Underwater Wonders of Western Australia (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
International Dateline (Crossing) to Sydney, Australia
Dates: 13 May 2019 - 28 May 2019

Track this Sailing

Please enter between 3 and 50 characters
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
13 May 2019
Air travel
14 May 2019
International Dateline (Crossing)

Arrive early in Melbourne and connect with your flight to Broome. Transfer to the Cable Beach Club Resort for dinner and overnight.
Board your independent flight to Australia, and lose a day as you cross the International Date Line.

15 May 2019
Melbourne, Australia
Air travel
Broome, Australia

After a welcome brunch, join a sightseeing tour of Broome, Western Australia's legendary pearling town and gateway to the wild Kimberley region. Broome's famous "pearl strip" along Dampier Terrace is home to the hautest jewelry brands, and you'll pass by numerous boutiques on the way to the recently-refurbished Coral Discoverer. Settle into your freshly updated stateroom before cocktails on the sun deck, followed by dinner.

16 May 2019
Broome, Australia
Broome, Australia

Suit up for your first snorkel or dive in Rowley Shoals Marine Park, a trio of remote coral atolls recognized for some of Australia's best diving. Spend the morning along Clerke Reef, the most popular of the three; its outside walls offer outstanding scuba opportunities, or snorkel alongside angel fish, trevally, and turtles in the shallow lagoon. Later, set out for the sand cay where fields of gorgonians and soft coral gardens crowd the outer slope.

17 May 2019
Bedwell Islet, Rowley Shoals, Australia

The largest of Rowley Shoals' reefs, teardrop-shaped Imperieuse is also the least visited because its lagoon passage is too narrow for most ships to navigate. Encounter coral trout, Queensland grouper, and Maori wrasse—just a few of the nearly 700 species recorded here.

18 May 2019
Imperieuse Reef, Rowley Shoals, Australia

Hit the water in the Dampier Archipelago, a chain of 42 islands and outcroppings scattered off the Dampier coast. First stop: Dolphin Island, where pods of bottlenose dolphin are often spotted. Underwater, you may discover dugongs and some 600 fish species; while on shore, search for birds or view ancient Aboriginal petroglyphs and rock pools where 19th-century pearlers collected fresh water. More adventures await off tiny Eaglehawk Island, or stay dry in the ship's glass-bottom boat.

19 May 2019
Dolphin Island, Dampier Archipelago, Australia
Eaglehawk Island, Dampier Archipelago, Australia

Scuba enthusiasts have dubbed the 70,000-acre Muiron Islands Marine Management Area the "Magical Muirons". Part of the Ningaloo archipelago located to the north of Exmouth, South Muiron is famous for Cod Spot, where thousands of golden cardinalfish, large potato cod, coral cod, and manta rays congregate. Other popular sites include The Spit, inhabited by tiny baitfish and giant manta rays; Dinner Plates, lined with plate coral; and The Gap, a fabulous drift dive between the two islands.

20 May 2019
Muiron Islands, Australia

For most of the 20th century, steam-powered whaling ships loaded with harpoon guns scoured the waters along the Ningaloo Coast, which are now protected as the UNESCO-designated Ningaloo Marine Park. In addition to several species of whales, the area is also home to whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles, and more than 500 fish species. Explore a number of historic wrecks, or snorkel from the shore along Australia's largest fringing coral reef.

21 May 2019
Ningaloo Reef, Australia
DAY 10
22 May 2019
Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Around 75 miles west of Dampier you'll find Montebello Islands, one of Australia's most important marine parks. Comprising more than 250 islands and a diverse range of habitats, the park nurtures some 150 types of hard coral and 450 fish species, while 640 species of molluscs have been identified, along with 170 echinoderms. Search for underwater denizens at Claret Bay, Willy Nilly Lagoon, and Alpha Island, or go ashore to search for sooty and pied oystercatchers, white-bellied sea eagles, and white, Caspian, bridled, and roseate terns.

DAY 11
23 May 2019
Montebello Islands, Australia

As its name implies, Little Turtle Island is part of an important turtle nesting area. Rookeries of green, hawksbill, loggerhead, and leatherback turtles, along with the threatened flatback turtle, are found along its sheltered beaches. Migratory wading birds can also be found here, while dugong feed in the seaweed and grasses just off shore.

DAY 12
24 May 2019
Little Turtle Island, Australia

Spend a relaxing day at sea as the ship returns to Broome.

DAY 13
25 May 2019
Broome, Australia

Disembark this morning and board your flight to Melbourne. Transfer to the PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 14
26 May 2019
Broome, Australia
Air travel
Melbourne, Australia

Fly to Sydney to connect with your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

DAY 15
27 May 2019
Melbourne, Australia
Air travel
Sydney, Australia
Air travel
Underwater Wonders of Western Australia map

Virtuoso Voyages Benefits


Zegrahm Gear Shop Voucher

ZEGRAHM EXPEDITIONS - $100 voucher per-person for the purchase of apparel and gear from the Zegrahm Expeditions Gear Shop.Restrictions may apply, please see Terms & Conditions for details.

About the Ship

Papua New Guinea
Coral Discoverer

The 65-guest Coral Discoverer was refurbished in 2016. She carries Zodiacs, and an excursion boat that can carry all guests for tours. A spacious lounge, equipped with two large plasma TV screens, is ideal for lectures. All staterooms offer an ocean view. The dining room features the finest fresh seafood a selection of Australian and New Zealand wines.

What's Included


  • All gratuities; accommodations as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included

  • All air transportation (except where noted); optional extensions and excursions as noted in the itinerary; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above); e-mail/internet/fax/telephone charges.

About Us

With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

Insider Tip

Virtually everything is included: gratuities, transfers, group hotels, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and a variety of excursions including snorkeling and birding.

Terms & Conditions

Please read our complete set of Terms and Conditions on our website. In order to confirm your participation, it is important that you carefully read and electronically sign the acknowledgement form for your trip. You can select the applicable trip option from our website.

The trademarks VIRTUOSO, the Globe Swirl Logo and SPECIALISTS IN THE ART OF TRAVEL are registered trademarks of Virtuoso, Ltd. Virtuoso, Ltd. has a U.S. copyright registration for the Globe Swirl Logo, ©2000. All rights reserved. Virtuoso CST#2069091-50. California CST# 2069091; TA# 808 - Registered Iowa Travel Agency; Washington UBI # 601 554 183. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.


Shore Excursions

Melbourne, Australia - 15 May 2019

Melbourne, Australia - 26 May 2019

Melbourne, Australia - 27 May 2019

Sydney, Australia - 27 May 2019

Reviews and Recommendations for Zegrahm Expeditions

Virtuoso Verified Traveler

All reviews are from confirmed guests sharing exclusive insights

Sort reviews by