Cruises from Buccaneer Archipelago
The Buccaneer Archipelago is a group of 800 to 1000 rocky islands off the coast of Western Australia, near the town of Derby in the Kimberley region. William Dampier sighted the Archipelago in 1688, and it was named in 1821 by Captain Phillip Parker King "in commemoration of William Dampier’s visit". The islands are located in Yampi Sound, between King Sound to the south and Collier Bay to the north. Yampee is the local Indigenous peoples’ word for water.
In the 1880s pearling luggers operated here, and more recently open-cut mines on Koolan and Cockatoo Islands extracted iron ore, up to 97% pure ferric oxide. A copper mine also operated at Coppermine Creek on the mainland.