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The pristine environment of the Kimberley coast and the immense tidal movements are what enables us to grow some of the finest pearls in the world – discover the changing landscapes for yourselves on our Sea Safaris.
Our 2 hour Sea Safaris depart from the land base at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on our amphibious Sealegs vessels. Guests are transferred to the tour vessel, a 12 seater rib with twin 250hp engines, ideally suited for the tides of the area.
Due to the ever changing nature of our tides these tours are only available on certain days and times.
Have you ever seen a waterfall in the ocean? Witness a tidal phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. This ultimate Sea Safari showcases the unique reefs and tides only found in the Kimberley.
Experience an abundance of islands which form the Buccaneer Archipelago, combined with the worlds largest tropical tides, exposing the unique natural phenomenon of the Waterfall Reef. The highlight of this tour is the emergence of a reef with a cascading waterfall on outgoing tides.
Feel the power of the world’s largest tropical tides as you cruise amongst the giant whirlpools and standing tidal waves. Venture into Escape Passage, recently described by scientists as the fastest ocean currents in the world!
Explore the ‘Giant Tides’ of the spectacular Kimberley Coast – an isolated and rugged coastline where tides of up to 12m push their way through the islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago off the tip of the Dampier Peninsula.
The tides on this section of the Kimberley Coast are particularly large due to the area’s geography. When the sun and moon align on a spring tide, the ocean is pulled towards the north-west of WA and Indonesia, gathering speed as it reaches the shallow continental shelf and bottlenecking as it passes between Australia and Indonesia, creating the exhilarating whirlpools and standing waves we see on the tour.
Kimberley Island Explorer
Cruise across the flooded fault line where the ancient Kimberley Rock begins and witness the visual spectacular of the thousand Islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago.
Cruising through the pearl farm and along Joligo Beach to One Arm Point, the islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago come into view. The Kimberley’s extraordinary geological past becomes apparent at Pearl Passage, a fault line on the edge of the Canning Basin which runs all the way down to the Pilbara and separates the 300 million year old rock on the mainland from the true ancient Kimberley rock of the island, between 1.8 to 2.4 billion years old.
This neap tide experience traverses the intertidal zones of the beautiful and the deserted ‘thousand islands’ which make up the Buccaneer Archipelago.