more than just a massage
There is so much more to wellness than a massage table and aromatherapy.
Wellness is a connection. A connection with yourself and with your surroundings.
Guests who share the adventure on the TRUE NORTH often remark that they feel re-invigorated. Perhaps because just that day they have hiked through the rain forest, taken a shower under a majestic waterfall, marvelled at ancient rock art and landed the fish of their dreams.
Wellness is also detoxification. A stroll along a beach with just yourself for the company and the enjoyment of simple but tasty meals freshly prepared and often featuring locally sourced ingredients.
But wellness is also about connecting with humanity.
Sharing experience with like-minded guest, spending time with chaperoning crew and engaging with those who cherish blameless existence in paradise not yet lost.
And wellness is never better attained than through redemption – the regaining of spirit through acts of thoughtfulness and kindness.
Our company maintains an active redemption program, especially when operating adjacent to underprivileged communities in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
True North guests transform lives
Each year the TRUE NORTH delivers significant donations of clothing, school resource and sporting equipment to the many villages and communities that are included in our program.
We also provide school sponsorship, support the efforts of Conservation International and, provides other day-to-day assistance wherever possible.
Some other examples of our engagement in redemptive travel include:
- The urgent transfer of an expectant mother to medical care.
- Alerting Australian authorities following the discovery of villages severely affected by flooding and mudslides. The Australian government subsequently provided immediate assistance.
- The diagnosis (courtesy of one of our guests) of a serious infant condition and, subsequent transfer of the patient to medical facilities.
- The discovery of a young girl suffering from horrific burns following a ‘grass skirt’ fire. Generous guests on the TRUE NORTH arranged for the girl’s evacuation and life-changing treatment in Australia. Without this assistance, this young girl’s prospects were very bleak indeed.
- Guests on a TRUE NORTH Australian cruise also made a big difference to the life of a young man with a cleft palate – see the story below.
- Supporting Sepik River communities. The Sepik River is one of the largest river systems in the world. It is a fascinating and intriguing destination but it is also a pretty tough place to live! The TRUE NORTH has been visiting villages on the Sepik for more than 7 years and during this time we have donated more than 2000 mosquito nets, medical supplies, school supplies, reading materials, clothing and equipment for mending clothes, footwear and fishing gear.
- Students at Broome Primary School in Western Australia recently assisted our efforts to support remote schools in West Papua. They worked together to create a design that was then printed onto 500 colourful T-shirts and one lucky student, Nick Howson (son of North Star director Craig Howson) was fortunate enough to deliver the shirts during the TRUE NORTH’s 2015 Raja Ampat Explorer.
- Supporting Conservation Internationals efforts to promote sustainable employment opportunities in West Papua.
If you would like your TRUE NORTH adventure to be a redemptive experience – contact our sales team for more information on current programs.
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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.
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We curate activity-based itineraries that are designed to satisfy the world’s most discerning travellers. We specifically exclude sea-days and feature unparalleled access to stunning coastal environments and, unequalled opportunity to truly experience the destination.