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Explore the remote corners of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed wilderness on an intimate, exclusive expedition cruise.

Odalisque III is a purpose-built boutique vessel for a maximum of twelve guests in seven cabins, built and launched in Tasmania in 2023 by On Board.

Adventures on Odalisque III, the new expedition catamaran, feature exclusive access to wilderness areas, with daily walks and adventure boat excursions via bespoke itineraries. Expert local guides, who double as walking encyclopedias, ecologists and environmentalists, tailor activities to guest interests.

This is Tasmania showcasing the best of what it does, from this untamed wilderness to great wines, from leading-edge marine technology to nightly feasts of lobster.” John Borthwick, The Weekend Australian

On Board's signature five-day experience is to Port Davey, a vast, fragile and spectacular harbour in Southwest Tasmania, inaccessible by road. A protected marine reserve, national park and UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, brushed by the westerly winds of the Roaring Forties, it is one of the world’s last places of raw, untamed beauty.

The Tasmanian-owned family-operated experience begins and ends in Hobart with a 40-minute scenic seaplane transfer to the floating lodge in the wilderness.  The flight sets the scene for an epic adventure to come with bird’s-eye views over wild green valleys and wave-battered coastlines.

Once in the Southwest National Park, guests spend their days adventuring across the calm, reflective waters of Bathurst Harbour and its surrounding ancient rainforests, buttongrass plains, and quartzite mountain peaks. Beyond Port Davey’s entrance, explore the untracked sands of wild Southern Ocean beaches and the islands that protect the harbour, the last land contact between Tasmania and Antarctica. Along the way, spy rare and endangered wildlife, and learn of Tasmania’s Aboriginal people at a significant cultural living site.

Back on board, the reward for the day’s adventure includes a feast of Tasmania’s finest seafood, wines, and whiskies under a thousand stars. Lodgings feature all the soft luxuries, with expansive, ever-changing views of untouched waterways, peaks and forests through large windows.

From December to May, Odalisque III is based in Port Davey, Southwest Tasmania.

Experiences in this region include:

  • Port Davey Escape: On Board’s signature experience explores the wilds of a remote harbour in Southwest Tasmania over five to seven days.
  • South Coast Cruise: A five-day voyage between Hobart and Port Davey along Tasmania’s untouched south coast.
  • Port Davey Escape Wild Walks: Take on iconic walking tracks in Southwest Tasmania as part of a special five-day expedition cruise.
  • Port Davey Escape Photography Expedition: An annual floating photography workshop set in the captivating landscapes of Port Davey.

From June to November, the vessel operates between Hobart and Tasmania’s east coast.

Experiences in this region include:

  • East Coast Expedition: A five-day expedition from Hobart to Freycinet National Park via Maria Island wildlife sanctuary and the Tasman Peninsula.

Exclusive charters are available all year round.

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Welcome 'On Board'
Purpose-built for exploring Tasmania’s wild and remote frontiers, Odalisque III by On Board is welcomed to the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection. Find out more »

Scenic Flight
A 40-min seaplane flight sets the scene for the adventure to come with epic views of the jagged mountain ranges and rugged coastline of the vast Southwest National Park.

Exclusive Charter
Boutique-cruiser Odalisque III is available for custom day charters for special interest, incentive, corporate and family groups, and offers luxury accommodation for overnight charters in Tasmania.

Wild Walks
Discover the best day hikes in Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour on a special walking-focussed 5-day expedition cruise. Find out more »


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