Come on in, the water’s really nice!
Diving & Snorkeling aboard the True North
favourite things to do
Diving and snorkelling is one of our favourite things to do. And we’ve been doing it for a long time. True North first ventured out to the Rowley Shoals way back in 1987. In fact, we used to do more diving and snorkelling than anything else and it’s never stopped being one of our most popular activities. And that’s probably because we go to destinations that are revered around the world for their coral and fish life. Places such as Australia’s south coast, the Abrolhos Islands, Ningaloo Reef, the Rowleys, Raja Ampat and Papua New Guinea. Not a bad line-up eh?
Every destination is different and has its own special appeal. The South Coast is absolutely the best place to see marine fauna such as sea lions and orcas. The Abrolhos is believed to be home to as many as a dozen historic shipwrecks – some which have not yet been discovered! Ningaloo boasts coral gardens just a fin-kick off the beach whilst less than 500 people a year are lucky enough to experience just how good it is at the Rowley Shoals. The Rajas are in a region often referred to as the “home of corals” and ask any diver about Papua New Guinea – we’re pretty sure they will respond with something similar to “I have always wanted to go there.”
Diving and snorkelling is also pretty easy on the TRUE NORTH. That’s because we have 6 adventure boats that allow us to group both divers and snorkelers according to experience. Even if you have never put your head under the water before – we can easily introduce you to another world. And at the same time – we can also challenge the most experienced divers onboard!
If you have always wondered what the underwater world is like or, if you have been diving all your life – you have come to the right place!
The bits and pieces
Please note that diving and snorkelling activities may be offered on your upcoming adventure. It is therefore important that you familiarize yourself with the following guidelines concerning equipment:
- Snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel & fins) is available for complimentary use on-board. However, bringing your own equipment is the best way to ensure a perfect fit.
- We recommend that divers bring an appropriate exposure suit. A short sleeve/leg wetsuit may also be a good idea for snorkelers who get cold easily and a rash shirt provides excellent sun protection. Exposure suits may be available for sale on-board however we cannot guarantee that we will have your size in stock.
- Divers are provided with cylinders, weight belts and weights.
- Divers normally bring their own personal dive equipment including regulators, BCD and wetsuit.
- TRUE NORTH has limited dive equipment (BCDs, regulators and dive computers) available for hire on-board. Please confirm arrangements in advance.
- It is highly recommended that divers bring their own dive computer. THE SHARING OF DIVE COMPUTERS IS NOT PERMITTED.
- Divers MUST dive with a safety sausage. If you do not bring your own you will be required to purchase one on-board.
- Night dives MAY be offered. If you intend to night dive, you MUST bring your own primary light source. A secondary or back up light source is also recommended. Dive lights may be available for sale on-board however stock levels cannot be guaranteed.
- Divers MUST provide proof of certification on-board.
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True North Sails into 30 Years
True North Adventure Cruises - has sailed into 30 years of continuous operations. The now revered adventure-cruise operator first cruised Western Australia’s remote Kimberley coast during 1987 when founding director Craig Howson commenced fishing type charters along a coastline that was and still is largely inaccessible from land.
Adding another dimension to the adventure, most cruise options on the TRUE NORTH feature an on-board helicopter! Carrying guests in air conditioned comfort, the ship’s helicopter provides unique opportunity to witness grandeur; unique opportunity to fish billabongs that have never been fished; unique opportunity to discover your very own wilderness!
Myles Pollard's Fishing Adventure
There is nothing better than a day out on the water, especially when the fish are biting! Fishing on-board the TRUE NORTH is a much-favoured activity both with guests who have never picked up a rod before and, with those who have "caught them all!” Our guides encourage everybody on-board to “give it a go” and the TRUE NORTH’s multiple adventure boats never fail to bring back a swag of ‘fishing tales’! Stories about the ladies who out-fish the boys are pretty common, humorous equipment failures also come to note on a regular basis, then there are the ‘birthday fish’, the ‘monster fish’ and of course, the ones that got away! Our guides have seen and heard it all! Watch the video to find out more about actor Myles Pollard's fishing adventure!
TRUE NORTH Impresses Again
The TRUE NORTH has once again impressed on the world stage coming second in the 2020 Traveller Made Brand Storytelling competition. Traveller Made is Europe’s largest travel consortium and its members represent the very best in luxury travel providers and suppliers. The group’s inaugural Brand Storytelling competition was an opportunity for leading travel brand’s to showcase “the story behind their brand” and, the competition attracted entries from some of the world’s most respected travel brands. In such esteemed company, True North’s marketing team was especially pleased to receive this additional acknowledgement.
Adventure En Plein Air
West Australian artist Jacob 'Shakey' Butler joined the TRUE NORTH earlier this season and discovered the Kimberley's raw beauty. As the artist in residence, Jacob set up his canvas on remote beaches, beside freshwater billabongs and on-deck surrounded by pindan-coloured gorges. Watch the video above to hear Jacob describing how the Kimberley inspires the art of adventure.
Catriona Rowntree Talks With Craig Howson
A commonly asked question is “When is the best time to see the Kimberley?” And the answer is “The Kimberley is always at its best!” However certain times of the year can make it easier to satisfy particular interest. For example, if you would like to see plenty of whale action then departures in August and September are definitely for you! From late July humpback and southern right whales reach the Kimberley after swimming-up the west coast to reach breeding grounds in the north and it’s very common for guests to get great views of whales breaching and basking on the surface.