Kimberley travelers take a Zodiac cruise through turquoise water by red canyon walls at Horizontal Falls, Northwest Australia.
National Geographic Orion boat with Zodiac of guests motoring towards it at Crocodile Creek, Kimberley Region, Australia.
Aerial view of Montgomery Reef in Australia's Kimberley Region, with teal water & sandy shores.
Modern multicolored Wndjina aboriginal art strung across red canyon rock at Raft Point in Northwest Australia's Kimberley Region.
Tall island with red & white rock & small green trees growing atop it sits in turquoise water, seen on a Kimberley Expedition.
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Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia

Step aboard 102-guest Nat Geo Orion to experience Australia’s iconic wilderness and Indonesia’s captivating culture. Discover dramatic landscapes etched with ancient human history in the Kimberley, and sail to remote island villages of Indonesia where history comes alive in traditional ceremonies. Search for spectacular wildlife, from the giant saltwater crocs of the Kimberley to prehistoric Komodo dragons. Snorkel and dive at pristine Rowley Shoals among untouched coral gardens. Zodiac cruise to the base of King George Falls and learn the history of the Moluccas, fought over among English, Portuguese and Dutch colonizers.

Itinerary highlights offer bucket list sights and activities. Zodiac up the King George River to explore it at water level and experience its towering red rock canyon walls. Get up close to the unique wildlife in this Region, including crocodiles, migrating humpback whales and endearing wallabies. Visit the world-renowned Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to go in search of the legendary Komodo dragon. And snorkel and dive remote reefs with galaxies of colorful fish, both in Indonesia and at Australia’s pristine Rowley Shoals.

All departures are aboard 102-guest National Geographic Orion, a ship built for stability in open sea. Enjoy the ship’s educational features along the way, including a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with an underwater video feed, as well as enough Zodiacs and kayaks to accommodate all guests at the same time.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises in Australia and trips to Australia.



Itinerary

2023 Main Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia Itinerary

The 18-day main, northbound Kimberley Expedition operates from Broome, Australia, to Bali, Indonesia. The 18-day itineraries make a unique visit to the pristine underwater paradise of Rowley Shoals, the famous rock art of Bigge Island and select Indonesian sites, including Komodo National Park.

Route map of Nat Geo Kimberley Expedition cruise between Broome, Australia & Bali, Indonesia with visits to Rowley Shoals, Montgomery Reef, Bigge Island, Vansittart Bay, King George River & Falls, Wyndham, Komodo National Park & more.
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Days 1 - 3
Fly to Broome, Australia & Overnight

Depart for Broome, cross the international date line (depending on flight path), and arrive on Day 3. Spend a night at the group hotel.

Accommodations

n/a (days 1 - 2); Included Hotel TBA (day 3)

Meals

n/a

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Day 4
Embark Broome

Today, board the ship and take to the waters of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Rowley Shoals

With abundant marine life and untouched corals, Rowley Shoals is comprised of atoll-like reefs and is one of the world’s most pristine marine environments. Enjoy time to snorkel, dive, and explore this remote and incredible place by Zodiac.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
At Sea & Montgomery Reef

Conditions permitting, the tide may drop rapidly away and a raging torrent of water will erupt, as miles of surrounding reef appear to slowly rise out of the ocean. A Zodiac will maneuver everyone into a channel in the reef as water cascades down on either side. It’s the perfect spot to watch cormorants, egrets and sandpipers forage for sea life trapped on the surface of the reef. Below the waterline, opportunistic sea turtles, reef sharks and many larger fish also take advantage of this feast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Hunter River (& Optional Helicopter to Mitchell Falls)

This is one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, lined with green rainforest, mangroves and soaring red cliffs. The ship will drop anchor near Naturalists Island, the proper name of which is “Wunumpurramarra”—a stunning backdrop to the day’s explorations. The Hunter River has many crocodiles, and you may be lucky enough to see them on a Zodiac foray through the mangroves. For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior, today presents a wonderful opportunity. The distance from Naturalists Island to the famous Mitchell Falls and Plateau is about 30 miles, and you may choose to take an optional helicopter excursion over some spectacular terrain in the vast interior.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Bigge Island

