Reef Prince

All cabins include an ensuite
Fully air-conditioned cabins
Beautifully prepared meals by our chef
Friendly, helpful staff
Alcoholic beverages at bar prices
Lounge area
24 hour cappuccino, tea, chai or hot chocolate
Bar fridges in our state class cabins

Reef Prince focuses on value for money for our guests. There is no better time than now to cruise the Kimberley. Come on board our 38 metre expedition vessel MV Reef Prince and find yourself cruising through towering gorges and tributaries, travelling ‘down river’ in our excursion tenders and enjoying waterfalls such as King Cascade…

Prices, Dates & Availability 2021

11 Day Kimberley Magic - Broome to Darwin

Date From Date To Itinerary From To Availability
19 March 29 March 11 Day Kimberley Magic Broome Darwin Available
12 April 22 April 11 Day Kimberley Magic Broome Darwin Few cabins left
07 May 17 May 11 Day Kimberley Magic Broome Darwin Few cabins left
31 May 10 June 11 Day Kimberley Magic Broome Darwin Few cabins left
24 June 04 July 11 Day Kimberley Magic Broome Darwin Few cabins left
18 July 28 July 11 Day Kimberley Magic Broome Darwin Few cabins left
11 August 21 August 11 Day Kimberley Magic Broome Darwin Available
05 September 15 September 11 Day Kimberley Magic Broome Darwin Available

11 Day Kimberley Magic - Darwin to Broome

Date From Date To Itinerary From To Availability
31 March 10 April 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Few cabins left
25 April 05 May 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Almost sold out
19 May 29 May 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Almost sold out
12 June 22 June 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Sold Out
06 July 16 July 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Few cabins left
30 July 09 August 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Sold Out
24 August 03 September 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Available
17 September 27 September 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Sold Out

7 Day Rowley Shoals - Broome to Broome

Date From Date To Itinerary From To Availability
29 September 05 October 7 Day Rowley Shoals Broome Broome Available
07 October 13 October 7 Day Rowley Shoals Broome Broome Few cabins left
15 October 21 October 7 Day Rowley Shoals Broome Broome Available
24 October 30 October 7 Day Rowley Shoals Broome Broome Available

8 Day WA Coastal Cruise - Broome to Exmouth

Date From Date To Itinerary From To Availability
03 November 10 November 8 Day WA Coastal Cruise Broome Exmouth Available

5 Day Abrolhos Islands

Date From Date To Itinerary From To Availability
25 February 01 March 5 Day Abrolhos Islands Geraldton Geraldton Available

13 Day WA Coastal Cruise - Geraldton to Broome

Date From Date To Itinerary From To Availability
03 March 15 March 13 Day WA Coastal Cruise Geraldton Broome Few cabins left

11 Day Kimberley Magic

Cabin (2021) Twin Share Per Person
Class 4 $11,400
Class 3 $11,985
Class 2 $12,600
Class 1 $13,190
State Class $14,185

5 Day Abrolhos Islands

Cabin (2021) Twin Share Per Person
All Classes $3,500

13 Day WA Coastal Cruise

Cabin (2021) Twin Share Per Person
All Classes $7,095

7 Day Rowley Shoals

Cabin (2021) Twin Share Per Person
All Classes $4,265

8 Day WA Coastal Cruise

Cabin (2021) Twin Share Per Person
All Classes $5,495

* All prices are per person & based on Twin share unless otherwise listed

Prices, Dates & Availability 2022

11 Day Kimberley Magic - Broome to Darwin

Date From Date To Itinerary From To Availability
01 April 11 April 11-day Kimberley Cruise Broome Darwin Available
25 April 5 May 11-day Kimberley Cruise Broome Darwin Available
20 May 30 May 11-day Kimberley Cruise Broome Darwin Available
14 June 24 June 11-day Kimberley Cruise Broome Darwin Available
11 July 21 July 11-day Kimberley Cruise Broome Darwin Available
04 August 14 August 11-day Kimberley Cruise Broome Darwin Available
29 August 8 September 11-day Kimberley Cruise Broome Darwin Available

