Broome residents Doug and Shelley Gould have five kids between them and it was while searching for affordable, family-friendly sailing adventures in the Kimberley that the idea for Ahoy Buccaneers was born.
“We wouldn’t consider a trip through the Kimberley without our kids, and the available options didn’t appear to be terribly affordable”, said Doug. “So we figured that by maintaining a low crew to guest ratio, and not attempting the 5-star option we could offer a really great, affordable Kimberley experience. We bought our own charter boat and created a sailing experience that could be enjoyed by all ages – as long as they are young at heart ! And that’s how Ahoy Buccaneers was born.” Nature provides the breath taking scenery and our mandate is to match that with good times, good company and buckets of fun and….. I forgot a part of this recipe, great food!
Our concept then evolved to offer real people an affordable hands-on adventure in remote North West Australia. If you’re after a cruise that is exciting, unique, a hands on experience, then explore and seek adventure with us, sailing, fishing, mud crabbing, swimming, island hopping and whale watching. It’s our passion of the Kimberley and love-of-life mindset that steadies our sails and guides our affordable quirky approach to cruising. Taking our guests into areas inaccessible to large ships, and on excursions that are unique, unconventional, and unmatched—we offer an alternative to traditional cruises.
Our small group experience has continued to combine discovery, good old fashioned hospitable service and expertise, and Aha! moments that happen in the unplanned spaces in between expectation.
On your trip-of-a-lifetime, you’ll more than just see, do! It’s always your choice—do as much or as little as you like, lend a hand when you can and have a cracker of a time doing it—adventure activities, shore excursions and there will be still plenty of time to simply relax. You’ll be in on all the action—in the wilderness, on the water, learning about history and nature, sharing moments with newfound friends. It’s about the here and now, and the WOW! Moments.
Whether you’re traveling solo, with a companion, as a family, or in a group, Ahoy Buccaneers Adventures reveals an unimaginable way of uncovering hidden wonders while having fun. Bring the whole family and share a journey across generations—we welcome kids any age to 98 (and beyond!). Our endeavour is to create lifelong memories for our guests, all focused on activities and excursions that complement the wilderness, wildlife, culture and heritage of the places we visit.
Spend an incredible week, departing every Monday (Apr to Nov) cruising and exploring the pristine waters of the untouched wilderness that is known as the Buccaneer Archipelago, Kimberley. Buccaneer Archipelago cruises are from $1800. With over 800 islands covering 50 square kilometers between Broome and Darwin, the Buccaneer Archipelago is a pristine paradise of azure waters, rainforests, plunging cliffs, waterfalls, fresh water swimming holes, and colourful reefs abundant with fish. There are some must do destinations which include Talbot Bay and fast boat ride through the Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef and meet some Real Life Castaways at Silver Gull Creek! These waters are so untouched that a vast majority of these islands remain unnamed. So not only will this be a journey of exploration but also discovery!
Or come join us on an 13 day Ultimate cruise Broome to Wyndham (reverse) Mar to Apr, Aug to Sept on the ultimate cruise and visit the Buccaneer and Bonaparte Archipelago from $3300. This is a one way cruise. In between Cape Leveque and Wyndham there are approximately 2000 islands. We will sail and motor and explore both Archipelagos during the late wet season where the Kimberley is renowned for summer storms, spectacular light shows, thundering waterfalls and swollen billabongs. Fishing, swimming in fresh waterholes, beach combing, exploring aboriginal art and hiking are all on the menu in some of the remotest parts of the Kimberleys. Places we visit will include the Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef, Kings Cascades, Bigge Island (Aboriginal Art), Mitchell River, Berkley River along with the fascinating history and remains of the Truscott Airbase. Buccaneer Archipelago cruises are from $1800.
Aboard the spacious 24metre rigged sailing yacht MV Oceanic, guests are treated to a truly hands-on experience. Ship’s crew, with their wealth of local knowledge and stories, will take you to secret fishing and swimming spots, remote beaches, and show you stunning examples of indigenous art. It’s an awesome wilderness and no description can do it justice. Distance and size are hard to judge here, as are the colours to comprehend. The crew are happy to take passengers where they want to go, to do whatever they fancy – fishing, swimming, mud crabbing, collecting oysters, or just relaxing in the spa on deck and taking in the breathtaking Kimberley sunsets.
Shelley is a trained chef and both Doug and Shelley are as passionate about food as they are about the Kimberley surrounds so, with a cook on board, you’ll be treated to a wide variety of delicious meals, often comprising of freshly caught seafood barbecued on deck.
With a variety of sleeping options from ensuited double cabins to cabins with shared bathrooms and even sleeping in a swag under the Kimberley stars, there’s a truly affordable, friendly sailing adventure for everyone with Ahoy Buccaneers.
Tick this off your bucket list early! Prices from $1800p.p all inclusive. All ages welcome. BYO Alcohol. Phone 08 9193 7650 or book online on our web site www.ahoybuccaneers.com.au.