Colours of the Coral Coast

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Surrender to the beauty of Western Australia's Coral Coast on this two-week expedition cruise. Navigate remote islands by Zodiac and discover life below the surface while snorkelling in clear waters. Keep an eye out for whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, uncover the history of Dirk Hartog Island, and explore the remote Abrolhos Islands.


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From $15,395* per person, twin share

15 days Perth to Broome

Inclusions:

  • Experiences in 16 destinations
  • 14 nights aboard the MS Caledonian Sky with daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 41 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT expedition leader and team
  • See the wild dolphins of Monkey Mia and watch as local rangers undertake a dolphin feeding demonstration
  • Visit the award-winning, eco-friendly Ocean Park Aquarium on the shores of the Shark Bay Marine Park
  • Discover Dirk Hartog Island’s fascinating history on a guided exploration of the Homestead
  • Cruise outer Ningaloo Reef in search of mighty whale sharks

Trip Code: XPCWCP15

Departures: 16 March & 13 April 2022




Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Perth, Embark Ship

On arrival in Perth, we’ll meet you and transfer you to your expedition ship. Your first night on board starts as it should, with a relaxed dinner.

Stay: Fourteen Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Geraldton, Kalbarri National Park

Today will be spent exploring Kalbarri and its surrounding areas, starting with the mighty Murchison River – Western Australia's second longest river. The views are incredible as the river winds its way through sandstone cliffs and out to the Indian Ocean. Next, at Kalbarri National Park, walk over the newly built Kalbarri Skywalk and take in the soaring views of the gorge. Completed in 2019, the two world-class skywalks reach over 100 metres in height.  Snap a picture at Nature’s Window, a natural arch opening in layered sandstone, before returning to the ship.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 3: Abrolhos Islands, Wallabi Group

Arrive in the Abrolhos Islands, a group of 120 islands off Western Australia’s north coast. Today we visit the Wallabi Group, exploring North Island, West Wallabi Island, East Wallabi Island and Beacon Island. This area is rich in maritime history, and the famous Batavia wreck lies on the ocean floor on Morning Reef just off Beacon Island. The Batavia came to grief in 1629 on her maiden voyage from Holland, the first Dutch ship lost off the west coast of Australia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 4: Abrolhos Islands, Easter Group

Arrive at the Easter Group, where calm channels create ideal conditions for snorkelling adventures in vibrant coral reefs. Little Sandy Island is home to the largest sea lion colony in the region, and some have even been known to join snorkellers for a swim. Birdwatchers will love exploring Wooded Island, home to the endemic Lesser Noddy. Also look for Pacific Gulls, ospreys and eagles. Find a labyrinth of rocky islands and narrow reefs at Leo’s Island.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 5: Abrolhos Islands, Pelsaert Group

With clear turquoise lagoons on one side and deep blue ocean on the other, the Pelsaert Group is truly spectacular. Throughout the region there are also large breeding colonies of sea birds. And be sure to keep watch for sea lions, dolphins and migratory whales as your expedition team member navigates your Zodiac through the turquoise waters. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 6: Shark Bay

Stretching more than 1,500 kilometres from Kalbarri to Carnarvon, Shark Bay became Western Australia's first World Heritage-listed area in 1991. Step ashore for a Signature Experience here today. 

Signature Experience: Head to Ocean Park Aquarium, an award-winning, eco-friendly aquarium located on the shores of the Shark Bay Marine Park. Watch a shark feeding and learn about the conservation efforts of the aquarium, whose mission is to protect and conserve the marine environment while inspiring visitors to further appreciate the incredible oceans.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner


Day 7: Monkey Mia

Arrive at Monkey Mia and spend the morning on a Signature Experience.

Signature Experience: See the famous wild dolphins of Monkey Mia. Watch as local rangers feed dolphins, subject to their appearance.  

You have the rest of the day to soak up all that this beautiful area has on offer, including the spectacular beaches. Or, you may prefer to relax on deck.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 8: Dirk Hartog Island

Enjoy a Signature Experience before heading to Surf Point on Dirk Hartog Island.