11 Day Kimberley Magic - Darwin to Broome

Date From Date To Itinerary From To Availability
13 April 23 April 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Available
07 May 17 May 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Available
01 June 11 June 2022 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Available
27 June 07 July 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Available
23 July 02 August 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Available
16 August 26 August 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Available
10 September 20 September 11 Day Kimberley Magic Darwin Broome Available

7 Day Rowley Shoals - Broome to Broome

Date From Date To Itinerary From To Availability
24 September 30 September 7 Day Rowley Shoals Broome Broome Available
01 October 07 October 7 Day Rowley Shoals Broome Broome Available
10 October 16 October 7 Day Rowley Shoals Broome Broome Available
18 October 24 October 7 Day Rowley Shoals Broome Broome Available

8 Day WA Coastal Cruise - Broome to Exmouth

Date From Date To Itinerary From To Availability
27 October 03 November 8 Day WA Coastal Cruise Broome Exmouth Available

11 Day Kimberley Magic

Cabin (2022) Twin Share Per Person
Class 4 $11,900
Class 3 $12,485
Class 2 $13,100
Class 1 $13,690
State Class $14,685

7 Day Rowley Shoals

Cabin (2022) Twin Share Per Person
All Classes $4,765

8 Day WA Coastal Cruise

Cabin (2022) Twin Share Per Person
All Classes $5,995

* All prices are per person & based on Twin share unless otherwise listed

Itineraries

11 Day Kimberley Cruise – Broome to Darwin

Day 1

We Welcome You Aboard MV REEF PRINCE in Broome

Your Kimberley crusie from Broome begins today from the beautiful pearling town of Broome. We will arrange a charter bus to pick you today at around 9am and transport you to board the vessel from Gantheaume Beach. This is the first of many beach landing, tender rides you will encounter on your 11 day expedition. Our crew will welcome you aboard and after a safety briefing, an introduction and a light brunch we’ll depart Broome’s Gantheaume Bay and cruise up the Dampier Peninsula heading into the heart of the Kimberley overnight.

Day 2

Welcome to the Buccaneer Archipelago

Ashore for a morning walk on one of the many beautiful Kimberley islands. The squeaky clean white sands caress your feet while the morning bird call welcomes you ashore. Cruising through Yampi Peninsula we will witness the past effects of the iron ore mining operations on Koolan and Cockatoo Islands. We’ll visit a freshwater swimming hole to enjoy a safe swim. Tonight we’ll arrive in Talbot Bay, the region’s 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle. You’ll know you’re in Kimberley country now.

Day 3

Experience the awesome power of the Horizontal Waterfalls

This morning we can experience the awesome power of the Horizontal Falls. On a trip through the falls our attention will be taken by the incredible geology that abounds this area. Our cruise director will point out the changes that have occurred in this region over the last 2000 million years to form the water ways we now enjoy. The adventurous can cling on to the rails during an optional fast boat ride through the falls. The tour is included in your cruise package. We head off to see Montgomery Reef ‘rise’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join the excursion vessel for a reef cruise to study the marine life of Turtle Gully, described by many of our guests as the most memorable moment of their Kimberley experience. On the high tide we explore Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim in the water hole of Ruby Falls.

Day 4

Fascinating ancient Aboriginal art

After a healthy breakfast you will be taken ashore for a solid morning walk which reveals another spectacular Kimberley view. At the top of our trail we visit a hidden and very interesting Aboriginal Wandjina rock art gallery. We’ll then hop on the outgoing tide and cruise out of Collier Bay to Hall Point to try our luck at fishing or exploring the beaches.

Day 5

Breathtaking Prince Regent River to King Cascades

On the high tide we take our vessel many miles up the Prince Regent River to discover a picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. We can nose the bow of our expedition tender under the cascading falls to indulge in an unforgettable wash in the cool fresh water. This afternoon a steep climb up the banks of the river will reveal a perfect fresh water swimming hole fringed with blue gums and pandanus.

Day 6

Departing the Prince Regent and St George Basin.

