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Duration 5 Nights

Coral Atoll Cruise (Rowley Shoals)

Broome to Rowley Shoals and Return
Coral Atoll Cruise Rowley Shoals
True North Rowley Shoals Cruise

Rowley Shoals Cruise 2024 & 2025

A True North favourite

The Rowley Shoals feature exaggerated corals, mind-blowing fish life and stunning underwater clarity; but perhaps more important than anything else – even today they are visited by only a fortunate few!

Just an overnight cruise from Broome, the Rowley Shoals include some of the world’s most-pristine coral reef and, a Rowley Shoals cruise is a must-do experience for any adventurer with an interest in marine life.

This small ship cruise features guided underwater tours led by a marine biologist and a team of underwater naturalists. Divers and snorkelers alike will revel in a diverse wonderland of coral habitats including maze-like lagoons, tidal canyons and breathtaking walls. And keen anglers will match wits with blue-water pelagics such as black marlin, sailfish, wahoo and yellow-fin tuna. Please refer to the sailing schedule to determine if this itinerary is available on the TRUE NORTH or TRUE NORTH II.

Wander the enticing shores of Bedwell Island, see nesting red-tailed tropicbirds and indulge with sunset drinks on the beach – 300 kilometres from the West Australian coast. This Australian cruise favourite features Western Australia’s premiere coral playground – the protected waters of the Rowley Shoals Marine Park.

This itinerary is provided as example only – prevailing conditions, local arrangements and indeed, what we discover on the day, may cause variation.

night 01
Welcome Aboard

Welcome Aboard

Your TRUE NORTH Luxurious cruise commences in the frontier pearling port of Broome. Embarkation is at 1700 – time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 1800. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port and then it’s an overnight steam to the Rowley Shoals.

(Please note that the TRUE NORTH visits the Rowley Shoals only during the months of September, October and November. These months are normally associated with “the doldrums” – a period of light winds and calm seas. In addition, the TRUE NORTH is fitted with computer controlled motion stabilisers that minimise vessel movement. Guests can therefore anticipate comfortable conditions when travelling to the Shoals – however observing the normal precautions associated with the prevention of seasickness is always recommended.)

day 02
Clerke Reef

Clerke Reef

Arrive early at Clerke Reef and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before heading-out with our experienced crew to explore the atoll's huge lagoon. You will marvel at pristine reefs teaming with life – clouds of fish and corals of every imaginable shape and colour. There will be opportunities for diving on the outer reef, relaxed snorkelling in tropical waist deep water, beach combing on Bedwell Island, or perhaps some “catch and release” lagoon fishing using eco-friendly tackle. Our experienced crew will be on-hand to personally introduce the delights of this remarkable coral atoll.

When you’re not on excursion, relax onboard TRUE NORTH and enjoy our renowned cuisine in air-conditioned comfort. The licensed open-air bar will definitely be the spot to witness your first ‘Rowley’s Sunset’.

day 03
The Aquarium

The Aquarium

Start the day with a visit to the Aquarium. Forget the Great Barrier Reef – this is world-class snorkelling at its very best! Even if you have never put your head under water before – this is an absolute must. The water is only waist deep however the experience is literally ‘out of this world’! More brilliantly coloured corals, giant clams and more than 600 of the world’s most beautiful tropical fish species at your fingertips! Don’t forget your underwater camera.

In the afternoon we’ll ‘crank up the action’ with something very unique – high-speed snorkel drifts through the outer reef! Again, our experienced crew members will be on hand to ensure that everyone gets to try this once-in-a-lifetime experience – as many times as you like! See Maori wrasse, potato cod, reef sharks, trevally and other large species up-close.

Our anchorage tonight is in the “swimming pool like” waters of Clerke Lagoon – 300 kilometres off the coast of Australia!

day 04
The Outer Reef

The Outer Reef

Perhaps an early morning swim and breakfast on the deck before the adventure boats set off to explore the outer reef. Snorkelling on the outer reef of a coral atoll is a totally different experience – sheer coral walls teeming with life will take your breath away. The fishing boats will troll the deep blue in search of pelagic species such as Spanish mackerel, giant dog tooth tuna, wahoo and of course the fastest fish in the sea - the prized sailfish! Close encounters with humpback whales and manta rays are also on the agenda. Finish the day with sunset drinks on the beach and one of our famous Island Parties. Then it’s back to the ultimate comfort of your TRUE NORTH cabin and, another perfect night in Clerke Lagoon – 360° stars reflected in a glassy ocean.

day 05
Bedwell Island

Bedwell Island

By now you will be addicted to snorkelling and diving amongst the untouched corals of Clerke Reef and, your wish is our command. Spend the day exploring the outer reef, or perhaps discover ‘The Maze’ – a labyrinth of coral bombies inside the lagoon. Stroll along your very own sand cay, enjoy a swim at the beach or relax in the shade of one of our colourful umbrellas. Take a stand-up board for a paddle or circumnavigate the island in one of our twin kayaks. The dedicated fishers will be out again – one last chance to win the ‘Fish Hat’!

Then all too soon it’s time for our overnight steam to Broome. Join the crew in the bar lounge and reflect on our shared adventures. Re-live what is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime as the Rowley Shoals melt into a blazing western sky.

day 06
Return to Broome

Return to Broome

Early morning arrival in Broome in time to disembark at 0800 hours. Transfer to the airport or your accommodation – your voyage on the TRUE NORTH need only be the start of a Kimberley Adventure!

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Ocean Class $7,995
River Class $10,595
Explorer Class $11,595

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I take on a Rowley Shoals Cruise?
Snorkellers only need to bring their swimming outfit - complimentary snorkelling equipment is available on the TRUE NORTH. Divers normally prefer to bring their own equipment however hire equipment can be arranged in advance of departure. SCUBA tanks and weight belts are available onboard. An underwater camera is recommended.
When should I visit the Rowley Shoals?
The TRUE NORTH only visits the Rowley Shoals during the months of September, October and November. These months are normally associated with “the doldrums” – a period of light winds and calm seas.
Where is the Rowley Shoals Marine Park?
The Rowley Shoals Marine Park consist of 2 coral atoll - Imperieuse Reef and Clerke Reef. The atolls lie on the edge of the continental shelf 200 nautical miles west of Broome.
How long does it take to get to the Rowley Shoals?
The TRUE NORTH normally departs Broome at 1800. After enjoying dinner and an overnight sleep you will arrive at the Rowley Shoals at around 0800 the next morning.
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