Day 1 — Broome, Western Australia
Embark Silver Discoverer for this stunning Silversea Expedition — Kimberley Coast Exploration. Before departure you will take part in a mandatory safety drill. This afternoon, meet your Expedition Team and attend a Zodiac briefing. Tonight we invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers, and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.
Days 2-6 — Kimberley, Western Australia
The Kimberley is famous for having one of the largest tidal ranges in the world. A flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of this natural phenomenon. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course depending on tide, weather and sea conditions. Here are some of the places we may visit during our time in this wondrous region:
-Yampi Sound, Kimberley, Western Australia
Today we can experience a difference of almost 9 meters between high and low tide. A morning Zodiac cruise along the coastline of Yampi will show rock layers wildly twisted and contorted into great folds. The area is rich in minerals and open-pit mines have operated for several decades. During the Zodiac cruise we might see the flooded mine on Koolan Island, but we will also be on the lookout for White-bellied Sea Eagles, Brahminy Kites, Ospreys, Common Sandpipers and Eastern Reef Egrets. The area is rich in fish life, which in turn is an attraction for bottlenose dolphins that come to feed here in the early mornings
To cool off after the exploration we will head for Crocodile Creek, a hidden oasis tucked at the far end of a narrow bay lined with colourful orange cliffs of sandstone and mangrove trees. Despite the name there are supposed to be no crocodiles in the creek and a nice waterfall and natural pool invite to relax - although depending on tides you might have to climb a ladder for a few meters to get to the pool from the Zodiacs..
-Montgomery Reef, Kimberley, Western Australia
At Montgomery Reef, which is over 154 square miles in size, we can observe the amazing tidal changes that take place here. Timing of the tides is everything: low tide reveals up to 13 feet of reef exposing a river that allows access to this amazing semi-submerged world. As the tide continues to ebb, we use our Zodiacs to make our way to the edge of the reef where we are surrounded by cascading waterfalls up to 10 feet high, and continue up the river as we look at the abundance of reef birds and sea creatures including turtles and manta rays. A visit to Montgomery Reef is very tide-depending but truly a once in a lifetime experience.
-Raft Point, Kimberley, Western Australia
Raft Point is home to indigenous Wandjina paintings. We will Zodiac ashore and set out towards the top of Raft Point. Our hike takes us through abundant Kimberley flora, including the iconic boab tree. Upon reaching the top of Raft Point, enjoy the spectacular views of the bay in the shade of the overhanging cliff which is home to the Wandjina Spirit and many other Dreamtime stories and images representing daily aboriginal life. Take a seat or lie on your back and take in the Wandjina Spirit and listen to the Dreamtime stories associated with this extremely important Aboriginal spirit.
-Hunter River, Kimberley, Western Australia
The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system. Be sure to look for the image of the Indian Head in the soaring red sandstone cliffs as we set out in Zodiacs to explore the narrow mangrove channels, watching for numerous bird species and keeping an eye out for the saltwater crocodile, the most aggressive crocodile known to man.
For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior, an optional helicopter flightseeing excursion is offered to see the famous Mitchell Falls where four tiers of waterfalls plunge into deep pools that flow out into the Mitchell River.
-Vansittart Bay, Kimberley, Western Australia
Early in the morning, Silver Discoverer will arrive in Vansittart Bay, near Jar Island. There we will land on a beach and will have the opportunity to view Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) and Wandjina styles of rock art. Two different rock art sites are in close proximity to each other. During midday, the Silver Discoverer will be repositioned to Anjo Peninsula. After lunch we will start the second landing of the day. The site to be visited offers more recent history. After a beach landing and a short hike across a lagoon -or depending on tides- a walk around the lagoon, we will arrive at a World War II site and can see an almost intact wreck of an old airplane, a C-53.
-King George River & Falls, Kimberley, Western Australia
The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 260 feet, the twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. We will start at the mouth of the river and ride Zodiacs up this waterway, weaving through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations and looking for wildlife — carnivorous saltwater crocodiles as well as the amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite. Arriving at the falls, we can cruise quite close to the base to contemplate the immensity of this spectacle — the force of the waterfall depends on seasonal rain.
Day 7 — Wyndham (Bungle Bungle), Kimberley, Western Australia
Wyndham is our gateway to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range in Purnululu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more than 350 million years, nature has shaped geological formations of giant orange and black striped domes rising out of the ground, unlike any other landscape ever seen. Today take part in an inclusive overflight for an aerial view of these glorious panoramas, as well as seeing the majestic man-made Lake Argyle and Argyle Diamond Mine area from the air.
Alternatively you can take a river cruise on the Ord River, looking for freshwater crocodiles, fruit-bats, short-eared rock wallabies and a variety of birds, including Mangrove Herons and Mangrove Gerygones.
Day 8 — At Sea, Cruising the Arafura Sea
A leisurely day at sea permits you to take advantage of the amenities aboard Silver Discoverer. Perhaps attend a lecture to recap the fascinating Dreamtime mythology of the Aborigines, or relax in the comfort of your suite to watch a movie on the in-suite interactive television.
Day 9 — Saumlaki, Indonesia
Silver Discoverer will be close to Saumlaki, Yamdena Island, to clear into Indonesia and we will either go ashore in the town of Saumlaki or head slightly further south to enjoy an island, its beaches and its reef to have water activities offered.
Day 10 — At Sea, Cruising the Arafura Sea
This last leisurely day at sea will give you a chance to exchange emails with fellow travelers and to attend final lectures about the natural history, wildlife and human history of the area. Our onboard Videographer/Photographer will also present the Voyage-DVD, letting you re-live the many moments of outstanding nature experiences had during this voyage “Kimberley Coast Exploration.”
Day 11 — Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.
Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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