Today we admire the work of an early European explorer P.P. King. King explored and chartered the Kimberley in 1820-22. His detailed and accurate charts form the basis of our modern electronic plotters, allowing us to safely cruise these waters. Unfortunately his early exploits didn’t come without problems as we’ll discover. Careening Bay was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship, ‘HMC Mermaid’, was careened during his first voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Our Itinerary crew will lead you to the site of a large boab tree bearing the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later. This afternoon we explore the famous Porosus Creek and its wildlife. This ecosystem is a favourite for bird watchers. We have a chance to spot a Great Billed Heron, or a Chestnut Rail. On the turn of the tide fishermen can try their luck for a giant thread fin salmon.

Day 7

Awake in Porosus Creek fringed by spectacular red cliffs.

Today we explore Bigge Island. This afternoon our crew will lead you to a stunning display of the distinctive and relatively modern Aboriginal rock art in beach caves. The paintings include examples of first contact with sailing ships and pipe-smoking European seafarers of the 19th century. Keep an eye out for small rock wallabies and large salt water crocodiles.The lack of feral predators makes the Kimberley islands an ideal habitat for vulnerable mammal species. Tonight we steam to Vansittart Bay.

Day 8

This morning we awake in Vansittart Bay.

Here your guides will escort you ashore to a small island with some fabulous examples of mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), thought to be some of the world’s oldest indigenous art, dating back over 20,000 years. A short cruise across the bay and we’ll take an easy walk to witness the site of a crashed WW2 transport plane. Well preserved in the Kimberley bush, your guides will recall the fateful day in early 1942. Tonight we cruise to the mouth of the King George River.

Day 9

Koolama Bay, the entry to King George River.

The best of the Kimberley ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. While entering King George River on the high tide we can enjoy the soaring cliffs and two breath taking falls of mammoth proportions. The best views are from the upper deck and bow. Feel the spray mist produced from billions of litres of water falling hundreds of feet as MV Reef Prince is steered expertly to the base of the majestic falls. Climb the escarpment to take in the views from above and take some fantastic photographs of the vessel and falls in the backdrop.

Day 10

King George River

This morning the Vessel Master sneaks us out of the King George River over the shallow sand banks. Relax while the amazing coastline disappears as we start our journey across the Bonaparte Gulf and sail into Northern Territory waters overnight.

Day 11

Darwin

Farewell your fellow travellers and swap details. Sadly its the end o your Kimberley Cruise from Broome. We disembark Darwin at around 10am and say goodbye to the crew. Guests can be transferred to their hotel of choice in the Darwin CBD.

11 Day Kimberley Cruise – Darwin to Broome

Day 1

Welcome Aboard Reef Prince

Your Kimberley Cruise from Darwin begins today. A charter coach will pick you up in the morning and transport you to board your vessel MV Reef Prince. Our crew will welcome you aboard, introduce you to your cabin and give you a detailed briefing. After a tasty morning tea we’ll wave good-bye to the city of Darwin. This evening as we steam towards the setting sun, you can meet your fellow travellers and friendly crew as you enjoy the view from the decks and the fresh sea air. Relax while the Northern Territory coastline disappears as we start our journey across the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters.

Day 2

Koolama Bay – The entry to King George River.

Wake in the tranquil setting of Koolama Bay. Over breakfast we’ll discuss the days activities. On the high tide we’ll enter the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. Within the King George River we’ll marvel at the soaring cliffs leading to two breath taking falls of mammoth proportions. The best views are from the upper sun deck and bow. Feel the spray mist produced from billions of litres of water falling hundreds of feet as MV Reef Prince or its expedition tender is steered expertly to the majestic falls.

Day 3

King George River

With our movements governed by natures time keeper – the sun and moon will allow us to catch the high tide out over the sand bars. We sadly depart the amazing King George River this morning. Within Koolama Bay lies many hidden treasures for us to explore. A fascinating mangrove system brimming with life or an idyllic fresh water pool for a dip or perhaps a morning walk on the first of many isolated Kimberley Beaches. Departing Koolama we cruise through the night on calm waters to arrive at our next destination.