Aboard Zodiacs, visit this rocky island jutting out of aqua seas, famous for Wandjina rock art. Composed of weathered sandstones and dolerites forming a rugged terrain, Bigge Island is crisscrossed by many deep grooves in the rock, forming valleys and fissures which support the island’s vegetation. Small monjon rock wallabies and the northern quoll thrive here free of predators.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
King George River & Falls

Take a Zodiac up the King George River with its almost vertical sheer canyon walls. Enjoy the opportunity to explore it at water level, and experience its towering red rock canyon walls. The river drains the Gardner Plateau here into spectacular King George Falls, the highest single-drop waterfalls in the Kimberley.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Wyndham & The Ord River

Set out via small boat up the Ord River to Lake Argyle. The Ord River is one of the most stunning river systems in Australia. You’ll navigate a massive stretch of river between Kununurra and Lake Argyle (Ord River Dam) and then view the Lake from a scenic lookout and have a visit to the historic Durack homestead. Alternatively, take an optional flight to discover Purnululu National Park, home of the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range. These ancient hills resemble giant beehives forming deep chasms with palm trees and long gorges. This strange landscape is remarkable from the air.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 13
Vansittart Bay, Jar Island & At Sea

Today, be led by the naturalists to an outdoor Gwion Gwion Aboriginal art gallery on Jar Island. Discovered by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891, the rock images are estimated to be up to 40,000 years old. Nearby there is a wreck of a DC-3 aircraft that became lost and crashed during WWII. If time allows, explore the crash site and the remains of the plane.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 14
Sawu Island, Indonesia

This morning, arrive in Indonesia at the small island of Sawu, located in the Sawu Sea. The deep trenches and strong current of the sea in this region make it an important corridor for migrating whales and sea turtles. Many species of fish can also be found in the vibrant coral reefs. Explore the area both above and below the sea while kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or snorkeling in these rich waters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 15
Larantuka

In the 1600s, Flores was an important Portuguese trade center and as Dutch influence spread throughout the 17th century, Portuguese populations moved here. Today, Larantuka is a neat little seaside township with spectacular views. Meet the locals and learn their history and customs, and enjoy an opportunity to swim and snorkel off white-sand beaches.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 16
Komodo

Explore Komodo National Park, home to the world’s largest living lizard—the Komodo dragon. Park rangers will share details about the conservation of these prehistoric giants, then join on a hike to spot the lizards in their natural habitat. Then enjoy an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling, or beachcombing at Pink Beach, named for the coral fragments that lend their color to the sand.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 17
Satonda & Sumbawa, Lesser Sunda Islands

Today, visit the uninhabited Indonesian island of Satonda—a small circular island that is an ancient volcanic cone. Spend the morning snorkeling or diving the vibrant reefs or hike inland to the island’s sacred lake. This afternoon visit the island of Sumbawa, where villagers welcome all with a lively cultural display. Witness a traditional wedding ceremony and a local boxing match.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 18
Disembark Bali, Indonesia, Explore & Depart

This morning, arrive in Denpasar on the lush island of Bali. Following disembarkation, get a taste of this paradise where life and art are interwoven. Following lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Chartered flightseeing over Bungle Bungle range; all accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens. Complimentary beer & wine on National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, with a complimentary full bar on all other ships.

