Trip Information

Duration
10 Days
Departs
July and August 2021
Ship
Silver Explorer
From
£8,459 per person
Offer
Early Booking Bonus Book by 31st October and save 10%!

This Expedition Includes:

  • Premium dining & beverages
  • In-suite mini bar
  • Guided small-group excursions led by a highly trained Expedition Team
  • Onboard gratuities

Expedition Highlights:

  • Visit uninhabited Jaco Island, East Timor
  • Explore the magnificent Kimberley region including Montgomery Reef and Hunter River
  • Numerous opportunities for landings by Zodiac
  • Nature walks and hikes – discover Aboriginal rock art, hidden caves and more
  • Stand at the foot of King George Falls

 

Itinerary Summary

There is no better way of exploring Western Australia than on an expedition cruise. This ten day itinerary dedicates six days to exploring the fascinating Kimberley region and sails aboard one of best ships based in Australasia, Silver Discoverer.

Your expedition starts with an evening departure from Darwin where you will head northbound towards Jaco Island. Situated on just off the eastern end of East Timor, Jaco Island is an uninhabited landmass that boats beautiful sandy beaches and lush vegetation surrounding by crystal clear waters.

After leaving Jaco Island in the late afternoon, Silver Discoverer will make an overnight crossing back to the Australian mainland where your expedition of The Kimberley will begin. Your first stop in the region will be Wyndham. Based in the northernmost part of the region, Wyndham is the oldest town in Western Australia and has a population of just 900 people. The arid landscape here is broken up by a meeting of five river mouths and as such offers excellent fishing opportunities as well as the chance to spot a giant crocodile.

You will then continue through The Kimberley towards the magnificent King George River region; home to one of the world’s breathtaking waterfalls, King George Falls, which is a towering 80 metres high. Owing to the deep lagoons and sheer rock faces, the King George River region is home to a variety of wildlife species including saltwater crocodiles, lizards and a myriad of birds.

The next two days will be spent in the Hunter River Region. Surrounded by redstone sandstone cliffs, the Hunter River is most famous for it’s mangroves, which provide the perfect ecosystem for crocs, crabs and mudskippers. Should the conditions be favourable, you may be permitted to take a dip in one of the deep pools of water created by numerous falls – an ideal remedy for the intense tropical heat.

The last part of your expedition will be spent in the Buccaneer Archipelago. Comprised of approximately eight hundred small islands, the archipelago has a long-standing aboriginal history which is illustrated by cave drawings and artwork as well as the rafts they use to move between islands.

On the final day of your expedition cruise you will arrive in Broome, where you will disembark. While this marks the end of your formal itinerary, Broome is well worth exploring; especially Cable Beach, a 22 kilometre stretch of white sand and clear seas shadowed by an inspiring backdrop of red cliffs.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01 Darwin, Australia
  • Day 02 Day At Sea
  • Day 03 Jaco Island
  • Day 04 Day At Sea
  • Day 05 Wyndham, Australia
  • Day 06 King George River Region, Australia
  • Day 07-08 Hunter River Region, Australia
  • Day 09-10 Buccaneer Archipelago Region, Australia
  • Day 11 Broome, Australia

About Your Ship

Silver Explorer is a luxury expedition ship that is renowned for cruising the icy waters of the polar regions as well as offering itineraries in other destinations including Africa and Northern Europe. She has been in operation under various names since 1989 and was most recently known as Prince Albert II.

Silver Explorer is a 1A ice-rated vessel, which means she is perfectly equipped for navigating some of the world’s harshest nautical landscapes. Perhaps most famous for her Antarctica programme, which runs between late November and early February, Silver Explorer is the perfect ship for an up-scale expedition cruise experience and is claimed to be “The World’s Most Luxurious Expedition Ship”.

The ship is equipped with a fleet of 8 Zodiac boats and these are used to make dry/wet landings as well as make trips to smaller inlets that the ship cannot enter. The Zodiacs are used multiple times throughout the day and it is the crew’s intention that every guest should experience approximately two outings per day. Every trip on the Zodiacs and any time spent on land are done so accompanied by a highly trained Expedition Team.

Silver Explorer’s itineraries are accentuated by a programme of lectures, seminars and briefings which take place in The Theatre. Capable of hosting all 132 of the ship’s guests, it is here you will learn about the region you are exploring, with special focus being given to the area’s wildlife, history and geology.

The accommodation options onboard Silver Explorer are perhaps among the most luxurious you might encounter on an expedition ship. The accommodation grades range from spacious Adventurer Suites to the grand Owner’s Suite. All of the suites on Silver Explorer boast ocean-views, queen size beds, a separate sitting area and a bathroom with a whirlpool tub/shower.

Dining primarily takes place in the ship’s main restaurant and here you can enjoy a variety of regionally-influenced dishes prepared by using fresh local ingredients.  For a more informal option – and when the conditions permit – The Grill serves up light bites, tapas and cocktails and provides a stylish outdoor setting with glorious views of the passing landscapes.

Unlike smaller expedition vessels, there are no set meal times or assigned seating arrangements on Silver Explorer. This means that you can dine with whomever you wish – at a time that suits you.

The Panorama Lounge is the ship’s main hub during the evenings and provides the perfect environment for which to enjoy a nightcap with new friends. Accompanied by the relaxing sounds of the ship’s resident pianist, the Lounge boasts stunning ocean views and a calming, informal atmosphere.

Silver Explorer also features an internet cafe, a library, a shopping boutique, a fitness suite and a beauty salon.

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