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Cruising the Kimberley

In this article, Drew Lowther describes the incredible experiences to be had on the Kimberley Coast.

Have your camera at the ready to witness one the world’s greatest wonders. 

The Kimberley’s age certainly does not detract from its beauty and enormous diversity; from the world’s oldest and richest rock art regions to lush rainforest and pristine mangroves surrounded by a tropical sea, the region is a largely untouched wilderness of striking contrasts ready to be captured.  
Aboard luxurious small ship, Le Laperouse you can witness the magnificence of the Kimberley coast for yourself. APT’s Kimberley Coastal Expedition cruise is an exploration of natural history – it will feel like you are visiting an outdoor museum, where every view is picture perfect. Rise each morning to a new adventure with your 12-member expert expedition team including naturalists who will share their knowledge during forays ashore and onboard lectures. You’ll be fascinated by the intriguing history lessons about the wreckages from WWII, and ancient rock art dating back more than 20,000 years. 
Le Laperouse cruising the Kimberleys
Get you camera ready as there is nothing quite like a Kimberley sunset with the magical stillness enveloping you while absorbing the spectacular colours and sounds. Imagine yourself reclining on the deck of your luxurious small ship and directing your lens across the vast blue sea to witness the golden colours of the sun disappearing into the horizon.  

The daily experiences are just as photo-worthy as our cruise is designed so you get as close as possible to the remote, hard-to-reach destinations. Delight in boarding an inflatable zodiac vessel with your expedition leader, as they guide you through the extraordinary landmarks of this stunning region - the perfect backdrop for your happy snaps.  
Horizontal Falls Aerial View, Kimberley Western Australia
The incredible Horizontal Falls was described by Sir David Attenborough himself as one of the greatest natural wonders of the world – once you are up close, you’ll see why – it is a phenomenon in the ocean where some of the highest tides in the world literally create a horizontal waterfall. This is truly a spectacular sight to behold, and while your photos may not quite do it justice, they will capture the moment for you and reignite your memories of this truly special moment for many years to come.  
Travellers in a zodiac boat at King George Falls in the Kimberley

For the duration of your cruise, you will be looked after by your experienced Cruise Director, who will go the extra mile to ensure your journey exceeds your expectations, from making sure you travel in comfort, so sharing their knowledge of the region. Be absorbed by the magic of the Kimberley as you weave nimbly through marine parks and dramatic rock formations and meander through pristine eco-systems and archipelagos teeming with wildlife. And when the adventuring is over, take a swim in the onboard pool all the while enjoying great food, wine, and a little pampering along the way. 

Words: Andrew Lowther
Images courtesy of Ponant - Nick Rains, Graham Werner, Jane Barnes