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Save on new Torres Straight Island cruises: Book by June 30, 2018 – 17/05/18

Australians can explore a forgotten part of Australia with a 10 per cent discount on all 2019 Torres Strait Islands cruises offered by boutique cruise operator Ahoy Buccaneers.

The five expeditions will journey to the less-travelled southern, islands of the Torres Strait archipelago as well as Cape York – the most northern tip of Australia. Ahoy Buccaneers is offering a 10 per cent saving on its six-night Torres Strait Islands cruises departing on February 25 and March 4,11,18 and 25 in 2019, if booked by June 30, 2018.

Scattered across a 150km stretch of ocean between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait archipelago is home to a vibrant blend of Melanesian and Indigenous Australian cultures surrounded by stunning blue waters as well as dugongs, dolphins, giant marlin and sea turtles. The Torres Strait reefs provide plenty of opportunities for fishing, snorkelling, fishing and just marvelling at the beauty of nature.

The low-cost cruise operator’s 19-guest motor yacht, ‘Oceanic’ will take passengers on a round-trip cruise from Horn Island to unique and culturally rich islands where a local guide will each day showcase the diverse history of the Torres Strait Islands. Guests will be immersed in indigenous cultures, tales of head-hunters and the history of Possession Island, the place where Captain Cook claimed Australia for England in 1770. Travellers can also visit the remains of the World War II airbase on Horn Island or get the chance to enjoy a beer at Australia’s most northerly pub – the Torres Hotel on Thursday Island.

Oceanic offers double bed and bunk cabins as well as the unique experience of sleeping under the stars in deluxe swags on deck. The 24m rigged vessel also boasts indoor and outdoor dining areas, two lounges and a deck spa. Fresh and healthy cuisine is prepared by an onboard cook who regularly sources much of the menu from what is caught from the sea each day.

The six-night cruises begin and end on Horn Island with guests able to fly there with Qantas on daily flights from Cairns.

Including the 10 percent discount for bookings made by June 30, 2018, the 2019 Torres Strait island cruises are available from $2520 per person (including for solos) in a swag on the deck and from $3150 per person in a cabin, twin-share. Fares include meals, shore excursions and transfers during the cruise. Flights to Horn Island are additional.

For further details visit ahoybuccaneers.com.au/torres-strait-island or call +61 8 9193 7650


Earlybird offer on 2019 Torres Strait Island cruises – 12/03/18

High interest in its new Torres Strait Islands cruises has prompted expedition cruise operator, Ahoy Buccaneers, to offer another five sailings to the remote and rarely visited islands in 2019, with a 10 per cent saving available for bookings made on new cruises by April 30, 2018.

The Torres Strait Island cruises are Ahoy Buccaneers’ first foray outside its base in the Kimberly region, with the first five cruises departing in October and November this year.

The five new sailings will explore the southern, emerald islands of the Torres Strait archipelago as well as Cape York – the most northern tip of Australia – from February 25 and also March 4,11,18 and 25 in 2019.

Scattered across a 150km stretch of ocean between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait archipelago is home to stunning, blue waters as well as dugongs, dolphins, giant marlin and sea turtles. The Torres Strait reefs provide plenty of opportunities for fishing, snorkelling, fishing and just marvelling at the beauty of nature.

The low-cost cruise operator’s 19-guest motor yacht, ‘Oceanic’ will take passengers on a round-trip cruise from Horn Island to unique and culturally rich islands where, included in the cost of the cruise, a local guide will each day showcase the diverse history of the Torres Strait Islands. Guests will learn about early indigenous cultures, tales of headhunters and the place – Possession Island, near Cape York, where Captain Cook claimed Australia for England in 1770.

Travellers can also visit the remains of the World War II airbase on Horn Island, which was bombed eight times during the conflict. There will also be the chance to enjoy a beer at Australia’s most northerly pub – the Torres Hotel on Thursday Island. Friday and Wednesday islands are also visited and thee is the chance for guests to try their hand at cray fishing in Torres Strait during the adventure.

The six-night cruises begin and end on Horn Island with guests able to fly there with Qantas on daily flights from Cairns.

Oceanic offers double bed and bunk cabins as well as the unique experience of sleeping under the stars in deluxe swags on deck. The 24m rigged vessel also boasts indoor and outdoor dining areas, two lounges and a deck spa. Fresh and healthy cuisine is prepared by an onboard cook who regularly sources much of the menu from what is caught from the sea each day.

