ROWLEY SHOALS SAILING EXPEDITION
Disembarkation day – Broome
Meet and greet at the port by our local representative, and group transfer from the port to the town centre or the airport.
For guests who have an afternoon flight or hotel check-in, enjoy time at leisure in the town centre before your group transfer from the Broome Visitor Center to the airport or your hotel.
Transfers to wharf/wharf to airport
For your serenity, PONANT organises your transfer to the wharf for embarkation and between the port and the airport after disembarkation. This package is included in your cruise fare.
Flight to Broome from your home city
Onward flight from Broome
- Discover the pinnacle Kimberley sailing experience, with fully flexible itineraries and no predetermined destinations.
- Sail to the Rowley Shoals, home to pristine coral lagoons and an abundance of marine life.
- Swim and snorkel in the clear tropical waters of the Rowley Shoals.
- Discover the pristine beaches and remarkable scenery of the Buccaneer archipelago.
- Gain an insight into the ancient culture and heritage of Australia’s First Nations Peoples.
- Watch in awe as the tidal waters flow off Montgomery reef.
- Witness the unique tidal phenomenon of the Horizontal Falls in Talbot Bay.
- Search for iconic bird species such as White-bellied Sea Eagles, Brahminy kites and Ospreys.
- Visit The Lacepede Islands an Important Bird Area and home to Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles.
- Gain an insight into the geology, history, culture, flora and fauna of this fascinating region from your expert expedition team.
9 SEPTEMBER 2023 11 SEPTEMBER 2023 – ROWLEY SHOALS
Arrival 9/9/2023 Departure 11/9/2023
Regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular diving and snorkelling locations, the Rowley Shoals lie 260 kilometres west of Broome in the Timor Sea. The three coral atolls of Mermaid, Clerke and Imperieuse reefs rise, near vertical, from the surrounding crystal-clear waters on the edge of the continental shelf. The shallow lagoons inhabited by a diverse array of corals and abundant marine life are ideal for exploration by snorkellers and divers. To take full advantage of the location, your ship will spend one and a half days at the Rowley Shoals, allowing you to swim and snorkel from zodiac.
12 SEPTEMBER 2023 15 SEPTEMBER 2023 – SOUTHERN KIMBERLEY COAST
Arrival 12/9/2023 Departure 15/9/2023
Whilst there is no standard itinerary, our sailing expedition will feature the iconic destinations of Montgomery Reef and the Horizontal Falls, described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Additional destinations that may be visited include The Lacepede Islands, Home to the world’s largest breeding colony of Brown Boobies and Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles. The iconic Cape Leveque, at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, best known for its pristine white sand beaches and golden red sandstone cliffs. The 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago provide an ideal sailing ground to explore. Scattered amongst the islands are secluded white sandy beaches including Silica Bay, historical pearling locations such as Strickland Bay and The Edeline Islands and the remarkable geological scenery of Whirlpool Pass and Nares Point. Further North Collier Bay showcases the massive tides that the region is renowned for at the Horizontal Falls and Montgomery Reef. Here the many outdoor rock art galleries including Wijingarra Bard Bard provide an insight into the remarkable history and culture of Australia’s First Nations People. To the East lies Doubtful Bay providing access to multiple river systems, including the Sale River and Red Cone Creek, lined with mangroves, creating the ideal environment to spot crocodiles and an abundance of birdlife. High above the saltwater influence freshwater waterholes provide the ideal locations for cooling off after a day of exploration.
16 SEPTEMBER 2023 – BROOME
Arrival 16/9/2023 early morning Disembarkation 16/9/2023 at 7:00 am
Located in the northwest of the Kimberley region and in the far north of Western Australia, the town of Broome is reputed for its history and its glorious pearling era. The fascinating Chinatown district, which is the historic city centre, and the famous Japanese Cemetery, dates back to 1896, and has a past marked by the immigration of numerous Chinese and Japanese workers, attracted by the prosperous pearl industry at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Broome is also famous for the “Staircase to the Moon“, an optical illusion created by the Moon reflecting on the sand banks at low tide, like a staircase climbing up towards the sky, a unique spectacle provided by nature…
Ports of Call/Excursions
8 SEPTEMBER 2023 – BROOME
Embarkation 8/9/2023 From 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Departure 8/9/2023 at 6:00 pm