There are countless reasons why keen adventurers from all around the world love Kimberley cruises, and experiencing the world’s largest annual humpback whale migration must be pretty close to the top of the list.
In this week’s blog we’re going to showcase some of the very best photos documenting this year’s migration taken by the crew of the Kimberley Quest II.
Did you know, that from June to October each year, the world’s largest pod of Humpback Whales, estimated up to 40,000, mate and give birth in the pristine waters of the Kimberley, one of the world’s biggest nursery grounds? Each year, these majestic mammals make the 13,000km round-trip from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast to birth calves before gradually making their way home to cooler waters, the newest additions to their pod in tow.
And, there’s no better way to experience this whale migration than aboard one of our luxury small ships during a Kimberley cruise. Personally, on one of my first Kimberley cruises, I had the great joy of travelling aboard the Kimberley Quest during the peak of the humpback migration, and what a fantastic experience it was.
On several occasions we came across pods of three or four giant whales (on average, humpbacks measure up to 15 metres in length and tip the scales at more than 30 tonnes!), the expedition leader beckoning us all out on deck for a close up look as the skipper idled the engines. Floating along in silence, these mighty mammals and their newborn calves swam around and under the boat, making for fantastic photographic opportunities. They seemed to love nothing more than swimming close to say hello and to show off with playful tail slaps and impressive breaches. What an experience for the lucky adventurers onboard!
Whilst the Kimberley Quest II continues to offer outstanding whalewatching experiences, you do have lots of choice when choosing which small ship to cruise the Kimberley on to experience the yearly migration. On every ship you will see whales, but obviously on a smaller ship you feel much more ‘up close and personal’ to all the action. Therefore, vessels like Greta Escape, True North, Diversity, Odyssey and Kimberley Pearl all offer top-notch experiences, as do slightly larger ships including Coral Discoverer and Coral Expeditions I, along with the great-value Eco Abrolhos.
So with the 2018 whale watching season well underway, now’s the time to start planning you whale watching adventure on Western Australia’s Kimberley coast. If you’re able to get away immediately we’ve got a handful of cabins left aboard Kimberley Quest II during August and September this year on both her 8-day Southern Quest and 10-day Adventure Quest cruises on the following dates:
8 Day Southern Quest
Departing Broome: 07 August 2018
Departing Broome: 21 August 2018
Departing Broome: 28 August 2018
10 Day Adventure Quest
Departing Broome: 11 September 2018
Departing Broome: 20 September 2018
Call our expert team today to discover our very best cruise deals on these last few cabins for 2018.
Or, if you would rather look a bit further ahead, why not start putting your planning in place to experience this incredible event in the Kimberley 2019. Bookings are already open and selling fast – so don’t delay!
For more information and to book your Kimberley whalewatching cruise contact the expert team at Kimberley Cruise Specialists on 1800 90 20 80 or visit www.kimberleycruisespecialists.com.au.
Thanks also to Kimberley Quest for allowing us to share their photos with you.