PACKAGE #418

Western Australia and the Coral Coast

FROM

$15,596pp

Explore above and below the turquoise waters of northwest Australia’s spectacular Indian Ocean coast. Sail overnight from Broome to Rowley Shoals Marine Park, three coral atolls swept by nutrient-rich deep ocean currents. Kayak, snorkel and dive lagoons and spectacular drop-offs in crystal-clear waters shared with turtles, manta rays, whales and dolphins. Discover the Montebello Islands, once the site of nuclear weapons testing, now breeding grounds for ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles, terns, and oystercatchers. Immerse yourself in Ningaloo, the world’s largest fringing reef, and Coral Bay, where humpbacks, whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles swim. At Shark Bay, watch for the many dugongs feeding on extensive sea grass beds, then adventure throughout the exquisite Houtman Abrolhos islands, with its sea lion colonies, photogenic fishing shacks and perfect lagoons to swim, snorkel and kayak.

This expedition is subject to regulatory approval and only open to Australian and New Zealand residents.

Highlights Include:

  • Zodiac-cruise, snorkel or dive^ spectacular coral reefs, lagoons and canyons of Rowley Shoals Marine Park
  • Dawn birdwatching to spy red-tailed tropic birds, ruddy turnstones, white-throated needle-tails and more
  • Enjoy the Dampier Peninsula’s maze of waterways alive with hawksbill turtles, dolphins and shy dugongs
  • Snorkel and dive^ among the magnificent coral gardens of Ningaloo Reef
  • Discover sea lion colonies, seabirds and exquisite waterways in the adventure playground of Houtman Abrolhos Islands
  • Explore and learn about the unique marine ecosystems designated as “Hope Spots” by Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue team, including the Exmouth Gulf and Ningaloo Coast and the Houtman Abrolhos Islands

^Optional activities at additional cost

Package Inclusions

  • Arrival transfer from airport to Greg Mortimer on Day 1
  • Departure transfer from Greg Mortimer to airport or hotel on last day
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Snorkelling activities and use of snorkelling equipment
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
  • Complimentary spray jacket
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
  • Gratuities for ship crew

Plus! Ultimate Cruising guests also receive:

  • 1 night accommodation pre-cruise
  • Chauffeur driven luxury car transfers from your home to the airport return (within 35km)

Cruise Highlights

Rowley Shoals
Sail overnight to Rowley Shoals Marine Park, three pristine, coral atolls that rise from the seabed to the Indian Ocean surface (and above it at low tide). Renowned as one of the world’s finest snorkeling and dive destinations, it features deep drop-offs festooned with soft coral, protected lagoons brimming with tropical fish and channels alive with larger marine animals, including sea turtles, manta rays, whales and dolphins. Spectacular kayaking and Zodiac-cruising await those who prefer their adventures above the sea, although warm water will entice everyone. Beach walk to caves where seabirds nest including red-tailed tropicbirds and the rarer white-tailed tropicbird and a host of other seabirds.

Dampier Archipelago
Named after William Dampier, an English buccaneer and explorer who visited in 1699, the 42 islands feature brilliant sapphire waterways, set against the Pilbara’s red and ochre-hued landscape, alive with hawksbill turtles, dolphins and shy dugongs. Snorkel, dive or kayak, or land on sandy beaches to discover amazing Aboriginal rock engravings of turtles, fish, kangaroos and wallabies.

Montebello Islands
Explore Montebello Islands, an archipelago of some 174 small limestone islands about 130 kms off the Pilbara coast. The site of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s, including the United Kingdom’s first ever atomic weapon, the islands are now the breeding ground for beach stone curlews, fairy and roseate terns, ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles and sooty oystercatchers. Mala, (rufous-hare wallaby) has been reintroduced to the islands.

