Kimberley Coast Wildlife Cruise
1-10 August 2016
$7,500 pp twin share
Join Kimberley Whale Watching (Kimberley Wildlife Expedition Cruises) and Kimberley Expeditions for the trip of a lifetime on the rugged and remote Kimberley coast, as we explore the Kimberley’s islands and reefs on MV Oceania, surrounded by the world’s largest Humpback whale population.
Our 2016 Wildlife Expedition Cruise focuses on the Kimberley’s amazing wildlife, including huge colonies of shorebirds and seabirds, Humpback whales, dolphins and other cetaceans, turtles, seasnakes, manta rays and magnificent corals and marine life.
This ten day trip, ex Broome, includes islands and reefs seldom visited by other charter boats, including Adele Island and The Lacecpede Islands, and the Kimberley coast’s outer shoals and reefs. Along the way you’ll have the option of participating in important Humpback whale and dolphin research as we keep records of sightings, photograph tail and fluke markings and make hydrophone recordings of whalesong.
Maximum 17 passengers
View or download Kimberley Whale Watching’s brochure.
1 August 2016
8 am pick-up for your transfer to board the vessel Oceania – onboard you will meet your tour guides and crew who will take you through the events of the next 10 days. You ‘ll receive an interpretive and knowledgeable account of local whale activity and migratory patterns while recording vital data. Cruise up the Dampier Peninsula past James Price Point, observing & recording our first Humpback whales, and keep an eye out for the newly discovered Dwarf Spinner dolphins, Australian Humpback dolphins and Bottlenose dolphins. If the weather is favorable we may be able to anchor and spend the night at the Lacepede Islands.
2 August 2016
This morning we’ll explore the fascinating Lacepede Islands, one of the most important Green Turtle breeding areas in the world, and a haven for thousands of shorebirds and seabirds including Brown boobies, Lesser frigate birds, Terns and Common noddies. The Lacepedes comprise four islands with a fascinating European history. In the afternoon we’ll commence our passage to Adele Island, the most remote island on the Kimberley coast, visited by only a handful of vessels every year. As we near Adele you’ll see flock after flock of seabirds returning to roost on the island.
3 August 2016
Today we have a full day at Adele to explore the wonders of this amazing island and reef complex. With a rising tide we’ll go ashore to explore the birdlife and marine life of Adele Island, named by Nicolas Baudin in 1803, and home to nesting pairs of Masked boobies and other shorebirds and seabirds. In the late afternoon, we’ll enjoy drinks and nibbles on a remote shell strewn sandspit.
4 August 2016
At sea. Enjoy a leisurely steam to Hanover Bay, at the mouth of the Prince Regent River. Overnight in Hanover Bay.
5 August 2016
Awaken in beautiful Hanover Bay at the mouth of the Prince Regent River. We’ll explore this beautiful River System visiting King’s Cascades and Cathedral Falls. Overnight steam to Hall Point in Camden Sound, a maternity ward for the Group lV population of Humpback whales.
6 August 2016
Camden Sound is one of the main maternity wards for the Kimberley’s Humpback whales as they nurture their calves, sheltering behind its islands and reefs. Today we’ll explore The Wailgwin Islands, try a spot of fishing around Rice Rocks and Hall Point, with an afternoon swim at Butterfly Gorge.
7 August 2016
An early morning steam down to Montgomery Reef, Australia’s largest inshore reef and one of the icons of the Kimberley coast. You’ll cruise Montgomery’s gutters on a falling tide as this massive reef complex appears to rise from the ocean. In the afternoon we’ll explore the Traverse Island group, before steaming to Turtle Reef in Talbot Bay.
8 August 2016
Up early this morning to explore the marine wonders of Turtle Reef in Talbot Bay, another massive reef complex lying between Molema Island and the mainland and rich in marine life. In the afternoon we’ll take a thrilling ride through the iconic Horizontal Waterfalls before anchoring at the entrance to beautiful Dugong Bay.
9 August 2016
Wake up in beautiful Dugong Bay, one of the jewels of the Kimberley coast, surrounded by the Kimberley’s rugged cliff faces. We’ll cruise out of Dugong Bay through Yampi Sound, past the iron ore mines on Koolan and Cockatoo Islands, to Silvergull Creek, once a water source for Koolan Island and now home to The Squatter’s Arms.
In the afternoon we’ll have a refreshing dip at Silica Beach, a gorgeous inlet with the whitest sand on the coast. Overnight steam towards Broome.
10 August 2016
Having sailed overnight we continue our journey south to Broome passing the Lacepedes Islands onward down the coast of the Dampier Peninsular. We can enjoy plenty more whale sightings and hopefully see more dolphins, there are often large numbers of terns on this final leg of our journey for the bird enthusiast and we get lucky and see Wilson’s Storm Petrel and a Streaked Shearwater. We will arrive in Broome around midday for transfer back to your hotel.