11 Day Kimberley Expedition Cruise 2023
OverviewA region of wild and dramatic beauty, with vivid sunrises and golden sunsets that beg you to sit up and take note; the Kimberley is a dream destination in every way. And the best way to see it? From the deck of a small expedition ship. Setting sail in 2023, this 11 day bucket list cruise package with Coral Expeditions - Australia’s pioneering small ship cruise line - will take you beyond the well-worn Kimberley tourist trail to experience a land where nature, history and culture take centre stage.
Departing from Darwin and Broome, this trip is the ultimate way to experience the Kimberley Coast. Cruise amid the jewel-like islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago, take a thrilling zodiac ride through iconic Horizontal Falls, and view a hidden world emerge from the sea as mammoth tides recede from Montgomery Reef. Feel dwarfed by the cliffs of King George Falls, and keep an eye out for turtles, whales and sharks as you cruise York Sound. You’ll also delve into the region’s intriguing history, sip sundowners on beaches accessible only by boat, marvel at Indigenous artworks in the ancient rock art galleries of Swift Bay, visit the bird watchers’ paradise of the Lacepede Islands - and more!
This amazing package includes a 10 night cruise aboard the Coral Adventurer/Geographer with all-inclusive meals and shore excursions, plus fun and informative talks revealing the stories of the region. The only thing that's missing is you. Could 2023 be your year to change that? About Coral Expeditions: Coral Expeditions is not your typical cruise line. The award-winning, Australian small ship expedition operator has carved out a reputation for taking you behind the tourist facade, showcasing the hidden wonders, the stories, and the people who make a destination what it is. Forget darkened casinos and planned seating, this style of cruising is all about freedom, flexibility and choice. Small group sizes (a maximum of just 99 guests aboard Coral Adventurer/Geographer) ensure your experience is personal, with minimal impact on the environments visited.
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- Cruise along the spectacular Kimberley coast
- Discover the Lacepede Islands Nature Reserve, a bird watcher’s paradise - spot Brown Boobies, Roseate Terns, Osprey and many more
- Take a thrilling zodiac ride through the rushing tide at Horizontal Falls
- Marvel at the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands
- Sip sundowners on remote and uninhabited islands
- Climb to witness the remarkable Wandjina rock art gallery, and hear interpretation from an Indigenous guide at Raft Point
- Marvel at Gwion rock art galleries, estimated to be up to 25,000 years old
- Explore Doubtful Bay, the traditional country of the Worrora people
- Witness breathtaking Montgomery Reef emerging from the sea with the receding 11 metre tides
- Keep an eye out for crocodiles, turtles, sharks and whales while cruising York Sound
- Marvel at a well-preserved WWII era US Airforce C-53 Skytrooper wreck on the Anjo Peninsula
- Admire the steep-sided gorges of King George River on a river cruise, and get up close to the spray from towering King George Falls
- Soak up the relaxed lifestyle of Broome, home of famous Cable Beach
- Visit the tropical city of Darwin, known for its WWII history
- Cruise the Prince Regent River to the beautiful terraced falls of Kings Cascade (11 day cruise only)
- Visit the huge Mermaid Boab Tree in Careening Bay, carved in 1820 by the crew of the HMC Mermaid (11 day cruise only)
- Explore the mangroves and monsoon rainforest covered islands of Prince Frederick Harbour by Xplorer and zodiac, spotting birds and crocodiles (11 day cruise only)
- Explore the sandstone caves and tunnels of Hathaway's Hideaway (11 day cruise only)
- 10 night ‘Definitive Kimberley Expedition Cruise’ with Coral Expeditions
- A small ship cruise with maximum 100 guests per sailing
- Sail aboard the Coral Adventurer/Geographer ship
- Enjoy all-inclusive shore excursions on your cruise (scenic helicopter flight at Mitchell Falls additional cost)
- Enjoy 29 meals including high-quality Australian influenced meals onboard
- Selected wines, beers, spirits, juices, and soft drinks are served complimentary with lunch and dinner
- 24-hour complimentary barista-style coffee and tea station
- National park fees
- Professional Australian & New Zealand based Expedition Leaders & Guest Lecturers
- Cruise taxes and surcharges
- Pre cruise transfer from Broome CBD Hotel, Visitor Information Centre or Broome Airport to the ship
- Post cruise transfer to Darwin/Broome CBD Hotel or Darwin/Broome Airport
After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).
Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 2nd of September 2023.
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies and is subject to availability:
- Coral Deck Stateroom: Please contact TripADeal to check availability - Supplement starting from $5,145
- Promenade Deck Stateroom: Please contact TripADeal to check availability - Supplement starting from $6,160
- Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom: Please contact TripADeal to check availability - Supplement starting from $8,210
Departure Dates (2023)
*May: 9, 30
*July: 1, 22
*June: 9, 30
*May: 9, 30
August: 1, 22
Please see checkout for live dates and availability.
Please note: dates/months in May, June and July incur a peak season surcharge stated below:
- Coral Deck Stateroom: $1270 per person
- Promenade Deck Stateroom: $1620 per person
- Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom: $2130 per person
Broome / Darwin
Health & Safety Plan
Coral Expeditions takes the safety and wellbeing of passengers very seriously. The team have collaborated with experienced medical advisory agency Respond Global to create an extensive SailSAFE Plan, which includes enhanced onboard sanitisation protocols, a pre-screening process prior to departure, and a government approved Covid response plan. All guests and crew must complete a pre-screening process seven days prior to travel. This includes a questionnaire and visit to your GP, a recommended self-isolation to the extent possible prior to departing, and a PCR Swab test within 72 hours of boarding to be provided to Coral Expeditions medical staff at check in to be cleared for travel. More information can be found here: https://www.coralexpeditions.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SailSAFE-plan-final-1.pdf
Please note: All health checks and the PCR Swab test will be at the customers expense
4.5 Star self-rated
- Coral Expeditions: Coral Adventurer or Coral Geographer Ship
Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
Maximum Room Capacity
No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
2 x Twin or 1 x Junior King (subject to availability).
Please note: Twin share is not available in Bridge Deck Balcony Suite Category
About the Coral Adventurer
Launched in April 2019, Coral Adventurer is a 99 passenger ship built to take you closer to unspoiled vistas in comfort, style and safety. When Coral Expeditions set out to build Coral Adventurer, they wanted a ship that would last decades. Their search for build quality and technology took them to the shipbuilders of Norway who have a long history of building durable ships for the harsh environments of the North Sea. They then looked deep inside to capture the requirements of their guests, their crew and the areas they sail to. The result is a happy marriage of modern shipbuilding technology and cruising Australian style.
About the Coral Geographer
Launched in March 2021, Coral Geographer is a tropical expedition ship purpose-designed to access remote wilderness shores around the world, that are often inaccessible to large cruise vessels. Sister ship to Coral Adventurer (launched in 2019), the newest addition to our fleet features over 1000 square metres of open deck space, multiple bars, majority balcony staterooms and suites, and public areas featuring a collection of Australian Indigenous art. Able to navigate into shallow bays, disembark onto remote islands, and visit small villages without overwhelming the environment or community, Coral Geographer explores the hidden nooks and crannies of Australia’s Kimberley Coast, Australia’s West.
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
The Explorer Deck staterooms are located below the Bridge Deck and are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. The compact ensuite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas.
Cabin Size: 21.4 square metres
Promenade Deck Stateroom
Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer Deck and are identically furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. The compact ensuite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.
Cabin Size: 17 square metres
Coral Deck Stateroom
Coral Deck Staterooms are located below the Promenade Deck and furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. The compact ensuite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A porthole window gives you views of the world outside.
Cabin Size: 17 square metres
- Flights/transfers not stated in the itinerary
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional activities/tours such as Mitchell Falls helicopter flight
- Personal expenses
- Pre-cruise health check and PCR Swab Test
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - TRAVEL INSURANCE
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise.
- Please note and share the following facts when considering insurance coverage and speaking with suppliers:
-- Coral Expeditions do not have Doctors or Nurses onboard their domestic cruises, however, the senior crew are trained and qualified in remote area first aid. If a passenger has injured themselves or is having a medical issue on board, the crew will make contact with doctors on land to determine whether a medical evacuation is necessary. For this reason, it is advisable that passengers obtain a policy with remote area evacuation and repatriation coverage.
