Highlights
  • Cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters.
  • Discover the mighty King George aboard Explorer, a specially designed excursion vessel
  • Visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration.
  • Join the expedition leader on a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3, which crash landed on the beach during WWII.
  • After anchoring in Winyalken Bay travel ashore aboard Explorer to the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway's Hideaway
  • Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Explorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations

An 11-day exploration voyage to the Kimberley has so many highlights, it's hard to know where to begin. Your expedition cruise begins from either Darwin - the capital city of The Northern Territory, or Broome - famous for its beauty and cultured pearls. Both are unique frontier centers and are the gateways to the magnificent Kimberley wilderness.

Aboard the custom-made Coral Princess, you can rest assured that you will be receiving the best service while experiencing the wonderful remote access a ship this size can permit.

Experienced, highly informative expedition leaders and guest lecturers will supervise the expedition itinerary maximizing the experiences offered on our shore excursions.

A specially designed excursion vessel allows you to explore the gorges of the Mitchell, King George, Prince Regent and Hunter Rivers. For the more adventurous, optional helicopter flights to the Mitchell Plateau are also available. The abundance of bird life and native wildlife including the salt-water crocodile make every moment of the expedition unique. The hundreds of islands in the Buccaneer Archipelago, the tidal phenomena at Montgomery Reef and the extraordinary horizontal waterfalls near Talbot Bay ...The Kimberley has it all.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Embark Darwin

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Coral Princess or Oceanic Discoverer

Board for a  9:00am departure. Cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This afternoon join the Expedition Staff for an informative introduction to the Kimberley before meeting your fellow travelers and friendly crew at the Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party.

Day 2: King George River, King George Falls & Tranquil Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Coral Princess or Oceanic Discoverer

Discover the mighty King George aboard Explorer, a specially designed excursion vessel. Explore scenic gorges, and in the inflatable zodiacs cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls - the tallest single-drop waterfall in Western Australia- towering some 262 feet above the river below. Later, visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration.

Day 3: Vansittart Bay DC3 & Jar Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Coral Princess or Oceanic Discoverer

Join the expedition leader on a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3, which crash landed on the beach during WWII. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island's outstanding rock art gallery. Guest lecturers will point out fine examples of the Kimberley's mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.

Day 4: Hathaway's Hideaway & Mitchell Falls

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodations: Coral Princess or Oceanic Discoverer

After anchoring  in Winyalken Bay travel ashore aboard Explorer to the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway's Hideaway. Later, helicopters are available for optional scenic flights over the Mitchell Plateau for close-up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls. This evening, enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset and gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ.

Day 5: Bigge Island & Careening Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Coral Princess or Oceanic Discoverer

Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art. Then, explore Careening Bay which was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship, 'HMC Mermaid', was careened during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Lecturers lead you to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription "HMC Mermaid - 1820", still clearly visible almost 200 years later.

Day 6: Prince Regent River, King Cascades & Camp Creek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Coral Princess or Oceanic Discoverer

Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Explorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. Enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is time for a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools.

Day 7: Montgomery Reef & Doubtful Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today savor a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef 'rises' out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join the expedition staff aboard the Explorer and zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up-close and discover the reef's diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks. Later, cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay.

Day 8: Raft Point & Ruby Falls

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Coral Princess or Oceanic Discoverer

Cruising through  Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded and very interesting Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and the mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion). Later, explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a cooling dip at Ruby Falls.

Day 9: Horizontal Falls & Buccaneer Archipelago

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Coral Princess or Oceanic Discoverer

Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist David Attenborough as "one the greatest natural wonders in the world". Board the zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls. Later, explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and crystal clear waters.

Day 10: Lacepede Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Coral Princess or Oceanic Discoverer

Cruise through Pender Bay and, subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying atop a platform reef. This nature reserve has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area as it supports up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, possibly the largest such population in the world. Board the zodiacs and explore the island's lagoon, keeping an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets, gulls and terns. The islands are also renowned as Western Australia's most significant breeding grounds for the Green Turtle, often seen nesting on the islands. Thisevening farewell new-found friends at the Captain's Farewell Reception.

Day 11: Disembark Broome

Our unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Broome this morning after an early breakfast; disembark at 8:00am.

Meals: Breakfast

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 7,790

Price Per Day:

$ 708 per day
 
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

Coral Expeditions I

Ship Stats

Coral Expeditions I

  • 50 guests
  • Year Built: 1988
  • Refurbished: 2012
  • 12 crew members
  • Length: 115 feet
  • Beam: 43 feet
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Ship Description

Coral Expeditions I, formely known as the Coral Princess, is a twin-hulled boutique catamaran that promises a unique small ship cruising experience in the Australian coastal waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Cape York & Arnhem Land and Kimberley regions. Accommodating just 50 guests, Coral Expeditions I offers the facilities of a larger ship, yet retains the atmosphere of a private yacht.

