Opal Shell Kimberley Cruises are hosted and operated by the owners, Ron and Barbara Chester.

Ron Chester is a professional skipper and marine engineer. After a career as a Perth builder and real estate developer, Ron realised his dream of a life at sea around 35 years ago when he took to the remote waters of Western Australia, crayfish (lobster) and shark fishing. On discovering the Kimberley Coast in 1982 he decided to share his explorations with all those who would sail the uncharted waters with him and share the adventure. Ron's boyish sense of adventure, fun and curiosity are infectious. Combined with his exceptional seamanship, local knowledge and fishing skills and his enjoyment of people from all walks of life, he makes an Opal Shell Kimberley Cruise truly unique and memorable.

Ron & Barbara are both  passionate about 'their' Kimberley coast and love to share their knowledge and hidden treasures with their guests. Well versed (and with an extensive library on board) in local and maritime history, flora, fauna and great rock art enthusiasts, Ron and Barbara will ensure that your Opal Shell cruise is informative as well as fun and adventurous. Always mindful of your safety, comfort and individual interests they strive to make every cruise the best holiday that you could wish for. Opal Shell Cruises operate with in the natural boundaries of the Kimberley wilderness without any impact on the environment - the original ecotour.



Barbara Chester is also a professional, qualified skipper. Barbara decided on a lifestyle change from that of a Melbourne based advertising executive around 30 years ago and drove to Cairns looking for opportunities. She met Ron while staying on a friends yacht, the rest is history! London trained in  French cookery and with many years experience in hosting dinner parties, Barbara took over the galley in Opal Shell with ease and has developed a high quality menu which is suited to the tropical fresh produce and today's style of healthy eating. After several years of Ron's expert tuition, Barbara also went back to school to formalise her boat handling skills and knowledge and gained her Master Class 5 Skippers ticket.


Opal Shell Yacht Charters, GPO Box 1629, Darwin, NT, 0801. Phone 0412 701111