Holidaying in beautiful Broome is back, with a dream-like day trip offering visitors a dining experience with a difference. Launching in May, Broome Cruises’ popular Sunset, Seafood & Pearling Cruise returns for a second season, with a new menu, rare live pearl harvest and next-day pearl appreciation among the alluring extras for guests in 2022.
The all-in-one, ‘best of Broome’ experience uniquely blends the region’s seafood and produce with its pearling, culture and iconic sunsets. The new, enhanced tour package runs over two days, offering local hotel transfers as part of a long list of inclusions.
Cruise Broome’s pristine waters on board a 69-ft triple-deck pleasure boat to harvest a precious Cygnet Bay pearl at sea. Dine on a 7-course seafood degustation menu prepared by a private chef on deck, while sipping premium West Australian wines and boutique beers, served throughout the 4-hour voyage.
The floating feast celebrates WA seafood and fresh Kimberley produce. On the menu is Cygnet Bay Pearl Meat, Cone Bay Barramundi, Abrolhos Island Sea Scallops, Shark Bay Crabs, North West Prawns, Southern Rock Oysters, and more. View full menu here.
The following day, a hosted visit to Cygnet Bay’s showroom takes you to an exclusive grading of the harvested pearl.
The experience also offers the chance to spot turtles, whales and dolphins in season, while cruising.
Broome Cruises is operated by Sea West, the company behind the successful Rottnest Cruises, South West Cruises and Mandurah Cruises. Owner Myrianthe Riddy said the 2022 Sunset, Seafood & Pearling Cruise was designed to give visitors a taste of Broome’s best, in one experience.
“With WA’s borders now open, we know people are seeking authentic experiences that reflect a true sense of place. We have designed our tour to present just that, with some added indulgence.”
Pearling the Precious & Delicious
The cruise visits native pearl oyster beds at Cygnet Bay, the oldest Australian owned and operated pearl farm. Nets of live shells are pulled up and expert crew demonstrate how to shuck the shells. Guests can touch a live shell and witness the extraction of a precious pearl. Carefully cultured over many years, Cygnet Bay’s world-class pearls are over a thousand times rarer than diamonds.
A pearl meat delicacy is then served for you to taste. Pearl meat is the adductor muscle of the oyster, which allows the shell to open and close. Often referred to a blend of scallop and abalone, it has a fresh, sweet taste, with plenty of health benefits and even aphrodisiac qualities.
Cygnet Bay’s Managing Director, third generation pearl farmer and 2021 Australian Farmer of the Year, James Brown, said pearl meat had become increasingly sought after by chefs as a high-end seafood delicacy.
“Only very small quantities of pearl meat are harvested in Australia. It is a rare and attractive shellfish product, selling for around $200 per kilogram,” he said.
Cygnet Bay sustainably grows the purest and rarest pearls on earth, nurtured deep in the Kimberley coast’s pristine waters. Their Australian South Sea pearl oysters (known as ‘Pinctada Maxima’) are the largest in existence, producing the world’s finest ‘mother of pearl’.
Broome Cruises’ Sunset, Seafood & Pearling Cruise is a half-day afternoon/evening tour with next-day pearl appreciation. Package cost is $379 Adults / $369 Seniors, fully inclusive of 4-hour sunset cruise, chef-crafted 7-course menu, premium drinks, live pearling, next-day pearl grading and hotel transfers both days. Cruises depart Broome’s Gantheaume Beach five days per week, between May and September.