Western Australia’s Kimberley is a world class whale watching region and home to the world’s largest population of Humpback whales. Every year the whales make an epic migration from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to spend the winter months from June to October in the Kimberley’s warm, tropical waters. Here they mate and calve, largely undisturbed, and sheltered by the islands and reefs of the Buccaneer and Bonaparte Archipelagos.
The whales have staged a magnificent recovery since the closure of the last Australian whaling station in the late 1970s, with the total population now estimated at somewhere between 28,000 and 42,000 individuals.
Kimberley Whale Watching, based in Broome, has been studying the distribution and behaviour of these magnificent Kimberley Whales since 2006, building a database of whale distribution and a film and photographic library of whales, whale behaviour, distribution and tail fluke photos for identification purposes.
As Kimberley Wildlife Expedition Cruises we offer personalised small-group 7 or 10 day extended wildlife and whale watching cruises along the Kimberley coast, including the islands, reef and outer shoals, with a special focus on Adele Island and the Lacepede Islands, both important seabird breeding and roosting colonies. The waters off these islands are rich in cetaceans.
You’ll enjoy close encounters with the world’s largest population of Humpback whales, “Breeding Stock D”, as they breach, play and nurture calves, and encounter several species of dolphins, turtles, sea snakes and other marine life. You’ll also see seabirds, including Masked and Brown boobies, and a variety of migratory shorebirds. Listen to the the Humpback’s complex and intriguing songs through our onboard hydrophone, with an extensive and informative commentary from Kimberley Whale Watching’s local whale researchers, who have nine years experience in the waters around Broome, and the Kimberley’s islands, reefs and outer shoals.