Tiwi Islands Adventure Sail

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An immersive eco-indigenous cultural experience – 3 days 3 nights. 

Experience the vibrancy and colour of two modern day Aboriginal communities on the Tiwi Islands from the comfort and luxury of a 50ft sailing catamaran. Download brochure.


 – Visit the communities of Pirlangimpi and Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu)  – Meet local Tiwi Artists
 – Have billy tea and damper  – Learn traditional hunting methods
 – Create your own artwork  – Purchase stunning artworks at Island prices
 – Try some bush tucker –   – Learn about traditional Aboriginal culture

Your visit to the Tiwi Islands to the north  of Darwin will leave you with a sense of wonder and delight.For 3 days and 3 nights you’ll sail away from the world as you know it and into a new one, fill with colour, laughter, welcoming smiles, and a history and living culture that is thousands of years old. After exploring the islands during the day, retire at night to your private cabin aboard Sundancer NT, complete with air-conditioning and private bathroom – or if you prefer, sleep in a swag on deck under a sky of diamonds.

Sundancer NT is one of the few boats in the Territory that offers genuine sailing under wind, and her shallow draft means she can get to places most other vessels can’t. Built in 2006 specifically for remote tropical cruising, Sundancer NT is the perfect vessel for exploring the Top End coastline and islands.
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Sailing Dates

Scheduled dates (on the right) plus on request all year round, but dependent on weather, tides, opening days of the Arts Centres, and community business. Generally depart Sunday morning and return Wednesday morning but dates can be flexible to suit your schedule.**Note we need to apply for a permit to visit the Islands each time, so require at least 4 weeks notice, and a minimum of 4 full-paying passengers. 


Day 1
Embark at Cullen Bay Jetty in Darwin at 8am for a briefing prior to departure. We sail north to the Tiwi Islands and travel up the Apsley Strait which separates Bathurst Island and Melville Island. Our overnight anchorage is just south of the community of Pirlangimpi (Garden Point).

Day 2
Going ashore in the morning we walk through the community to the Munupi Arts and Crafts Centre to meet with local Tiwi artists, and guests have an opportunity to purchase art and craft direct at Island prices. Activities may include a visit to the local school, instruction in Tiwi painting and weaving, swimming in the local waterhole, trying some bush tucker or just talking about Tiwi culture. We return to the boat for sundowners and dinner whilst we make our way towards our next overnight anchorage near Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu), again in the calm waters of the Apsley Strait.

Day 3
After breakfast we go ashore for a walking tour of Wurrumiyanga, the largest community in the Tiwi Islands. We’ll visit the famous St Therese’s Catholic church with it’s beautifully painted interior, have billy tea and damper with the ladies from the Women’s Centre, visit the museum and Tiwi Design Art Centre, with plenty of opportunities to chat with locals and purchase artworks. Activities may also include spear throwing lessons, and painting your own message stick. We return to Sundancer in the early afternoon to commence our journey back to Cullen Bay, where we have a peaceful night’s sleep aboard and disembark after breakfast.

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2/27 Paspaley Place, Cullen Bay DarwinNT0820 Australia 
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