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Wednesday, 27 July 2022

From on board Ponant's Le Laperouse in the Kimberley: Talbot Bay Rock Stars

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Home to the famed Horizontal Falls and described by legendary naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough as one of the world's great natural wonders, Talbot Bay contains much more than just a curious cascade.

Saturday, 23 July 2022

From on board Ponant's Le Laperouse in the Kimberley: Croc spotting on the Hunter River

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The massive Hunter River, as well as the nearby Roe feeds into Prince Frederick Harbour along with inflow from numerous smaller creeks and rivulets. It’s an expedition cruise hotspot and today we’re here in the company of APT’s Caledonian Sky, running Zodiac tours into the wild heart of this remote region.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

NZ's Strannik Ocean Voyages selling fast

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Rodney Russ, owner and founder of Strannik Ocean Voyages writes:

"We have one twin-share cabin and one male berth* available on this departure.  To see and experience all of Fiordland’s fiords is a trip of a lifetime. There are 14 fiords, but one of them, Sutherland Sound, is only accessible by Zodiac, the remaining 13 create one of the greatest cruising grounds in the world.  It is wrong to think that just because they are all fiords they are all the same; every one of them is unique and different with their own story.  We invite you to experience and enjoy these 13 fiords. "

To view this offer and future sailings, see https://strannikoceanvoyages.com/expeditions/

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Heritage Expeditions Three New Island-hopping Cruises

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Exploring the Remote Tropical Islands of Asia and the South Pacific

Pioneering expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions has announced three new island-hopping voyages exploring the remote tropical islands of Asia and the South Pacific aboard luxurious expedition flagship Heritage Adventurer.

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Island Escape leaves passengers wondering

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Island Escape in the Kimberley (Megan Rose/Facebook)

Following a report in LATTE Luxury Travel Trade newsletter, it appears Island Escape Cruises has abandoned its Kimberley program and left passengers high and dry.

"Just received an email from Island Escapes advising us our Kimberley cruise ex Broome due to start tomorrow has been cancelled," writes one disappointed passenger on the cruise company's Facebook page. "Unable to contact anyone. No word on refund, not to mention flights from Sydney to Broome."

Attempts by both media and passengers to contact IEC have been met with silence. An automated response from IEC founder Peter Bissett reads simply: “I resigned from the company on 4 July 2022”.

Monday, 4 July 2022

Pitcairn Island's Passenger Service Resumes

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Pitcairn’s supply ship MV Silver Supporter. Credit: Andrew Randall

Following Pitcairn's border reopening in March 2022, and remaining COVID-19 free, the remote island group is pleased to announce its regular passenger shipping link with French Polynesia will resume from July 5th 2022.

Friday, 1 July 2022

Oakley eye protection tested in remote Australian waters

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When Oakley sent me a pair of superb Clifden prescription sunglasses for trialling on my motorcycle, I was thrilled. These are lightweight, tough, super comfortable and come standard with protective rubber side guards, nose bridge and crystal clear PRIZM lenses.

While they were perfectly acceptable for use on any of my bikes, they worked best, I found, inside a full-face helmet with the rubber frame accessories removed. As I mostly use open-face helmets, I found I favoured other glasses for this purpose. But then …

In something of a surprise move, I was asked to work as an expedition guide in the Kimberley. This meant I would be spending many hours outside in the unforgiving desert sun driving Zodiac RIBs on the rivers and leading hikes and walks into the rocky outcrops ashore. 

Seeing how Oakley’s designs have already found favour with all kinds of outdoorsy folk from skiers and boardriders to mountaineers and trekkers, it follows that the Western Australian remote Northwest is the perfect test environment for my new Clifdens.

The side shields and nose bridge provide extra glare protection from the harsh sun out here, especially the reflections from the water we know can blindside the unwary. Wind and dust are both extra factors that can cause dry, stinging eyes and these cool accoutrements work a treat.

Of course, the Clifdens come in the attractive and practical Oakley zippered clamshell case along with a fabric pouch, but another thoughtful attachment is the steel lanyard that is attached to the ends of the arms with a clever snap-tight clasp that makes them virtually unlosable. 

Clifdens are customisable and come in a range of both lens and frame colours. You can even choose your own Oakley icon colour.

Silvia and I with our Oakleys aboard ship

When I met my team aboard, one member stood out with her Oakley Turbines. Silvia Furtwaengler is a German professional dog-musher living in Norway and a long way from home. We got chatting and I asked her about her choice of eye protection.

“These are the best sunglasses I’ve ever owned,” she says without blinking, “I use them in the snow, out on the water and even just working in the yard.”

Now, when I say “dog-mushing” I don’t mean walking poodles in the park. Silvia drives a team of 8-10 dogs hundreds of kilometres at sub-zero temperatures across the Arctic in races like the legendary Iditarod and Yukon Quest. This is serious stuff where you just don’t cut corners.”

“The Oakleys are just so versatile, durable and comfortable. I have to wear them for hours every day in the worst weather and your eyes deserve the best protection you can give them.”

As an accomplished author and photographer, this kind of endorsement goes much farther than my couple of weeks in the Kimberley sun and reinforces why professionals choose the best brands to protect them. How much do you value your eyes?

Details:

Model tested: Oakley Clifden with prescription Plutonite® lenses*

RRP: A$257.00 (with PRIZM lenses)
- polarised, add $80
- discuss your individual requirements with an optometrist before ordering prescription lenses.

Available online and from all OPSM stores

*Plutonite®, Oakley's patented lens material, is built to protect eyes against harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun‘s thermonuclear furnace.

  • Inherent in the lens material
  • 100% protection against every wavelength of UV radiation
  • 100% protection throughout the entire lens
  • Blocks 100% of UVA, UVB & UVC rays
  • The lens material is designed and manufactured for Oakley®. It is made from a form of optical polycarbonate.