Exclusions

Optional helicopter excursion to Mitchell Falls; immigration fees; diving; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750*
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$750 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The main Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia cruise begins in Broome, Australia (BME) and ends in Bali, Indonesia (DPS). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Broome anytime on Day 3. Disembarkation in Bali is after breakfast on Day 18 of the outlined itinerary, with a guided tour and lunch before transferring to the airport. Plan flights to depart Bali anytime in the evening on Day 18. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, a river cruise, diving (added cost), hiking, flightseeing (included) and helicopter tour (added cost). Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

2024 Main Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia Itinerary

The 16-day main, northbound Kimberley Expedition operates from Broome, Australia, to Bali, Indonesia. The 16-day itineraries make a unique visit to the pristine underwater paradise of Rowley Shoals, the famous rock art of Bigge Island and select Indonesian sites, including Komodo National Park.

Route map of Nat Geo Kimberley Expedition cruise between Broome, Australia & Bali, Indonesia with visits to Rowley Shoals, Montgomery Reef, Bigge Island, Vansittart Bay, King George River & Falls, Wyndham, Komodo National Park & more.
Read More
Day 1
Arrive Broome, Australia & Overnight

Arrive in Broome and transfer to the group hotel where you’ll spend one night.

Accommodations

Included Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 2
Embark Broome

Today, board the ship and take to the waters of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Rowley Shoals

With abundant marine life and untouched corals, Rowley Shoals is comprised of atoll-like reefs and is one of the world’s most pristine marine environments. Enjoy time to snorkel, dive, and explore this remote and incredible place by Zodiac.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 4 - 5
At Sea & Montgomery Reef

Conditions permitting, the tide may drop rapidly away and a raging torrent of water will erupt, as miles of surrounding reef appear to slowly rise out of the ocean. A Zodiac will maneuver everyone into a channel in the reef as water cascades down on either side. It’s the perfect spot to watch cormorants, egrets and sandpipers forage for sea life trapped on the surface of the reef. Below the waterline, opportunistic sea turtles, reef sharks and many larger fish also take advantage of this feast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Hunter River (& Optional Helicopter to Mitchell Falls)

This is one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, lined with green rainforest, mangroves and soaring red cliffs. The ship will drop anchor near Naturalists Island, the proper name of which is “Wunumpurramarra”—a stunning backdrop to the day’s explorations. The Hunter River has many crocodiles, and you may be lucky enough to see them on a Zodiac foray through the mangroves. For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior, today presents a wonderful opportunity. The distance from Naturalists Island to the famous Mitchell Falls and Plateau is about 30 miles, and you may choose to take an optional helicopter excursion over some spectacular terrain in the vast interior.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Bigge Island

Aboard Zodiacs, visit this rocky island jutting out of aqua seas, famous for Wandjina rock art. Composed of weathered sandstones and dolerites forming a rugged terrain, Bigge Island is crisscrossed by many deep grooves in the rock, forming valleys and fissures which support the island’s vegetation. Small monjon rock wallabies and the northern quoll thrive here free of predators.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
King George River & Falls

Take a Zodiac up the King George River with its almost vertical sheer canyon walls. Enjoy the opportunity to explore it at water level, and experience its towering red rock canyon walls. The river drains the Gardner Plateau here into spectacular King George Falls, the highest single-drop waterfalls in the Kimberley.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Wyndham & The Ord River

Set out via small boat up the Ord River to Lake Argyle. The Ord River is one of the most stunning river systems in Australia. You’ll navigate a massive stretch of river between Kununurra and Lake Argyle (Ord River Dam) and then view the Lake from a scenic lookout and have a visit to the historic Durack homestead. Alternatively, take an optional flight to discover Purnululu National Park, home of the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range. These ancient hills resemble giant beehives forming deep chasms with palm trees and long gorges. This strange landscape is remarkable from the air.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 10 - 11
Vansittart Bay, Jar Island & At Sea

Today, be led by the naturalists to an outdoor Gwion Gwion Aboriginal art gallery on Jar Island. Discovered by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891, the rock images are estimated to be up to 40,000 years old. Nearby there is a wreck of a DC-3 aircraft that became lost and crashed during WWII. If time allows, explore the crash site and the remains of the plane.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
Sawu Island, Indonesia

