Buccaneer Archipelago: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cygnet Bay Unique Tidal Waterfall Reefs Scenic Cruise

Cygnet Bay Unique Tidal Waterfall Reefs Scenic Cruise

Witness a tidal phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. Experience an abundance of islands that form the Buccaneer Archipelago and the worlds largest tropical tides the expose the waterfall reef. Your sea safari departs from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on an amphibious sea vessel. Transfer to the tour vessel, a 12-seater rib with twin 250-horsepower engines, ideally suited for the tides in the area. The highlight of the tour is the emergence of a reef with a cascading waterfall on outgoing tides. With turquoise blue water and white sand beaches largely untouched by human interference, the region around Cygnet Bay is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia. Extend your stay for a night or longer and experience life on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula with a million star view.

Broome: Dampier Peninsula 4WD Tour & Optional Return Flight

Broome: Dampier Peninsula 4WD Tour & Optional Return Flight

After pickup from your hotel in Broome, head north on Cape Leveque Road. Travelling over rugged terrain on the unsealed sections of the road, your first stop will be the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community. Visit the famous Sacred Heart Church, with its exquisite Pearl Shell Altar, built in 1918 by the Pallottine Monks. The next stop is Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, where you will tuck into a chef-prepared lunch, and an indepth tour of the farm, which is Australia’s oldest operating pearl farm. Following the tour, take the opportunity to visit their showroom to see where some of the finest South Sea Pearls are grown and harvested. Heading further north to One Arm Point, also known as Ardyaloon, visit another remote indigenous community, with amazing views of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Here you will enjoy a guided visit of the Trochus Shell Hatchery & Aquaculture Centre. Get an insight into aquaculture and the strong connection the Bardi Jawi have to their country as saltwater people. Marvel at the diverse range of locally-crafted products and beautiful polished shells, which are also available to buy as a souvenir. If time permits, sit back and relax at Jologo beach or stroll along the beautiful white sand beach, taking in the amazing scenery. Opt for the return scenic flight (must be pre-booked) down the beautiful coast to arrive in Broome at approximately 5 PM, or travel back by 4WD coach to return to Broome at 6:30 PM.

Cygnet Bay Giant Whirlpool Tidal Boat Experience

Cygnet Bay Giant Whirlpool Tidal Boat Experience

Your sea safari departs from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on an amphibious sea vessel. Transfer to the tour vessel, a 12-seater rib with twin 250-horsepower engines, ideally suited for the tides in the area. Feel the power of the world’s largest tropical tides as you cruise among the giant whirlpools and standing tidal waves. Venture into Escape Passage, recently described by scientists as having the fastest ocean currents in the world. 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 bottle-necking as it passes between Australia and Indonesia. This creates the exhilarating whirlpools and standing waves you will see on the tour. With turquoise blue water and white sand beaches largely untouched by human interference, the region around Cygnet Bay is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia. Extend your stay for a night or longer and experience life on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula with a million star view.

Cygnet Bay Island Explorer Scenic Cruise Experience

Cygnet Bay Island Explorer Scenic Cruise Experience

Cruise across the flooded fault line where the ancient Kimberley Rock begins and witness the visual spectacle of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Your tour departs from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on an amphibious sea vessel. Transfer to the tour vessel, a 12-seater rib with twin 250-horsepower engines, ideally suited for the tides in the area. The highlight of this tour is the emergence of a reef with a cascading waterfall on outgoing tides. Cruise through the pearl farm and along Joligo Beach to One Arm Point. Marvel at the islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago that come into view. The Kimberley’s extraordinary geological past becomes apparent at Pearl Passage. This is a fault line on the edge of the Canning Basin, running all the way down to the Pilbara.  With turquoise blue water and white sand beaches largely untouched by human interference, the region around Cygnet Bay is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia. Extend your stay for a night or longer and experience life on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula with a million-star view.

From Broome: Buccaneer Explorer

From Broome: Buccaneer Explorer

Departing Broome we track across the Dampier Peninsula and overhead King Sound, home to Australia's largest tides and amongst the highest in the world. Overfly the Horizontal Waterfalls described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘the 8th Natural Wonder of the World.’ Fly across the stunning Buccaneer Archipelago, home to 1,000 islands made of Precambrian sandstone over 2 billion years old. Fly overhead Koolan and Cockatoo Island, home to the world's richest iron ore deposits. Landing at the Ardyaloon (One Arm Point) community, enjoy a refreshing swim at the beautiful Jologo Beach. Visit the Ardyaloon Trochus Hatchery and Aquaculture Centre for lunch and a guided tour with an experienced local guide. Enjoy a fascinating and educational tour of the Hatchery which contains a diverse range of fish, coral, and crustacean species whilst learning about the Bardi-Jawi people’s strong connection to their saltwater traditions and get up close and personal with some of the fish and coral species most prevalent in the area. Coastal return flight overhead the stunning red cliffs at Cape Leveque, then southbound along the beautiful bays and beaches of the Dampier Peninsula with views of Beagle Bay, James Price Point, Willie Creek Pearl Farm and Broome's world-famous Cable Beach.

