More than a few thousand million years ago, the Kimberley was a unique land, detached from the rest of the Australian continent. Geological forces caused it to collide with the ancient Pilbara and Yilgarn regions, laying the foundation of the great land we call home.
The Kimberley’s antiquity is visible in its unique topography, the many fossils that have been discovered here and its deep-rooted Aboriginal legacy. Your Discovery Voyage on board the 6-star ultra-luxury Scenic Eclipse, will take you deeper into this wondrous land to reveal to you its many unseen, remote gems. Pristine islands, spectacular native birdlife, concealed reefs bursting with vibrant marine life, and the ancient spiritual heritage of the traditional landowners. The Scenic Discovery Team will introduce you to the Kimberley’s unseen richness of your homeland and our indigenous experts will guide you to a deeper appreciation of this vast land. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is the ultimate combination of ultra-luxury and captivating exploration.
- Airfare to Broome and return from Darwin
- 10 night all-inclusive cruise aboard Scenic Eclipse II
- Airport transfers to and from the ship
- Personalized butler service for every guest
- Up to 10 culinary experiences, from casual to fine dining
- The finest selection of included premium branded beverages, with a choice of over 100 whiskeys**
- Up to 8-member specialist Discovery Team
- Immersive excursions led by an expert Discovery Team and experience local guides
- Engaging lectures and education program with on board experts
- Complimentary WIFI
- Port taxes and charges
- All tipping and gratuities
- Book by Dec 31: FREE Airfare* and save $3000 per couple! (price reflects discount)
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*Flights must be booked by Scenic. Total ticket cost, including taxes, not to exceed $1800 per person. Surcharges might apply. Other departure city will incur additional charge.
**All drinks on board are included except a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, Champagnes and spirits.
Day 1 Broome, Australia (D)
Welcome to Broome, a charming outback town where red desert collides with the turquoise Indian Ocean lapping onto pristine white sands. Settle into your spacious ultra-luxury verandah suite on board Scenic Eclipse II. Butler service will assist with unpacking and guide you through the pillow menu. Take some time to familiarise yourself with the unsurpassed amenities that include nine bars and lounges, up to 10 dining experiences from casual to fine dining, the expansive Senses Spa and the state-of-the-art theatre, just to name a few. Explore the length of Scenic Eclipse II. The open-bridge policy means your Captain will welcome you in the operational centre anytime during your voyage. Toast the beginning of your journey with a glass of French champagne at Lumière or a cocktail at the open-air Sky Bar.
Please book your flight to arrive into Broome prior to 02:00 PM.
Day 2 Lacepede Islands Nature Reserve (B,L,D)
A special visit awaits you today on this chain of four flat coral islands, home to tens of thousands of seabirds with over 50 bird species including red-chested frigate birds, crested terns, pelicans, and speckled ruddy turnstones. Having eradicated the rats in 1986, these treeless islands are once again a wildlife haven. It’s a significant nesting site for an estimated 18,000 pairs of brown footed boobies, possibly the largest colony in the world, and 20,000 roseate terns have been recorded on the A-class Nature Reserve. Further, it’s Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for green turtles and where thousands of humpback whales come to calve. Frequent sightings are possible between July and September when an estimated 40,000 humpback whales migrate between Antarctica and Western Australia. Gather with new friends in one of the nine bars and lounges, or make a reservation for an intimate dinner with only up to 8 guests at the Night Market @ Koko’s.
Discovery: The Discovery Team will transfer you on Zodiac ashore for a snorkel, swim or a beach walk following the trail of local crabs.
Day 3 Buccaneer Archipelago (B,L,D)
Cruise overnight to the mouth of King Sound and into the spectacular maze of the Buccaneer Archipelago. About 1,000 tiny islands make up this jaw-dropping paradise that’s a kaleidoscope of vivid colours from iron-rich red rock to verdant pockets of lush rainforest, bright turquoise tropical sea, and alabaster beaches. One highlight during this full day is the exploration of Whirlpool Passage; 8-metre tides (26-feet) swirl as they are pushed through a narrow channel between two islands, adding a thrill to your transit. Rest assured, the state-of-the-art Scenic Eclipse II is fitted with custom-built oversized zero speed stabilisers that are 50% larger than those of other ships, providing greater stability as it navigates through the roughest waters.
Discovery: Surrounding creeks and inlets offer additional opportunities for Zodiac expeditions, including a possible visit to Koolan Island, the site of an open pit mine that produces some of the highest-grade iron ore in Australia, best viewed overhead on a potential helicopter^ flight. Within Yampi Sound, past the multi-coloured sandstone folding, beautiful beaches beckon for a refreshing dip. The entire region is teeming with marine and bird life.
Day 4 Talbot Bay (B,L,D)
Talbot Bay’s spectacular Horizontal Waterfalls is a natural wonder to tick off your Australian bucket list. This phenomenon is caused by a unique combination of geology and massive tidal surges.