This morning, arrive in Indonesia at the small island of Sawu, located in the Sawu Sea. The deep trenches and strong current of the sea in this region make it an important corridor for migrating whales and sea turtles. Many species of fish can also be found in the vibrant coral reefs. Explore the area both above and below the sea while kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or snorkeling in these rich waters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 13
Larantuka

In the 1600s, Flores was an important Portuguese trade center and as Dutch influence spread throughout the 17th century, Portuguese populations moved here. Today, Larantuka is a neat little seaside township with spectacular views. Meet the locals and learn their history and customs, and enjoy an opportunity to swim and snorkel off white-sand beaches.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 14
Komodo

Explore Komodo National Park, home to the world’s largest living lizard—the Komodo dragon. Park rangers will share details about the conservation of these prehistoric giants, then join on a hike to spot the lizards in their natural habitat. Then enjoy an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling, or beachcombing at Pink Beach, named for the coral fragments that lend their color to the sand.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 15
Satonda & Sumbawa, Lesser Sunda Islands

Today, visit the uninhabited Indonesian island of Satonda—a small circular island that is an ancient volcanic cone. Spend the morning snorkeling or diving the vibrant reefs or hike inland to the island’s sacred lake. This afternoon visit the island of Sumbawa, where villagers welcome all with a lively cultural display. Witness a traditional wedding ceremony and a local boxing match.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 16
Disembark Bali, Indonesia, Explore & Depart

This morning, arrive in Denpasar on the lush island of Bali. Following disembarkation, get a taste of this paradise where life and art are interwoven. Following lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Chartered flightseeing over Bungle Bungle range; all accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Optional helicopter excursion to Mitchell Falls; immigration fees; diving; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The main Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia cruise begins in Broome, Australia (BME) and ends in Bali, Indonesia (DPS). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Broome anytime on Day 1. Disembarkation in Bali is after breakfast on Day 16 of the outlined itinerary, with a guided tour and lunch before transferring to the airport. Plan flights to depart Bali anytime in the evening on Day 16. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, a river cruise, diving (added cost), hiking, flightseeing (included) and helicopter tour (added cost). Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

2024 Reverse Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia Itinerary

The 16-day reverse, southbound Kimberley Expedition operates from Bali, Indonesia, to Broome, Australia. The 16-day itineraries make a unique visit to the pristine underwater paradise of Rowley Shoals, the famous rock art of Bigge Island and select Indonesian sites, including Komodo National Park.

Route map of Nat Geo Kimberley Expedition cruise between Broome, Australia & Bali, Indonesia with visits to Rowley Shoals, Montgomery Reef, Bigge Island, Vansittart Bay, King George River & Falls, Wyndham, Komodo National Park & more.
Read More
Day 1
Arrive Bali, Indonesia & Overnight

Arrive in Bali and transfer to the group hotel where you’ll spend one night.

Accommodations

Included Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 2
Embark Bali

Today, board the ship and take to the waters of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Satonda & Sumbawa, Lesser Sunda Islands

Today, visit the uninhabited Indonesian island of Satonda—a small circular island that is an ancient volcanic cone. Spend the morning snorkeling or diving the vibrant reefs or hike inland to the island’s sacred lake. This afternoon visit the island of Sumbawa, where villagers welcome all with a lively cultural display. Witness a traditional wedding ceremony and a local boxing match.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Komodo

Explore Komodo National Park, home to the world’s largest living lizard—the Komodo dragon. Park rangers will share details about the conservation of these prehistoric giants, then join on a hike to spot the lizards in their natural habitat. Then enjoy an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling, or beachcombing at Pink Beach, named for the coral fragments that lend their color to the sand.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Larantuka

In the 1600s, Flores was an important Portuguese trade center and as Dutch influence spread throughout the 17th century, Portuguese populations moved here. Today, Larantuka is a neat little seaside township with spectacular views. Meet the locals and learn their history and customs, and enjoy an opportunity to swim and snorkel off white-sand beaches.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Sawu Island

