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Ponant launches luxury yacht for Kimberley excursions in 2023

Ponant launches luxury yacht for Kimberley excursions in 2023

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Luxurious yacht cruises in the Kimberleys, Western Australia

Paspaley’s vintage Grumman Mallard flying boat

Kimberley season cruises with Le Ponant

Ponant is launching next level luxury for the 2023 Kimberley season with Le Ponant, a three masted sailing yacht which will host 32 guests.

The Le Ponant sailing experience has been meticulously crafted in an extensive and exclusive partnership with Australia’s prestigious Paspaley Group.

Ponant Nathalie Michel
Ponant Nathalie Michel

Private access to Paspaley’s Grumman Mallard flying boats

Led by PONANT’s world-renowned expedition and destination experts, guests will be able to experience shore landings on state-of-the-art Zodiac boats, have exclusive and private access to one of Paspaley’s vintage Grumman Mallard flying boats which will take guests from or to their embarkation point, as well as private access to Paspaley’s pearl operations in Kuri Bay.

Le Ponant will join the company’s two other small luxury expedition ships Le Lapérouse and Le Soléal, already present in the region, having restarted post-pandemic Kimberley operations in April 2022.

Paspaley’s vintage Grumman Mallard flying boat
Paspaley’s vintage Grumman Mallard flying boat

New itineraries in the Kimberleys

Tailored by expedition leaders and naturalist guides over a raft of new itineraries, PONANT’s expertise and signature travel visions onboard Le Ponant highlight the unique mix of adventure, sustainability and refined French-inspired service and hospitality. 

The newly refurbished Le Ponant has been transformed by a sleek, sophisticated design by Jean-Philippe Nuel Studio, with just 16 staterooms for a maximum of 32 guests. The yacht offers an invitation to sail and experience the wonders of the world on a journey that combines voyage and eco-responsibility. 

The new itineraries onboard Le Ponant will be available for booking later in May 2022, along with a selection of pre and post land arrangements including El Questro, Berkeley River Lodge and Broome accommodation. These will be combined with 7-14 night luxury sailing experiences from April to October 2023 in the Northern and Southern Kimberley regions.

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Hunter River and Porosus Creek by Nick Rains

Ponant cruising

Created in 1988, by officers of the French Merchant Navy, PONANT has created a new style of cruising, under the French flag, through a unique conception of sea travel blending a pioneering spirit, French-inspired hospitality, and a commitment to promoting sustainable and responsible tourism. Accessing exceptional territories aboard small-capacity luxury expedition ships featuring refined design, on which the art of living and excellent cuisine takes pride of place: such is the promise of a unique and authentic voyage with PONANT, the world leader of luxury expeditions. 

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King George River by Nick Rains

Paspaley Pearls

Paspaley’s quest is to discover the most beautiful pearls in the world in one of the most pristine and remote locations on the planet – the Kimberley.

As pearling pioneers, Paspaley has dedicated over 80 years to the highest quality pearl and today the family business is the source of the rarest and most valuable pearls in the world.

Paspaley inspires women all over the world with not only their pearls which have an exceptional colour and lustre, but also with their contemporary designs and innovative craftsmanship. The versatility of the designs allows women to personalise their look for any occasion.

Paspaley nurtures its pearls on a remote network of farms stretching more than 2,500 km across the north-west coast of Australia. With its sophisticated fleet of purpose-built ships, Paspaley is one of the few companies to still dive for wild pearl oysters. Our innovative techniques have been widely acknowledged as world’s best practice, positioning the Paspaley name at the forefront of the pearling industry.

For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book this incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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