Day 4

Jar Island & a WWII aircraft crash site.

Our crew will lead you to several stunning displays of the distinctive Aboriginal rock art in beach caves. These easily accessible paintings are very early Bradshaw art, now known to be around 20,000 years old. Within Vansitart Bay lies a more recent reminder of our past. After running out of fuel on its way to Broome in 1943 a DC 3 crashed. Well go ashore to explore this well preserved site. Departing Vansittart Bay we’ll cruise west within a multitude of Kimberley Islands.

Day 5

Bigge islands Aboriginal Art

We awake at the northern end of Bigge Island. When the tide allows, we can go ashore to visit a very significant aboriginal art galley on Bigge Island. Here we will discover examples of the first contact with sailing ships and pipe-smoking European seafarers of the 19th century. Keep an eye out for small rock wallabies and large salt water crocodiles. The lack of feral predators makes the Kimberley islands an ideal habitat for vulnerable mammal species. Departing Bigge Island we cruise into Prince Fredrick Harbour then further up into the Hunter River and Porosus Creek. On the low tide we can all investigate the ecosystems hidden within the mangroves and mud flats from the comfort of our 11m expedition tender – “Regent”. This ecosystem is a favourite for those who enjoy our native birds. We have a chance to spot a Great Billed Heron, White bellied sea eagle or a Chestnut Rail. For the keen fisherperson, the chance to flick a lure into the low tide run offs.

Day 6

Naturalist Island with optional scenic flights & Careening Bay

Enjoy the solitude as the Kimberley sun rise over the spectacular sandstone cliffs and invites you to share another day in Kimberley Country. This morning we move a short distance to Naturalist Island. Many try their luck in our favourite fishing patch on the incoming tide. Departing after lunch we steam for Carreening Bay. Careening Bay was named by an early explorer Phillip Parker King after his ship, ‘HMC Mermaid’, was careened for repairs during his first voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Our crew will lead you ashore to the site of a large boab tree, inscribed by the ships carpenter “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later. This evening we enjoy yet another Kimberley sunset as we cruise towards The Prince Regent River. Awaiting the incoming tide we anchor in St George Basin for the night.

Day 7

Prince Regent River.

On the high tide we take our vessel Reef Prince many miles up the Prince Regent River to discover a spectacular waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. We can nose the bow of our expedition tender Regent, under the cascading falls to indulge in an unforgettable wash in the cool fresh water. This afternoon opens many other option for us. We may choose to explore another hidden water fall further up the Regent or take a steep climb up the banks of the river to reveal the mysterious Aboriginal Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), thought to be some of the world’s oldest indigenous art, dating back 20 to 60, 000 years or climb to the top of King Cascades water fall – the choice is ours. Tonight we ride the tide out of the river to anchor just off a perfect little Kimberley beach.

Day 8

The beautiful Ruby Falls following a morning walk to a scenic aboriginal art galley.

Within Collier Bay lies many Kimberley gems for us to enjoy. We’ll plan our day around the huge 12m tides rising and falling every 6hrs. On the mornings low tide, after a healthy breakfast, we can stretch our legs and walk to the top of an escarpment to view a special gallery of modern Wandjina style art. Some may like the optional Indigenous tour were local aboriginals will welcome you to their land with a smoking ceremony and ochre face painting followed by story telling and a walk to their significant cyclone cave. Register your interest upon booking.

Day 9

Montgomery Reef reveals it secrets as it ‘rises’ out of the ocean on the ebbing tide.

Within the heart of Collier Bay lies 400 square kilometres of Kimberley Reef System. Many consider Montgomery Reef to be their most memorable experience during their Kimberley Expedition. Join a reef cruise in our expedition tender to study the marine life. Leaving Montgomery we cruise to Talbot Bay for the evening, the location of the commanding Horizontal Falls.

