Sail along the extraordinary West Coast of Australia on this brand new 10-night itinerary on board Le Soléal. Embarking in Broome, the pearl of North Australia, you will discover the pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and World Heritage-listed scenery the region is renowned for, including remarkable encounters with marine life, unrivalled anywhere in the world.
Your first port of call will be at the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve, together they protect a chain of three coral atolls at the edge of the continental shelf and are regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular diving and snorkelling locations.
At the Burrup Peninsula you will have the opportunity to marvel at 40,000 year old petroglyphs, depicting everything from human figures and birds, to marine life and extinct creatures, providing an insight into the ancient world of the Aboriginal people of the Pilbara and beyond. The Montebello Islands Marine Park are the remnants of an old coastal landform and have been separated from the mainland for more than 8,000 years becoming an area rich in natural marine diversity and human history.
Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing coral reef in Australia and is an idyllic location to swim and snorkel in clear turquoise waters and immerse yourself in marine life encounters, and it sure to be a highlight of your cruise. In Monkey Mia Reserve you may get the chance to enjoy one of Australia’s best-known wildlife experiences by getting up close to wild bottlenose dolphins. You may also see dugongs, sharks, rays, turtles and a variety of fish in the water.
With its white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters, rust-red sand dunes and abundant wildlife, Shark Bay’s colourful and diverse landscapes, rare fauna and flora and world class examples of Earth’s ecological processes are what make it a truly remarkable place. Jurien Bay Marine Park and its immediate surrounds is the only major breeding area for Australian sea lions along the western coast of Australia. As well as major sea lion and seabird breeding areas, the marine park contains biological communities, populated with a mix of temperate and tropical plants and animals, courtesy of the Leeuwin Current.
You will disembark in the vibrant city of Fremantle, where the old blends with the new, creating an enriching cultural experience.