The upcoming solar eclipse will only last 76 seconds, but the anticipation leading up to the event—one of only five remaining solar eclipses of this decade, and the longest hybrid solar eclipse until the year 2172—has been building for years.
On April 20, 2023, the Ningaloo Eclipse, a hybrid solar eclipse that takes its name from an Aboriginal word, will pass over North West Cape, a remote peninsula on Western Australia. The path of totality will mostly move across the Indian Ocean and Timor Sea, making travel via cruise ship or yacht the optimal way to see the spectacular sight. PONANT, in partnership with Smithsonian Journeys, will offer a 16-day sailing to eastern Indonesia, East Timor, and the Kimberley region of Australia accompanied by Smithsonian Journey Experts, Associate Director of Science at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Alex Young and Australian-American historian Craig Benjamin. They will guide guests’ viewing of this spectacular three-plus hour cosmic event and other trip programming. EYOS will also offer a private charter of the 10-passenger Motor Yacht Paradise, which was designed specifically for cruising in the Australian waters. There’s no more stylish way to watch the solar eclipse — the yacht is equipped with a spacious alfresco dining area, jacuzzi and sun lounges, and toys such as sea kayaks, surf boards, diving/snorkeling equipment and underwater sea scooters. Guests will work with EYOS’s team to build out a week-long itinerary surrounding April 20, 2023, including private helicopter excursions up the Sale River to fresh watering holes and afternoon hikes through the rainforest; a cruise to Montgomery Reef, Australia’s largest inshore reef (witness natural waterfalls form as the tide rises and drops over the reef); and a sail right up under Kings Cascade Falls.