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12 Night Package

Departs from Broome

independent Trip

From
$15,596
AUD
The Coral Coast - Greg Mortimer
REF: 25723

12 Night Package

Departs from Broome

independent Trip

From
$15,596
AUD
REF: 25723

12 Night Package

Departs from Broome

From
$15,596
AUD

Package Details

The Coral Coast - Greg Mortimer
Explore above and below the turquoise waters of northwest Australia’s spectacular Indian Ocean coast. Sail overnight from Broome to Rowley Shoals Marine Park, three coral atolls swept by nutrient-rich deep ocean currents. Kayak, snorkel and dive lagoons and spectacular drop-offs in crystal-clear waters shared with turtles, manta rays, whales and dolphins. Discover the Montebello Islands, once the site of nuclear weapons testing, now breeding grounds for ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles, terns, and oystercatchers. On Barrow Island spot rare mammals like the spectacled hare-wallaby, golden bandicoot, black-flanked rock-wallaby and more. Immerse yourself in Ningaloo, the world’s largest fringing reef, and Coral Bay, where humpbacks, whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles swim. At Shark Bay, watch for the many dugongs feeding on extensive sea grass beds, then adventure throughout the exquisite Houtman Abrolhos islands, with its sea lion colonies, photogenic fishing shacks and perfect lagoons to swim, snorkel and kayak.
Departs September 19, 2021
Returns October 1, 2021

Inclusions

12 nights accommodation aboard the Greg Mortimer - Twin share - Balcony Stateroom Category B | Complimentary spray jacket | Port surcharges, permits and landing fees | Gratuities for ship crew.
All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage, Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner. Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises & educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team , Snorkelling activities and use of snorkelling equipment
Return airport transfers to and from the Greg Mortimer

Exclusions

  • ● Domestic flights not mentioned in the itinerary
  • ● Pre and Post accommodation in Broome and Fremantle
  • ● All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges.
  • ● Optional excursions & activity surcharges that are not included in the itinerary
  • ● Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Upgrades

  • ● Upgrade to Balcony Stateroom Category C - Twin share Standard price : $18,595.00 pp | EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT : Up to 10% : $16,735.50 pp - Early bird offer ends 24 April 2021 or until sold out.
  • ● Upgrade to Balcony Stateroom Category A - Twin share Standard price : $20,995.00 pp | EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT : Up to 20% : $16,796.00 pp - Early bird offer ends 24 April 2021 or until sold out.
  • ● Upgrade to Balcony Stateroom Superior - Twin share Standard price : $22,995.00 pp | EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT : Up to 20% : $18,396.00 pp - Early bird offer ends 24 April 2021 or until sold out.
  • ● Upgrade to Junior Suite - Twin share Standard price : $28,795.00 pp | EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT : Up to 15% : $24,475.75 pp - Early bird offer ends 24 April 2021 or until sold out.
  • ● Upgrade to Captains Suite - Twin share Standard price : $34,195.00 pp | EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT : Up to 15% : $29,065.75 pp - Early bird offer ends 24 April 2021 or until sold out.
  • ● Tropical Sea Kayaking - Led by highly-experienced and enthusiastic guides, join a small group of up to 20 like-minded adventurers and create lasting memories … From $1,000.00 pp
  • ● Tropical Scuba Diving - Discover some of Earth’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems, many of which have been designated as ‘Hope Spots’ by Mission Blue. … From $1,500.00 pp
  • Proposed Itinerary

