic site visits, wildlife observation and Xplorer tender vessel tours. Scuba diving is offered at an additional cost (see Exclusions).

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.

Ningaloo & The Bluewater Wonders of Australia's West Itinerary

The Ningaloo & The Bluewater Wonders of Australia’s West cruise operates round-trip from Broome, exploring the extraordinary marine environment, historic islands and striking coastline of this hard-to-reach wilderness region.

Route map of Ningaloo & The Bluewater Wonders of Australia's West cruise, operating round-trip from Broome with visits to Rowley Shoals, Dampier Archipelago, Ningaloo Reef & the islands od Montebello, Mackerel, Serrurier & Muiron.
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Day 1
Embark Broome, Australia

Boarding at Broome Wharf commences at 4:00pm. There will be time to settle into your stateroom before the 5:00pm departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities on board. As dusk falls, meet fellow travelers, the captain and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Discoverer

Meals

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Days 2- 12
Cruise Western Australia

No two western Australia cruises are the same. Throughout the expedition, allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. 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 Shoals, a 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 fishmany 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 and perhaps Mermaid or Imperieuse reefs, 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. Try a drift snorkel in the channel, or beachcomb on Bedwell Island, keeping an eye out for the red-tailed tropicbird that roosts there.

Dampier Archipelago

Consisting of 42 islands and islets, 25 of which are nature reserves, the iron-red islands of the Dampier Archipelago stand in bright contrast to the turquoise waters which surround them. The archipelago not only offers exceptional natural beauty but significant sites for Aboriginal and European Heritage, many of which are in National Heritage Listed Areas. Named after English explorer William Dampier who first visited the islands aboard the Cygnet in 1699; the islands’ earliest inhabitants were the Yaburara people, as is evidenced by the thousands of rock engravings, shell middens and stone arrangements scattered across the area. There will be ample opportunity to explore the area’s historical and cultural sites before taking to the azure waters for swimming and kayaking. Birdwatchers will have the opportunity to see several species of migratory waders as well as sea eagles and ospreys. With luck, possibly even see the elusive Rothschild’s rock wallaby. **Please note viewing of aboriginal petroglyphs is subject to approval and guidance by traditional owners of the area, and cannot be guaranteed**

Mackerel Islands

Off the coast of the Pilbara, the Mackerel Islands are 10 atolls, a rarely-visited wilderness. World-class diving, snorkeling and wildlife spotting is accessible from this magic destination. Spend the day snorkeling the fringing reefs and bommies close to the beach. The untouched coral reefs showcase an array of colorful sea life. Scuba dive sites ranging from 10 feet to 60 feet in depth are a dive playground for those seeking new reef frontiers. Ashore, beachcomb on Thevanard Island or for those looking for a longer hike, take the Eco Walk Trail to circle the island and soak in the beauty of the destination.

Ningaloo Reef & Exmouth

The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is the turquoise jewel in the crown of the Western Australian coastline. Spanning roughly 2,000 square miles, this is one of the largest fringing reefs in the world. Its inner and outer reefs create a diverse range of habitats for vibrant corals and more than 500 species of fish. This is also where marine life comes to feed during their migrations, including humpback whales and giant manta rays. It is also a coastline with a fascinating heritage, where lonely whalers battled it out against the elements. Spend 2-3 days exploring this stunning coastline from Exmouth to Coral Bay and its underwater playground. From Exmouth, take a coach tour to discover Cape Range National Park, enjoy a nature walk at Yardie Creek and visit the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse. A visit to the educational Ningaloo Center prepares all for an incredible experience of snorkeling from the beach at Turquoise Bay and a boat charter with a local operator to discover the outer reef, with the opportunity to snorkel with manta rays and turtles. There may be an opportunity for advanced divers to discover the Navy Pier dive, depending on tides. While cruising the Humpback Highway down the coast, enjoy the opportunity to watch the majestic whales breach close by.

Muiron Islands

Located approximately 10 nautical miles off the North West Cape, the waters surrounding the uninhabited Muiron Islands are teeming with marine life. A variety of dive sites are on offer, including swim-throughs and ledges where nudibranchs, eels and angelfish hide. Snorkelers will appreciate the fantastic bommies, protected reefs, variety of soft corals and gorgonians as well the incredible fish life. After in-water activities, stretch the legs on a stroll down the beach on these untouched islands.

Serrurier Island

Serrurier Island is one of the 170 remote Pilbara inshore islands and is protected as a nature reserve. The coral competition here is fierce, as is the fish species diversity. Sea-grass beds feed dugongs and several species of marine turtle, which have been spotted on previous expeditions here. Today is all about the in-water experience while snorkeling this truly off-the-beaten-path and untouched destination.

Montebello Islands

The Montebello Islands, or Montes, are an archipelago of more than 250 limestone islands and islets off the coast of the Pilbara. A twitcher’s delight, the islands are considered an Important Bird Area, as they support over 1% of the world populations of fairy and roseate terns, as well as sooty oystercatchers. The islands also have a fascinating maritime history. The survivors of the Dutch vessel Trial swam here after their ship was wrecked in 1622, being the first Europeans to land on the islands. The Montes have an explosive pastAlpha and Trimouille Islands were the site of three British atomic weapons tests in the 1950s. Relics of the military operation can still be found on the islands today. Spend a full day exploring this island group, with wildlife spotting opportunities and many beautiful beaches to swim at. Many rufous hare-wallabies and lagoon stingrays have been spotted here during past expeditions.

Accommodations

Coral Discoverer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Broome, Australia

The incredible adventure concludes in Broome this morning as the ship arrives and disembarks at 8:00am. Bid farewell to new-found friends, the captain and crew. A post-cruise transfer to Broome central business district hotels or the airport is included.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing; snorkeling & equipment; use of Xplorer tender vessel, Zodiacs and kayaks; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner service; 24-hour coffee and selection of teas; captain’s welcome and farewell events; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare; Australian entry visas or travel permits; alcoholic drinks (including beer and wine) outside of lunch and dinner service; 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; scuba diving (AUD80-110 per person, per dive in 2022 & 2023, contact your Adventure Specialist for details).

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. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 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 Ningaloo & The Bluewater Wonders of Australia’s West cruise begins and ends in Broome, Western Australia, Australia (BME). The cruise operator recommends arriving before embarkation day and planning flights to depart a day or more after disembarkation, in case of unplanned schedule changes. In general, 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 Broome following the 8:00am disembarkation on the final day of the itinerary. 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, kayaking, historic site visits, wildlife observation and Xplorer tender vessel tours. Scuba diving is offered at an additional cost (see Exclusions).

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Promenade Deck B category. 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.

Oct 10 - Oct 22, 2022
Coral Geographer • 13 days
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Nov 30 - Dec 12, 2022
Coral Geographer • 13 days
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Mar 02 - Mar 14, 2023
Coral Adventurer • 13 days
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Mar 28 - Apr 09, 2023
Coral Geographer • 13 days
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Sep 18 - Sep 30, 2023
Coral Discoverer • 13 days
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Oct 08 - Oct 20, 2023
Coral Geographer • 13 days
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Feb 20 - Mar 03, 2024
Coral Adventurer • 13 days
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Mar 23 - Apr 04, 2024
Coral Adventurer • 13 days
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Sep 16 - Sep 28, 2024
Coral Discoverer • 13 days
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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.

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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.

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