Including the 10 percent discount for bookings made by April 30, 2018, the 2019 Torres Strait island cruises are available from $2520 per person (including for solos) in a swag on the deck and from $3150 per person in a cabin, twin-share. Fares include meals, shore excursions and transfers during the cruise. Flights to Horn Island are additional.

For further details visit ahoybuccaneers.com.au/torres-strait-island or call +61 8 9193 7650


Don’t miss the excitement of the Kimberley in the wet season  with last-minute, 20 per cent saving offer this February and March – 08/01/18

Save up to $2640 per couple on a 13-day cruise showcasing the best of the wild Kimberley coast at its most exciting time during the wet season as part of a last-minute offer by cruise operator, Ahoy Buccaneers.

Ahoy Buccaneers’ first two cruises for 2018 along the Kimberley coast set sail in February and March, with a last-minute, 20 per cent discount on both cruises. Thundering waterfalls and vast, empty coastal waters will greet passengers aboard the low-cost cruise operator’s 19-guest motor yacht, ‘Oceanic’, as it meanders along the spectacular Kimberly coastline.

The ‘Oceanic’ will take guests on a spectacular, 13-day wet season cruise from Broome to Wyndham on February 26, 2018, and another from Wyndham back to Broome on March 12, 2018.

Every year, the monsoonal wet of the far north transforms the famous Kimberley coast waterfalls like King George Falls, Kings Cascades and Casuarina Falls into spectacular, thundering jets of water, enabling adventure-seekers to see and feel nature at its raw and powerful best.

Ahoy Buccaneer’s wet season expeditions through the wild and remote islands of the Buccaneer and Bonaparte archipelagos also enable guests to experience the dramatic excitement of tropical storms, beautiful sunsets, lightning shows and lush scenery.

The wet season is also devoid of larger cruise ships, leaving Ahoy Buccaneer’s privileged passengers to enjoy the region’s serenity alone.

Ahoy Buccaneers offers travellers one of the most affordable ways to see the wild and unspoilt Kimberley. The 13-day Broome to Wyndham cruises offer guests a comprehensive and in-depth exploration of the 2000 islands, stunning waterfalls and lively marine parks that comprise the Kimberly coastline. Because of its small size, Oceanic is able to anchor close to the shore, with daily excursions that include fishing, swimming in fresh waterholes, beach combing, exploring aboriginal art, beach camp fires and hiking in some of the remotest parts of the Kimberley.

Oceanic offers double bed and bunk cabins as well as the opportunity for passengers to sleep under the stars in deluxe swags in a mix of boat and beach locations each night. The 24m rigged vessel also boasts indoor and outdoor dining areas, two lounges and a deck spa.  Fresh and healthy cuisine is prepared by an onboard cook who regularly sources much of the menu from what is caught from the sea each day. The atmosphere onboard Oceanic is barefoot casual and friendly, with guests encouraged to help fish or operate the Oceanic.

Including the 20 per cent discount, each of the 13-day cruises between Broome and Wyndham on February 26 and March 12 is available from $4000 per person (including for solos) in a swag – a saving of $1000, Cabin accommodation is available from $5280 per person, twin-share, or if sharing with another solo passenger  – a saving of $1320 per person. Fares include meals, shore excursions and transfers. The saving is available until sold out.

For further details visit ahoybuccaneers.com.au/torres-strait-island or call +61 8 9193 7650


Torres Strait Islands Cruise

Earlybird Offer – Receive two nights’ free accommodation on new Torres Strait Islands cruises! – 18/11/18

October – November, 2018

Kimberly coast cruise operator, Ahoy Buccaneers, has announced it will expand in 2018 with its first cruises outside the Kimberley region. In addition to its low-cost Kimberley adventures off the north-west coast of Australia, Ahoy Buccaneers will debut a new, six-night cruise through the remote and rarely visited Torres Strait Islands off the top of Cape York in October and November, 2018.

To mark the launch of its new six-night Torres Strait cruise, Ahoy Buccaneers is offering a free night’s accommodation before and after the cruise, at four-star hotels on Horn Island, for people who book before December 22, 2017.

The 274 islands of the Torres Strait archipelago are scattered across a 150km stretch of ocean between Cape York and Papua New Guinea and are home to stunning, blue waters and an abundance of marine life perfect for snorkelling and fishing. Ahoy’s cruise will centre on the sheltered, southern islands of the group closest to the Australian continent.

