Often referred to as the pearl of Western Australia, Broome is the coastal gateway to the magnificent wilderness region of the Kimberley. Here witness one of nature’s wonders – The Horizontal Falls, powered by the huge tidal movements of the Indian Ocean. Broom is also home to the world-famous white sands of Cable Beach, where you can take a camel ride or get a glimpse of dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point. The pearl strip on Dampier Terrace is home to some of the world’s most luxurious pearl brands – all sourcing South Sea pearls from Broome.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Ride a camel in a caravan along gorgeous Cable Beach on the Indian Ocean and learn about how these “ships of the desert” were introduced to Australia.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief but picturesque drive to Cable Beach, a spectacular stretch of pristine sand on the outskirts of Broome. Cable Beach is about 13 miles long and the waters are typically calm, so it’s an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing and even the unexpected activity of camel riding.
Although camels aren’t indigenous to Australia, they were introduced for heavy labor in the 19th century. Then, along came the internal combustion engine and camels weren’t needed, so they weren’t released into the arid outback, where they flourished. Australia is now home to the world’s largest herd of camels with more than 750,000 roaming freely in the outback.
Upon arriving at Cable Beach, you will have the opportunity to ride a camel along the shore. It’s an extraordinary experience, especially considering the scenery. The turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean are on one side, red-ochre cliffs are on the other, and the pure white sand of Cable Beach lies in between.
You can expect to be part of a caravan riding in a straight line along the coast. You will enjoy a unique perspective of the scenery from atop the camel, and you may even see dolphin out in the water. Following your unique ride along Cable Beach, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The maximum allowable weight per person is 208 lbs. and each camel is limited to a total weight load of 360 lbs. It is likely you will be sharing a camel with another guest. Participants are required to give their weight to the Destination Services Desk at least 48 hours in advance of the tour. Guests may be weighed at the camel site. There are no restrooms available on this tour. This tour operates with a driver/guide.
Enjoy a leisurely tour driving in and around Broome, stopping every so often at landmarks that may include Cable Beach, the Japanese cemetery and a microbrewery.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy an enlightening drive around Broome, taking in the highlights. There is much to see and learn about this beautiful, beach-rimmed town named in the late 1880s for Frederick Broome, the colony’s governor.
The town flourished during that period because of the lucrative but dangerous pearling industry in Roebuck Bay. Many of the pearl divers were Japanese, and you will see their final resting place at the largest Japanese cemetery in Australia. It also contains a stone obelisk in memory of the Japanese that lost their lives in three cyclones in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Cable Beach is another highlight. Stretching 13 miles up the coast, it’s one of the most naturally beautiful areas around Broome, especially at Gantheaume Point, where red-ochre sandstone borders the beach and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The name Cable Beach comes from the telegraph cable that was laid between Broome and Java in 1889.
Other areas of exploration include Roebuck Bay, where you will find Broome Golf Club, and Matso’s Brewery. While stopping at the microbrewery, you will be treated to a few samples of their famous beer that may include ginger and mango beer or Pearler’s Pale Ale.
By the time you return to the pier, you will have gained great insight into the history and attractions of Broome.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking, primarily at the guests’ discretion during the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests that have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There are no planned restroom stops on this tour. This tour operates with a driver/guide.
Delve into the history of Broome by visiting a museum devoted to pearling, an animal park full of indigenous species and a beach with preserved dinosaur footprints.
After departing from the pier, you will soon begin an introductory tour of downtown Broome and learn about its history along the way. English explorer and acknowledged pirate William Dampier was among the first Europeans to visit the region in 1688, when it was known as New Holland. His journals described the rich pearl beds, but it wasn’t until the late 1880s that pearling became wildly lucrative with Broome as its principal cargo port.
You will learn more about pearling at Pearl Luggers, a museum in the heart of Broome’s Chinatown. Exhibits include early diving suits with weighted boots, historical footage of pearl diving and two restored vessels known as pearl luggers moored on a tidal jetty. At the height of the industry, more than 400 pearl luggers were operating in the area.
Then, it’s off to Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, which you will enter through a giant fiberglass crocodile head. Inside, you will find several species of crocodiles, alligators and other iconic Australian creatures such as dingoes and cassowaries. You will also have time to shop for items ranging from crocodile-teeth jewelry to Douglas’ own adventure films.
Finally, you will stop at Gantheaume Point at the southern end of Cable Beach, where you will see fossilized footprints of dinosaurs in the reef rock. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes just over 2 hours of moderate walking that includes some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests that have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour operates with a driver/guide.
Discover how pearls are grown, harvested and processed at a nearby pearl farm that uses the most technologically advanced means to produce these highly coveted gems.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing and picturesque drive north to the protected tidal estuary of Willie Creek. Upon arriving at the Willie Creek Pearl Farm, you will discover how pearling became such an important industry in Western Australia beginning in the late 19th century.
Although coastal-dwelling Aborigines harvested and traded pearls for centuries, it wasn’t until Europeans arrived and diving suits were invented that pearling became a big business. Today, the area around Broome is renowned for the quality and abundance of its pearls.
Willie Creek Pearl Farm uses the most advanced means to produce pearls through a complex process that starts with “seeding” the oysters. Sensing the introduction of these foreign bodies, the bi-valves then secrete layers of nacre, which over time produces beautiful pearls.
To fully understand the steps, you will board the vessel Mutiari Putri and view how the pearls are farmed in the Willie Creek estuary. It’s a fascinating process that continues through the harvesting and grading of the pearls. Little is wasted, as restaurants purchase the oyster meat, and mother-of-pearl jewelry is made from the shells.
Later, you may view the harvested pearls in the pearl farm’s showroom and after returning to Broome, if you might visit the store Willie Creek Pearls on your own.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing that includes some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour operates with a driver/guide.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.