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Expedition Dampier Archipelago

Rust coloured rocks contrasting with pale Spinifex grass, white beaches and aquamarine seas create a scenic kaleidoscope in the Dampier Archipelago. Forty-two islands lie around the similarly coloured Burrup Peninsula. The archipelago is named after William Dampier, the English pirate turned explorer, who was the first European visitor in 1699. But the occupation of the area is ancient. The archipelago and peninsula are known as Murujuga by the Aboriginal people. The area contains the greatest concentration of rock engravings in the world. View more

Clearly recognisable are animals and people, while mythical beings and geometric patterns require more interpretation. Engravings are in excellent condition and date back 20,000 years, a hard time span to comprehend. The Dampier Marine Park protects the archipelago’s coral reefs, sponge gardens and seagrass meadows. A five-metre tidal range adds rocky shores and sand flats to this list of habitats. A high biodiversity of corals and fish are matched by 1200 molluscs. Four turtle species live in these waters including Flatback and Hawksbill Turtles. Snorkelling here reveals a rich sample of this treasure trove of life. Flora and fauna on the arid rocky islands require good adaptations. Reptiles and the shy Rothschild’s Rock Wallaby escape the midday sun in rocky overhangs. Much of the birdlife, like Ospreys and Sea-eagles, rely on the sea for food. Look for their huge stick nests on seaside rocks. Some nests are decades old, an easier time span to grasp.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions depuis Expedition Dampier Archipelago

Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team

The archipelago is a haven of coral reefs, sponge gardens and more than 650 species of fish. Its home to green, hawksbill and flatback turtles that nest on its beaches. Dugongs, whales and dolphins have also been spotted in surrounding waters.The wildlife includes wader birds and wallabies.

Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team

Taking a walk with the people of the Pilbara that provide a colourful social history to the area. Be amazed by the captivating story behind Sam's Island that was originaly known as Tidepole Island.

Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team

Snorkel between the reefs, shoals, channels and straights that were once coastal plains. View the magnificent underlying rocks that are amongst the oldest in the world formed in the Archaean period more than 2400 million years ago. Enjoy the amazing scenery, diverse coral reefs, an array of marine animals plus spot the Humpback Whales on their journey up and down the Western Australian coastline to calve in the north's warmer waters.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.