    Day 1 - Broome Embark the Greg Mortimer in the afternoon. After boarding, take time to settle into your cabin before attending important safety briefings. Enjoy the thrill of departure as we pull away. In the evening, meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.
    Day 2 - 3 - Rowley Shoals Sail overnight to Rowley Shoals Marine Park, three coral atolls rising from the seabed to the surface (and above at low tide). One of the world’s finest snorkelling and dive destinations, it features deep drop-offs festooned with soft coral, protected lagoons brimming with tropical fish and channels alive with larger marine animals, including sea turtles, manta rays, whales and dolphins. Spectacular kayaking and Zodiac-cruising await those who prefer their adventures above the sea. Beach walk to caves where seabirds nest including red-tailed tropicbirds and the rarer white-tailed tropicbird.
    Day 4 - Damper Archipelago Named after William Dampier, an English buccaneer and explorer who visited in 1699, the 42 islands feature brilliant sapphire waterways, set against the Pilbara’s red and ochre-hued landscape, alive with hawksbill turtles, dolphins and shy dugongs. Snorkel, dive or kayak, or land on sandy beaches to discover amazing Aboriginal rock engravings of turtles, fish, kangaroos and wallabies.
    Days 5 Montebello islands – Barrow Island Start the day in the Montebello Islands, an archipelago of some 174 small limestone islands about 130 kms off the Pilbara coast. The site of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s, including the United Kingdom’s first ever atomic weapon, the islands are now the breeding ground for beach stone curlews, fairy and roseate terns, ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles and sooty oystercatchers. Mala, (rufous-hare wallaby) has been reintroduced to the islands. After lunch, we land on Barrow Island, one of the most important conservation reserves in WA where oil and gas fields coexist with rare and endangered mammals like the spectacled hare-wallaby, golden bandicoot and black-flanked rock-wallaby. Among the 43 species of reptiles on the island is the perentie, Australia’s biggest lizard.
    Day 6 -7 - Ningaloo Coast and reef Immerse yourself in UNESCO’s Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area and Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue Hope Spot. It is the world's largest fringing reef and major migratory route for dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales. Visit ruins of the Norwegian Bay whaling station harking back to the early 1900s, when a Norwegian whaling company ran whaling and factory ships before building the shore-based processing plant in 1915. After lunch, hike through stunning gorges of Cape Range National Park and swim in crystal-clear Turquoise Bay. Next day, swim, snorkel, dive and kayak Coral Bay’s prime spots like Asho’s Gap, where cleaner wrasse attend to the teeth and parasites of grey reef sharks, and loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles nest nearby. A sunset walk to Point Cloates Lighthouse to finish the day.
    Day 8 - 9 - Shark Bay Wake to low-lying Bernier Island, one of three islands of the Bernier and Dorre Nature Reserve, two that hide a tragic past. In the early 1900s, the islands housed ‘lock hospitals’, where Aboriginal men, women and children were taken for treatment of venereal disease, many never to return to their homelands. Today these islands are home to some of the rarest animals in the world and we hope to go ashore to see the Shark Bay mouse, western barred bandicoot, banded hare-wallaby, and rufous hare-wallaby. After lunch we move to Dirk Hartog Island, to swim and snorkel, and learn of Dirk Hartog’s pewter plate, which now resides in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Next morning, visit Surf Point to snorkel and dive a marine sanctuary protecting vase and plate corals, a variety of staghorn species and tropical fish, including parrotfish, butterflyfish, wrasse, angelfish and snapper. After lunch, search for endangered banded hare-wallabies and hike to Steep Point to view magnificent Zuytdorp Cliffs.
    Day 10 - 12 - Houtman Abrolhos Over three days, explore the Abrolhos Islands, another of Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue Hope Spots. They are a stunning necklace of 122 islands surrounded by the southernmost coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. Beginning in the Wallabi Group of islands, puzzle how such a peaceful setting could be where the 1629 shipwreck of the Batavia, and the subsequent mutiny and massacre, took place. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and diving, or kayaking past remote fishing camps, watching for tammar wallabies, successfully reintroduced on North Island. On day two, explore the Easter Group, its islands, like many in the Abrolhos, are breeding grounds for up to 100 bird species including the prolific wedge-tailed shearwater, lesser noddy’s, storm petrels, pacific reef herons, white-bellied sea eagles and osprey. Wake on the third morning in the Pelsaert Group, a wonderland of tern nests and scene of some of the worst shipwrecks in Australian maritime history, including the Zeewijk, the last of four Dutch East Indiamen to be wrecked there. The Zeewijk’s crew lived for 10 months off seals, seabirds, eggs, and supplies salvaged from the wreck before finishing an 18 m boat that, over nearly a month, they successfully sailed to Sunda Strait. Each day in the Abrolhos Islands promises to bring new and memorable adventures.
    Day 13 - Fremantle After breakfast, farewell your expedition team before you disembark for your transfer to the airport or hotel accommodation. Important note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea state and other conditions beyond our control.

