Kimberley To Ocean
Vessels: MV K20 with three expedition tenders
Entered service: 2005
Months of operation: March to November
What's included in the price:
- All your meals while on-board
- 24-hour tea and coffee station
- Complimentary soft drinks and water
- Courtesy transfers to and from your accommodation
- Use of on-board fishing equipment
- Linen, bath towels and beach towels
- Guided excursions with our knowledgeable crew of 5
- Flight and helicopter transfers (Kimberley Discovery trips only)
The company operates a large 22 metre catamaran out of Broome in North Western Australia. The cat is cleverly named K2O and was launched in 2004. It was especially designed to be able to cruise the open ocean as well as waters close into the coast. It is very manoeuvrable and with its shallow draft, is highly suited to cruising up rivers and into isolated bays. The cat is fitted out to a very high standard and the company makes no bones about the pampering that their guests receive whilst on board. There is a high crew to passenger ratio with five crew tending to the needs of a maximum of twelve guests.
The standard of cooking on board is extremely high. As would be expected, seafood is high on the list of priorities with guests able to have their own catches cooked by the chef. Such wonderful food as giant Kimberly mud crab, barramundi and freshly caught oysters are almost always on the menu. All meals are freshly prepared from local ingredients where possible. Of course, vegetarian and healthy eating choices are always available as are dishes for those who cannot eat seafood.
Breakfast is always served on board and can be either cooked or continental. Lunch is often eaten ashore, depending on the location. Soft drinks are included in the price and passengers may bring as much of their own beers and spirits as they want which can be cooled in the cat’s giant refrigerator.
The main purpose of the cruises is adventure. This might mean discovering the wonderful Kimberly coast and the immediate hinterland, diving on reefs, fishing or photographing giant saltwater crocodiles. There are waterfalls to enjoy, both vertical and horizontal and many historic sites of both Aboriginals and Pioneer settlers. The “Horizontal waterfalls” are caused by the very strong currents around the north western tips of Australia. Broome has one of the greatest tidal ranges in the world with 10 metres being the average at spring tides. The cat carries some zodiac inflatable boats for ferrying passengers to and from the shore, for fishing and trips up narrow rivers for sightseeing.
The Kimberley region has a tropical monsoon climate which means that there are two distinct seasons – the “Wet” and the “Dry” which are during the summer and winter months. The dry from April to September and the wet, during which 90% of the region’s rain falls. The wet season provides some spectacular sights with lush vegetation, roaring rivers and spectacular lightning shows. During this season the waterfalls are no less than amazing. The months from April to September are the most popular with K2O passengers as there is very little rain and the rivers are quiet enough to travel on them deep into the interior. In October K2O concentrates on fishing trips whilst November sees the cat cruising the Rowley Shoals with the emphasis being on diving the coral reefs. Whilst the Wet officially starts in October, there is usually very little rain until December in the Broome area. As the town is situated on a peninsula, it does not suffer the extremes of temperature experienced inland. This allows K2O to enjoy an extended cruising season.
K2O provides luxury adventure cruises to one of the most beautiful and remote parts of the world that can only be easily reached by sea. Cruises are extremely interesting with a wide variety of sights to see. The fishing and diving are spectacular.
Horizontal Waterfalls, Montgomery Reef, King Cascade, King George Falls, Wandjina and Bradshaw Art, Bigge Island, Hunter, Prince Regent, Berkeley and Drysdale rivers.
All meals are prepared fresh by your on-board chef and can include freshly shucked black-lipped oysters, giant Kimberley mud crabs and a huge array of fish such as barramundi, mangrove jack, snapper and red emperor.
Air-conditioning in all cabins and dining areas, modern audio visual system, small library of books and films, onboard washing machine and dryer.
There are two main deck luxury staterooms with ensuite, two lower deck double deluxe cabins with adjoining ensuite and two lower deck twin cabins with shared bathroom facilities.