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2016 Kimberley Whale Watching & Wildlife Cruises

2016 Kimberley Wildlife Expedition Cruises

Join us on a 10 day whale watching and wildlife cruise along the magnificent Kimberley coast.   The focus of our trips is the marine life and birdlife of this incredible part of Western Australia, home to the world’s largest population of Humpback whales.

Departing Broome, we will visit Adele Island and the Lacepede Islands, both seldom visited by other charter boats, and both important seabird breeding areas, and a nesting site for Green turtles.  We will also visit the iconic Horizontal Waterfalls in Talbot Bay, Dugong Bay, one of the jewels of the Kimberley coast, Camden Sound, an important Humpback whale nursery and the Prince Regent River, home to the spectacular King’s Cascades.

With professional photographers on hand to advise, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph some rare and unusual wildlife and marine life.

1-10 August 2016

$7,500 pp twin share

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Itinerary

1 August 2016

8 am pick-up for your transfer to board the vessel Oceania – onboard you  will meet your tour guides  and crew who will take you through the events of the next 10 days.  You ‘ll receive an interpretive and knowledgeable account of local whale activity and migratory patterns while recording vital data. Cruise up the Dampier Peninsula past James Price Point, observing & recording our first Humpback whales, and keep an eye out for the newly discovered Dwarf Spinner dolphins, Australian Humpback dolphins and Bottlenose dolphins.  If the weather is favorable we may be able to anchor and spend the night at the Lacepede Islands.

2 August 2016

This morning we’ll explore the fascinating Lacepede Islands, one of the most important Green Turtle breeding areas in the world, and a haven for thousands of shorebirds and seabirds including Brown boobies, Lesser frigate birds, Terns and Common noddies.  The Lacepedes comprise four islands with a fascinating European history.  In the afternoon we’ll commence our passage to Adele Island, the most remote island on the Kimberley coast, visited by only a handful of vessels every year.  As we near Adele you’ll see flock after flock of seabirds returning to roost on the island.

3 August 2016

Today we have a full day at Adele to explore the wonders of this  amazing island and reef complex.  With a rising tide we’ll go ashore to explore the birdlife and marine life of Adele Island, named by Nicolas Baudin in 1803, and home to nesting pairs of Masked boobies and other shorebirds and seabirds.   In the late afternoon, we’ll enjoy drinks and nibbles on a remote shell strewn sandspit.

4 August 2016

At sea. Enjoy a leisurely steam to Hanover Bay, at the mouth  of the Prince Regent River.  Overnight in Hanover Bay.

5 August 2016

Awaken in beautiful Hanover Bay  at the mouth of the Prince Regent River.  We’ll explore this  beautiful River System visiting King’s Cascades and Cathedral Falls.  Overnight steam to Hall Point in Camden Sound, a maternity ward for the Group lV population of Humpback whales.

6 August 2016

Camden Sound is one of the main maternity wards for the Kimberley’s Humpback whales as they nurture their calves, sheltering behind its islands and reefs. Today we’ll explore The Wailgwin Islands, try a spot of fishing around Rice Rocks and Hall Point, with an afternoon swim at Butterfly Gorge.

7 August 2016

An early morning steam down to Montgomery Reef, Australia’s largest inshore reef and one of the icons of the Kimberley coast. You’ll cruise Montgomery’s gutters on a falling tide as this massive reef complex appears to rise from the ocean. In the afternoon we’ll explore the Traverse Island group, before steaming to Turtle Reef in Talbot Bay.

8 August 2016

Up early this morning to explore the marine wonders of Turtle Reef in Talbot Bay, another massive reef complex lying between Molema Island and the mainland and rich in marine life. In the afternoon we’ll take a thrilling ride through the iconic Horizontal Waterfalls before anchoring at the entrance to beautiful Dugong Bay.

9 August 2016

Wake up in beautiful Dugong Bay, one of the jewels of the Kimberley coast, surrounded by the Kimberley’s rugged cliff faces. We’ll cruise out of Dugong Bay through Yampi Sound, past the iron ore mines on Koolan and Cockatoo Islands, to Silvergull Creek, once a water source for Koolan Island and now home to The Squatter’s Arms.
In the afternoon we’ll have a refreshing dip at Silica Beach, a gorgeous inlet with the whitest sand on the coast. Overnight steam towards Broome.

10 August 2016

Having sailed overnight we continue our journey south to Broome passing the Lacepedes Islands onward down the coast of the Dampier Peninsular. We can enjoy plenty more whale sightings and hopefully see more dolphins, there are often large numbers of terns on this final leg of our journey for the bird enthusiast and we get lucky and see Wilson’s Storm Petrel and a Streaked Shearwater. We will arrive in Broome around midday for transfer back to your hotel.