From Broome: Mitchell Falls Scenic Flight - Dry Season

From Broome: Mitchell Falls Scenic Flight - Dry Season

Departing Broome, we track North across King Sound, home to Australia's largest tides, fly over Walcott Inlet, the rarely seen Harding Range, and the Prince Regent River, before landing at Mitchell Plateau airstrip. On arrival, you will be met by your tour guide from Kingfisher Tours. After a quick meet and greet, experience driving along one of the most remote Kimberley tracks in your comfortably airconditioned 4WD through the vast ancient Livistona Palm forest to the Mertens campground (Ranger Base) and the start of the 4.5km Punamii-unpuu Hiking Trail. Guided by your tour guide, enjoy a 4km cultural walk travelling past majestic waterfalls, spell-binding gorges, Aboriginal rock art and sites of cultural significance to the Wunambal people with swimming opportunities. Admire the unforgettable view of Mitchell Falls whilst you enjoy a packed lunch, rest and rejuvenate. After exploring the falls, a refreshing swim and many photo opportunities, enjoy an exhilarating helicopter scenic flight with HeliSpirit over the majestic Mitchell Falls and Mertens Gorge and be transferred back to the Range Base for the drive back to Mitchell Plateau airstrip. After arriving back at the airfield, enjoy some well-earned refreshments before the homeward flight. On the homeward flight, we track the coastline past Kuri Bay, home to the Paspaley Pearl Farm and the beautiful Montgomery Reef. Fly over Horizontal Waterfalls described by Sir David Attenborough as the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. Marvel at the stunning Buccaneer Archipelago and it's 1,000 islands and the stunning northern tip of the Dampier Peninsula, Cape Leveque. Coastal return flight along the bays and beaches of the Dampier Peninsula with views of Beagle Bay, James Price Point, Willie Creek Pearl Farm and world-famous Cable Beach as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.

From Broome: Cygnet Bay Explorer Scenic Flight

From Broome: Cygnet Bay Explorer Scenic Flight

Departing Broome we track across the Dampier Peninsula and overhead King Sound, home to Australia's largest tides and amongst the highest in the world. Overfly the Horizontal Waterfalls described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘the 8th Natural Wonder of the World.’ Fly across the stunning Buccaneer Archipelago, home to 1,000 islands made of Precambrian sandstone over 2 billion years old. Fly overhead Koolan and Cockatoo Island, home to the world's richest iron ore deposits. Landing at the Ardyaloon (One Arm Point) community, enjoy a quick tour of Jologo Beach and Round Rock. Visit the Ardyaloon Trochus Hatchery and Aquaculture Centre for morning tea and a guided tour with an experienced local guide. Enjoy a fascinating, educational tour of the Hatchery which contains a diverse range of fish, coral, and crustacean species whilst learning about the Bardi-Jawi people’s strong connection to their saltwater traditions and get up close and personal with the fish and coral species most prevalent in the area. After the Hatchery Tour we jump back aboard your aircraft for a short flight to Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. Explore the 'Giant Tides' of the spectacular Kimberley Coast by boat. Feel the power of the world's largest tropical tides as you cruise amongst the giant whirlpools and standing tidal waves on your sea safari. Enjoy a Pearl Discovery Tour giving you an insight into the fascinating history of pearling at Cygnet Bay, learn about the cultivation of some of the most sought-after and beautiful pearls in the world. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farms on-site restaurant and if time permits enjoy a refreshing swim at their on-site swimming pool. Coastal return flight overhead the stunning red cliffs at Cape Leveque, then southbound along the beautiful bays and beaches of the Dampier Peninsula with views of Beagle Bay, James Price Point, Willie Creek Pearl Farm and Broome's world-famous Cable Beach.

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Overall rating

4.9
(52 reviews)

Great experience, in a beautiful part of Australia, with a fantastic guide, he added so much to the experience. You have to do this adventure when at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm.

Even the weather help, had to admit if the sea is roughly then it will be all different. But it is something out of their control, otherwise all was well worth.

very informative, lots of laughs. A lovely trip our to sea. We learnt so much about the tides and Aboriginal people of Aus.

Very informative and revealing so much about the buccaneer archipelago

An awesome way to see more of Broome if you don’t have a car/4WD.