Day 10

Horizontal Falls

Within Talbot Bay, the region’s 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle. This morning we’ll experience the awesome power of the Horizontal Falls. On a trip through the falls our attention will be taken by the incredible geology that abounds this area. Our cruise director will point out the changes that have occurred in this region over the last 2000 million years to form the water ways we now enjoy.

Day 11

We’ve shared some amazing experiences together.

We’ve made some great new friends. Unfortunately today is the end of your Kimberley Cruise from Darwin and we disembark in Broome at around 10.00am. We will arrange transfers to your hotel. To undertake some of the shore based excursions you will need to have a moderate level of fitness. You are however, quite welcome to enjoy the views from the vessel without going ashore. Please call us to discuss your requirements further.

13 Day WA Coastal Cruise – Geraldton to Broome

Day 1

Depart Geraldton – the Abrolhos Islands – Easter Group

our Expedition begins this morning. Arriving mid morning within the Easter Group of the Abrolhos Island. Discovered and charted by the Portuguese in 1619 and aptly named. Abrolhos means – “Keep Your Eyes Open”. Comprising 3 main island groups. Many of the 122 coral islands were heavily mined for Guano over a hundred years from 1844. While they are still home for thousands of beautiful and rare sea birds, the islands are currently supporting a thriving cray fish industry. Today we can snorkel or dive on the beautiful Anenomi lump – one of the best dive sites in WA. This afternoon we fish for today’s target species (and dinner) the Blue Bone Grouper. We’ll grab a mooring sheltered by a small island, which provides sanctuary for a colony of Australian Sea lions. As the sun sets we can visit their island and share a memorable moment on the beach talking to these delightful puppies.

Day 2 & 3

122 coral islands – the Abrolhos Islands – Wallabi Group

This morning, during a tasty breakfast, we steam north to the Wallabi Group of Islands. If the weathers on our side we hope to have snorkel or dive on the Batavia wreck. In 1629 this Dutch vessel on her maiden voyage hit Morning Reef. The events that followed make an unbelievable tail. After our discovery of the wreck site we can steam to turtle bay and walk on West Wallabi Island to the site of the earliest European structures on Australian soil. The soldiers of the Batavia built stone forts to protect themselves from the murderous Mutineers. Well take you to the site of these forts whilst looking for the Tammar Wallabi and pythons. This evenings target species is the Pink Snapper. The skipper knows a drop off that’s usually home to a school of Pinkies. Departing the Abrolhos at 1600 we enjoy our evening meal while we cruise thru the night to arrive at our next destination – Steep Point, within Shark Bay.

Day 4

Steep Point & Dirk Hartog Islands within Shark Bay

This morning we arrive inside Steep Point for a snorkel or dive around Monkey Rock. Some may wish to stay on the surface and try their luck for a mackerel – todays target species. We’ll cruise north up the inside of West Australias largest island. Dirk Hartog Islands is 80 kms long. The island was discovered on 25 October 1616 by Hartog in the Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship Eendracht from Cape Town to Batavia (Jakarta). Hartog inscribed his name and the date on a pewter plate and nailed it to a post. In 1697 the Dutch captain Willem de Vlamingh landed on the island and discovered Hartog’s plate. He replaced it with one of his own, which included a copy of Hartog’s inscription, and took the original plate home to Amsterdam, where it is still kept in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Well anchor at the top end of the island just beside the site of Dirk Hartogs landing. We’ll enjoy our chefs delights here then perhaps a drink or two under the stars on the upper deck.

Day 5

Dirk Hartog Island Cruise past the Cuvier cliffs

Departing Turtle Bay early we steam north past Bernier and Dorre Islands. Rising sea levels and wave erosion some 8 000 years ago left Bernier and Dorre Islands separated from the mainland and inaccessible for Aboriginal occupation. Dirk Hartog’s voyage in 1616 represents the first known landing on the islands and in 1696 William de Vlamingh surveyed and named Dorre Island from the Dutch words ‘Dor’ meaning dry or barren. The natural harbour of Cuvier is our next highlight. Sheltered within high rocky cliffs lies a salt port. Feel free to drag a lure as we continue our cruise past Coral Bay and into the evening.