This morning, arrive at the small island of Sawu, located in the Sawu Sea. The deep trenches and strong current of the sea in this region make it an important corridor for migrating whales and sea turtles. Many species of fish can also be found in the vibrant coral reefs. Explore the area both above and below the sea while kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or snorkeling in these rich waters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 7 - 8
At Sea, Vansittart Bay & Jar Island, Australia

Today, be led by the naturalists to an outdoor Gwion Gwion Aboriginal art gallery on Jar Island. Discovered by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891, the rock images are estimated to be up to 40,000 years old. Nearby there is a wreck of a DC-3 aircraft that became lost and crashed during WWII. If time allows, explore the crash site and the remains of the plane.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Wyndham & The Ord River

Set out via small boat up the Ord River to Lake Argyle. The Ord River is one of the most stunning river systems in Australia. You’ll navigate a massive stretch of river between Kununurra and Lake Argyle (Ord River Dam) and then view the Lake from a scenic lookout and have a visit to the historic Durack homestead. Alternatively, take an optional flight to discover Purnululu National Park, home of the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range. These ancient hills resemble giant beehives forming deep chasms with palm trees and long gorges. This strange landscape is remarkable from the air.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
King George River & Falls

Take a Zodiac up the King George River with its almost vertical sheer canyon walls. Enjoy the opportunity to explore it at water level, and experience its towering red rock canyon walls. The river drains the Gardner Plateau here into spectacular King George Falls, the highest single-drop waterfalls in the Kimberley.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Bigge Island

Aboard Zodiacs, visit this rocky island jutting out of aqua seas, famous for Wandjina rock art. Composed of weathered sandstones and dolerites forming a rugged terrain, Bigge Island is crisscrossed by many deep grooves in the rock, forming valleys and fissures which support the island’s vegetation. Small monjon rock wallabies and the northern quoll thrive here free of predators.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Day 12
Hunter River (& Optional Helicopter to Mitchell Falls)

This is one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, lined with green rainforest, mangroves and soaring red cliffs. The ship will drop anchor near Naturalists Island, the proper name of which is “Wunumpurramarra”—a stunning backdrop to the day’s explorations. The Hunter River has many crocodiles, and you may be lucky enough to see them on a Zodiac foray through the mangroves. For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior, today presents a wonderful opportunity. The distance from Naturalists Island to the famous Mitchell Falls and Plateau is about 30 miles, and you may choose to take an optional helicopter excursion over some spectacular terrain in the vast interior.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 14
At Sea & Montgomery Reef

Conditions permitting, the tide may drop rapidly away and a raging torrent of water will erupt, as miles of surrounding reef appear to slowly rise out of the ocean. A Zodiac will maneuver everyone into a channel in the reef as water cascades down on either side. It’s the perfect spot to watch cormorants, egrets and sandpipers forage for sea life trapped on the surface of the reef. Below the waterline, opportunistic sea turtles, reef sharks and many larger fish also take advantage of this feast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Rowley Shoals

With abundant marine life and untouched corals, Rowley Shoals is comprised of atoll-like reefs and is one of the world’s most pristine marine environments. Enjoy time to snorkel, dive, and explore this remote and incredible place by Zodiac.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Broome, Australia Explore & Depart

Disembark in Broome and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Chartered flightseeing over Bungle Bungle range; all accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Optional helicopter excursion to Mitchell Falls; immigration fees; diving; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia cruise begins in Bali, Indonesia (DPS) and ends in Broome, Australia (BME). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Bali anytime on Day 1. Disembarkation in Broome is after breakfast on Day 16 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Broome anytime in the evening on Day 16. Note: This expedition may be traveling over the International Date Line, so please confirm departure and arrival dates with an AdventureSmith Specialist before booking flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, a river cruise, diving (added cost), hiking, flightseeing (included) and helicopter tour (added cost). Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, photography and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Aug 06 - Aug 23, 2023
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Jul 18 - Aug 02, 2024
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