Tour Dates 2013
April 29 – 6 May
May 13 – 20
May 27-June 3
June 10 – 17
June 24 – 1 July
July 8 – 15
July 22 – 29
Aug 5 – 12
Aug 24 – 31
Our Chartered Bus will transfer from your accommodation in Broome to the Derby Jetty for boarding.
Welcome aboard King Tide, meet our crew and join some like-minded adventurers. Relax and enjoy a nice cold drink straight off the ice.
We depart Derby on the outgoing tide and cruise to the Buccaneer Archipelago.
We go with the flow of the tide. Our experienced crew will endeavour to match activities to time and tide for your greatest enjoyment. We will visit some of the best Kimberley icons and our own special fishing spots, including some of the following, depending on guest preferences and best conditions.
TIME AND TIDE WILL DECIDE WHICH OF THE TREASURES BELOW WE CAN FIT IN !
Today is the big fish day. We head to the outer islands and some offshore reefs for pelagic and bottom species. Fish the aptly named ATO and Thornbury Reef. It is a regular event to encounter GTs at 30kg out here. Swim and stroll on a scenic white double beach. At anchor in a sheltered coral lagoon, at night we may catch some huge Fingermark and Bronze Whalers.
Explore the ultra scenic western Talbot Bay. Visit a waterfall under a rainforest canopy. Here we will fish mangrove creeks for Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon and Mangrove Jack.
Visit the Horizontal Waterfalls and nearby magical Dugong Bay. Cruise through some of the most spectacular scenery on the coast and then experience an exciting ride through one of the natural wonders of the world, the Horizontal Waterfalls.
Away from the crowds at the Horizontal Falls is a bay enclosed in steep quartzite cliffs, waterfalls cascade from their heights. We will fish and explore creeks hidden in the mangroves. Here we find resident crocodiles and Barramundi chasing the bait up with the tide.
A climb up a bushy track leads to an incredible Aboriginal art site featuring some of most famous Wandjina paintings in the North West. The view from the site is spectacular looking over Steep Island and Doubtful Bay.
Catch the outgoing tide to the famous Montgomery Reef and watch the water recede and the 400 square km of reef rise out of the water creating thousands of cascades. See the myriad reef life including Dugongs, Turtles, sharks and rays. No anchorage here so we proceed to Doubtful Bay.
Visit the beautiful Ruby Falls for a swim and climb up to explore the headwaters. Swim again in lilly lined pools draped by fragrant Weeping Paperbarks and Frangipani.
Cruise to the fantastic 3‑ways creek system for some excellent estuary fishing. Here we encounter all sorts including Black Jewfish, Flowery Cod, Queenfish, Trevally, Salmon, Barramundi Mangrove Jack and Mudcrabs.
Zoom up the 20km of gorges of the Sale River in the tenders. This is one of the most beautiful rivers in the Kimberley. Get above the highest rockbar on the top of the tide where the freshwater meets the salt and explore a fantastic rainforest with spring fed creek. Swim in the cool fresh water with the local Cherabin.
At the northern end of Doubtful Bay in the uncharted gorge waters, lies the Glenelg River. This is the spot of renown Barramundi. We could fish and explore this remote area for days, but sadly we must head for our home port.
Collect large Blacklip Oysters then cruise up Silvergull Creek to Squatters Arms for a BBQ lunch. At the site of a natural spring, Phil and Marion have set up a tropical paradise replete with a hot spring fed freshwater pool. Float around and listen to some amazing yarns. Here you will have the opportunity to purchase some unique Kimberley jewellery carved from mother of pearl and black coral.
Start the morning with a swim at the famous Crocodile Creek waterfall. Cruise past the Yampi Sound Barramundi farm to Hidden Island which is home to Silica Beach, a pure white beach made from silica, for a relaxing swim. Fish here for some big GT. We then visit a deserted beach to wander around and beachcomb and collect oysters. We will have sunset drinks and tasty BBQ to end this wonderful day.
We then visit Ediline Island that has fascinating patterns weathered into slate stone and the last resting point of ancient pearlers. Many turtles nest on this island from time to time and there is a good chance of spotting one. As the tide rises, it’s up the Kyulgum River to a large waterfall and plunge pool for a dip. After a refreshing swim we anchor at a spot where we hand feed our gentle Tawny Nurse Sharks.
Anchor at the head of the bay where we are amazed by the giant round boulders resting above the pebble beach. Fish for massive Northern Mulloway or follow the tide up a mangrove creek chasing Barramundi.
On day 8 we will steam to Cygnet Bay at the NE of Cape Levique where you will experience the fine hospitality offered at the oldest family owned pearl farm in the Kimberley. After an informative tour of the farm you may browse the gallery before boarding your Kimberley Aviation scenic flight back to Broome.
This is a suggested itinerary only and is subject to change due to passengers preferences and the vast tidal range of the region. Kimberley Fishing and Coastal Wilderness Adventures Guests will enjoy cruising and fishing in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere with a maximum of 10 guests and a great crew of 3 to 4. Prices include: Accommodation while on board, all meals whilst on board, skilled fishing guides, tackle and bait, scenic light aircraft transfer to/from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm to/from Broome, bus transfer to/from Broome to Derby Port. Consecutive 5 and 7 Night tours can be combined into one extended cruise, e.g. 7 nights + 5 nights = 12 nights. Exclusive whole boat charters are available, itineraries can be customized to suite your preference, however the scheduled dates have been selected with careful consideration of the predicted tides to enable optimal access, so we prefer to operate within this framework.