Cabins Aboard Coral Expeditions I

The 25 onboard rooms are bathed in natural light, with a fresh and modern decor creating a breezy feel. You can choose between double- and twin-bedded rooms, each fully equipped with a spacious private ensuite, air conditioning and ample storage space. Enjoy the comforts of the spacious en suite bathroom, featuring hairdryer, international power outlets, shower, vanity unit and toilet facilities. Rooms also feature picture windows for expansive ocean views (except some Cabin category rooms featuring portholes), ample storage space and air-conditioning. All rooms are serviced daily and feature luxurious Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Coral Princess

Coral Expeditions I Deck Plan

Deluxe Stateroom

Six Deluxe Staterooms are located across the top decks of the ship, in close proximity to the Bridge and the Sun Deck. Deluxe Staterooms are a spacious 185 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a comfortable settee, desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.

Upper Deck Stateroom

Eight light and airy Upper Deck Staterooms are located on Deck B, a dedicated accommodation deck offering a quiet environment, yet still in close proximity to the Bridge, Sun Deck and Dining Room. Upper Deck Staterooms are a spacious 151 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.

Stateroom

Five Stateroom category rooms are located on Deck C, close to the Dining Room and the Explorer excursion boat boarding platform. Ideal for those wishing to avoid stairs, Stateroom category rooms feature modern decor and comfortable furnishings. At 151 square feet in size Staterooms offer plenty of space to relax and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.

Cabin

Perfectly suited to those guests on a budget, Cabin category rooms are located on the lower deck, downstairs from the Dining Room and the Explorer excursion boat boarding platform. Cabin category rooms feature modern decor and comfortable furnishings and are a compact 108 square feet in size. Cabins feature twin circle portholes, air-conditioning,a private en suite bathroom, ample storage space and twin beds.

Trip Includes
  • Included in your cruise fare are accommodations as booked
  • Cruise transportation
  • All meals onboard
  • 24-hour room service
  • Entertainment and educational programs
  • Use of all of our onboard facilities
  • Including our comprehensive range of library and video resources
  • Use of snorkeling equipment such as masks, fins, flotation vests and wetsuits plus a free scuba skills lesson.
Trip Excludes
  • Personal nature
  • Travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, hair dressing and massage treatments, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges,
  • Plus a Government Environmental Management charge of $16.50 per person - payable on board.
Meals Included:

10 Breakfast,10 Lunches and 10 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
Darwin
End City
Broome
Cancellation Policy:
  • Discover the mighty King George River
  • Visit Jar Island and discover the island's outstanding rock art gallery
  • Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island
  • Experience Cruise, mighty Prince Regent River aboard Explorer to breath taking King Cascades
  • Visit unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef
  • Experience cruising to Prince Regent River and Buccaneer Archipelago
Additional Information:

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. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions.

Prices, Surcharges and Brochure Validity

As we publish our prices in advance, we may occasionally be faced with significant cost increases due to factors over which we have no control. We reserve the right to impose surcharges up to 30 days before the Tour Start Date due to changes in group size, rooming status, exchange rates, increases in air fares or other transportation costs, taxes or if government action should require us to do so. Surcharges will be calculated according to the full extra cost, compared to the original costs and exchange rates. If any surcharge results in an increase of more than 20% of the tour cost the client may cancel the reservation within 14 days of notification of the surcharge and obtain a full refund.

Unused services & personal expenses

Regardless of any other term in this agreement, partial refunds are not available for unused services including but not limited to hotel rooms, meals, air or land transportation, activity days or other sightseeing excursions. You will not be reimbursed for any personal expenses such as airfare, hotel or other travel expenses due to changes in itineraries or cancellations. If a portion of the services of your tour are cancelled by us or our third party supplier because of an event within our control or the control of our third party supplier, and you are not offered a replacement or alternative, we will refund the cost of that portion of the services.

Unused services & personal expenses

Regardless of any other term in this agreement, partial refunds are not available for unused services including but not limited to hotel rooms, meals, air or land transportation, activity days or other sightseeing excursions. You will not be reimbursed for any personal expenses such as airfare, hotel or other travel expenses due to changes in itineraries or cancellations. If a portion of the services of your tour are cancelled by us or our third party supplier because of an event within our control or the control of our third party supplier, and you are not offered a replacement or alternative, we will refund the cost of that portion of the services.

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