Kangaroo Island Explorer
- 7 Days
- Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide, Australia
- Voyage code:
- Greg Mortimer
from AUD $8,396.00/pp Save 20%*
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Marvel at the regenerative powers of nature while exploring Australia’s third-largest island from the comfort of your floating base camp. Following on from the devastating bushfires of January 2020 this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see new life bursting forth, the return of koalas, wallabies, echidnas and dunnarts. Each day you’ll choose from a menu of activities, from swimming with dolphins and sea lions, to exploring wilderness tracks and participating in post-fire ecological surveys. By ship, Zodiac or kayak, encounter spectacular granite coastlines and fossils of ancient sea creatures. Treat your taste buds with local fare, from gin and wine to fresh seafood and honey while gaining new insights into habitat restoration from renowned experts. Local artists will share their insights, and local guides will introduce their natural world on an expedition you will cherish forever.
This expedition is subject to regulatory approval and only open to Australian residents.
- Swim or snorkel with dolphins, Australian sea lions and long-nosed fur seals^
- Marvel at the artistic works of locals, from Janine MacIntosh’s ‘assemblages of nature’ to Indiana James’s sculptures
- Participate in habitat restoration, bird banding and other citizen science projects, and enjoy encounters with koalas and short-beaked echidnas
- Experience remote coastlines few have seen before you, and learn about Kangaroo Island’s unique geology, including the highly eroded granite of Remarkable Rocks and unique fossil record at Emu Bay
- Discover the unique ecosystems designated as “Hope Spots” by Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue team, including the ‘Great Southern Reef’ and Kangaroo Island’s North Coast
- Enjoy the warmth and gratitude of the locals as you help their recovery efforts
^Optional activities at additional cost
In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to weather conditions.
Day 1 Adelaide
Embark the Greg Mortimer in the afternoon. After boarding, take time to settle into your cabin before attending important safety briefings. Enjoy the thrill of departure as we pull away and sail south in St Vincent Gulf. In the evening, meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner as the sun sets over Yorke Peninsula.
Day 2 American River
Anchor in the area first surveyed by Matthew Flinders in 1802, and named for a group of American sealers who landed a year later of the brig Union hailing from Rhode Island. Following a chance meeting with French explorer Nicholas Baudin in King George Sound, the Union’s captain, Isaac Pendleton, took Baudin’s advice and sailed to Kangaroo Island. Not only did he find abundant seals, but also excellent timber for shipbuilding. In just four months, the sealers built the 35-ton schooner, Independence, South Australia’s first ship. A memorial plaque honouring the sealers can be seen. Today sets the style of this unique voyage. Most days you’ll have a number of adventures to choose from. In American River, this means walking and cycling, bird banding, habitat restoration and recovery programs focusing on glossy black cockatoos, short-beaked echidnas and dunnarts. Watch for the return of koalas in the wild, a beautiful sight after the bushfires.
Day 3 Penneshaw
Land in Penneshaw, a small town on the northeast coast of the Dudley Peninsula and walk to Frenchman’s Rock, a replica of the original carving by one of Baudin’s crew marking their arrival in 1803. Join an e-bike tour, participate in a post-fire ecological survey in the bush, searching for dunnarts and little pygmy possums with Heidi Groffen and Pat Hodgen from Kangaroo Island’s Land for Wildlife programme.
Days 4-5 Vivonne Bay, West Coast
During the night, our floating base camp is repositioned to the south coast, anchoring in Vivonne Bay. Zodiac ashore at the head of a perfectly U-shaped bay, landing on a stretch of white sand once-voted ‘Australia’s best beach’. Relax, jump off the jetty into turquoise waters, beachcomb, kayak or snorkel. Follow a local guide into Seal Bay Conservation Park, where we hope to get close to a wild colony of some 1000 Australian sea lions. Other activities might include watching local artist Janine MacIntosh create ‘assemblages of nature’, or Indiana James producing exquisite Pelican sculptures from found materials. Enjoy an afternoon surveying the spectacular scenery of KI’s wild, west coast from our ‘mother ship’. Marvel at soaring sea cliffs, and note the uniquely square shape of Cape Borda lighthouse as we round the north-western corner of the island.