Day 6

Discover Exmouth then cruise to Serrurier

This morning we awake as we steam past the Norwest Cape lighthouse. Today we have the option to steam down into the Exmouth Gulf and spend a few hours exploring Exmouth town. In Exmouth we have two optional tours. Firstly to snorkel with whale sharks. An amazing opportunity but $ of course. Well get you the lastest group discount price closer to the time, but expect around $400 for the day. Secondly a scenic town tour showing the best of Exmouth. Around $80 for 3 hrs. Either way we’ll enjoy a very sheltered overnight anchorage at Serrurier Island – 40Nm northeast of Exmouth.

Day 7

Mackeral Islands opening with Serrurier Island

An early mornings beach walk and swim on Serrurier or a fishing expedition for today target species the Estuarine Cod – the choice is yours. Serrurier offers some great beach combing and swimming. Departing our little island paradise we sail through the industrial islands of the Pilbara making our way to the heavenly Montebello Islands by tonight. The fishermen will be keen to drag a lure while we head north east. Good chance of a charging Spanish mackerel for the patient. Tonight we arrive and anchor within the shelter of 174 beautiful little islands. The crews favourite destination.

Day 8 & 9

Explore the Montebello Islands

Three days is just enough time to give us a great taste of the Monties. From the mangroves to the ornate crayfish and perfect little sandy bays. These islands were significant for pearling from the end of the 19th century until recent years when the farms were disassembled. The Montebello Islands were the site of three nuclear weapons tests by the British military: one in 1952, and two in 1956. A bay on Trimouille Island was the site of Operation Hurricane, the first ever atomic weapon tested by the United Kingdom, on 3 October 1952. In 1956 there were two further tests, on Alpha and Trimouille Islands respectively. The second of these, codenamed “G2”, included the largest nuclear explosion in Australia, with a yield of 98 kilotons (6 times that of Hiroshima). Fallout from the Montebello tests is reported to have contaminated areas of mainland Australia as far away as Queensland. We can explore the, now safe, site of these blasts. Be it fishing, snorkeling, diving or just strolling the perfect isolated beaches the Monties are our playground for the next two days before we cruise to the Rowley Shoals.

Day 10

Cruise to the Rowley Shoals

This afternoon we arrive at Clerk Reef. From within the Shelter of the Atoll we watch the sun set over a pristine and virtually untouched coral island. The top deck is definitely the place to be for yet another spectacular sunset whilst enjoying your choice of beverage before savoring a delicious meal.

Day 11 & 12

Snorkel, Fish or enjoy great beach combing and bird watching

Today you may wish to join a fishing expedition or beach comb the sandy cay within the atoll. Amazing diving and snorkelling at the Rowley shoals. The Rowley Shoals are a chain of coral atolls on the edge of one of the widest continental shelves in the world. The three pear-shaped atolls have shallow lagoons inhabited by corals and abundant marine life. Each atoll covers an area of around 80 to 90 square kilometers. The Shoals rise with nearly vertical sides from very deep water. Mermaid Reef, the most northerly, rises from about 440 meters, Clerke from 390 meters and Imperieuse from about 230 meters. The Rowley Shoals is an opportunity to experience a diverse array of snorkelling and diving environments including lagoons, canyons, sheer vertical walls, high speed drifts and snorkelling. You can experience the swimming pool like condition 300 km’s from the nearest land. The coral atolls of the Rowley Shoals are famed for their almost untouched coral gardens, giant clams and other shellfish. Giant potato cod wait to be hand fed and follow divers around, while colourful reef fish show little fear, and trevally, mackerel and tuna hover in schools. Rowley Shoals are among the few reefs in the world affected by a high tidal range. The dramatic five meter tides pour massive volumes in and out of the coral framework and have created unearthly and enchanting coralscapes. The turquoise lagoons are filled with coral bommies brimming with exotic tropical fish and unbelievably colourful formations. Drift diving in and out of the atolls sweeps you through pristine reefs with, maori wrasse, barracuda, potato cod, morays turtles and many shark. Our crew will fill the day for you with some unforgettable experiences. After our final afternoon at the Rowleys we begin our overnight steam towards the Pearling town of Broome.

