Celebrating 70 years of pearling in 2016, 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 just three 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.
The new one day Kimberley Adventure Cruise offers guests who have already experienced the Giant Tides a full day adventure through the stunning island scenery. Four night cruises to the Horizontal Waterfalls and custom designed charters are available on board the catamaran Escapade.
In 2016, Cygnet Bay is celebrating 70 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.
To see the pearl farm on the water, the Pearl Farm Patrol option includes a 45 minute boat ride in addition to the Pearl Farm Tour.
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.
From $155 to $175
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:
Giant Tides Tour: feel the rush of the tides as they power through the islands.
Waterfall Reef: watch as the outgoing tides reveal this stunning waterfall.
Kimberley Island Explorer: on slack tides, 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.
A full day adventure along the Kimberley Coast!
Departing from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, this one day adventure cruise takes in some of the highlights of the Kimberley Coast, including Silvergull, Croc Creek and Silica Beach. Explore this magnificent and ancient seascape with their guides, stopping for a swim and refreshments at beaches and freshwater swimming holes.
As this tour departs in the early morning and returns in late afternoon it is suitable for guests staying at Cygnet Bay and other nearby locations on the Dampier Peninsula. Please bring bathers, a towel, hat, sunscreen and water.
Cygnet Bay’s catamaran Escapade is purpose-built for a smooth, stable sailing experience with all the amenities of home. Hosting up to four passengers, and with a crew of two, a cruise aboard Escapade offers the unique pleasure of cruising the pristine coastline on your own private charter. Escapade is available crewed or uncrewed.
Explore secluded bays, remote islands and coral reefs in crystal clear waters and encounter the local sea life, including dolphins, turtles and whales. Create your dream cruise from a one night sail around the tip of the beautiful Dampier Peninsula to a four night spectacular through the King Sound and thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago towards the Horizontal Waterfalls.
Escapade spans 12 metres in length and is six metres wide with two guest cabins and two bathrooms with a comfortable saloon area and galley. The large forward deck and trampoline area is perfect for soaking up the sun or lazing in the shade of the sails, with swimming platforms on each hull.
The cruises depart from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, 200 kilometres north of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula and can be customised to your preferences. Please contact Cygnet Bay for charter options and rates.