Voyage 9407

Silver Discoverer: Broome to Benoa (Bali)

 

 

Day 1 - May 12, 2014 - Broome

Broome, which was once one of the great strongholds of the pearling industry, is now centred on mining and local tourism. Broome is a great starting point when making your way through the Kimberley region, particularly by ship along the coastline.
Situated close to Roebuck Bay and Cable Beach, Broome Wharf was where we met our home for the next 14 days. 


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Day 2 - May 13, 2014 - Yampi Sound, Kimberley, Australia

Along the Koolan canal we saw some Bottle-nose dolphins and as we approached it turned out they were very friendly and cooperative. We drove around as the pod (about 10 dolphins) delighted us as they went bow and wake riding. Great show! Some guests also had the opportunity to see Rock wallabies.


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Day 3 - May 14, 2014 - Talbot Bay

I took my place in the queue of other zodiacs, as we each took turns holding our zodiacs in place in the swirling white water. I had the zodiac engine at full throttle as I edged closer towards the falls, with great swirling whirlpools and surges of water buffeting us in every direction. At one stage, a great upwelling of water appeared in front of my zodiac, looking somewhat like colossal jello, and the Zodiac rose effortlessly up onto it.


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Day 4 - May 15, 2014 - Raft Point & Montgomery Reef

We were ready for the afternoon’s expedition activities. An armada of Zodiacs was strung off the stern of the vessel, almost champing at the bit to be released and set free into the wilderness. I was in command of the good ship “Discoverer”, named after the vessel Scott took down on his first expedition to Antarctica and his first assault on the South Pole. 


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Day 5 - May 16, 2014 - Naturalist Island and Hunter River

I was keenly anticipating the afternoon cruises up the Hunter River and Porosus Creek as it was likely to produce another wildlife show -and we were not disappointed. The first fleet of seven Zodiacs set off and soon stopped to see an Osprey flying around its nest. It then swooped down and caught a small fish and flew over towards its nest to feed its small chicks that were hiding inside.


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Day 6 - May 17, 2014 -  Swift Bay 

 

On arrival at our intended landing site, the mangroves lining the shore were alive with birdsong and activity. We walked along the overgrown walking track and over the sandstone boulders into the rock shelters to see representations of both the Wandjina and Bradshaw art styles.

 


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Day 7 - May 18, 2014 - Koolama Bay and King George Falls

Mick, our intrepid leader, tried to "rescue" the crocodile but it was not cooperative. Upon Mick grasping its tail, the ‘freshie’ turned and slashed his finger. Now Mick was going to be getting stitched up and would have a crocodile bite scar. I, along with other Expedition staff, was jealous. Every ‘bushie’ needs to have a crocodile scar to have credibility!


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Day 8 - May 19, 2014 - Wyndham

upon arrival into Kununurra we boarded the Peregrine, a river boat with a lot of horsepower – purpose-built for navigating the 55 kilometre stretch to the Ord River Dam Wall. Jeff, our guide, began the tour explaining how much water - up to 21 Sydney Harbours- was stored in the dam at any one time. This is when the dam is not at full capacity. It has the ability to store close to 80 Sydney Harbours or 10,763,000 mega litres. Lake Argyle, the largest artificial lake in the southern hemisphere, has a 1000 km² surface area. The lake was formed when the Ord River Dam was completed in 1971


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Day 9 - May 20, 2014 - Cruising the Timor Sea, en route to Indonesia

Facing a day at sea we took advantage of the opportunity to enhance our onboard educational program with a series of lectures. The first one was given by Malcolm Turner and entitled “CSI Kimberley”. This entertaining and interactive session could be described as a “Whodunit” lecture-quiz.

At 11 am, Expedition Leader Mick Fogg presented his “Footprints on a Forgotten Land”. Mick entertained our guests with a tumultuous tale of discovery, conquest, betrayal, bloodshed, mapping and mutiny on the northern Australian coastline.


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Day 10 - May 21, 2014 - Savu Island, Indonesia

There was some wonderful singing and dancing, including one by a group of very beautiful and graceful women which seemed to represent the winnowing and sorting of rice. Soon the dancers asked members of the audience to join in their very catchy and rhythmic dancing, which everyone enjoyed.


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Day 11 - May 22, 2014 - Komodo, Indonesia

Greeted by the park rangers and soon on the trail, sighting Rufus deer and exotic birds species in the canopy before coming face to face with real life Dragons! Cameras exhausted by the work being forced upon them, wonder in the face behind the machine. Large and impressive, and dappled by the light piercing it’s way through the forest canopy, the mysterious and irreverent beast revealed.


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Day 12 - May 23, 2014 - Sumba Island

But before we entered the village we had to be ritually challenged by a sword wielding elder as to our purpose. Once that was clear, a guest representing us received a welcome gift and we were escorted to a shady clearing.


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