Torres Strait Islands Cruise - Ahoy Buccaneers

The low-cost cruise operator’s 19-guest motor yacht, ‘Oceanic’ will take passengers on a round-trip cruise from Horn Island to unique and culturally rich islands where, included in the cost of the cruise, a local guide will each day showcase the diverse history of the Torres Strait Islands, from the early indigenous cultures and tales of headhunters to World War II sites.

Discover what remains of the World War II airbase on Horn Island after eight bombing raids by the Japanese, be immersed in the indigenous culture on Prince of Wales Island and have a beer at Australia’s most northerly pub – the Torres Hotel on Thursday Island.

The cruise will take guests to secret corners of the islands from well-known Thursday Island – home to 3500 people – to its little-known sibling, Friday Island, home to one family and a pearl cultivation farm with a population of 10. For people seeking to stand on the most northern point of Australia at the tip of Cape York, an optional helicopter ride over Cape York and surrounding islands is available.

Ahoy Buccaneers will run five Torres Strait Island cruises in 2018 with the first beginning on October 29, 2018. The six-night cruises begin and end on Horn Island with guests able to fly there on daily flights from Cairns offered by Qantas.

Oceanic offers double bed and bunk cabins as well as the opportunity for passengers to sleep under the stars in deluxe swags on deck. The 24m rigged vessel also boasts indoor and outdoor dining areas, two lounges and a deck spa. Fresh and healthy cuisine is prepared by an onboard cook who regularly sources much of the menu from what is caught from the sea each day.

Each of the six-night cruises of the Torres Strait Islands are available from $2800 per person (including for solos) in a swag on the deck and from $3500 per person in a cabin, twin-share, or if sharing with another solo passenger. Fares include meals, shore excursions and transfers during the cruise. Earlybird bookings made by December 22, 2017, will receive a free night’s accommodation before and after the cruise, at four-star hotels on Horn Island. Call Ahoy Buccaneers on 08 9193 7650 or visit www.ahoybuccaneers.com.au

For further details visit ahoybuccaneers.com.au/torres-strait-island or call +61 8 9193 7650


See the Kimberley in its element in the wet season and receive two nights’ free accommodation –  29/09/17

February – March, 2018

Thundering waterfalls and vast, empty coastal waters will greet passengers on Ahoy Buccaneers’ first two cruises for 2018 along the Kimberley coast in February and March, with bookings made by October 31, 2017, receiving a complimentary night’s accommodation before and after the cruise.

The low-cost cruise operator’s 19-guest motor yacht, ‘Oceanic’, will offer a special 13-day wet season cruise from Broome to Wyndham on February 26, 2018, and another from Wyndham back to Broome on March 12, 2018.

Every year, the monsoonal wet of the far north transforms the famous Kimberley coast waterfalls like King George Falls, Kings Cascades and Casuarina Falls into spectacular, thundering jets of water, enabling adventure-seekers to see and feel nature at its raw and powerful best.

Ahoy Buccaneer’s wet season expeditions through the wild and remote islands of the Buccaneer and Bonaparte archipelagos also enable guests to experience the dramatic excitement of tropical storms, beautiful sunsets and lightning shows and lush scenery.

The wet season is also devoid of larger cruise ships, leaving Ahoy Buccaneer’s privileged passengers to enjoy the region’s serenity alone.

Ahoy Buccaneers offers travellers one of the most affordable ways to see the wild and unspoilt Kimberley. The 13-day Broome to Wyndham cruises offer guests a comprehensive and in-depth exploration of the 2000 islands, stunning waterfalls and lively marine parks that comprise the Kimberly coastline. Because of its small size, Oceanic is able to anchor close to the shore, with daily excursions that include fishing, swimming in fresh waterholes, beach combing, exploring aboriginal art, beach camp fires and hiking in some of the remotest parts of the Kimberley.

Oceanic offers double bed and bunk cabins as well as the opportunity for passengers to sleep under the stars in deluxe swags in a mix of boat and beach locations each night. The 24m rigged vessel also boasts indoor and outdoor dining areas, two lounges and a deck spa. Fresh and healthy cuisine is prepared by an onboard cook who regularly sources much of the menu from what is caught from the sea each day. The atmosphere onboard Oceanic is barefoot casual and friendly, with guests encouraged to help fish or sail the Oceanic.

Each of the 13-day cruises between Broome and Wyndham next February and March is available from $5000 per person (including for solos) in a swag and from $6600 per person in a cabin, twin-share, or if sharing with another solo passenger. Fares include meals, shore excursions and transfers.