Day 13

Arrive Broome

We’ve shared some amazing experiences together. We’ve made some great new friends. Today we disembark in Broome at around noon. We will arrange transfers to your hotel

7 Day Rowley Shoals Cruise (ex Broome)

Day 1

Welcome Aboard – Reef Prince

You are “welcomed aboard” the comfortable Reef Prince in the frontier pearling port of Broome. Our chef will serve afternoon tea as we wave good bye to Broome around 2pm. It’s an overnight steam to the Rowley Shoals.

Day 2-4

Clerke Reef

We arrive at Clerke Reef – the Rowleys’ middle atoll and enjoy a hearty breakfast before your first dive at “The Aquarium”. There’s plenty of time to explore diving country along the outer reef including “Parrot’s Edge” and “Coral Gardens”, with the possibility of seeing a sailfish or humpback whale display acrobatics in all their glory. The top deck is the place to be for your first spectacular sunset enjoying a nice coldie before munching on a delicious meal. Brace yourself as each day depending on weather and tides we do our best to offer you at least 4 dives or snorkels. These include the outer reef at “Jimmy Goes to China” followed by “Blue Lagoon”, which are both frequented by large pelagics and curious reef sharks – be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the many species of shells on display. Each night as the sun starts to lower on the horizon we anchor up in the lagoon where you can enjoy a beach-comb along the deserted sand cay. A night dive is on the cards before dinner on one of the evenings, if you have the energy. Each perfect night at Clerke Lagoon, where the stars reflect in the glassy ocean, is followed by scrumptious breakfasts to your liking. At different times you may be offered a quick troll along the outer reef.

Day 7

Arrive back at Broome

Arrive back at Broome around 8.30am and unload all the gear. It is time to say goodbye until we catch up with you again at the Rowleys, Abrolhos, Montebellos or in the Kimberley.

Day 5 & 6

Mermaid Reef

Today we explore Mermaid Reef. You will be impressed by a stop at the world famous “Northern Wall”, reputedly one of the world’s top three dives. The sheer gradient to a depth of 80 metres, gigantic gorgonians, mesmerising colour, huge dog tooth tuna, green turtles and every imaginable tropical reef species is here!!! Then we are off to the unforgettable “Cod Hole” where you will come face to face with giant potato cod that are extremely friendly (so don’t forget the camera).

8 Day Coastal Cruise – Broome to Exmouth

Day 1

We Welcome You Aboard MV REEF PRINCE in Broome

Your Expedition begins this morning. Our coach will collect you from your Hotel around 9am TBC. Your coach will transfer you to your expedition vessel. Reef Prince will be awaiting your arrival anchored within Broomes – Roebuck Bay. Our crew will soon begin our overnight steam to the beautiful Rowley Shoals. Wave goodbye to the pearling town of Broome as we steam towards the setting sun.

Day 2

Arrive at the Rowley Shoals

This morning we arrive at Clerk Reef. Today you may wish to join a fishing expedition or beach comb the sandy bay within the atoll. Amazing diving and snorkelling awaits you at the Rowley Shoals. From within the Shelter of the Atoll we watch the sun set over a pristine and virtually untouched coral island. The top deck is definitely the place to be for yet another spectacular sunset whilst enjoying your choice of beverage before savoring a delicious meal.

Day 3

Rowley Shoals

Our crew will fill the day for you with some unforgettable experiences. This afternoon we begin our overnight steam towards the Monte Bellos.

Day 4

Arrive Montebellos Islands

Tonight we arrive and anchor within the shelter of 174 beautiful little islands. The crew’s favourite destination! The Montebello Islands was the site of three nuclear weapon tests by the British Military: one in 1952, and two in 1956. A bay on Trimouille Island was the site of Operation Hurricane, the first ever atomic weapon tested by the United Kingdom, on 3 October 1952. In 1956 there were two further tests, on Alpha and Trimouille Islands respectively. The second of these, codenamed “G2”, included the largest nuclear explosion in Australia, with a yield of 98 kilotons. Fallout from the Montebello tests is reported to have contaminated areas of mainland Australia as far away as Queensland. We can explore the, now safe, site of these blasts.

