Check into our Broome depot and meet your Dive Master. Drop off luggage, check Dive Certifications and very importantly that you have all your dive equipment. At 12:00pm our transfer bus will take you to “Odyssey”, there you will meet the rest of the Odyssey crew. All your luggage will be transferred to Odyssey for you and stowed away until departure. Scrumptious nibbles and a light dinner will be served shortly after leaving Broome and then it's an overnight steam to the Rowley Shoals.
Clerke Gutters will be our first dive of the day before a mid morning Rollercoaster ride through the Channel as you drift with the racing tide. You are suspended in turquoise waters surrounded by delicate lace coral fronds of vivid pink, orange and yellow and darting in and out is a metallic rainbow of attendants. A roast lunch has been prepared for our return to Odyssey and after a surface break it is back into Homer to head for the North Tip of Clerke Reef for an afternoon dive at Blue Lagoon. The clarity of the water on the incoming tide will be talked about forever and you then appreciate just where in the world you are. For those that are keen it will be back in the water at dusk for another look at the wonders of night on this amazing reef system.
By popular demand we are going back to the Mermaid Wall this morning and you will wish you still had a week left to continue diving this wonderland and we are sure that most will also want to return to Cod Hole for a farewell dive with “Cuddles” the curious Cod. These two dives are ones that nobody could ever get enough of so we will have our share too. Mermaid Caves will be our afternoon dive at around 1.30pm and then it is time to stow our gear after a final wash as we depart Mermaid at around 3.00pm for an overnight cruise back to Broome. It is time to reflect with fellow adventurers and talk about the week that was as we witness the last of those amazing sunsets. You are welcome to come and chat with the crew as they navigate our way through the night or watch a movie before you are succumbed by the motion and fall asleep.
We arrive at Clerke Reef or Mermaid Reef, 1 of three atolls approximately 300kms north west off the coast of Broome. After breakfast and morning tea you will be assigned buddy pairs and are welcome to organise your gear and set up your scuba unit on the back deck of Odyssey. On approach to the atoll, we will gather on the bow to view the spectacular reef emerge as we cruise through the channel into the lagoon. We will then have a dive briefing on the back deck and transfer all scuba equipment to our tender vessel “Homer” where it will stay for the duration of the trip as most dives will be from “Homer”. The first dive of the day will be an introduction dive inside the atoll, The Aquarium. This is a relatively easy dive inside the lagoon and is a good opportunity to sought out any gear problems before moving outside the atoll after lunch where the water is deeper and clearer. The tide changes and direction of tide depends on what sight we will visit each day.
Last look at Bedwell Island as after our first dive today followed by another cooked breakfast we will head off to Mermaid Reef which is around 20 miles to our North. As we cruise up the western face of Mermaid Atoll on our way to the passage that allows us to enter the inner reef we will stop at V in the Wall for our first Mermaid dive. V in the Wall is a huge chunk of reef that has broken of the main atoll in the shape of a V which divers can circumnavigate. We now enter the reef in Odyssey through Mermaid Channel and prepare for the channel dive. If you like to get up close and very personal with our finned friends then this is the place. A night dive* has been scheduled close to where our mooring is and is called “Night Critters” and yes it is home to many different species of critters.
We arrive back in the pearling town of Broome and after breakfast we will transfer you to the shore where a waiting bus will take you to town or your accommodation. It is time to say goodbye until we catch up with you again at the Rowley’s or the Kimberley.
After a scrumptious Brekkie this morning it’s into “Homer” and a leisurely cruise up Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim in the water hole provided by the beautiful Ruby Falls, feel the power of the falls as you bathe beneath them.
Back to Odyssey and a short cruise to Raft Point, the site of perhaps the best Aboriginal rock art on the coast.
A short walk reveals spectacular scenery & endless views across Doubtful Bay to Steep Island.
At the Raft Point gallery we will learn about the local Aboriginal beliefs & cultures, the lifestyles they once enjoyed & the Wandjina that shaped their land.
Today we cruise into the St George Basin, the Kimberley’s largest inland sea. Standing tall on our arrival will be Mt. Trafalgar & Mt. Wellington, named by Philip Parker King in 1820. We will cruise up the magnificent Prince Regent River and take you to, Probably the Kimberley’s most famous icon, the magnificent King Cascades.
You will marvel at the sight of cascading water over the terraced rock that has formed over thousands of years, time to put your bathers on you’re going to get wet. Further on up the Regent, if tide allows we’ll visit the spectacular Cathedral Falls.
Then it’s ashore for a short climb to view the ancient aboriginal artwork know as Bradshaw Art, named after pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw who was the first European to discover it in 1891.