Explore the Wonders Down Under on an Expedition Cruise to Australia's Wild West
Down Under, "The Kimberley" means the ultimate in wilderness. Raw and intense in its beauty, this stretch of rugged coast on the northwest flank of the Australia Outback is largely inaccessible except by sea. The vast plateau of the Kimberley runs headlong into the ocean, bearing scars of the erosive action of surf, wind and water over millennia. Rivers cut deep gorges through ochre sandstone. Waterfalls plunge over cliffs. Dazzling white sand beaches meet a transparent ocean studded with islands. A fascinating collection of wildlife is at home here, including huge primeval crocodiles. Our small ship is the ideal means to explore the complex coastline, cut by rivers and narrow inlets. Excursions by boat, Zodiac and helicopter reveal the Kimberley's wonders: the spectacular gorges and pools of Mitchell Falls, Prince Regent Nature Reserve with its astounding wildlife, desert tableaus dotted with bizarre boab trees, and the entrancing isles of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Though the Kimberley is sparsely inhabited except by wildlife, its rich human history is also on display in stunning galleries of Aboriginal rock art.
Discover the region's intriguing wildlife, including vast seabird colonies, rock wallabies, flying foxes and giant saltwater crocodiles, one of the most ancient creatures on earth
Enjoy a spectacular helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls atop the Kimberley Plateau, where we stop to swim in crystal-clear freshwater pools
Travel by Zodiac up the Hunter River, passing mangrove estuaries and vertical sandstone cliffs to King George Falls, the highest in the Kimberley
Why Book Your Adventure Cruise With Us?
Here at Natural Habitat Adventures, we are experts at nature travel—after all, that’s all we do! When it comes to adventure cruising to our planet’s farthest reaches, instead of selling one ship where it is in our best interest to fill every spot, we have spent years inspecting dozens of ships and dozens of itineraries, bringing our guests the most comprehensive collection of carefully chosen routes aboard the finest independently operated small ships, each one meeting our standards. Since every traveler has their own personal tastes and budgets, it makes sense to have the experts at Nat Hab by your side as you select your once-in-a-lifetime adventure cruise. Here’s why:
Unbiased Experts - Your Best Interest is Our Best Interest!
This may be the most important advantage of all: Our experienced Adventure Specialists are unbiased! Since we don’t own the ships we sell, we’re not shy about giving you candid opinions and advice. You won’t find a better collective knowledge base when it comes to small-ship expedition cruising! We can help you choose the trip and ship best suited for your interests, preferences and pocketbook.
Our Expertise Takes the Guesswork Out
Let’s face it, cruising options are myriad. Trying to sort through an overwhelming array of ships and itineraries can wear you out before you even leave home. Let us do the legwork for you: over the years our staff has taken literally hundreds of expedition cruises aboard dozens of ships. We’re very picky. We know which ones meet our – and your – high standards. And those are the only ones we’ll put you on.
Small Ships Assure Closer Nature Encounters
We don’t offer cruises aboard big ships. Period. Meaningful nature adventures are what we are about, and that can’t happen in a crowd. The vessels we sell typically carry 60-120 passengers, sometimes fewer. Small ships have access to protected coves and channels that are off limits to the behemoths. You’ll come alongside marine life for an intimate view. And you’ll enjoy guided small-group excursions by Zodiac, canoe and on foot, depending on your itinerary. On a small ship, you have also personal access to crew and guides.
Outstanding Naturalist Guides Who Specialize in the Destinations You’ll Visit
Big cruise ships usually sail with the same cruise staff no matter where they voyage. On small-ship expedition cruises, you’ll be accompanied by a first-rate team of naturalist guides who specialize in the regions you visit. From wildlife biologists to ornithologists, marine scientists to polar historians, you’ll travel with experts who are carefully chosen for their in-depth knowledge of the destination you’re traveling to.
We’re Committed to the Planet
Natural Habitat Adventure is a standard-setter in eco-conscious travel. We were the world’s first 100% carbon-neutral travel company. And we continue to break innovative ground in adopting practices that help to protect our global environment. Because of our concern for the environment, we only choose cruise travel partners who share those commitments.
NHA is WWF’s Travel Partner
Because of our environmental commitment and the outstanding quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund has chosen Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation we’re very proud of!
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