PONANT Expeditions

Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours

PONANT, the World Leader of Luxury Expeditions has been sailing the seas for nearly 30 years.

Explore the Australian coast aboard one of their magnificent small expedition ships, Le Lapérouse and Le Soléal, with a maximum of 132 staterooms and suites, most with a private balcony. Your expert expedition team will showcase the wonders of the destination on Zodiac inflatable boat outings and during shore visits and landings. On board, experience luxurious comfort, attentive service, refined French-inspired cuisine and exceptional wellness amenities, including a pool, spa, sauna and gym!

PONANT is set to take luxury expeditions at sea to another level in 2023 with the launch of their Kimberley voyage. Le Ponant will make her maiden season in the Asia Pacific region in April, bringing the French operator’s revered sailing expeditions to the southern hemisphere. True to form, Ponant will push the boundaries of expedition travel with new bespoke itineraries showcasing the immense beauty of the Kimberley onboard a three-masted sailing yacht. Led by world-renowned expedition and destination experts, guests will be able to experience the breathtaking Western Australian landscape as well as shore landings on state-of-the-art Zodiac boats.

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Set sail for the wild and grandiose landscapes of the Kimberley from Broome to Darwin on this exciting 10 night expedition voyage.

In one of the most picturesque parts of the region, the Hunter River, see wild mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live along with many species of birds.

The highpoint of this cruise will undoubtedly be the discovery of the King George River and the majestic Twin Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Western Australia plus the seemingly gravity defying Horizontal Falls.

You will also visit Collier Bay, where you will be able to admire a spectacular example of the impact of the tides cascading in mini-waterfalls as the entire Montgomery reef appears to rise from the turquoise-blue waters of the bay.

Accompanied by your expert Expedition team, your ship will take you along one of the most spectacular coasts in the entire region.

Meet some of the local Aboriginal communities and marvel at the ancient rock paintings throughout the journey.

Itinerary is indication only. Based on tide times and weather conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may need to switch the order of certain ports of call around to ensure guests have the best possible experience.

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Set sail for the wild and grandiose landscapes of Kimberley from Darwin to Broome, on this exciting 10-night expedition voyage.

In one of the most picturesque parts of the region, the Hunter River, you will see wild mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live along with many species of birds.

The highpoint of this cruise will undoubtedly be the discovery of the King George River and the majestic Twin Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Western Australia, plus the seemingly gravity defying Horizontal Falls.

You will also visit Collier Bay, where you will be able to admire a spectacular example of the impact of the tides cascading in mini-waterfalls as the entire Montgomery reef appears to rise from the turquoise-blue waters of the bay.

Accompanied by your expert Expedition team, your ship will take you along one of the most spectacular coasts in the entire region.

Meet some of the local Aboriginal communities and marvel at the ancient rock paintings throughout the journey.

Itinerary is indication only. Based on tide times and weather conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may need to switch the order of certain ports of call around to ensure guests have the best possible experience.

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Experience Australia’s unique and spectacular Kimberley coast in a remarkable new way, under sail aboard its emblematic yacht Le Ponant.

The majestic three-masted yacht, with elegant lines and an intimate atmosphere for only 32 like-minded guests, is redefining barefoot luxury expeditions. A crew to guest ratio of more than 1 to 1 and an expedition staff to guest ratio of 1 to 8, combine to provide the pinnacle Kimberley expedition sailing experience.

Unique to the experience, PONANT has partnered with the Paspaley group to include a spectacular scenic flight over the Kimberley landscape aboard their Grumman Mallard amphibious aircraft between Broome and Kuri Bay.

Itinerary is indication only. Based on tide times and weather conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may need to switch the order of certain ports of call around to ensure guests have the best possible experience.

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PONANT invites you to experience Australia’s unique and spectacular Kimberley coast in a remarkable new way, under sail aboard its emblematic yacht Le Ponant.

The majestic three-masted yacht, with elegant lines and an intimate atmosphere for only 32 like-minded guests, is redefining barefoot luxury expeditions. A crew to guest ratio of more than 1 to 1 and an expedition staff to guest ratio of 1 to 8, combine to provide the pinnacle Kimberley expedition sailing experience.

Unique to the experience, PONANT has partnered with the Paspaley group to include a spectacular scenic flight over the Kimberley landscape aboard their Grumman Mallard amphibious aircraft between Broome and Kuri Bay.

Itinerary is indication only. Based on tide times and weather conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may need to switch the order of certain ports of call around to ensure guests have the best possible experience.

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Experience Australia’s Kimberley coast and spectacular Rowley Shoals in a remarkable new way, under sail aboard its emblematic yacht Le Ponant.

The majestic three-masted yacht, with elegant lines and an intimate atmosphere for only 32 like-minded guests, is redefining barefoot luxury expeditions. A crew to guest ratio of more than 1 to 1 and an expedition staff to guest ratio of 1 to 8, combine to provide the pinnacle Kimberley expedition sailing experience.

Discover the Rowley Shoals, located 260 kilometres west of Broome in the Timor Sea, regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular diving and snorkelling locations. The three coral atolls of Mermaid, Clerke and Imperieuse reefs rise, near vertical, from the surrounding crystal clear waters on the edge of the continental shelf. Each atoll is approximately 80 to 90 square kilometres in size and contain shallow lagoons inhabited by a diverse array of corals and abundant marine life, ideal for exploration by snorkelers and SCUBA divers.

Itinerary is indication only. Based on tide times and weather conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may need to switch the order of certain ports of call around to ensure guests have the best possible experience.

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