Celebrating over 75 years in pearling, this small family-owned pearl farm 200 kilometres north of Broome has undergone a remarkable transformation from a hard-working community of pearlers to a unique accommodation, restaurant and touring option for visitors to the Kimberley.
For a true insight into the iconic Australian pearling industry, the pearl farm tours allow guests to discover the secrets to creating the world’s finest pearls. Cygnet Bay is one of only a few remaining pearl producers in Western Australia, and during the pearl harvest guests have the unique opportunity to watch pearl technicians at work as they unveil the results of two years’ hard work on the farm.
The Kimberley Coast is home to the world’s largest tropical tides, and Cygnet Bay’s Giant Tides Sea Safaris take passengers on a thrilling boat ride to experience the standing waves and whirlpools, or to see a waterfall emerge from the sea.
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Cygnet Bay is celebrating over 75 years of the Brown family’s involvement in the pearling industry. Their experience provides a unique insight into this Western Australian heritage industry.
A short talk and visual presentation introduce guests to the early days of the farm, before a walk through the farm’s land base towards the pearl harvest and hatchery area where the farm’s modern operations in pearl culturing are explained. During the pearl harvests, guests have the opportunity to see the pearl technicians as they work, and outside of harvest times the guides undertake a special harvest. The tour finishes with a pearl education session.
With regular departures during the day, this tour is a popular feature of scenic flight and bus tours from Broome, as well as for guests staying at Cygnet Bay and elsewhere on the Dampier Peninsula.
Tour packages are available from a number of different tour operators in Broome and during Dry Season (June to September), Cygnet Bay offers a direct flight option incorporating the pearl farm tour.
The Kimberley Coast is home to the world’s largest tropical tides which force their way through the pristine thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago, creating standing waves and whirlpools and the effect of a waterfall emerging from the sea.
The operator recommends contacting them for further details on tidal movements and tour departure times for the following experiences:
Waterfall Reef Tour – Watch as the outgoing tides reveal this stunning waterfall
Giant Tides Tour – Feel the rush of the tides as they power through the islands
Kimberley Island Explorer Tour – Explore the beautiful intertidal zones of the islands
Tours depart the reception area at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm from where the amphibious boats transfer guests to their high powered tour craft. Two 12 metre vessels with twin 250-horsepower engines, allowing for a thrilling and up close experience in safety and comfort.
The Giant Tides Sea Safaris are featured in a number of scenic flight and four wheel drive tour itineraries from Broome and during dry season (June to September), direct flight options are available.