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Cygnet Bay

Often forgotten buccaneer explorer William Dampier, commanded the first scientific expedition to Australia aboard his ship the Cygnet, 70 years prior to Cook. The ship was careened at the now named Cygnet bay in 1688. During the maintenance Dampier learned and documented local flora, fauna and local indigenous people to add to his historical novel about his first world circumnavigation.

The stretches of flat white sands, sparkling clear turquoise waters and contrasting red rock pindin cliff dunes of Cygnet Bay and surrounding bays on the Dampier Peninsula are beautiful and guests will enjoy exploring with a coastal walk and a cooling swim.

Dampier Peninsula also has a long history of pearling and some local pearl farms remain in the region. Some of the world’s finest quality pearls are cultured in Kimberley waters.

Traditional custodians: Bardi people

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For over 30 years Coral Expeditions has had one purpose – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. Coral Expeditions was founded by a fisherman with a passion for the sea. Then named Coral Princess Cruises, the small North Queensland based company explored the Great Barrier Reef and pioneered small ship expedition cruising to the Kimberley and Papua New Guinea. Today, Coral Expeditions has grown to include voyages to Tasmania, Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the Indonesian Archipelago. Our Australian crew provide warm hospitality and personal service on board. Shore-rich itineraries in remote locations allow our guests to be immersed in local cultures, get close to wildlife, and enjoy adventurous land and sea activities in safety. We invite you to celebrate 35 years of exploration with us.

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