Our 2019 Kimberley cruise season begins on Saturday May 18, 2019 and runs through to September 28, 2019. View our 2019 Kimberley cruise calendar for specific dates.
Our affordable Kimberley cruise is only $4,550 per person twin share!*
We’ll pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the airport where you’ll catch a scenic flight to Cygnet Bay. After your cruise you’ll fly back to Broome and we’ll drop you off at your accommodation.
The MV Melantre departs from Cygnet Bay, 220km north of Broome on the Dampier Peninsular.
* Please note: Price does not include airfares to Broome, accommodation in Broome, alcohol or travel insurances.
What you’ll see on your Kimberley cruise
Over the seven full days we sail up the Kimberley coast from Cygnet Bay, north of Broome along the Dampier Peninsular, you’ll have plenty of time to witness some of the sights the north west of WA is world renowned for.
You’ll see up-close a staggering array of wildlife on the daily excursions, ranging from estuarine crocodiles (the “salty”), sea turtles, dolphins and other marine life to the huge variety of colourful and unique birdlife.
We’ll show you the spectacle of Montgomery Reef, where twice a day as the tide ebbs, the reef is exposed and water flows off in mini-waterfalls.
Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to swim in clear freshwater waterholes (safe from the toothy inhabitants) as well as discovering rock art left behind by ancient custodians.
There’ll be time also for fishing the pristine Kimberley waters, both aboard the MV Melantre, as well as from select shore-based locations. A hook-up is almost guaranteed!
A visit to this area wouldn’t be complete without experiencing “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”, as described by Sir David Attenborough … the famous Horizontal Falls.
- Silica Beach
- Horizontal Falls
- Montgomery Reef
- Raft Point
- Sale River
- Whirlpool Passage
- Leadline Creek
Kimberley Cruise Itinerary
The following cruise itinerary is representative of what you can expect on our Kimberley cruise. We may however modify the itinerary to accommodate guest requests (where possible and reasonable), or if the Captain judges it is necessary due to weather conditions.
As the tide and weather can be such an influence in the Kimberley, our itinerary has to be flexible to maximise your cruise experience.
We do however endeavour to include the major Kimberley icons.
Your Kimberley adventure starts early with a pickup from your accommodation. You’ll then enjoy a scenic flight up to Cygnet Bay, after which a guided tour of the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm awaits. After which the Captain and Crew welcome you aboard MV Melantre!
Your cruise departs Cygnet Bay for an afternoon sailing across King Sound.
Day 2 to Day 6
Explore the region on board the MV Melantre. Itineraries are flexible and subject to change based on weather and tides. Add on a Horizontal Falls tour for $77 per person. Please visit the Kimberley Cruise Destinations and Highlights page to see some of the locations that can be included on the cruise.
Your cruise arrives back into Cygnet Bay. It’s then a fond farewell from the Captain, crew and your travelling companions as we transfer you to the awaiting flight back to Broome. We’ll then drop you back to your accommodation.
Your cruise price includes
We endeavour to provide an affordable and memorable Kimberley cruise experience to all our guests.
Each cruise includes the following:
- Pickup and drop off from your accommodation in Broome.
- Scenic flight from Broome to Cygnet Bay, and then back again after your cruise.
- 7 day cruise aboard the MV Melantre.
- Expert Captain and Crew on hand to provide for your comfort.
- An authentic and somewhat flexible itinerary where the Captain can respond to conditions or requests.
- Guided excursions to the shore (where conditions allow) at interesting or significant locations.
- All meals prepared fresh daily by our experienced cook.
- All non-alcoholic beverages including tea, coffee and water.
- Use of all onboard facilities including fishing gear and tender.
- Visitor pass/permit/fee for all guests accessing traditional lands (required as of 2019)
7 Day Kimberley Cruise Price
$4,550 per person twin share.
Alcoholic beverages you’d like to enjoy while on the cruise will need to be pre-purchased before the cruise so we can have it loaded aboard before departure. We have an order form here if you’d like us to arrange.
Enhance your cruise by adding an optional Horizontal Waterfalls tour for $77 per person (subject to availability).
- Travel Insurance … you WILL need this! We have options here.
- Flights to Broome, transfers and and accommodation before or after your cruise.
- Visas or travel permits.
- Phone and internet communications aboard the vessel whilst on the cruise.
The Traditional Owners of the Kimberley and their representatives are proposing the introduction of a Visitor Pass/permit/fee for all guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley Coast. If a Visitor Pass/permit/fee of this nature is introduced prior to the commencement of the cruise/expedition, then in that event the Visitor Pass fee will be added to the cost of the cruise.
Please read the following important information before booking your 7 day Kimberley Cruise.
Accommodation in Broome
We recommend you book accommodation in Broome for at least 1 night either side of your cruise dates. We’ll pick you up from your accommodation provider on the day of your cruise and drop you back after the cruise.
Accommodation Onboard MV Melantre
Your cruise price includes a berth in one of our twin-share cabins so you will be sharing with another guest (or spouse/partner/relative/friend) should the cruise be fully booked.
If we are not fully booked, you may have the option to request a cabin without another guest, however this is not necessarily guaranteed. We’ll do our best to accommodate you though … just ask at the time of booking.
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. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.
We recommend Travel Insurance by SureSave.
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Please note: SureSave Travel Insurance policies may only be purchased by Australian residents. For international travellers, please discuss your policy requirements with your local insurance provider.
Your Health & Safety
Your comfort, safety and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us. Travelling the Kimberley coast is generally quite safe during the times we run the cruises, however weather conditions can change without warning. You will be travelling aboard a ship so should you be highly susceptible to seasickness, our cruise may not be the best option for you.
We also make trips to shore aboard our small tender to participate in short hikes to experience waterholes and ancient indigenous art. As such we recommend you have a moderate level of fitness and that you are in good health, so that you and other guests can enjoy the full Kimberley experience.
The Kimberley is in a very remote part of Australia, far from medical aid, and as such the time it takes to get emergency services to our location can be quite long. We have the latest in safety gear aboard the vessel, our Captain and Crew are trained in emergency procedures and we carry first aid equipment and supplies, should the need arise.