Australia's West Coast Odyssey



Join Sarina Bratton AM, Asia Pacific Chairman, for an extraordinary adventure along the west coast of Australia. This brand-new 10-night expedition cruise will sail along Western Australia’s coastline, from Fremantle to Broome aboard Le Bellot, showcasing pristine beaches, turquoise waters and world heritage scenery the region is renowned for, including remarkable encounters with marine life, unrivalled anywhere in the world.

Your first port of call will be Jurien Bay Marine Park which is the only major breeding area for Australian sea lions along the western coast of Australia.

In Monkey Mia Reserve you may get the chance to enjoy one of Australia’s best-known wildlife experiences by getting up close to wild bottlenose dolphins.

The Ningaloo Coast will no doubt be the highlight of your cruise as it is here, and only one of a few places on earth, where you can see the biggest fish in the ocean – the whale shark! Being peak viewing season at the time of your visit, your opportunities to encounter these giants of the sea are maximised.

In the Murujuga National Park, part of the Burrup Peninsula, you will have the opportunity to marvel at 40,000 year old petroglyphs (rock engravings), depicting everything from human figures and birds, to marine life and extinct creatures, providing an insight into the ancient world of the Aboriginal people of the Pilbara and beyond.

Then before disembarking in Broome, you will visit the Rowley Shoals Marine Park regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular snorkelling locations, due to its crystal-clear waters allowing you the chance to explore its underwater world of diverse corals and abundant marine life.


Your Ship


Like the other ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series, Le Bellot has been designed to provide absolute comfort for its passengers, even at the heart of the world's most remote and isolated regions.
Racy lines, state-of-the-art equipment, a refined design, a softly muted and at the same time convivial ambiance together with a deliberately restricted number of cabins all contribute to the modernity of Le Bellot
, a unique ship in the world of cruising.

Package Inclusions

Your cruise price includes:

  • 10 night luxury expedition cruise aboard Ponant’s Le Laperouse
  • All meals on board
  • Open bar: from the moment your step onboard and throughout your cruise, a wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Charles Heidsieck champagne, spirits, coffee and tea) are served on request and at any time of the day. Certain top-shelf premium alcoholic beverages are not included in the open bar.
  • Zodiac outings and shore visits with your expedition team
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access 24 hours a day
  • Transfer from port to airport in Broome

PLUS!  Also includes chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from your nearest airport (within 35km).


Cruise Highlights


The vibrant city of Fremantle blends the old with the new, creating an enriching cultural experience. Maritime, convict and colonial history can be explored in one of the best-preserved examples of a 19th century port streetscape on Earth, while buzzing markets, lively bars and casual street cafés give you a taste of 21st century life with the locals. If you're hitting the heritage trail, be sure to include a visit to the Western Australian Maritime Museum, World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison and Western Australia's oldest public building, the Roundhouse.


Jurien Bay Marine Park located 150 kilometres north of Perth, was named by Captain Nicolas Baudin aboard the Géographe in honour of the French naval administrator Charles Marie Vicomte Jurien. The marine park surrounds dozens of ecologically important islands that contain rare and endangered animals found nowhere else in the world. The marine park and its immediate surrounds is the only major breeding area for Australian sea lions along the western coast of Australia. It is also a primary breeding ground for seabirds and is populated with a mix of temperate and tropical plants and animals, courtesy of the Leeuwin Current.


The Abrolhos Islands Maine Park consists of three main clusters of islands that stretch from north to south across 100 kilometres of ocean, and includes the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group. Established as a marine park in 1983, the waters of the Abrolhos are famous for colourful coral, crystal clear waters and large breeding colonies of seabirds. Here, the southward flowing Leeuwin current has created a meeting place for tropical and temperate sea life. In July 2019 the Islands were declared a national park for their ecological and historical significance. You will have the opportunity to explore East Wallabi Island and its fringing reefs.