Discovery: If time and tides permit, you may have the opportunity to go through these fascinating falls and around the narrow waterways of Talbot Bay in a Zodiac. Later, choose to embark on a challenging 9.5 kilometre walk into the Kimberley’s remote wilderness.
Day 5 Montgomery Reef > Raft Point (B,L,D)
Wake to completely new vista at Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef that boasts some of the earth’s biggest tidal changes reaching up to 14 metres (46 feet). As the tides rise or fall, both soft and hard coral are exposed, falling below sea level to create a remarkable spectacle you’ll explore by Zodiac. If the timing is perfect, discover thousands of small waterfalls cascading down the reef and see incredible marine life including sea turtles, octopi, sharks, rays, dolphins and more. In the evening, share stories of croc-spotting with new friends over an aperitif or meal in one of Scenic Eclipse II’s 10 truly all-inclusive dining experiences
Discovery: Join the Discovery Team on a Zodiac cruise to Montgomery Reef. Conditions permitting, the Zodiac will transfer you to a sand bank for a swim just off the reef.
Scenic Eclipse II then sails into the calm waters of Doubtful Sound for mangrove forest exploration in search of saltwater crocodiles. An alternate stop is the scenic Raft Point where you’ll see two majestic bluffs, boab trees, and after a 45-minute uphill hike, some of the Wandjina Aboriginal rock art gallery.
Day 6 Bigge Island > Low Rocks (B,L,D)
After a leisurely overnight cruise, wake-up slowly. While Scenic Eclipse II sails toward Bigge Island, perhaps stretch in the expansive wellness facilities with a mindful Yoga or Pilates session or step it up with an invigorating session at the fully equipped POWER:Gym. Bigge Island, the second largest island in the Bonaparte Archipelago, is just 6km from the mainland. Being devoid of feral animals, it has allowed native wildlife to flourish. You may see a Monjon rock wallaby, the smallest of the kangaroo group, the northern quoll, sea turtles and crocodiles.
Discovery: Take a hike along rocky and scenic paths and visit caves to see well-preserved rock art by the Wunambal people depicting first contact with Europeans.
Tides and timings permitting, a stop at Careening Bay in the Prince Regent National Park is where you may view the famous Mermaid Tree, an enormous boab on which the ship’s crew of the HMC Mermaid carved the words of the ship and year, 1820.
There are saltwater and freshwater crocodiles in the Kimberley area, so please exercise caution and heed all advice and warning signs from the expert Discovery Team and local guides.
Day 7 Hunter River (B,L,D)
Today, Scenic Eclipse II glides through York Sound to the mouth of the Hunter River, the staging point for an unforgettable helicopter excursion^ to Mitchell Falls. The thrilling flight^ is a true wilderness ride with jaw-dropping panoramas of wild escarpments, tropical rainforests and the thundering four-tiered Mitchell Falls carved out over millennia. Look out for ospreys and saltwater crocodiles as you soar over the prehistoric landscape akin to Jurassic Park. You have time to explore the area on foot, and, if you wish, take a refreshing swim in one of the freshwater pools formed by the falls. Back onboard, watch Mother Nature’s magnificent show as the sun sets, cocktail in hand. The sky awash with pastel colours blending shades of apricot, pink and dusty blue until finally dark, then linger longer underneath a blanket of a trillion sparkling stars.
Discovery: Tides permitting, the Zodiacs can take you past towering sandstone cliffs, pristine mangrove forests and iconic landscapes such as Prince Frederick Sound, Porosus Creek and Hunter and Row Rivers
Day 8 Ashmore Reef (B,L,D)
The morning is yours. Book a Senses Spa treatment, a Yoga or Pilates session, plunge into the vitality pools, or simply relax and enjoy 6-star ultra-luxury on board Scenic Eclipse II. The afternoon is for exploring one of Australia’s most remote marine parks, Ashmore Reef. The three islands of the reef are uninhabited yet home to an abundance of bird and sea life. Internationally recognised, each year around 100,000 seabirds from 40 different species flock to the reef to breed. Underwater, find hard and soft corals, giant clams, sea sponges, green turtles, dugongs, crabs and about 500 species of fish in the reef. After the day’s exploration, settle in at one of the nine bars and lounges to enjoy a beverage of choice. Relish France’s finest at Lumière Champagne Bar or indulge in over 100 varieties of aged whiskey at the Scenic Lounge Bar. Scenic’s truly all- inclusive philosophy means you can leave your wallet in your suite’s safe and simply relax and indulge.
Discovery: The wealth of sea life coupled with underwater visibility make for wonderful snorkelling and swimming. Take a Zodiac cruise with the Discovery Team around the reef or talk to the expert team about a possible scenic helicopter^ flight for a bird’s eye view of the astonishing colours of land, sea, and reef.
