OUR VESSELS - THE INDUSTRY'S BEST 

YOUR SAFETY AND COMFORT IS OUR PRIORITY. 

All crew are trained to Senior First Aid level certification as a minimum, and key personnel are trained in ocean rescue and in first response remote emergency medicine. We conduct regular training and drills in emergency response and practice safety at sea. 

 

All expeditions and tours begin with a comprehensive safety briefing to ensure you are fully informed about any procedures we will undertake and your role in them. We don’t just tell you that you are safe, we show you how we will keep you safe.  All vessels in our fleet exceed vessel survey standards and carry safety equipment above regulation requirements. 

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'ALISON MAREE'

The beautiful Alison Maree is a modern, spacious and luxurious 20m catamaran, providing the ultimate in stability, comfort and safety. A long range expedition vessel purpose-built for the Southern Ocean she is immaculately presented, with three spacious viewing decks. Spend time spotting wildlife on the bow or from the huge upper and lower rear decks, or try all three! Inside, join the skipper in the comfort of the air-conditioned wheelhouse for the ultimate, uninterrupted  360 degree panorama. Downstairs, relax in the spacious and comfortable  air-conditioned main saloon with seat-to-ceiling windows for uninterrupted wildlife viewing. Our gleaming galley is stocked with complimentary beverages and snacks. Quality finishes throughout including two modern toilets with washbasin facilities complete your comfort.

 

Our state of the art audio visual system is second to none, allowing exclusive on-board learning experiences that begin from the moment you board. If conditions permit, our live feed from underwater cameras adds another dimension to what you see from deck and our sound system will broadcast from our hydrophone if conditions permit, allowing you to hear the whales too! Our 3D plotter also feeds to our screens on board, allowing you to watch your journey unfold. A powerful 240 volt charging system can charge all of your electronic devices at any time, so you should never miss that once in a lifetime photo or video! 

 

We can carry 90 passengers and crew, but have only a maximum of 50 passengers on any Bremer Canyon Expedition and keep under the limit on any Whale Watching Experience which leaves plenty of room for all. 

 

 

Alison Maree is suitable for all ages*, and can accomodate wheelchairs and prams on board. For more specific information about accessing and moving around the vessel, please see our FAQ section to help you decide whether an expedition or tour can accomodate your specific needs here, or call our friendly team at the office. 

 

  • Minimum age for Bremer Canyon Expeditions is ten (10) years. 

 

Alison Maree has the highest West Australian Survey category possible (1B) and is one of the only whale watching vessels in the South West that complies with the new National Standards for Commercial Vessels.

 

As well as the required safety equipment, we go the extra distance to ensure your safety and comfort, supplying self-inflating PFD’s for every passenger in addition to the required emergency life jackets. Comfortable enough to wear all day, these will not inflate unless you are in the water. They ensure complete peace of mind and comfort to all passengers, and are especially welcomed by those that are not familiar with being on the ocean and those who do not swim well. 

Our comprehensive safety equipment includes:

  • AIS vessel tracking system, records vessel location at all times and is monitored by AIS Canberra

  • Lifejackets, adult and children’s sizes

  • Additional self-inflating PFD’s. 

  • Radar

  • 4 self inflating life rafts with 25 person capacity and EPIRBS and first aid kits

  • Fixed fire suppression system 

  • Offshore flare and signals kit 

  • VHF and UHF radios

  • Satellite communication system

 

First Aid Equipment:

 

  • Scale D offshore medical chest 

  • OXY-VIVA medical oxygen resuscitator 

  • Defibrillator 

  • Medivac stretcher

  

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'DHU FORCE'

Our vessel Dhu Force is a single-hulled 18m Conquest, the perfect vessel to enhance your day on the water, whether you choose a whale watching tour, dive trip or oceanic expedition. Dhu Force has also supported scientific research on board and starred in several wildlife documentaries!  She has recently undergone an extensive refit that included a brand new V10 840hp MAN engine. 

 

A beautiful rear deck provides the perfect location for your wildlife encounter. There is plenty of open space for uninterrupted views and safe, high railings. Around 80% of the deck is covered for those long, sunny days, and if it rains, you can enjoy the ocean without a soaking! There is ample room to safely store bulky items such as SCUBA gear or scientific equipment, and a dive platform at the stern for easy water access.  The deck area is completed by comfortable outdoor seating for 20 with tables where you can relax and enjoy the view, or set up equipment and electronics if you require. 

 

For the ultimate 360 degree panorama, spot wildlife with our skipper on the fly bridge. Escape the weather in the lounge seating of the comfortable cabin. Dhu Force also has 4 single and 1 double bunk beds. 

 

A state of the art 68 nautical mile radar system allows unprecedented exploration in the open ocean environment. We can locate seabird aggregations long before we reach sighting range. Seabirds aggregate when predators such as orca are feeding, increasing your chances of an encounter.

 

Watch your journey unfold, pinpoint your position or see the jaw dropping plummet of the seafloor as you leave the continental shelf for the deep ocean on our state of the art 3D plotter. If conditions permit, our hydrophone allows you to hear the sounds of the deep first hand. A powerful 240 volt charging system allows you to charge scientific equipment, and all of your electronic devices at any time, so you should never miss that once in a lifetime photo or video!  An al fresco kitchen and toilet with washbasin complete your on board comfort.

 

ACCESS 

 

Dhu Force has excellent access, is suitable for all ages*, and accommodates both prams and wheelchairs. For more specific information about accessing and moving around the vessel, please see our FAQ section to help you decide whether an expedition or tour can accomodate your specific needs here, or call our friendly team at the office. 

 

  • Minimum age for Bremer Canyon Expeditions is ten (10) years. 

 

Dhu Force has 1C survey class and complies with the new National Standards for Commercial Vessels.

 

Our comprehensive safety equipment includes:

 

  • AIS vessel tracking system, records vessel location at all times monitored by  AIS Canberra

  • Lifejackets, adult and children’s sizes

  • State of the art radar system with 68 nautical mile radius 

  • Self inflating life-raft

  • EPIRB

  • Fixed fire suppression system 

  • Offshore flare and signals kit 

  • VHF and UHF radios

  • Satellite communication system

 

First Aid Equipment:

 

  • Comprehensive offshore medical chest 

  • OXY-VIVA medical oxygen resuscitator. 

  • Defibrillator

'Indi Maree' - Our Tender

Indi Maree is a 5.8m hornet wide-bodied tender vessel.  We are proud that she is powered by a 40hp outboard engine which has the lowest emissions rating on the market. Naturaliste Charters strive to make our tours accessible to everyone, and Indi Maree was purpose built with this in mind, including special loading capacity and safe handrails throughout for passenger transfer. 

The 'Pig'

Neither her name or her job are beautiful, but we are as proud of The Pig as any vessel in our fleet. We operate in stunningly beautiful but very remote locations with little or no infrastructure. We commissioned this service tender to ensure that there is no impact on our pristine operating environments when our vessels are refuelled. The Pig has electronic fuel pumps and is self-bunded, which ensures that even in the event of a spill it is completely contained and will never enter the ocean.