With its white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters, rust-red sand dunes and abundant wildlife, Shark Bay became Western Australia’s first Wold Heritage listed area in 1991. The colourful and diverse landscapes, rare fauna and flora and world class examples of Earth’s ecological processes are what qualify Shark Bay for World Heritage listing – making it a truly remarkable place. You will have the opportunity to sail past the location of the first recorded European landing on Australia’s west coast at Cape Inscription where in 1616 Dirk Hartog left evidence of his landing in the form of a pewter plate inscribed with details of his journey.


Over 70% of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area is marine environments and many of the reasons for its World Heritage listing are within these waters. The shallow and mostly protected bays host over 10,000 dugongs; the world’s largest seagrass beds; and representatives of the earth’s oldest lifeforms, stromatolites. Wild bottlenose dolphins visit the shore at Monkey Mia Reserve, creating one of Australia's best-known wildlife experiences. You may also see sharks, rays, turtles and a variety of fish in the water. You will have the opportunity to experience the wild bottlenose dolphins early in the morning before exploring the area’s natural and cultural history along the Wulyibidi Yaninyina trail.


Come face-to-fin with the biggest fish in the ocean, the whale shark on the Ningaloo coast!  One of the longest near-shore reefs in the world, Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s largest fringing reef system, stretching 300km from Red Bluff to the Muiron Islands.  Whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales can often be seen.


Aboriginal people have been living there for more than 50,000 years and the petroglyphs (rock engravings) have been estimated to be as old as 40,000 years. The petroglyphs are diverse, depicting a record of what was meaningful to the Aboriginal people of the Pilbara and beyond. The sacred rock art’s traditional custodians are the Ngarluma-Yindjibarndi, the Yaburara-Mardudhunera and the Woon-goo-tt-oo and you will have the opportunity to visit Deep Gorge with a traditional custodian guide and marvel at the petroglyphs up close.


Regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular diving and snorkelling locations, the Rowley Shoals lie 260 kilometres west of Broome in the Timor Sea. The three coral atolls of Mermaid, Clerke and Imperieuse reefs rise, near vertical, from the surrounding crystal-clear waters on the edge of the continental shelf. The shallow lagoons inhabited by a diverse array of corals and abundant marine life are ideal for exploration by snorkellers and divers. To take full advantage of the location, your ship will spend one and a half days at the Rowley Shoals, allowing you to swim and snorkel from Zodiac®.


Located in the northwest of the Kimberley region and in the far north of Western Australia, the town of Broome is reputed for its history and its glorious pearling era. The fascinating Chinatown district, which is the historic city centre, and the famous Japanese Cemetery, dates back to 1896, and has a past marked by the immigration of numerous Chinese and Japanese workers, attracted by the prosperous pearl industry at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Broome is also famous for the “Staircase to the Moon”, an optical illusion created by the Moon reflecting on the sand banks at low tide, like a staircase climbing up towards the sky, a unique spectacle provided by nature…

Pricing and Departures

08 April 2021


Deluxe Stateroom Fully Booked
Prestige Deck 4 Fully Booked
Prestige Deck 5 Fully Booked
Prestige Deck 6 Fully Booked
Deluxe Suite Deck 3 Fully Booked
Deluxe Suite Deck 4 Fully Booked
Deluxe Suite Deck 5 Fully Booked
Deluxe Suite Deck 6 Fully Booked
Prestige Deck 5 Suite Fully Booked 
Prestige Deck 6 Suite Fully Booked
Privilege Suite Deck 5 Fully Booked
Privilege Suite Deck 6 Fully Booked



Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • Soft Adventure
  • 24 Hr Room Service
  • Boutique &/or Salon
  • Drinks All Day
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Ponant Exclusive Service
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
Itinerary Map Image

Trip itinerary

Jurien Bay Marine Park
Abrolhos Islands Marine Park
Shark Bay World Heritage Area
Monkey Mia
Ningaloo Coast
Ningaloo Coast
Burrup Peninsula
Rowley Shoals
Rowley Shoals

Technical Details

  • Built Date 2018
  • Crew TBA
  • Capacity 184

Cruise Category

  • Luxury Expeditions

Le Laperouse

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, Le Lapérouse embodies the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.  Le Laperouse is the first ship to offer the underwater passenger lounge, allowing guests to see and hear the undersea world. Images Courtesy Ponant.