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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deposit due?

A booking is not confirmed until we receive a signed booking form and a deposit of 30%. The final balance is due 6 weeks prior to the cruise.

Should I leave from Broome or Derby?

If you have your own transport (car, caravan, motor home), we suggest you make your way to Derby where we will pay for your vehicle storage at Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park (08 9193 1055). We will pick you up from there and drop you back after the cruise.

If you are flying in to do the cruise, your destination will be Broome where we will provide you with a night’s accommodation before the cruise, and bus transport to Derby on the day the cruise commences. (Cruises 1, 3 & 5 start from Darwin and conclude in Derby so a night’s accommodation in Broome will be provided at the end of the cruise.)

What will I see?

There is so much to see around the 1200 islands so we have chosen the best and most varied sites.  We take you to places such as Silica Beach with its pure white silica sand, Crocodile Creek with its freshwater rock pools where you can take a dip, Montgomery Reef – a 400 sq km reef that becomes exposed as the tide drops, Horizontal Falls where you can do a fast boat ride or a scenic helicopter flight, Sheep Island to see the graves of early settlers, Raft Point for some of the best preserved Aboriginal art.  The list goes on!

What is included?

All transfers and accommodation are included as specified in the each of the cruise itineraries. All your meals and excursions operated by us on the boat are provided. The exceptions are purchases from the bar, souvenirs and any optional excursions provided by 3rd parties. A Boat Account is kept for the duration of the cruise for your purchases and we ask you to finalise this at the end of the cruise using Visa or Mastercard.

When is the best time for the Horizontal Falls?

We rearrange the itinerary on each cruise to ensure you get to see the falls when they are running at their best. There is no month that is better than others to experience this, the tides change twice a day, every day of the month.

What are the bar prices like?

Similar to pub prices.

Can you book my domestic flights/accommodation prior to the cruise?

We would be glad to assist you in booking flights online if you don’t have access to a computer. We provide a night’s accommodation in Broome for all our cruises, but if you wish to stay in Broome longer, we would be happy to organise this for you too.

What time will my pick up be for the cruise?

Pick up times depend on tides, flight times, weather etc.  Pick up times from Broome and Derby will usually be in the morning so it is preferable for all passengers to arrive the day before.

What time will I be back in Derby/Broome afterwards?

We can’t give a specific time until we have studied tide charts, but usually before 6pm.

What type of vessel is Discovery One?

Discovery One is an 25mt steel catamaran. It has 4 levels and is a very spacious boat for 22 passengers with plenty of deck space.  Features include air conditioning throughout, roof top sun deck with spa, licensed bar, dining aft deck, 11 air conditioned cabins, spacious lounge.

What do I need to bring with me on a cruise?

Some of our cruises have strict weight limits for luggage due to light air, seaplane and helicopter flights. To reduce luggage weight we provide a lot of items onboard such as linen, towels, beach towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, hairdryers, sunscreen, insect repellent, walking sticks, day packs, peaked caps and drink bottles. A list of what we recommend that you bring with you will be provided after booking. To make it easier for you, we also provide a free laundry service on the boat.

Do I need to purchase any insurance?

Yes. If you are an Australian citizen you should purchase Domestic Travel Insurance when you pay your deposit. This ensures that you are covered for the cost of the cruise (either part payment or full payment) should anything happen prior to or during the cruise which necessitates you cancelling or leaving a cruise in progress (please refer to our Terms & Conditions for our refund policy).

The other type of insurance you will need is to cover you if you should become ill or have an accident during the cruise, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service needs to charter a seaplane to evacuate you from the boat (they have only fixed wing aircraft). Please check with your Private Medical Insurance Company to make sure you are covered for this event or speak to us about alternatives.

If you are an International guest, you should have suitable Travel Insurance to cover you for any emergency.

Can I use my mobile phone or internet while on the cruise?

No. We are travelling in a wilderness area where there is no mobile phone or internet coverage. Discovery One has a satellite phone for emergencies only. We have a computer on board where you can upload photos to a memory stick if you wish.

Do you give a discount for group bookings?

We don’t discount, except for a last minute booking where there is availability or a cancellation. For groups of 6 or more, we can offer a Bar Credit which would be deducted from final accounts. This is not redeemable for cash or transferable, and can only be used onboard Discovery One.

Do you do charters?

Yes – if we have an empty scheduled cruise we would consider doing a charter.

Is there a single supplement?

The single supplement for all cruises is 50% if a guest wishes to solely occupy a cabin. If a guest wants to book but is happy to share with another same-sex passenger, they will only pay the standard single rate and we will look for someone of the same sex to share with them.

Where do you cruise?

Some cruises are part of a package between Darwin and Broome, which includes a cruise between Wyndham and Derby. Other cruises focus mainly on a group of 1200 islands in the ‘Buccaneer Archipelago’ and travel as far north as the Prince Regent River and the Hunter River.