September is often overlooked as key month in the Kimberley cruising calendar, but for the Coral Expeditions crew this month brings many unique rewards. Here are seven reasons why:It offers a whale of a time! September is the season to get up close and personal with the majestic Humpback Whale. The humpbacks migrate from the icy waters of the Antarctica to Kimberley’s warm tropical waters between June and October but September is the best month to get a glimpse of them calving after the mating is done. With Coral’s onboard marine biologist, guests are given an immersive whale-watching experience and have a good chance of seeing one of the 35,000 creatures who visit the Kimberley coast.Tranquillity. September marks the end of the dry season, so tours taper off and visiting numbers decrease, giving those who make the effort to visit this region, the opportunity to experience the Kimberley at its most tranquil.It is blooming show. Wildflowers start blooming in the Kimberley from July but really reach their peak in September. Wildflowers of all colours, sizes and shapes, like the grevilleas or Kimberley rose or any number of the 65 species of Acacia (wattle) can be seen lining rivers and lakes and across the region.The birds and the bees. September sees the migration of half a million wading birds arriving on the coast from their breeding grounds in Siberia, which is a truly spectacular sight to behold. Many of these birds are still sporting their colourful breeding plumage and bring their chicks in tow, who are often only weeks old.Turtle time. While turtles can be seen all year round in the Kimberley, sightings can increase during the early part of the nesting season as turtles gather, in masses or alone, on beaches to lay their eggs. Australia is home to six of the seven species of sea turtle found in the world with the Flatback only nesting in Australia, but is most abundant on the northern WA coastline. With hatching occurring from October onward, September is a great time to spot turtles in the nesting phase.A land of contrast. As the Kimberley enjoys the balmy days before the onslaught of the rainy season, the landscape offers contrasts between the burnished ochre and reds of the land and the brilliant aqua tapestry of rivers that run through the region. It also makes for great swimming conditions in Kimberley’s, occasional, crocodile-free pools.Smooth sailing. Clear skies, warm days and balmy nights create ideal sailing conditions, and evening sunsets are a not to be missed experience.Coral Expeditions offers a 10-night Darwin to Broome (v.v) itinerary which includes two shore excursions per day, from exploring prehistoric Aboriginal rock art galleries with an expert guide to hopping in a Zodiac for a thrilling awe-inspiring cruise through the Horizontal Falls, described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”. Other highlights include cruising the Prince Regent River before arriving at King Cascades, enjoying an Australian Beach barbecue and sunset drinks, as well as witnessing the tidal phenomena at Montgomery Reef.With facilities tailor-made for expedition cruising including the unique ‘Xplorer’ excursion vessel and a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs, coupled with the expert local knowledge of Coral Expeditions’ experienced Expedition Team, guests will complete this voyage with a new understanding and respect for this region.
Go back to the enewsletterSingapore Airlines and wellness brand COMO Shambhala, which forms part of the COMO Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week on a wide-ranging partnership aimed at enhancing the customer experience for travellers.The initial phase of the partnership will see COMO Shambhala’s award-winning wellness cuisine introduced on selected Singapore Airlines’ flights departing Singapore in the second half of 2019, elevating the airline’s range of food and beverage offerings on board.Using seasonal and sustainable ingredients each with their own nutrition profile, this style of cooking aims to inspire the palate with memorable and delicious flavours, marrying healthy eating with pleasurable gastronomy.The inclusion of co-developed wellness dishes will progressively be made available in SIA’s Book the Cook service. In addition, a new wellness menu featuring specially curated dishes will be introduced.Future collaborations may also extend to onboard amenities and inflight entertainment content relating to wellness, among other features.“It’s an exciting moment for the COMO Group, as this collaboration marks the coming together of the world’s most awarded airline and COMO’s passion for holistic wellness and nutritious cuisine that has been at the heart of our brand offering since the beginning of COMO Shambhala and COMO Hotels and Resorts” added Mr Olivier Jolivet, CEO of the COMO Group.Lead image: Yeoh Phee Teik, Singapore Airlines and Olivier Jolivet, COMO Hotels ink the MOU.Go back to the enewsletter