Day 9 Vansittart Bay (B,L,D)
After a morning journey on board your luxurious Discovery Yacht, you’ll stop at the sheltered and secluded Vansittart Bay, a place of significant indigenous cultural history. Fitted with state-of-the-art GPS Dynamic Positioning system, Scenic Eclipse II will be held in position close to Jar Island in the bay’s southwest pocket, negating the need to drop anchor on ecologically sensitive seabeds. Board a Zodiac for a transfer to a small sandy beach to explore the area with the expert Discovery Team
Discovery: The Discovery Team will accompany you on a hike to see what’s regarded as the oldest art gallery on earth, dating back more than 20,000 years to the last ice age. The ancient and mysterious Gwion is the oldest rock art known to man and one of two primary art forms found in the Kimberley. ‘Tattooed’ into the rock rather than painted, the art depicts detailed, symmetrical, and mystical figures adorned with tassels, delicate jewellery, and elaborate headdresses.
Day 10 King George River (B,L,D)
At 112 kilometres long and with a sheer drop of 100 metres, the thundering twin falls of King George River is an unforgettable experience. Make your way along the river’s tranquil waters, through towering gorges – home to Brahminy kites, egrets, and kingfishers. As your zodiac weaves past the spectacular 80-meter-high sandstone cliffs and mangrove forests look out for crocodiles basking in the sun. The river is of high cultural significance to the Balangagarra people, with the falls representing the male and female Wunkurr rainbow serpent.
Discovery: Take a roundtrip on a Zodiac for a breathtaking close-up of the falls, weaving past spectacular 80-metre-high sandstone cliffs and mangroves where you might spot a sunning crocodile or birdlife such as ospreys, falcons, egrets, and kingfishers. April and May are when the falls are at their most thunderous and, weather and tides permitting, our Discovery Team could take you close enough for a natural shower. With two helicopters^ available, you may have the option for a scenic flight^ for an aerial appreciation of one of Western Australia’s most astounding spectacles.
Day 11 Darwin, Australia (B)
Your unforgettable Discovery Voyage comes to an end today; it is time to bid farewell to your friendly crew and new friends.
Please book your flight to depart out of Darwin after 12:00 PM.
The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the voyage will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.
The World’s First Discovery Yachts
Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery YachtsTM , have set the benchmark in ultra-luxury ocean cruising. An on board submarine^, two helicopters^, a fleet of Zodiacs, and the world class Discovery Team, all experts in their field, ensures Scenic Eclipse is unrivalled in truly all inclusive worldwide exploration. Reserved for up to 228 guests, or 200 in Polar regions, with an almost 1:1 staff to guest ratio, each moment on board Scenic Eclipse is truly spectacular.
Small Ship Experience
Experience the benefits of small ship river cruising and discovery voyages on board our custom-built luxury ships. Our ships are specifically designed to access smaller ports so you can start to explore from the moment you disembark, whilst offering the maximum in space and comfort.
Truly All-Inclusive Luxury
Luxurious holidays should be about exploring, unwinding and indulging. Our truly All-Inclusive philosophy means we take care of all details for you, so you don’t need to worry about a thing. All on board dining, premium beverages, excursions, return flights, transfers, tipping plus more are included as standard.
Discover destinations in depth with exclusive Scenic Enrich excursions; once in a lifetime experiences that take you to places inaccessible to the ordinary traveler. Personalize your days with our program of included Scenic Freechoice , with a range of activities to suit your tastes and pace.
Truly All-Inclusive Dining
Set your senses ablaze and ignite your inner gourmand with an impressive selection of on board dining venues from casual to fine dining. Enjoy unlimited premium beverages with a vast selection of wine, beer, cocktails, spirits. A journey with Scenic is a truly epicurean experience in itself.
Luxury Suites with Butler Service
Your Scenic suite is your own personal sanctuary. With exclusive private verandahs on board Scenic Eclipse, relax in your elegantly appointed spacious suite as your butler pours you a glass of Champagne, and recline in comfort on your signature Scenic Slumber Bed.
Your Wellbeing, Your Way
Scenic brings wellbeing to a new level. In the exceptional Scenic Eclipse’s 550m2/5,920ft2 Senses Spa, enjoy included facilities of a sauna, steam and Vitality plunge pool, relaxation lounges and extensive menu of ESPA treatments+.
+Treatments at additional cost.
Meticulously designed to create a sense of space, our ships offer the utmost in comfort whilst still feeling intimate. The multiple indoor and outdoor spaces, from bars and libraries to vitality pools and sun decks, makes it easy to find a quiet place where you can unwind and refresh.
Cruise with Confidence
For over 37 years, Scenic’s award winning approach to creating seamless journeys, with state of the art ships and best in class crew, have made us the number one choice for world wide luxury cruising. Our commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew remains our key priority.