-- The domestic cruises on the Great Barrier Reef, Kimberley, Cape York and Arnhem land and Tasmania do not leave domestic waters, however, our locations are considered remote.
-- Coral Expedition ships are Australian flagged.
-- On selected International cruises there will be a Guest Doctor and a first aid room onboard Coral Adventurer. It is important to note that these services are for medical emergencies only and do not offer a clinic service.
-- Travel Insurance is required by each travelling guest and if an urgent medical event or situation occurred that required medical evacuation or offload from the ship, it is mandatory that this is financially covered by insurance or by guest payment at the time.
THE CORAL EXPEDITIONS EXPERIENCE
- Coral Expeditions have built a reputation on offering an authentic and educational expedition cruise experience:
- No organised entertainment onboard – instead, they offer a daily program of lectures, briefings and themed documentaries and movies.
- No multiple glitzy restaurants – but the chefs prepare fresh daily, high-quality cuisine using Australian and local ingredients.
- No ‘formal’ nights or assigned seating – you can dine with whom you please and share the day’s stories.
- No room service menus – but the crew will be happy to serve you a meal in-room if you would prefer to eat in.
- No minibars – guests love to mingle over drinks on the sundeck or in one of the comfortable lounges.
- No casino – but captains welcome you to the bridge to observe operations and have a chat.
- No butlers and spas – but all staterooms have their own ensuites, some with balconies, large picture windows or portholes, all outward facing. Serviced daily and come with nightly turndown service.
- No extra charge for shore excursions.
- They welcome young and old.
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - ITINERARY
- Coral Expeditions will endeavour to follow the Cruise itinerary as described in the itinerary and the passenger accepts that Coral Expeditions has the right to change the itinerary, the Ship or cancel the Cruise as a result of some Unexpected Event or prevailing inclement weather conditions and the passenger accepts that the passenger will not be entitled to any compensation or a refund of the fare paid should this occur.
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - STAFF/CREW
- Throughout your cruise, you will delight in the attentive service of the professional Australian and New Zealand residency crew. Carefully selected for their engaging personalities, attention to detail and commitment to delivering the highest standards of service, our staff will ensure you receive a warm welcome aboard.
- On each voyage, Expedition Leaders bring guests the depth of experience required to put together daily programmes given prevailing weather and local conditions. They are complemented by an expert Guest Lecturer, with knowledge of disciplines ranging from anthropology, geology, history and flora and fauna of the region, offering layers of insight relevant to your itinerary and to support the depth of immersion in your travel experience.
- The Kimberley and Cape York, Arnhem Land and Torres Strait expeditions have a renowned Australian team of Expedition Leaders and regular Guest Lecturers who have a specialist understanding of the unique landscapes, flora and fauna and indigenous cultures of the region. Having guided expeditions in the region for over three decades we know the nooks and crannies others don’t. The Expedition Team provide local expertise especially on guided nature walks and with bird and wildlife spotting.
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - ALL INCLUSIVE SHORE EXCURSIONS
- A Coral Expeditions cruise is not about just passing through a region and seeing it from the ship’s deck. Instead, each day you will travel ashore and fully immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, fascinating history and vibrant cultures of these remarkable locations.
- On most days you’ll have the opportunity to participate in two shore excursions or activities (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), along with onboard briefings and presentations. The vast majority of excursions are included in your cruise price and in key locations, you will have the opportunity to enhance your experience through participation in optional activities (additional cost applicable) such as a helicopter flight over the Kimberley’s spectacular Mitchell Falls.
ACCESS TO REMOTE DESTINATIONS
- Access to remote destinations and communities is unique in three special ways:
- Firstly, the shallow draught of the small ships allows them to safely access and anchor in close to bays and landscapes that larger ships cannot reach, allowing a bird-eye view of spectacular beaches, bays and at times, bustling port communities.
- Secondly, the unique Xplorer tenders, comfortably appointed with shading and on-board toilet facilities, enable penetration inland with explorations into shallow rivers and streams, close to waterfalls and other extraordinary landscapes. Inflatable Zodiacs and kayaks enable guests an up-close-and-personal view of reefs, islands and atolls and allow peaceful explorations of sheltered locations.
