The rugged Buccaneer Archipelago is a spectacular region of 1,000 islands lying off the Kimberley coast. Its islands are hidden gems with incredible beaches and landscapes that are best seen from the air but can also be explored by boat. You’ll find it almost 3,000kms north of Perth and it is toured from either Broome or Derby.
Such is its remoteness that the Buccaneer Archipelago remains relatively untouched by tourists. There are unending beaches and rich estuaries and even Aboriginal rock art sites. In addition is a rich diversity of wildlife, with fearsome crocs, snakes, and exotic birds and fish all making their home here in the archipelago.
The fishing here is especially good, with popular snags including trevally, tuna, snapper, red emperor and barramundi. There are also fantastic mud crabs and oysters here and fishing trips are all inclusive. Alternatively, you can also go hiking and bushwalking on some of the larger islands.
The tides within the Buccaneer Archipelago group of islands are the highest in Australia, with some places experiencing an 11-metre rise and fall. Currents are thus very strong, but it makes for some unique views from the air, such as the famous Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay.
A sea safari from Derby is the best way to appreciate the Buccaneer Archipelago, with boat rides around the islands and camping on deserted beaches. Luxury cruises also depart from Broome, including the 12-day trip with North Star Cruises aboard its fabulous True North that comes complete with helipad.
Another touring option for couples is to go by sailboat, such as aboard the Red Sky at Night with Red Sky Charters. These trips are a lot more intimate and go over several days. For an aerial sightseeing trip, regular scenic flights depart from the airstrip at Derby.