Signature Experience: As your ship cruises to Dirk Hartog Island, enjoy a delicious homemade morning tea and set out on a guided exploration of the historic Homestead before cruising back to Denham.

Surf Point on Dirk Hartog Island is a sanctuary zone within the Shark Bay Marine Park, and a vast array of marine life can be found here. As the westernmost point of Western Australia, Steep Point provides a perfect vantage point to see the spectacular Zuytdorp Cliffs, rising 170 metres above sea level. The cliffs extend along the coast all the way to Kalbarri and are a great place to look for whales.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Coral Bay

Today is sure to be a memorable one as you enjoy a special Signature Experience here in Coral Bay.

Signature Experience: Head out on a cruise to outer Ningaloo Reef in search of mighty whale sharks. Each year, these incredible creatures congregate in large numbers at Ningaloo from mid-March through to the end of July. If you're lucky enough, perhaps catch a glimpse of these gentle giants as you explore Australia's largest fringing reef.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 10: Ningaloo Reef

Sit back and relax on board a glass-bottom boat as you gaze out to the crystal-clear waters of beautiful Ningaloo Marine Park. You’ll also have the opportunity to snorkel the World Heritage-listed reef, which is home to numerous marine species, including sea turtles.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 11: Muiron Islands

Cruise to the Muiron Islands, consisting of North Muiron and South Muiron islands, which are separated by a deep-water channel. Vibrantly coloured soft corals can be found in abundance here and the waters are perfect for snorkelling – which is what you'll be doing today. Turtles love the soft corals here, so be sure to keep an eye out for them as you discover life under the water.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 12: Montebello Islands

Arrive at the Montebello Islands Marine Park and set out on a Zodiac exploration to discover its rich maritime heritage. The islands gained international attention when three British atomic weapons tests were carried out here in 1952 and 1956. To this day, concrete bunkers, monitoring stations, roads and scrap metal can still be found on some of the islands. The atomic weapons were exploded on Alpha and Trimouille islands, and on the warship HMS Plym, which was anchored on the west side of Trimouille Island. You'll see the wreckage of the HMS Plym on an expedition to Trimouille Island.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 13: Karratha, Burrup Peninsula, Dampier Archipelago

Dock in Karratha to explore the unique Burrup Peninsula. The region is rich in Indigenous cultural heritage, with up to a million ancient rock petroglyph carvings, some of which you’ll view with an Indigenous guide. Visit Woodside's industrial complex at the North West Shelf Visitor Centre. The tour provides an insight into the scale of these massive operations and their importance to Western Australia’s economy. As an option at your own expense, you can swap the water for the open skies on a scenic helicopter flight over the spectacular Dampier Archipelago, made up of 42 islands and islets.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner



Day 14: Rowley Shoals, Mermaid Reef, Cunningham Island

Prepare for a full day of adventure as your ship cruises into the Rowley Shoals Marine Park. You’ll find some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling sites here amid clear lagoons and untouched coral gardens. Join your expedition team, hop aboard a Zodiac and head to pristine Mermaid Reef, home to more than 200 species of hard coral. Then continue to Cunningham Island, where more snorkelling awaits.   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 15: Disembark Ship, Depart Broome

Your journey comes to an end in Broome today. Disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.  

Meals: Breakfast


*Terms and Conditions: Valid until 31 March 2021 or until sold out. Offer valid when booking Tour Code(s) XPCSAH12, XPXSAA12, XPCGBA15, XPCWCP15, XPCWCB15 departing January to December 2022. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person is due within 7 days of booking. Final payment is due 100 days prior to the tours departure date. Offers are available for travellers departing from Australia. All pricing and save amounts are in Australian Dollars. Information correct as at 7 December 2021 but may fluctuate due to changes in surcharges, taxes or currency. A strictly limited number of offers are available on selected itineraries and departure dates in selected suites/staterooms/cabins/room categories. Offers are subject to availability, not combinable unless specified, available on new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time. For more information, contact your travel agent. SUPPLIER: APT