Bookings
 
We don’t usually book flights for passengers. You can certainly book extra accommodation at Broome or Kununurra at our Discovery One room rate (which includes Airport shuttle and continental breakfast). When you call the Hotel, just state you are part of the Discovery One group.

Yes. If you book 2 or more cabins on the same cruise in 2022 or 2023 we will provide you with a $500 per person credit. Bookings do not need to be made at the same time.  If friends or family wish to join you they just need to flag with the booking office and/or put these details on the booking form, the surname of the people that they are joining. The $500 per person credit will be applied to all final accounts.

Yes – we are very happy to work with independent (Travel Agent/Tour Operators) or activity based groups (farmers, 4WD Clubs)  that wish to charter a cruise. Charters need to be arranged well in advance. Please contact the booking office to discuss bookings@discoveryone.com.au or 1800 996 717.

Costs
 
Similar to pub prices.

The Captain arranges 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. There is an optional speedy jet-boat ride through the Falls which the Captain will book for you once onboard. This activity is extra and can be charged to your boat account. In 2021 the cost is $85 per person.

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.

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.

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.

Cruise
 

The Kimberley is spectacular and vast. There is so much to see in and around the 1,200 islands.  The Captain will take you to the popular locations – Montgomery Reef and Horizontal Falls plus many more equally beautiful spots. You will take short hikes on islands, explore rivers and inlets, admire some of the oldest rock art galleries in the world, visit historical sites, marvel at ancient cliffs and take dips in beautiful rock-pools. You are likely to see crocodiles, whales, dolphins and birds… The Kimberley is one of the last wilderness frontiers…it’s a feast for the eyes.

Discovery One is a 25 metre steel catamaran. It has 4 levels and is stable, spacious and comfortable for 22 passengers. One of the main advantages of Discovery One is the amount of recreational space available for passengers  in addition to the air conditioned lounge and licenced bar and dining area, there is a roof top sun deck with spa and 360 degree views.

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. This number is +870 773 506 802 and is charged at approx. $20 per minute.

We have a computer on board where you can upload photos to a memory stick if you wish.

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.

Towards the end of the day, passengers are welcome to fish from the duckboard. We provide handlines and bait.

Passes
 

Yes – currently to enter WA you need a G2G (Good to Go) pass.

State by State rules and details here. https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-controlled-interstate-border

Apply for a G2G here.  https://www.g2gpass.com.au/     The application is quite detailed – you will need flight number and arrival details, plus last address while in WA. The WA Government is interested in where you have been for the past 14 days.

Once you receive your approval take a screenshot of the pass (photo on your phone) as a record. You may also need to edit your application should border arrangements change – so keep your login and password details handy.

You also need a NT Entry Permit if travelling through to Darwin. This is less involved and can be applied for in short notice. Everyone travelling to the NT is required to complete an online Border Entry Form. 

Do this online no more than 7 days before entering the NT. Apply here. https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine#step2-border-entry-form

Preparation
 

Pick-up times depend on tides, flight times, weather etc but are usually early in the morning from Broome, Derby or Kununurra. Reception at the booked accommodation will have pick-up details.

 

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

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 – such as a broad brim hat and small binoculars. To make it easier for you, we also provide a free laundry service on the boat.

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, leaving a cruise in progress or us needing to cancel (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 / Evacuation Fund.

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

If you have your own transport (car, caravan, RV), you can leave vehicles in Broome, Kununurra or Derby – depending on what works best for you, and which cruise package you are doing.

We will either pay for a night’s accommodation in Broome or Kununurra or vehicle storage. It’s best to work through your options with our booking office and the pick-up and drop off arrangements pre and post the cruise.