Day 6 Emu Bay, Kingscote
After breakfast, Zodiac ashore in stunning Emu Bay on KI’s north coast, with its long beach and clear waters, to join a local guide to snorkel with dolphins (additional expense). Discover the joy of organic bee keeping, learn about the unique fossil record at Emu Bay, or enjoy a gin tasting with Kangaroo Island Spirits. Finish your day’s adventures in Kingscote, South Australia’s oldest settlement and the island’s largest town.
Day 7 Adelaide
After breakfast, farewell your expedition team and disembark to be transferred to the airport or your hotel.
Important note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea state and other conditions beyond our control.
- Arrival transfer from airport to Greg Mortimer on Day 1
- Departure transfer from Greg Mortimer to airport or hotel on last day
- Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
- All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
- Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
- Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
- Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
- Complimentary spray jacket
- Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
- Gratuities for ship crew
- International or domestic flights not mentioned in the itinerary
- Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Passport, visa, and vaccination charges
- Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
- Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
- Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
- Optional activity surcharges
- All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges.
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Temperate Climate Kayaking
Experience the raw power of nature when you paddle in the open ocean below towering birdcliffs, among sea stacks and along shorelines where seabirds nest. Led by highly-experienced and enthusiastic guides, join a small group of up to 20 like-minded adventurers and create lasting memories immersed in the world’s wild and remote destinations where spontaneous wildlife encounters are ordinary occurrences.
Rather than travelling large distances, our aim is to see as much as possible. We paddle anywhere between 5 to 15 kilometres (2 to 4 hours) per outing, sometimes taking a snack and a flask of hot chocolate to enjoy on our excursion.
Each group of 4 to 10 kayakers will have their own intimate exploration of the small hidden bays and coasts that may be inaccessible to the Zodiacs and will also make time for their own shore excursions and wildlife encounters.
When we visit the poles, the elements play an important role. It is important that you have an adventurous attitude and understand that our kayaking time will be affected by the weather that we experience.
Even if your experience is limited, we’d encourage you to call us to discuss your suitability. There is often ample time to gain the required experience before you depart. Kayakers should be aged 14 years or over.
- Kayak & Paddle
- Neoprene boots
- Safety gear
- A 15-litre dry bag
- Life jackets
- Pogies (insulated mittens that attach to your paddle)
Our guides have years of kayaking experience in our destinations. The sea kayaking guide will lead the group on each excursion, explaining facts about the wildlife and other highlights we paddle across. Read about some of our expert guides below.
How to Book
Please return the kayaking form at time of booking that you would like to include the optional sea kayaking activity for your expedition. Places are limited so we recommend reserving your place early.View more details
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Temperate Climate Snorkelling
Pack only your sense of adventure because we will provide all the equipment you will need to experience the remarkable underwater world just below the surface in some of the world’s remotest and most pristine destinations. Perhaps discover a mysterious kelp forest where timid creatures seek refuge, encounter curious sea otters and if you’re very lucky hold your breath in the presence of a majestic whale. Be a part of a small group of up to 20 adventurers and create memories and stories to share for years to come.
Our team of experienced guides have over 20 years experience and provide snorkellers with detailed briefings and best practice procedures to ensure a safe snorkelling experience.
How to Book
Contact us for more information if you would like to include the optional snorkelling activity to your expedition. Places are limited.View more details
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Temperate Climate Scuba Diving
Uncover an underwater world that few have seen. In a wetsuit or perhaps even a drysuit, you may explore remarkable kelp forests, swim among sonorous whales, uncover historic ship-wrecks and perhaps even swim between two continents! Diving in some of the world’s wildest and remotest locations is a privilege that is reserved for the lucky few, experienced adventurers. Buddy up and be part of a small group of up to 6 divers for get ready for some unforgettable moments.
Our team of experienced dive guides have over 20 years polar diving experience and provide divers with detailed briefings and best practice procedures to ensure a safe diving experience. Your dive master will ensure Standard Safety Diving Practices are adhered to at all times.
How to Book
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*Terms & Conditions apply. Offer is only valid on new bookings and on select ship voyages only which must be booked and deposited by 24th April 2021. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. The promotion is only available in conjunction with the back to back voyage discount or the loyalty program offer, and not available with any other offer. The promotion can be withdrawn at any time and is not redeemable for cash. Prices and offers correct at time of printing and subject to change. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. To confirm your booking, a completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of AUD 2,500 per person is required within 7 days of reserved berth/s. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Please see full terms and conditions.