Frequently Asked Questions - Kimberley Coast

What clothes do I take to wear on the ship?

Shipboard clothing is informal and casual. Shorts, shirts and sandals are perfect for on board in the Kimberly. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen to wear on the deck. Some people like to take a nice outfit or something a bit special for the Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks, but formal clothing is not necessary. Check out Planning Your Trip section for more details.

What kind of footwear do I need for our shore visits?

It is important that you bring a good, sturdy pair of walking shoes because we’ll be encountering slippery rock and mud ashore. You will also need a pair of wet landing shoes for some landings; Velcro sandals, Crocs, or an old pair of joggers are all ideal. Thongs and some sandals can actually be quite dangerous ashore but can be worn on the ship.

How hot will it be in the Kimberley?

During May to July the temperature ranges from about 25°C to 32°C, so please make sure you bring a good hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

How often do we get off the ship?

Our plan is to get off the ship as much as possible, usually twice per day. Our schedule and landings are all at the mercy of the Kimberley’s weather and extreme tides.

Will there be swimming opportunities?

We often have an opportunity to take a tip in some of the rock pools that lay high above the shore line. Don’t forget we’ll be in crocodile territory – our Captain and expedition are familiar with locations that are safe for swimming and we’ll plan to stop if time permits.

Should I bring along my own walking poles?

Yes, it’s a good idea, especially if you have trouble walking over uneven ground. Some of our landings can be on slippery rocks, and we may go for extended walks to see different parts of our landing point. We recommend the telescopic poles, which you can purchase these poles in most outdoor stores.

What if I need to go to the toilet when ashore?

Our expedition team will instruct you with these types of rules on board. In the Kimberley, we are often in remote bush and forests, and you will need to find a discreet location to do your business.

How fit do I need to be?

To make the most of our voyages, you should be in good general health and able to walk reasonable distances, sometimes over uneven terrain. However, if you have problems walking on rough ground, you can enjoy the scenery closer to shore. Should you have any physical limitations please notify us well in advance of your departure, but this should not discourage you from participating.

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance, including medical evacuation cover, is mandatory for all Aurora Expeditions’ voyages. We advise you to have insurance for voyage cancellation to ensure you will be covered financially if you are forced to cancel your voyage due to circumstances beyond your control. It is in your best interest to carefully read the General Terms & Conditions on your booking form or on our website.

How many people on the ship?

Coral Expeditions I sleeps 44 passengers only. We believe that small groups are the best way to experience the Kimberley Coast.

Where do passengers come from?

The majority of our clients come from Australia, however we do often have a mix of other nationalities on board.

Is the ship air-conditioned?

Coral Expeditions I is air conditioned, however it is not adjustable in individual cabins, so please bring something to keep you warm at night.

Do you cater for special meal requests?

Yes. Our talented chefs will take your requirements into their meal planning and ensure you receive tasty, healthy meals. Please ensure you list any dietary requirements on your personal details form.

How much room is there for luggage?

There is ample storage space in your cabin on all our ships. Your empty baggage can be stored safely elsewhere on the ship if need be.

Does the crew speak English?

Staff on Coral Expeditions I are generally all Australian and speak English.

How do we dry wet clothing?

Clothing dries very quickly inside your cabin. There are no passenger laundry facilities for you to do your own washing, but there is a laundry service on board all our vessels. Prices are listed in your cabin. All cabins have a sink.

What is not included in the price of the voyage?

In general, items that are not included in the cost of your voyage are: flights to and from your voyage, pre and post accommodation, transfers, optional activities, drinks from the bar (alcohol and soft drinks), gratuities, ship-shop items, laundry costs and other items of a personal nature.

What is the electrical supply on board?

A standard, Australian three-prong plug is used on Coral Expeditions I.

Do you have facilities on board to download digital images from my camera?

No, we do not provide a computer to download your digital images. We recommended you bring a laptop computer or similar downloading device to download your images, either between landings, in the evenings or while sailing.

Is there Internet, email or telephone access on board?

Internet is available via a wireless network for use on your own computer or mobile device, or via an onboard internet booth. Internet is accessed via an internet card, available to purchase from the ship’s hotel manager. Access options are 60mins - $40, 120mins - $60 and 240mins - $90.

Please Note: Due to the remote location of your voyage, making contact with the ship via telephone can be difficult and expensive. In case of emergency, it is recommended your family and friends contact the Aurora Expeditions’ office and we will do our best to get the message through to the ship.

How much should I tip?

People often ask us what they should do about tipping. Tipping is a very personal matter, however if pressed we recommend $AU10 per passenger, per day that you are on the ship.

Do you provide toiletries on board?

On Coral Expeditions I, small hotel-style soap, shampoo and conditioner is provided in your cabin.

What currency do you accept on board?

On Coral Expeditions I we accept all major credit cards or Australian dollars.

Can I smoke on board?

There is a ‘No Smoking’ policy throughout the interior of our ships. Our expedition leader will advise you on designated smoking areas on deck.

Are there hairdryers on board?

All cabins on Coral Expeditions I have hairdryers.

Will I get sea sick?

Many people ask us if they will get seasick. It is a very difficult question to answer because it depends so much on the individual. Our experience is that a small percentage of people are seasick on any trip and most of these people are fine after a day or so at sea. If you feel that you are particularly susceptible to seasickness then it is a good idea to talk to your doctor. Come with motion sickness tablets. There will be a first aid officer on Coral Expeditions I who will be able to assist with any bouts of seasickness.