    Terms and Conditions

    The voyage is subject to regulatory approval and only open to Australian residents. Early bird offer ends 24 April 2021 or until sold out. Offer is only valid on new bookings and on select ship voyages only which must be booked and deposited by 24th April 2021. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. The promotion is only available in conjunction with the back to back voyage discount or the loyalty program offer, and not available with any other offer. The promotion can be withdrawn at any time and is not redeemable for cash. Prices and offers correct at time of printing and subject to change. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. To confirm your booking, a completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of AUD 3,000 per person is required within 7 days of reserved berth/s. Additional terms and conditions may apply. .
    Valid for travel from September 19, 2021.
    Valid for travel until October 1, 2021.
    Only available for sale until April 24, 2021.

    Subject to availability and COVID-19 conditions – please contact your Dive Adventures travel specialist.

    Destination Information

    Western Australia

    With its pristine white-sand beaches, vast swathe of outback, one of the longest surviving cultures in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of remarkable reef and rock formations, excellent surfing, and award-winning wines, you will always have a reason to return to Western Australia. 

    Dive in Exmouth and The Coral Coast to explore some of the most diverse marine habitats on earth, visit Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef where you can swim with the biggest fish in the ocean – the whale shark. Frolic with the playful dolphins of Monkey Mia, take to a kayak and observe cliff kangaroos, or take your surfboard and catch some exceptional waves. 

    If you are after some out-of-the-water activities, stroll past the exhibits at the world’s biggest wildflower show, visit the strange moonscape of the Pinnacles Desert, or plunge into the extraordinary ancient river gorges of Kalbarri.

     

    Greg Mortimer

    The Greg Mortimer is a purpose-built polar expedition vessel for expeditions to the most remote places on earth.

    Its the first passenger ship to feature the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW hull, this allows the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently, and with expansive observation decks to bring you closer to the environment, inviting communal areas and unsurpassed environmental credentials, the Greg Mortimer offers the perfect base camp for adventures at the outer limits of human exploration.

    Accommodating an average of 132 expeditioners per voyage within 76 comfortable cabins – all cabins have a view of the ocean and 85% of cabins have their own balcony. The ship also features a modern lecture lounge, multiple observation areas, zodiac launching platforms, a restaurant serving excellent meals, a gym and wellness centre, jacuzzis, a mudroom and many other amenities.

    Onboard facilities include:

    State of the art lecture facilities

    On all expeditions you will meet naturalists and local specialists, who offer presentations on their area of expertise to deepen your understanding of the region you’re visiting.

    Join the team in the lecture theatre for presentations covering topics as broad as history and culture, biology and climate change, but they have one thing in common: they all aim to engage, educate and entertain

    Library

    With floor-to-ceiling windows, the library is a peaceful sanctuary where you can find non-fiction books to read up on the day’s destinations, plug in and organise your photos or play board games with newfound friends. Choose from our range of informative nonfiction titles, wildlife guidebooks, travel journals, novels and a selection of children’s books and board games. Wildlife guides, books and binoculars can also be found on the observation lounge on deck 7.

    Mudroom

    No need to take your wet expedition gear back to your cabin to dry. Keep your cabin warm and cosy by leaving your outer jackets and pants in the mudroom. The mudroom is your launchpad for all shore excursions and activities. Here, you will have access to a locker when you can hang your gear up to dry, and store your boots between excursions.

    Spa, Sauna & Gym

    You are welcome to visit the wellness centre during your voyage where you can use the gym, visit our sauna (which we highly recommend after the polar plunge!) or book a massage (additional cost applies). There are also two jacuzzis on the top outside deck with amazing views of the world outside.

    Dining

    One of the most important parts of any expedition is the food! Whatever adventures the day holds, you will be fuelled-up with hearty meals and delicious morning/afternoon teas cooked by our onboard chefs.

    Meals are a great time to soak up the expedition camaraderie in our open seating dining area. Share stories with your fellow travellers and ask our expedition team questions that may have come up during the day.

    Tea, coffee and snacks are available 24 hours a day, and our chefs offer different menu options and courses for each meal. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild.

    We also invite you to join your captain and expedition team for informal Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks, with complimentary beverages and cocktail appetisers, followed by a 3 course meal.

    Bars & Lounges

    Communal meeting areas have always played a major role in fostering the warm camaraderie on board our ships. They are the heart of the expedition, where people meet to share tales from the day, swap photos, keep an eye out for wildlife and watch the sun go down. The bars and lounges on board are refined yet inviting places to gather, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views, and of course friendly bartenders to shoot the breeze with.

     

    Facilities

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    Dive Center on Site
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    Bar
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