Bookings made by October 31, 2017, will receive one free night’s accommodation before and after the cruise at four-star hotels in Broome and also Kununurra near Wyndham. Call Ahoy Buccaneers on 08 9193 7650 or email us


Save up to $1320 per couple on Kimberly cruise this October – Book by September 24, 2017 – 29/08/17

Ahoy Buccaneers, which specialises in low-cost Kimberly cruises, is offering a last-minute, 20 per cent discount on three Kimberley cruises this October, with savings of up to $1320 per couple available for bookings made by September 24, 2017.

The three cruises are seven-day, round-trip sailings from Broome through the Buccaneer Archipelago in the wild and remote Kimberly region of Western Australia. Departures aboard Ahoy Buccaneer’s 25-guest motor yacht, Oceanic, are available on October 2, 9 and 30, 2017.

Offering an alternative to traditional cruises, Ahoy Buccaneers takes guests into areas inaccessible to large ships as they explore the rugged cliffs, remote coves, secluded beaches, spectacular waterfalls and pristine waters of the coast.

The itinerary includes Montgomery Reef, Ruby Falls, Steep Island, Silica Beach and the rushing tides of Horizontal Falls – described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest wonders of the natural world”.

In contrast to large, luxury ships, Oceanic offers nature lovers and adventure seekers a ‘barefoot casual’ experience with an intimate and relaxed atmosphere onboard and the opportunity for guests to help fish for dinner or sail the boat with the captain.  Because of its small size, Oceanic is able to anchor much closer to the shore than other vessels, with daily excursions that include fishing, swimming in fresh waterholes, beach combing, exploring aboriginal art, beach camp fires and hiking in some of the remotest parts of the Kimberley.

Including the 20 per cent discount for new bookings made by September 24, the three seven-day cruises on October 2, 9 and 30, 2017, are available from:

  • $1600 per person (including for solos) in a deluxe beach swag  – a saving of $400 per person
  • $2000 per person, twin-share, in a double or twin-bed cabin  – a saving of $500 per person
  • $2640 per person, twin-share, in a double cabin with ensuite – a saving of $660 per person

Solo travellers can escape the single supplement by sleeping on the beach under the stars in a deluxe swag or sharing a twin bed cabin with another same-gender solo passenger.

Fares include meals during the cruise and daily excursions as well as local transfers.

Book before September 24 by calling Ahoy Buccaneers on 08 9193 7650

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Quotes from Shelley Gould – co-owner of Ahoy Buccaneers, which offers low-cost motor yacht cruises along the Kimberley coast – 28/08/17

“Growing parallel to the growth of big ship cruising is the growing popularity of small-ship voyages, especially along the Australian coast. We’re finding that as more Australians become seasoned cruisers, many – particularly nature lovers – are seeking more intimate, unique and authentic ways to explore our beautiful coastline by ship.  Small ship operators are adding more sailings to keep up with demand as we have done at Ahoy Buccaneers on the Kimberley coast between Broome to Prince Regent on the Buccaneer and Bonaparte 13 day Cruise.

“On a big cruise liner, passengers immerse themselves in the attractions of the ship but on a smaller vessel, passengers become guests – even friends – and they immerse themselves in the scenery – largely because smaller boats can closer to the coastline than lager boats. For instance, on our Kimberley cruises, our 26-guest motor yacht can get right into the channel of the magnificent Montgomery Reef and right into the heart of rugged and remote Silvergull Cove – places larger vessels can’t get close to. In wild and pristine places, it’s very special to experience the raw magic with just a handful of fellow cruise guests instead of hundreds or thousands of passengers on a large liner. For instance, on some nights, we set up a campfire dinner for guests on a deserted beach along the Kimberley cruise. Exclusive experiences like this are unforgettable.

“Aboard small ships, the crew become your friends – they know you by name and remember your favourite drinks and preferences – and it‘s easier to make friends with other guests. With less regimentation and no queuing or crowding, there’s also a more relaxed ambience aboard a smaller vessel. Guests start to feel like it’s their boat – they have a sense of ownership and pride in their floating home. At Ahoy Buccaneers, our vessel is small enough to offer spontaneity. Our itinerary is flexible – we go where the best weather and wildlife are  – and we invite guests to help us fish and sail the vessel – this sense of barefoot freedom and soft adventure is only possible on a smaller vessel where the experiences are more real and personal. As Australian cruisers become more discerning, more cruise operators will offer this style of bespoke cruising.”