- Lastly, the experienced Expedition Team, guided by an Expedition Leader and complemented by qualified experts with specific knowledge of local people, cultures and landscapes have the knowledge and connections, enabling unique access to areas often restricted to other travellers.
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - CUISINE AND WINE
- At Coral Expeditions dining is a celebration of great food and good company enjoyed in extraordinary destinations. People and place are key to enjoyable dining experiences, where food becomes the vehicle for conversation and creating memorable occasions. The approach to "small batch" cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible.
- Coral Expeditions’ cuisine has a distinctly Australian accent influenced by the culinary landscape of regions we visit. Wonderful friends and unique locations will always enhance the eating experience, allowing the produce to speak for itself.
- From Australia’s Kimberley and Great Barrier Reef regions through to the exotic Spice Islands, New Guinea and islands of the South Pacific, Coral Expeditions foster a community of local providores, farmers and growers. Regional menus champion seasonality, allowing chefs to adapt menus and source local produce at its seasonal best.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Start your day with a tempting choice from a fresh continental or a hot breakfast. The fleet of small expedition ships offer a sumptuous hot and cold family share platters complemented by daily made-to-order specialties.
- Family share platters for lunch showcase a selection of hot and cold dishes, from salads and cold cuts to soups, fresh local seafood and seasonal tropical fruits.
- Evenings are a convivial time to dine with new friends and reflect on an exciting day of discovery over dinner. We welcome you on board with a seafood dinner on the first night. Other evening meals vary between a barbeque, carvery or a three-course table d’hote dinner menu, when selections are offered as you enjoy table service.
- All expeditions feature a memorable pre-dinner event ashore where the crew serve sunset drinks and canapés, often on a beach, and always in a beautiful location with a sunset view. These casual ‘sundowners’ are hosted by the Captain and are the perfect time to kick off your shoes and enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail while mingling with fellow guests in a relaxed atmosphere.
- Lunch and dinner are accompanied by a curated beverage list featuring boutique Australian and New Zealand wines and beers.
- Each voyage the Captain hosts a Captains Table for invited guests and ship’s Officers will endeavour to host dinner guests on an evening when operational matters allow.
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - HEALTH & SAFETY
Coral Expeditions takes the safety and wellbeing of passengers very seriously. The team have collaborated with experienced medical advisory agency Respond Global to create an extensive SailSAFE Plan, which includes enhanced onboard sanitisation protocols, a pre-screening process prior to departure, and a government approved Covid response plan. All guests and crew must complete a pre-screening process seven days prior to travel. This includes a questionnaire and visit to your GP, a recommended self-isolation to the extent possible prior to departing, and a PCR Swab test within 72 hours of boarding to be provided to Coral Expeditions medical staff at check in to be cleared for travel. More information can be found here:
Please note: All health checks and the PCR Swab test will be at the customers expense
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
The dry season (May – October)
- The dry season, from May until October, is characterised by warm, dry sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures typically range from 21.6– 31.8°C, and humidity levels are much lower: around 60 – 65 per cent.
- Relatively cool weather arrives in May, and until July, nights are crisp with temperatures ranging from 17 - 23 °C. It is also the perfect time to explore the more remote areas of the region that can be off-limits during the wet season.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Most meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour.
Fitness Level Required / Mobility
Our vessels are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note: For most activities, a relatively low level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of zodiacs and other excursion tenders for excursions ashore: there will be staff and crew members on hand to assist. Ashore, you must be able to walk moderate distances over sometimes rough terrain. Whilst there are lifts on these Coral Expeditions ships, they are expedition vessels and note equipped for guests with major self-mobility issues. The stairways between decks are steep, so a reasonable agility is required. Participants will most enjoy the remarkable opportunities these expeditions offer if they travel with a spirit of adventure.
Gratuities / Tipping
Gratuities (tips) are not required for Coral Expeditions cruises.
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or an similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket, date/accommodation changes or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
- Changes - $100.00 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/accommodation/other travel provider.
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
- If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $100 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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