Yampi Sound (Photo: Robert Hiette/Shutterstock)
Yampi Sound (Photo: Robert Hiette/Shutterstock)

Anne Majumdar
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Yampi Sound

Yampi Sound is a stretch of the Indian Ocean that lies off the coast of northwestern Australia between King Sound and Collier Bay. A collection of 800 to 1,000 rocky islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago are dotted across the turquoise water. These islands are known for copper, iron and silver deposits. Lesser known are the secluded white sandy beaches and rich Indigenous history.

Creek-fed waterfalls and rockpools flow into the sound. Despite its name, Crocodile Creek is croc-free and safe for swimming. Other areas do have crocodiles, as well as sharks, snakes, birds and tropical fish in coral lagoons.

Shore Excursions

About Yampi Sound


Wildlife, deserted islands and huge tidal ranges distinguish this unique destination.


It's a very remote area, so care should be taken to ensure safety.

Bottom Line

A cruise is the best way to navigate this part of the Buccaneer Archipelago.

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The local currency is the Australian dollar. Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs on the mainland.


English is the official language of Australia, but a number of Indigenous languages are also spoken in the area.