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Bonaparte & Buccaneer Archipelago Cruise (13 Days)

12 nights and 13 days: Broome – Buccaneer Archipelago – Bonaparte Archipelago – Broome

July, August, September and October

Guests will cruise and visit  the destinations of the Buccaneer Archipelago as well as the Bonaparte Archipelago. If you want an ex-Broome cruise and return to Broome cruise then the 13 day cruise from Dampier Peninsula to the Prince Regent and return, might better suit with more day excursions and exploration than the other cruises. The exception to this is when we have re-fueling requirements in Broome, so your cruise may depart from Broome or return to Broome. This cruise of the Buccaneer and the Bonaparte Archipelago is favorite of many guests, who want a more leisurely exploring pace and a longer cruise.

After cruising the Buccaneer Archipelago (refer to Buccaneer cruises page for potential destinations) we cruise the Bonaparte Archipelago. Destinations in the Bonaparte Archipelago are Camden Sounds, which boasts the largest population of hump back whales in the world, some 22,000 as well as spectacular wildlife such as dugongs, sea turtles and dolphins. Sheep Island is also at Camden Sounds with 19th century ruins of the settlement still in place that lasted less than two years. This settlement endured harsh conditions, the graves of these early pioneers are a testament of the remoteness . We visit the pristine sands of Hanover Beach slightly further north. It is here, in 1838, where Lt. George Grey unloaded his Timor ponies and began the first land based expedition of North West Australia, in search of the great inland sea. The journey soon ended when he was speared by Aborigines. Despite this, Lt Grey reported back positively describing the area as ‘lush and fertile’ and hence was the catalyst for the settlement at Sheep Island. Standing tall on our arrival will be Mt. Trafalgar & Mt. Wellington, named by Philip Parker King in 1820.We enter Prince Regent River and see the mighty Kings Cascades Waterfalls and when time permits we go as far as Bigge Island and Hunter River.

Guests will be mesmerised by the spectacle of fresh water cascading over the ancient terraced rock formations the mighty Kings Cascades Waterfalls. Guests can also take a walk and make the climb above the falls for a dip in the natural swimming pool, surrounded by lush ferns and the sounds of nature – Prince Regent River provides a haven for more than half of the Kimberley’s native mammal and bird species.

When time permits we go as far as Bigge Island and Hunter River. Bigge Island has a sheltered bay called Wary Bay and it is famous for rock art and are located in “mini gorges” in the rock cliffs at the south-western end of the beach. Below Bigge Island is rainforest Ravine. There is the sensational bloom of lavender flowers amongst the sandstone boulders and the dense cover of herringbone ferns.

Further upstream the scenery just gets bigger with clear pools of water flowing gently over the rocks and leading to deeper and deeper pools. This just has to be the most beautiful area of untouched rainforest on the Kimberley coast. The entrance to the Hunter River through Prince Frederick Harbour is awe-inspiring to say the least. The Hunter Falls are some 80 to 100m high and have a large deep pool at the base. Donkin Falls is about the same height and also has a deep pool at the base.

Bonaparte & Buccaneer Cruise Pricing (13 days)

 Room TypePrice/person
2016Double Cabin Ensuite*$5,000
Double Cabin*$4,400
Twin Share Cabin$4,400
Swag Under The Stars$3,600
2017Double Cabin Ensuite*$5,500
Double Cabin*$4,400
Twin Share Cabin$4,400
Swag Under The Stars$3,600
2018Double Cabin Ensuite*$6,000
Double Cabin*$5,000
Twin Share Cabin$5,000
Swag Under The Stars$4,000

*Optional third person at 50% of normal rate

*A 50% deposit will secure your booking, balance payable 60 days prior to your cruise date

All prices per person and include GST. Families welcome, all ages welcome. We suggest you call us to help plan your family holiday.

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