Kimberley Quest II, Iconic Kimberley ex Darwin to Broome – 09 Mar 2021

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From its foundations in 1994 as a pilot boat for Broome Port, Kimberley Quest has grown into a multi-award winning, luxury Kimberley cruise company operating extended wilderness expeditions along the magnificent Kimberley coast.

Kimberley Quest is a dynamic and thriving business that has remained dedicated to providing all guests with an unforgettable experience. Whilst having operated now for over 20 years, the company still succeeds in exciting all those that step aboard and extends its passion for the Kimberley to all its guests.

With a strong sense of guest-focus and quality service, at the core of the business, Kimberley Quest looks forward to their adventure ahead.

The Kimberley Quest II is a 25 metre vessel that has been designed for relaxing and exploring the Kimberley coastline, its custom design allows us to visit areas many other Kimberley cruises simply cannot reach. Whilst on board guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor alfresco areas, a refreshing dip in the spa and gourmet cuisine prepared by our on-board chef. Cruising with a maximum of 18 guests our personalised service and attention to every detail means you will enjoy the amazing surrounds in complete comfort and luxury.

There are a range of Kimberley tours available, your daily cruise adventures feature a myriad of activities. Leaving the mother-ship in our custom-built tender vessels you will set out exploring the untouched river systems, viewing ancient Aboriginal rock art and fishing the tidal creeks as well as discovering the in-depth history of the area, viewing the rugged cliffs, caves, waterfalls and gorges, spotting wildlife, taking refreshing dips in secluded waterholes and much more!

The Kimberley is prolific with islands, whirlpools, inlets, extensive waterfalls, pristine beaches and unforgettable scenery that will take your breath away. The team at Kimberley Quest will convey their passion for this ancient land, forging the sights and sounds of the Kimberley into your memory forever.

The double cabins are located on the lower deck and feature a double size bed with an additional single bed above, well appointed private ensuite with hair dryer, individual air-conditioning, personal mini-fridges and viewing windows.

For guests who would like stay in our double cabins and would prefer separate bedding we have one double bed which can be split into two single beds.

Storage consists of a small closet with hanging facilities, cupboard and space underneath your bed.

Our superior cabins are located on the main deck and feature a queen size bed, well appointed private ensuite with hair dryer, individual airconditioning, personal mini-fridges and large viewing windows.

A small closet with hanging facilities, cupboard and storage underneath your bed is also in your cabin.

Our exclusive flybridge cabin is the only guest cabin on the top deck and features a queen size bed, well appointed private ensuite with hair dryer, individual air-conditioning and a personal mini-fridge. With a large window in the bedroom and a port hole in the ensuite you will never miss a moment of the magnificent Kimberley scenery.

Storage consists of a small closet with hanging facilities, cupboard and space underneath your bed.

Note: The queen size bed in this cabin is accessible from both sides.

Kimberley Quest II - Lower Deck

Kimberley Quest II - Main Deck

Kimberley Quest II - Top Deck

The Kimberley Quest II has been designed for relaxing and exploring the Kimberley coastline in complete comfort and style.

Our custom-built vessel is fully air-conditioned, equipped with a helipad, spa, large en-suited cabins and offers indoor and outdoor alfresco areas so there will always be plenty of room to take in the panoramic scenery and breathtaking sunsets. Whilst on board take advantage of the extensive library, including a fantastic array of Kimberley reference books and general interest novels, otherwise sit with the Captain in the wheelhouse and learn more about the Kimberley outback.

Accommodating just 18 passengers and 7 crew, your holiday of a lifetime can be enjoyed with fellow travellers in luxurious and intimate surrounds. You have the choice of 9 cabins from deluxe double, superior and the exclusive flybridge. All cabins feature private ensuites, individual air-conditioning, viewing windows, mini-refrigerators and are serviced daily by your hostess.

Carrying three excursion tenders, days are filled with a myriad of activities both on and off land, exploring the spectacular region with your very own local guide who has extensive knowledge of the Kimberley coastline. During your cruise you are free to do as much or as little as you wish and can be sure that your Kimberley cruise with us will exceed your expectations!

