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BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO REGION
BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO REGION

Set off the coast of Western Australia, the Buccaneer Archipelago is one of the Kimberley’s finest secrets. The Archipelago, 50 k2 (19 sq mi), is made up of around 800 islands and protect the mainland from the huge 12 metre tides and astonishing speed of the Yampi (or, in traditional Aborigine, “Yampee”) Sound. The speed and power of the water many not make for pleasant bathing, but do however result in fantastic natural phenomena. One fine example is the horizontal reversible waterfall in Talbot Bay. View more

The tidal pull is responsible for the “reversible” nature of the falls, however, this also hides narrow gaps between the islands, making for treacherous sailing conditions. Isolated graves of sailors and divers are testimony to the danger. William Dampier sighted the Archipelago in 1688 but it would not be until 1821 that the Archipelago would become known as Buccaneer (a term coined by Captain Phillip Parker King) "in commemoration of William Dampier’s visit to this part of the coast ". Commander John Lort Stokes also noted the area in his 1838 record. Enterprising individuals were initially attracted to the Buccaneer Archipelago in the 1800s due to the superior pearling as well as the rich iron ore deposits. Pearling conducted by luggers in the 1880s was concentrated in Cygnet Bay, Cascade Bay, Cone Bay and Strickland Bay. More recently, mining operators established open-cut mines on Koolan Island on the east side of the Sound. Some of the richest iron ore in the world is extracted here to this day.

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Excursions depuis BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO REGION

Horizontal Falls Fast Boat Ride

The Buccaneer Archipelago has of over 800 islands and was created millions of years ago by erosion-causing tidal changes. The region's tides present amazing spectacles that can create seemingly horizontal waterfalls at Talbot Bay. Watch reefs and islands come out of the ocean, only to have them disappear before your eyes again.


The Horizontal Falls is a natural phenomenon where you can experience this incredible tidal power firsthand. Board a 900-horsepower fast boat (the fastest boat in the Kimberley region) and let the highly experienced skippers take you for an exhilarating ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls. Reasonable mobility and fitness are required as the ride will be rapid and bumpy at times.

Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team

Today we have the opportunity to see an icon of the Kimberley: the Horizontal Waterfalls. We will take our Zodiacs and enjoy a scenic cruise along the bays at the back of Talbot and through Cyclone Creek. We will approach the entrance of the Horizontal Waterfalls, an unusual natural phenomenon where tidal flows cause waterfalls on the ebb and flow of each tide. As we enjoy this incredible view, we will also have the chance to see the majestic geology of the place while looking out for local wildlife such as Saltwater crocodile, Green turtle, Tawny Nurse Shark, Brahminy Kite, Osprey and White-bellied Sea Eagle.

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