ESCAPE TO PORT DAVEY
Multi-day adventure cruises in Port Davey, Bathurst Harbour, South West Tasmania
Embark on a 4, 5 or 7-day, all-inclusive expedition into Bathurst Harbour, Port Davey. An ecotourism adventure where you will be one of the privileged few to witness the south west region of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Be captivated by the harbour’s rugged terrain, marine reserves and its beautiful mirrored waters, and learn about the region’s history. Enjoy delicious, fresh Tasmanian produce and fine wine, all the while taking in the panoramic views in the comfort of your vessel, Odalisque.
Experience the diversity of landscapes the Port Davey region has to offer, it’s Marine Reserve habitat and rivers. Walks across the buttongrass moorlands to the summits of the mountains, where you will marvel at the spectacular wilderness views. Venture out of the harbour aboard the Odalisque, and discover rocky foreshores and striking quartzite peaks rising from the Southern Ocean, and wander along pristine white sandy beaches.
But not so keen on roughing it?
We tailor each cruise to suit your particular interests, guided by the weather. The experience can be as active or as relaxing as you like – there are plenty of opportunities to go ashore or you may prefer to soak up the wilderness scenery from a soft lounge aboard Odalisque. Tailored itineraries include jet boat excursions, walking, birdwatching, photography, beachcombing and more…
CRUISE TASMANIA’S COASTLINE ON A CUSTOM TOUR
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This was a great adventure trip on a 20metre boat with 3 crew and 3 couples. Our skipper knew the area like the back of his hand and was confident under all weather conditions. Our knowledgeable guide gave us a real insight of the history, flora, fauna and ornithology of the National Park and area. Our third crew member was a professional chef. He delighted us with Tasmanian produce at every meal. He easily accommodated any food intolerances into his food plan. The Odalisque provided very comfortable accommodation for such a wilderness area. Communications with office in Hobart was seamless and any rescheduling for any unforseen circumstances was cheerfully completed without fuss.
Our many treks up hills required good hiking clothing, but was well and truly worth the climb. We thoroughly enjoyed this adventure, and it exceeded our expectations.
I celebrated my 50th birthday on board the Odalisque with an afternoon cruise around Hobart. Absolutely perfect - vessel very comfortably took all 40 guests - well appointed interior, lounge, kitchen, and flexible deck spaces. lots of options for chatting, mingling, and watching the lovely scenery pass by. Organisation was seamless - Alice and Pieter were extremely helpful. Self-catered by choice but arrangement through the charter was also an option. very well stocked cellar showcasing a range of Tasmanian wine and beer. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - would do it all again tomorrow!
“What an amazing trip to the hidden treasure that is Port Davey. Three days of exploration, new friendships, walking, diving, and being hosted and being wonderfully wined and dined on board Odalisque. This is a truly unique part of our planet, yet so close to us in Hobart. Enjoying such comfort in what can be a harsh environment makes it really accessible. We had wonderful weather to add to the experience! Thanks Pieter - we'll be back.”
“Pieter, just a note to say again how much I enjoyed the weekend. You all made Alice and I feel so welcome - it was just wonderful and something to remember my 70th by that's for sure! The South-West is such a special place. We all felt it sitting up there on the upper deck Saturday night. I can't put it into words but I know how it makes me feel. Let’s hope you might be pleasantly surprised by the number of Tasmanians, perhaps in my age bracket, that have never been to the SW and don’t realise what they’re missing. A boat trip like yours makes it possible for them to experience the region. You have put a fantastic product on the tourist market for people to enjoy.”
The Tasmanian Southwest Park is about as remote as you can get in Tasmania...The three days I spent on Bathurst Harbour were on board the Odalisque… we didn’t only dive – or eat and drink – there was also time for walking including up to the top of Mt Beattie from where we could look down on Odalisque… Thank you owner and skipper Pieter van der Woude.
We spent an amazing three days with Pieter on the beautiful and luxurious Odalisque. Bathurst Harbour has some of the most spectacular scenery I have witnessed; remote, wild and untouched. The diving was also a completely unique experience. This is the ultimate luxury adventure holiday.
Our 3 day trip aboard the Odalisque was a fabulous way to experience and enjoy the natural beauty, history, flora/fauna, and silence of Tasmania's southwest, while enjoying gourmet meals and comfortable lodging in an atmosphere which felt like a happy family gathering.
We enjoyed a number of boat trips and educational hikes with breathtaking views and many camera moments. Our wonderful, knowledgeable guide even offered to carry our jackets as we peeled off the layers on our ascents. The good hiking boots were an essential, as the walking, while not difficult, was a bit damp and 'lumpy' at times. The air in SW Tasmania felt therapeutic as it is so clear and clean, the water is naturally clean, and the technology detox allowed true relaxation as we dined in the beautiful boat saloon as the sun set.
The lovely boat, the talented skipper, the thoughtful organiser, the encyclopedic guide (jack of all trades), the chef and other guests aboard all made our trip perfect. We are so glad we fitted it into our Tasmania trip.