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 24m
  • Maiden Voyage: 2005
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 18
  • Crew Nationality: Australian
  • Officer Nationality: Australian
  • Dining Staff Nationality: Australian
  • Ship Registration: Australia

Ship Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • State of the art communications and Navigation systems
  • Fresh desalinated water
  • Tenders
  • Sun Deck
  • Helipad
  • Spa
  • Library
  • Laundry
  • Main Lounge and Dining Area

Cruise Itinerary

09 Mar '21
Broome, Western Australia
10 Mar '21
Talbot Bay, Western Australia
11 Mar '21 At sea    
12 Mar '21
Montgomery Reef, Western Australia
12 Mar '21
Sale River, Western Australia
13 Mar '21 At sea    
14 Mar '21 At sea    
15 Mar '21
Prince Regent River, Western Australia
15 Mar '21
King Casades, Western Australia
16 Mar '21 At sea    
17 Mar '21
Cape Leveque, Western Australia
18 Mar '21
Broome, Western Australia

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

10 Night Cruise sailing from Darwin to Broome aboard Kimberley Quest II.

The Kimberley Quest II is a 25 metre fully air conditioned expedition vessels equipped with helipads. The vessel has been custom built for the remote Kimberley region, enabling it to explore estuaries and river systems inaccessible to larger boats. The vessel has the luxury of all private en-suite cabins, several deck areas for relaxation, sightseeing and alfresco dining. The talented chefs offer a diverse range of cuisine, incorporating some of the best local produce.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1. Darwin
Arrive in Darwin and be transferred to your boutique ship, the elegant MS Caledonian Sky. This evening, get to know your Expedition Leader and Team at a welcome briefing before enjoying dinner on board.

Stay: Ten Nights: Aboard the exclusive MS Caledonian Sky

Day 2. Selaru Island
Sail to the Indonesian island of Selaru. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Cocktails and dinner.

Day 3. At Sea
Get acquainted with the facilities of your beautiful ship, the MS Caledonian Sky with a day at sea. Perhaps enjoy the interesting and varied presentations from your Expedition Team about the places you will be exploring.

Day 4. Wyndham, Freedom of Choice
Today, choose between a scenic flight and land tour of the Bungle Bungle Range; a full day at El Questro Wilderness Park; tour Argyle Diamond Mine; or cruise the Ord River (some tours are capacity controlled)

Day 5. Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls
Wake up in Koolama Bay, named after a merchant ship bombed by the Japanese in World War II. Later, arrive at King George River, where you will board your Zodiac for a stunning cruise along the spectacular waterway. Accompanied by an Expedition Team Member, the highlight is sure to be King George Falls. This is the highest single drop falls in Western Australia, plunging approximately 80 metres over a magnificent sandstone cliff. During your amazing Zodiac Excursion, keep an eye out for the vast marine life that calls this place home.

Day 6. Vansittart Bay, Jar Island
With your Expedition Team, walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during World War II. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery. See examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years.

Day 7. Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Naturalist Island
Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs, green rainforest and mangroves. Explore the Hunter River and Naturalist Island. See Phillip Parker King’s ‘Nine Pin’ and catch a glimpse of the local salt water crocodile population along the Hunter River. Today you have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter excursion to see the mighty Mitchell Falls (own expense).

Day 8. Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Raft Point
Embark on an unforgettable adventure today as the magnificent Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade down into the surrounding channels. Board your Zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life, including turtles. Also keep an eye out for unique birdlife that can be seen feeding on the reef as the tide recedes. Afterwards, cruise through Doubtful Bay and travel ashore at Raft Point, where you will embark on a hike to discover one of the region’s most significant Wandjina art sites.

Day 9. Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls
Talbot Bay is known for its massive 12-metre tides that create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls. Subject to tidal conditions, you will embark on an exhilarating ride through the falls on a specially designed high-powered fast boat. David Attenborough described the phenomena as “one the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Keep your eyes open in the chance you may get to see some of the local Tawny Nurse Shark population lurking in the brilliant Turquoise Waters. Back on board this evening, enjoy a delicious dinner in either the restaurant or al fresco on the Lido Deck (subject to weather).

Day 10. Lacepede Islands
Today, visit the pristine Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands atop a platform reef. Discovered by Frenchman Nicolas Baudin in 1801, the islands were named in honour of French Naturalist Berard Germain. Board a Zodiac and keep an eye out for many species of birdlife including Australian Pelicans, frigatebirds, egrets, gulls and terns. The islands are also renowned as Australia’s most significant breeding grounds for the Green Turtle. This evening, reflect upon the days gone by and say goodbye to newfound friends as you enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Cocktails before dinner.

Day 11. Broome
After breakfast, disembark the ship and be transferred to either Broome Airport for your flight home, or to your Broome hotel.

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