This nature lover’s dream boasts spectacular scenery including the bushland and beaches uninhabited islets, granite headlands, and the bubble gum-hued Pink Lake. Esperance is located in the center of some of Australia’s most beautiful sights and with some of the country’s most stunning coastline and best surf and great fishing options.
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.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
Explore the highlights in and around Esperance, which include unspoiled beaches, panoramic lookouts and unusual shops with artistic glassworks and leather goods.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely, wonderfully scenic drive to Cape Le Grand National Park, where you will first pause for photos at Stonehenge, a full size replica of the original made with local granite stone. Next, it’s a stop at Frenchman’s Peak. Its name comes from the unusual shape of the hats worn by French troops in the 1800s.
Continuing on, you’ll stop at Hellfire Beach and then Lucky Bay. Both offer beautiful views and white sandy beaches. There will be time for a stroll at Hellfire beach. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch at one of these locations and later, if time permits, you might be able to take a quick dip in the ocean at Lucky Bay. Don’t be surprised if you spot grey kangaroos lolling about nearby.
Returning to Esperance, you will stop at Mermaid Leather, Australia’s only fish and shark leather tannery. Merchandise includes one-of-a-kind handbags, wallets and accessories made from the skin of fish such as barramundi and grouper.
For a sweeping view of Esperance, you will drive to Rotary Lookout, which sits atop a granite outcrop. The islands that you will see in the distance are part of the Recherche Archipelago.
More spectacular vistas await you at West Beach and Twilight Cove on the outskirts of town, where you will pause for photos before continuing on to a wind farm. Sea breezes power the large turbines there in an effort to make Esperance less reliant on gas-fired energy.
You will then view the area’s most unnatural-looking sight: Pink Lake, whose bright bubble-gum color is caused by high concentrations of salt-tolerant algae. Your final stop will be at Section Gallery where you can browse their collection of glass artworks before returning to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion during the stops. There will be uneven and sandy surfaces to negotiate. Some parts of the coach ride may be bumpy. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. For those who wish to take advantage of the possibility of swimming time at Lucky Bay, a swimsuit worn under clothing and a towel from the ship are suggested. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. This tour operates with a driver/guide. Tour sequence may vary.
Cruise the unspoiled islands of the Recherche Archipelago, enjoying their natural beauty and observing creatures such as Australian sea lions and bottlenose dolphins.
After departing from the pier, you will soon embark on the MV Southern Niche, a 60-foot catamaran that is one of the largest cruise vessels in southern Western Australia. You’ll find the catamaran offers superb comfort and viewing opportunities as you navigate the typically calm waters of Esperance Bay. Feel free to settle in on the open-air deck or inside where you can gaze out of the expansive windows. Of course, you can move about as you please for the absolute best views.
There is plenty to observe as you cruise through the Recherche Archipelago, which is made up of nearly 100 unspoiled islands. Named by a French explorer in 1792 and known locally as the Bay of Isles, the archipelago is largely undeveloped and primarily inhabited by wildlife.
Most of the islands feature large granite outcrops and heathland vegetation. Beautiful beaches dot the rocky shorelines, making it easy to spot marine creatures such as Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals lazily basking in the sun. You might also spot bottlenose dolphins, which tend to travel in pods, often close to the catamaran.
Coastal birds are also abundant throughout the archipelago. One of the largest is the white-breasted sea eagle, which you may see majestically swooping down to pluck a fish from the sea. If you spot grayish birds ashore, chances are, they are Cape Barren geese.
Your guide will offer fascinating commentary throughout your 3 hour cruise, so you should expect to return to the pier enlightened and relaxed.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 30 minutes of easy to moderate walking to and from the catamaran. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the catamaran, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them (the guide and boat crew are unable to assist). Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. While likely, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
Relax on one of the spectacularly beautiful, sugar-white beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park, a wild wonderland rimmed by crystal-clear aquamarine water.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a wonderfully scenic 75 minute drive to Cape Le Grand National Park, one of the most well-known and fiercely protected natural areas in Western Australia. The terrain is absolutely breathtaking in every direction.
Massive granite boulders rise from the coastal plain, which is covered with rolling heathland. The beaches are wide, sugar-white and secluded so you can expect to have plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the serenity.
Chances are, the only visitors not in your group will be grey kangaroos, as they are often spotted lounging on the beach. They typically travel in groups called mobs or troops. It’s an unforgettable experience to watch kangaroos bounding by or grazing in the nearby grass.
Your exploration of Cape Le Grand includes some free time at the beach, where you might take a quick dip in the ocean, bask in the sun, stroll the shore or simply admire the remarkably pristine setting. Few places are so revered for their natural beauty.
But Cape Le Grand National Park isn’t the only highlight that awaits you. On the return to Esperance, you will stop at the world’s only full-size replica of Stonehenge in England. The rather offbeat attraction was built entirely of pink granite in 2011 and aligns with the solstices in Esperance. It allegedly looks like the original did about 3,500 years ago.
Please note: This tour includes just over 1 hour of easy to moderate walking/standing. There will be sandy surfaces to negotiate at the beach. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who 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; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. For those who wish to take advantage of swimming time at the beach, a swimsuit worn under clothing and a towel from the ship are suggested. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. This tour operates with a driver/guide. Tour sequence may vary.
Gain a greater sense of self-awareness and tranquility through yoga and meditation on the beach at Thistle Cove, an unforgettable stretch of sugar-white sand.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a meandering drive through beautiful Cape le Grand National Park and on to Thistle Cove. Named for ship’s master John Thistle who discovered it in 1802, the crescent-shaped cove is rimmed with stunningly white sand.
As you meander down a short path to the beach, you can expect to pass a jumble of huge boulders, bursts of brilliant wildflowers and perhaps even kangaroos, which are often spotted here. The secluded cove is naturally serene and the sense of calm will only increase as you practice yoga and meditate while the waves gently lap the shoreline.
In this pristine setting, you will follow an instructor through a variety of yoga postures using controlled breathing techniques. Mental calmness and increased concentration will come naturally as you slowly and gracefully stretch while transitioning from one pose to the next. You can’t help but feel more aware of your body and a deeper connection between your physical self and mental self. Yoga can be immensely fulfilling, especially in this setting.
Once the session ends, you will have free time to take a wellness dip in the ocean. The turquoise water is typically crystal-clear and wonderfully refreshing. Light refreshments follow, after which you will retrace your picturesque route back to the pier.
Please note: Yoga class will take a place in an idyllic setting at one of Western Australia's many beautiful beaches. There is approximately 250 meters walking distance on uneven surfaces in order to get to the beach. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable, flat walking shoes, light clothing are recommended. Time allows for a dip in the water and relaxation on the beach after the class.
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.