Discovery One Kimberley Cruises
DISCOVERY ONE celebrating 21 years in the Kimberley!
Discovery One will take passengers on a memorable, once-in a lifetime adventure along the Kimberley coast. Discovery One is a relaxed, friendly experience for 22 passengers and 6 crew members.
We offer 10-14 night cruise packages from March through October. We offer the Waterfall packages in March, April, and early May. These packages will take you from Darwin to Broome. Middle of the year we offer the Explore the Kimberley package - a Broome to Broome experience. The Hunter River Adventure, which lasts 10 nights, is our shortest Kimberley tour. It arrives by seaplane in the heart of Kimberley. This package takes you from Broome to Darwin. Great Rivers is our final trip of the year, Broome to Darwin. This is a great choice for those who love to relax onboard while taking in the scenery and prefer to avoid small aircraft.
All cruise packages visit Montgomery Reef and Horizontal Falls.
Derby ( DUR-bee) is a town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. At the 2016 census, Derby had a population of 3,325 with 47.2% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Along with Broome and Kununurra, it is one of only three towns in the Kimberley to have a population over 2,000. Located on King Sound, Derby has the highest tides in Australia, with the differential between low and high tide reaching 11.8 metres (39 ft). == History == Derby falls within Nyiginka country.The town was founded in 1883 and named after Edward Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby, the British secretary of state for the colonies.
Anglicare Wa, Bayulu, Bidan, Bidyadanga Community, Department of Communities - child protection office, Derby Aboriginal Health Service, Derby Airport, Derby Baptist Church, Derby Boab Inn, Derby Bus Service, Derby Civic Centre, Derby Community Health, Derby Cottages, Derby District High School, Derby Golf Club
This has been entered for John Kelley who has said the following: I have been on many cruises from the Artic to the Antarctic and the two Discovery One cruises I have done in the Kimberley are some of the best ever. It is amazing scenery with great variety, plus there is a good deal of wildlife from seabirds through crocodiles to whales - all close up. The Skipper Lennie is informative, flexible and knowledgeable from his many, many years in the Kimberley and is simply just a good bloke. The rest of the staff are also friendly and very helpful. It is a delightful boat with only 22 people, like a big family. The food is beyond expectation. The two white tenders are great and look good in photos (not the normal black Zodiacs). Being two tenders you can usually get one in the photo if needed. The boat anchors overnight so always a good sleep (convinced my wife on this). I believe it is the best value for money for a Kimberley cruise and unique with Lennie. Do it while Lennie is still the skipper.
We had the best holiday with Discover One. The magnificent coastline with the most amazing Sunset, Sunrise, beautiful vistas of the Kimberley....... Captain Lennie with his wonderful Staff made each day very special with their knowledge of the Kimberley area made for a perfect cruise. As we had all ready hiked in the Kimberly area, cruising along the beautiful Kimberley coastline was magnificent, the Best Trip Ever........... Thank you to everyone at Discover One. Keep up the great work...
We had such a fantastic time on our cruise in May 2014 that we sailed again in August 2018! Lenny, Tamra and the rest of the crew on both DiscoveryOne trips were unbelievable - nothing was a problem and they went out of their way to ensure that each and every one of their 22 guests was looked after like family. And the food - simply amazing!!! We chose DiscoveryOne because it was a small boat which traveled during daytime hours only and could cater for all guests at the one time when touring around in the zodiacs. Lenny
Such a remote, prehistoric place. Our boat went places other boats couldn’t. Lenny, Mel, Tracey, Abbey Jason and AJ great crew. An Awesome, Awesome experience! Thanks guys!
We chose Discovery One for our Kimberley cruise based on friends’ recommendation and I have no hesitation passing on that recommendation. So many reasons! A huge one is the boat layout. Many other Kimberley cruise boats have limited outdoor access, especially those that have a helipad on the top deck. On Discovery One, the top deck is entirely open to passengers, complete with shade cloth, sunbeds and spa, so we spent most of our days and evenings with 360º views of the glorious surrounds. All the indoor areas have full-sized picture windows throughout so you’re never far from those views for those that prefer some aircon! The cruise starts and finishes at different locations than other companies, with a sea plane transfer at one end. This means starting and leaving the boat right there in the incredible archipelago, not having to spend a day cruising to get there from port along less interesting coastline. The crew are incredible - Captain Lennie and his right hand cruise director Tamra are awesome and go out of their way to make everyone’s trip special. Nothing is too much trouble - even when I left a special gift in our hotel in Kununurra - not a problem, Tamra arranged for it to be collected and delivered to the ship with the pre-cruise food drop off! Talking about food! Oh my, Tracey was amazing and plied us with volumes of superb food throughout each day. Plan to put on a couple of kilos!! And talking about planning, we are hoping to be back on Discovery One one day! Every cruise is different and Lennie arranges the program daily to maximise the number of excursions and beautiful things to see and explore. The small number of passengers was ideal for us and the crew were hard working and amazing. Altogether one of the more affordable cruises and huge bang for your buck!
We were so very happy we chose Discovery One. Firstly, the crew were so friendly and could not do enough for us. Also there was only 22 passengers and ample room on the boat. As a result the atmosphere was friendly, casual and very relaxing. We were lucky to have Lennie as our Captain and he could adapt our itinerary to the changing conditions. His knowledge of the Kimberley coast was exceptional, and he always put the safety of the passengers first. Unlike some other cruises, the Discovery One was small enough to navigate up many of the tidal rivers. Being able to leave the boat on the two tenders for many sightseeing and onshore excursions was a real bonus. We swam in fresh water pools, visited several amazing Aboriginal art sites, wandered along white sandy beaches, travelled up small tidal creeks with towering cliffs either side and saw many spectacular sights that other cruises would not be able to experience. The top deck of the boat included a spa, sunbeds and shade cloth and allowed for 360 degree views. The deck below was an airconditioned lounge with large windows to allow passengers to enjoy the sights. It also had a well-stocked bar! We were very well fed by our amazing cook Tracy, who provided us with delicious food. Jill in the office was highly efficient and kept us well informed prior to our departure. The crew was amazing – our thanks to Lennie – the best Captain ever; the wonderful, unflappable and witty Tamra; the lovely and caring Melissa; the terrific cook Tracy; the quiet, unassuming and efficient Elijah; and of course the ever dependable Adjat, who kept everything running. The sights and experiences we had will stay with us forever.