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Ponant launches the ultimate sailing trip in the Kimberley on Le Ponant

The Kimberley is a bucket list destination for a reason. The ancient landscape spread over Australia’s entire north-western corner is a place of vast canyons, plunging waterfalls and ochre-coloured sandstone cliffs rising from emerald waters. From April 2023, French cruise line Ponant is offering a new, more luxurious way to experience this vast wilderness region onboard Le Ponant. Here’s why you can’t miss it.

PONANT’s iconic three-masted yacht, Le Ponant,
Le Ponant, Ponant

Your yacht is like a five-star resort

The renovated three-masted sailing yacht Le Ponant has been transformed to feature the latest technical innovations to reduce emissions. It also has state-of-the-art Zodiacs to get you closer to areas otherwise inaccessible, like the Horizontal Falls – described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest wonders of the natural world”.

You won’t have to battle the crowds

Ponant offers an intimate sailing experience and has just 16 staterooms, meaning there are a maximum of 32 guests. With multiple decks and lounge areas, you have space to spread out and soak up the view.

You get exclusive excursions

A cruise to the Kimberley with Ponant includes soaring above the ancient landscape on a charter flight. You can also visit Paspaley’s pearl farm – home to the world’s finest and most valuable cultured pearls. Depending on which option you choose, you will see the 100-metre King George Falls, which plunge over an ancient sandstone cliff into tidal waters or sail into the mouth of the Horizontal Falls – the natural phenomenon not seen anywhere else in the world. There’s also an option to visit the Lacepede Islands, home to Western Australia’s most important breeding habitats for Green Turtles. 

Ponant Kimberley experiences
Ponant Kimberley experiences

You can dine with panoramic views

The onboard Le Diamant panoramic restaurant means you will dine on fine gastronomic cuisine made using high-quality organic and local produce. Sip Veuve Clicquot champagne or wines from French artisan wine producers. 

You can still take time out

A dedicated wellness space means you can have massages or Biologique Recherche treatments, or, try a calming yoga session on the Sun Deck.

Ponant excursions - Paspaley
​© Paspaley

You don’t have to sacrifice your exercise regime

Worried you’ll spend too much time sitting? Think again. Le Ponant has four kayaks, four stand-up paddleboards, snorkelling and scuba equipment – and there’s a saltwater swimming pool.

Northern Kimberley Sailing Expedition

Nine or ten nights.

9-night departures: 7 April 2023, 28 April, 23 June, 18 August, and 1 October 2023.

10-night departures: 5 May, 19 May, 30 June, 14 July, 25 August, 12 May, 7 July 2023.

Aboard Le Ponant

Southern Kimberley Sailing Expedition

Nine or ten nights.

9-night departures: 26 May, 21 July, 1 September 2023.

10-night departures 14 April, 21 April, 2 June, 9 June, 16 June, 28 July, 4 August , 11 August, 24 Sept. 2023.

Rowley Shoals Sailing Expedition

Eight nights.

Departs  8 and 16 September 2023

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