Day 5 & 6

Explore the Montebello Islands.

Two days is just enough time to give us a great taste of the Monties. From the mangroves to the Ornate crayfish and perfect little sandy bays. These islands were significant for pearling from the end of the 19th century until recent years when the farms were disassembled. Be it fishing, snorkeling, diving or just strolling the perfect isolated beaches – the MontIes are our playground for the next two days. We’ll be looking forward to tasting today’s fresh catch. Perhaps after sharing a drink or two under the stars on the upper deck.

Day 7

Cruise the Mackerel Islands with the security of Serrurier Island for the night.

We depart our playground today to cruise through the Mackerel Islands. Feel free to drag a lure for a big mackerel as we continue our cruise through the industrial islands of the Pilbara.

Day 8

Discover Serrurier Island then cruise to Exmouth

An early mornings beach walk and swim on Serrurier or a fishing expedition for today target species the Estuarine Cod – the choice is yours. Serrurier offers some great beach combing and swimming. Departing our little island paradise the fishermen will be keen to drag a lure while we head further south. Good chance of a charging Spanish mackerel for the patient. Today we to steam down into the Exmouth Gulf. This afternoon we disembark in Exmouth. We will arrange transfers to your hotel

5 day Abrolhos Islands Cruise (ex Geraldton)

Day 1

Abrolhos Islands (ex Geraldton)

Inclusions & Options

Your expedition includes:

All cabins include an ensuite
Fully air-conditioned cabins
Spacious open dining room
Beautifully prepared meals by our chef
Friendly, helpful staff
Alcoholic beverages at bar prices
Several undercover decks
Lounge area
24 hour cappuccino, tea, chai or hot chocolate
Power is available in all cabins
Personal DVD players in all cabins
Bar fridges in our state class cabins
Storage cabinet in all cabins
Cruise transportation to your Hotel in Broome
Cruise transportation to Central Business District Hotels in Darwin only

Optional extras:

Sports towel (quick drying and light weight)
Wide-brim hat (available for purchase on-board)
Polarised sunglasses

Deck Plan & Cabins

Cabins:

State C

Port Side Cabins 15 & 17
Starboard 16 & 18

Our premium, spacious cabins include: QUEEN BED with en-suite, large viewing windows, television, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge.

Class 1

Port Side Cabins 9 & 10
Starboard 11 & 12

DOUBLE BED with en-suite, viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet.

Class 2

Port Side Cabins 2 & 4
Starboard 6 & 8

Cabins 2, 4, 6 – DOUBLE BED with en-suite, personal DVD player, air conditioning, storage cabinet.
Cabin 8 – TWIN SINGLE BEDS with en-suite, personal DVD player, air conditioning, storage cabinet.

Class 3

Internal Cabins 1, 3, 5, 7

DOUBLE BED with en-suite, personal DVD player, air conditioning, storage cabinet.

Class 4

Internal Cabins 13 & 14

Cabins 13 – SINGLE BUNK BEDS with en-suite, DVD player, air conditioning, storage cabinet.
Cabin 14 – TWIN SINGLE BEDS with en-suite, personal DVD player, air conditioning, storage cabinet.

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More About This Ship:

Reef Prince focuses on value for money for our guests. There is no better time than now to cruise the Kimberley. Come on board our 38 metre expedition vessel MV Reef Prince and find yourself cruising through towering gorges and tributaries, travelling ‘down river’ in our excursion tenders and enjoying waterfalls such as King Cascade or the King George Falls.

Exclusive Bonus Offer on Reef Prince cruises!
We have extended our 15% discount for 2022 Kimberley cruises.
Book a 2022 cruise before the end of October 2020 and offer your customers 15% off!

Call Us on 1300 654 861 & Mention Offer or