Reef Prince, Luxury Kimberley Cruise
7 Nights Coastal Kimberley Expedition
This itinerary also operates in reverse from Exmouth to Broome.
Broome to Exmouth
Day 1: We Welcome You Aboard MV Reef Prince in Broome
Your Expedition begins this morning. Our coach will collect you from your Hotel around 9.00am & transfer you to your expedition vessel. Reef Prince will be awaiting your arrival anchored within Broome – Roebuck Bay. Our crew will soon begin our overnight steam to the beautiful Rowley Shoals. Wave goodbye to the pearling town of Broome as we steam towards the setting sun.
Day 2: Arrive at the Rowley Shoals
This morning we arrive at Clerk Reef. Today you may wish to join a fishing expedition or beach comb the sandy bay within the atoll. Amazing diving and snorkelling await you at the Rowley Shoals. From within the Shelter of the Atoll we watch the sun set over a pristine and virtually untouched coral island. The top deck is the place to be for yet another spectacular sunset whilst enjoying your choice of beverage before savouring a delicious meal.
Day 3: Rowley Shoals
Our crew will fill the day for you with some unforgettable experiences. This afternoon we begin our overnight steam towards the Montebellos.
Day 4: Arrive Montebellos Islands
Tonight we arrive and anchor within the shelter of 174 beautiful little islands. The crew’s favourite destination! The Montebello Islands was the site of three nuclear weapon tests by the British Military: one in 1952, and two in 1956. A bay on Trimouille Island was the site of Operation Hurricane, the first ever atomic weapon tested by the United Kingdom, on 3 October 1952. In 1956 there were two further tests, on Alpha and Trimouille Islands, respectively. The second of these, codenamed “G2”, included the largest nuclear explosion in Australia, with a yield of 98 kilotons. Fallout from the Montebello tests is reported to have contaminated areas of mainland Australia as far away as Queensland. We can explore the, now safe, site of these blasts.
Days 5 & 6: Explore the Montebello Islands
Two days is just enough time to give us a great taste of the Monties. From the mangroves to the Ornate crayfish and perfect little sandy bays. These islands were significant for pearling from the end of the 19th century until recent years when the farms were disassembled. Be it fishing, snorkelling, diving or just strolling the perfect isolated beaches – the Monties are our playground for the next two days. We’ll be looking forward to tasting today’s fresh catch. Perhaps after sharing a drink or two under the stars on the upper deck.
Day 7: Mackerel Islands
Cruise the Mackerel Islands with the security of Serrurier Island for the night. We depart our playground today to cruise through the Mackerel Islands. Feel free to drag a lure for a big mackerel as we continue our cruise through the industrial islands of the Pilbara.
Day 8: Serrurier Island to Exmouth
Discover Serrurier Island then cruise to Exmouth. An early mornings beach walk and swim on Serrurier or a fishing expedition for today target species the Estuarine Cod – the choice is yours. Serrurier offers some great beach combing and swimming. Departing our little island paradise, the fishermen will be keen to drag a lure while we head further south. Good chance of a charging Spanish mackerel for the patient. Today we to steam down into the Exmouth Gulf. This afternoon we disembark in Exmouth. We will arrange transfers to your hotel.