Ningaloo Coast and Reef
Immerse yourself in UNESCO’s Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area and Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue Hope Spot. It is the world's largest fringing reef and major migratory route for dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales. Visit ruins of the Norwegian Bay whaling station harking back to the early 1900s, when a Norwegian whaling company ran whaling and factory ships before building the shore-based processing plant in 1915. After lunch, hike through stunning gorges of Cape Range National Park and swim in crystal-clear Turquoise Bay. Next day, swim, snorkel, dive and kayak Coral Bay’s prime spots like Asho’s Gap, where cleaner wrasse attend to the teeth and parasites of grey reef sharks, and loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles nest nearby. A sunset walk to Point Cloates Lighthouse to finish the day..

Shark Bay
Wake to Dirk Hartog Island, to swim and snorkel, and learn of Dirk Hartog’s pewter plate, which now resides in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Next morning, visit Surf Point to snorkel and dive a marine sanctuary protecting vase and plate corals, a variety of staghorn species and tropical fish, including parrotfish, butterflyfish, wrasse, angelfish and snapper. After lunch, search for endangered banded hare-wallabies and hike to Steep Point to view magnificent Zuytdorp Cliffs.

Houtman Abrolhos
Over three days, explore the Abrolhos Islands, another of Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue Hope Spots. They are a stunning necklace of 122 islands surrounded by the southernmost coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. Beginning in the Wallabi Group of islands, puzzle how such a peaceful setting could be where the 1629 shipwreck of the Batavia, and the subsequent mutiny and massacre, took place. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and diving, or kayaking past remote fishing camps, watching for tammar wallabies, successfully reintroduced on North Island. On day two, explore the Easter Group, its islands, like many in the Abrolhos, are breeding grounds for up to 100 bird species including the prolific wedge-tailed shearwater, lesser noddy’s, storm petrels, pacific reef herons, white-bellied sea eagles and osprey. Wake on the third morning in the Pelsaert Group, a wonderland of tern nests and scene of some of the worst shipwrecks in Australian maritime history, including the Zeewijk, the last of four Dutch East Indiamen to be wrecked there. The Zeewijk’s crew lived for 10 months off seals, seabirds, eggs, and supplies salvaged from the wreck before finishing an 18 m boat that, over nearly a month, they successfully sailed to Sunda Strait. Each day in the Abrolhos Islands promises to bring new and memorable adventures.

 

Departure Date & Pricing

Cruise departs Broome 19 September 2021

Pricing starts at A$15,596* per person share twin. 

* For bookings made and deposited by 30 June 2021.

All pricing is subject to availability and subject to change at any time.  Please ask us for best available pricing.

Cruise Category
  • Expedition
  • Soft Adventure
ONBOARD FEATURES
  • Gratuities
  • Meals + Wine
  • Medical Services
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Shore Excursions
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Trip itinerary

Day
Port
1
Broome, Australia
2-3
Rowley Shoals, Australia
4
Dampier Archipelago, Australia
5
Montebello Islands, Australia
6-7
Ningaloo Coast, Australia
8-9
Shark Bay, Australia
10-12
Houtman Abrolhos
13
Perth (Fremantle), Australia

Technical Details

  • Built Date 2019
  • Capacity 132
  • Length 104M

Cruise Category

  • Expedition Style
  • Soft Adventures

Greg Mortimer

Purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth, Greg Mortimer was the first passenger ship to feature the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW, allowing the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently, with expansive observation decks to bring you closer to the environment, inviting communal areas and unsurpassed environmental credentials.  The Greg Mortimer offers the perfect base camp for adventures at the outer limits of human exploration.

Accommodating an average of 132 expeditioners per voyage within 76 cosy, comfortable cabins – all cabins have a view of the ocean and 85% of cabins have their own balcony. The ship also features a modern lecture lounge, multiple observation areas, zodiac launching platforms, a restaurant serving excellent meals, a gym and wellness centre, jacuzzis, a mudroom and many other amenities.

The Greg Mortimer has redefined expedition cruising for the future.

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