Bird List

Brown Quail
Magpie Goose
Grey teal
Pacific Black Duck
Hardhead
Australasian Grebe
Emerald Dove
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Spinifex Pigeon
Partridge Pigeon
White-quilled Rock-Pigeon
Diamond Dove
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Pied Imperial-Pigeon
Tawny Frogmouth
Spotted Nightjar
Australian Owlet-nightjar
Fork-tailed Swift
Swinhoe’s Storm Petrel
Leach’s Storm petrel
Matsudaira’s Storm Petrel
Wilson’s Storm Petrel
Bulwer’s Petrel
Jouanin’s Petrel
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Fleshy-footed Shearwater
Streaked Shearwater
Hutton’s Shearwater
Tahiti Petrel
Lesser Frigatebird
Great frigatebird
Masked Booby
Red-footed Booby
Brown Booby
Australasian Darter
Little Pied Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Australian Pelican
Black-necked Stork
White-faced Heron
Black bittern
White-necked Heron
Eastern Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Great-billed Heron
Cattle Egret
Striated Heron
White-faced Heron
Little Egret
Eastern Reef Egret
Nankeen Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Eastern Osprey
Black-shouldered Kite
Letter-winged Kite
Square-tailed Kite
Black-breasted Buzzard
Pacific Baza
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Whistling Kite
Brahminy Kite
Black Kite
Brown Goshawk
Collared Sparrowhawk
Grey Goshawk
Spotted Harrier
Swamp Harrier
Red Goshawk
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Little Eagle
Nankeen Kestrel
Brown Falcon
Australian Hobby
Grey Falcon
Black Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Brolga
Purple Swamphen
Chestnut Rail
Buff-banded Rail
White-browed Crake
Pale-vented Bush-hen
Eurasian Coot
Australian Bustard
Bush Stone-curlew
Beach Stone-curlew
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
Red-necked Avocet
Banded Stilt
Pacific Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Red-capped Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Oriental Plover
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel
Masked Lapwing
Comb-crested Jacana
Pin-tailed Snipe
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Little Curlew
Whimbrel
Eastern Curlew
Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Grey-tailed Tattler
Common Greenshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Redshank
Wood Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Asian Dowitcher
Great Knot
Red Knot
Sanderling
Little Stint
Red-necked Stint
Long-toed Stint
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Ruff
Oriental Pratincole
Australian Pratincole
Red-backed Button-quail
Chestnut-backed Button-quail
Red-chested Button-quail
Little Button-quail
Pomarine Jaeger
Arctic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Common Noddy
Black Noddy
Lesser Noddy
Bridled Tern
Sooty Tern
Little Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Wiskered Tern
White-winged Black Tern
Roseate Tern
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Lesser Crested Tern
Crested Tern
Silver Gull
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Galah
Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Cockatiel
Rainbow Lorikeet
Varied Lorikeet
Red-winged Parrot
Northern Rosella
Budgerigar
Pheasant Coucal
Eastern Koel
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo
Black-eared Cuckoo
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Little Bronze-Cuckoo
Pallid Cuckoo
Brush Cuckoo
Oriental Cuckoo
Rufous Owl
Barking Owl
Southern Boobook
Masked Owl
Eastern Barn Owl
Azure Kingfisher
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Red-backed Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
Collared kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
Dollarbird
Rainbow Pitta
Black-tailed Treecreeper
Great Bowerbird
Variegated Fairy-wren
Red-backed Fairy-wren
Black Grasswren
Weebill
Mangrove Gerygone
Dusky Gerygone
Large-billed Gerygone
Green-backed Gerygone
White-throated Gerygone
Red-browed Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Kimberley Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater
White-gaped Honeyeater
Grey-fronted Honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner
Bar-breasted Honeyeater
Rufous-throated Honeyeater
Red headed Honeyeater
Banded Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Black-chinned Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Silver-crowned Friarbird
Little Friarbird
Grey-crowned Babbler
Varied Sittella
Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Cicadabird
White-winged Triller
Varied Triller
Mangrove Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
White-breasted Whistler
Little Shrike-thrush
Sandstone Shrike-thrush
Grey Shrike-thrush
Australasian Figbird
Yellow Oriole
Olive-backed Oriole
White-breasted Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow
White-browed Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow
Little Woodswallow
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Spangled Drongo
Arafura Fantail
Grey Fantail
Mangrove Grey Fantail
Northern Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Torresian Crow
Little Crow
Broad-billed Flycatcher
Leaden Flycatcher
Shining Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher
Magpie-lark
Jack Winter
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
Hooded Robin
Mangrove Robin
White-browed Robin
Horsfield’s Bushlark
Golden-headed Cisticola
Australian Reed Warbler
Oriental Reed Warbler
Tawny Grassbird
Rufous Songlark
Brown Songlark
Yellow White-eye
Barn Swallow
Fairy Martin
Tree Martin
Mistletoebird
Zebra Finch
Double-barred Finch
Long-tailed Finch
Masked Finch
Crimson Finch
Star Finch
Painted Finch
Gouldian finch
Chestnut-rumped Mannikin
Pictorella Mannikin
Australian Pipit


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