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About Ashmore Reef

Located in the northern Coral Sea between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the Australian marine park of Ashmore Reef is a carefully protected natural wonder. It lies just 30 nautical miles from the outer edge of the northernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef, where the Coral Sea currents meet the slightly warmer currents of the Torres Strait, which makes it a wildlife diversity hotspot.

In the depths, expect to see huge dogtooth tuna, marlin, sailfish, yellowfin and longtail tuna. The vast lagoons and reef flats are home to massive coral trout, red bass, emperors and maori wrasse.

Birders will be thrilled by the abundance of tropical pelagic birds such as Jouanin's Petrel, Abbott's Booby and Wilson's Strom-Petrel. Among the waves, you'll see pods of dolphins, a variety of whales and other rarer cetaceans.


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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Ashmore Reef

    Leaving:
    Broome
    Visiting:
    Rowley Shoals, Lacepedes Islands ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Ponant
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    13 Night Cruise to Ashmore Reef  Route (Ponant)
    • Day 1
      Broome
    • Day 2
      Rowley Shoals
    • Day 3
      Rowley Shoals
    • Day 4
      Lacepedes Islands
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      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Hunter River Region
    • Day 9
      Browse Island
    • Day 10
      Ashmore Reef
    • Day 11
      Jar Island
    • Day 12
      Cruising (King George River)
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      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Darwin
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    Le Laperouse - Ponant

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Very good exploration trip!
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    What a ripoff!!
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More about Ashmore Reef

Why go to Ashmore Reef ?

Pros: The diversity of birds and marine life caters to nature lovers.

Cons: Weather and sea conditions can affect ship access.

Bottom Line: An ideal alternative to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The official currency is the Australian dollar, but the islands are uninhabited so there are no opportunities to withdraw or spend money.

Language

The official language is English. But as the residents of the reef are animals, you won't get to use it much - apart from to speaking to your fellow passengers.


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