Our expedition tracks eastwards from Palau through the remote and rarely explored islands of Micronesia. Share the spirit of local islanders and partake in cultural traditions such as dance, weaving and carving as it has been done for centuries. Enjoy rare wildlife encounters above and below the surface with diverse bird species and unique marine life on offer throughout the voyage. Search for island endemics and seabirds such as red-footed boobies, Pohnpei lorikeets, Chuuk monarchs, white terns, black noddies, and white-tailed tropicbirds. Snorkel and dive on the famed ‘ghost fleet’ of over 50 WWII coral-encrusted shipwrecks in Chuuk Lagoon, visit the Japanese war memorial and a former WWII command centre. Wander amongst the archaeological ruins of Nan Madol, a 12th – 15th century former royal residence and political seat of the Saudeleur Dynasty on Pohnpei. Across the archipelago, learn about Austronesian-speaking people and their maritime sailing culture and seaborne migrations into Micronesia.


Highlights


• Visit all 4 of the Federated States of Micronesia including the extremely remote Kosrae, known for its lush mountainous landscape, and a pristine underwater world featuring tall pink hard coral pillars the locals call castle coral

• Learn about the giant limestone disks used as currency on Yap island

• Survey rare species of birds across the island chains including masked, brown and red-footed Boobies, noddies and terns along with a chance to see the endemic Chuuk monarch at Chuuk Island

• Snorkel and dive remote reef and lagoons at Ulithi Atoll, Chuuk and Pohnpei, sharing the waters with sea turtles, anemone, lionfish, octopus and moray eels hunting crabs in the shallows

• Visit the sacred lagoon waters of Lamotrek where local menfolk show how to make ancient fish traps and take guests in traditional carved canoes

• Discover the Japanese ghost fleet of Chuuk Lagoon, where thousands of wrecks, sunk in WWII, lie silently in the green waters and walk through Japanese memorials and ruins of command centres and hospitals that housed the offensive effort of the Pacific conflicts

• Visit famed archaeological site Nan Madol, a 12th-century palace

• Learn about the ancient navigational culture of the Micronesians which is still practised today

Included in your cruise fare is one-night accommodation and welcome event to meet your crew and fellow guests before your departure the following morning. Board the Coral Geographer in Palau at 7:30am for a 9:00am departure. Settle into your cabin and relax as we set sail across the North Pacific. This evening, join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.
These are expedition itineraries covering remote regions. Your Captain and Expedition Team may make changes to the daily schedule when necessary to maximise guest experience. Below are the highlight destinations of your voyage. Federated States of Micronesia: Yap Yap state is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia. The main island of Yap is famous for its stone money – limestone discs, known as Rai, that are used as currency and may be as large as 4m or as small as 4cm in diameter. These discs do not lose value and many still carry the wealth of their owners. Discs can be seen embedded in the earth or standing in rows near villages. The Yapese are skilled builders, which can be seen in elegant tribal buildings. They are also very skilled navigators, and we will learn about their canoe building culture and ability to navigate through the many islands of Micronesia. Be welcomed and entertained with traditional dancing, and we may be here in time for their Homecoming Summer Festival. ULITHI ATOLL Ulithi’s Lagoon is the fourth largest in the world, and the ocean currents surrounding the island provide the perfect environment for diverse species to thrive. It is common to see manta rays, dolphins, turtles, sharks and barracuda around the atoll. The Ulithi people practice long-held cultural traditions, which they will introduce through performances and village tours. We have to opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of the locals, before entering the warm waters of the lagoon on snorkelling or diving expeditions to enjoy the marvellous marine environment. SOROL ATOLL Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit a tiny uninhabited island. Some time ago, a large cyclone caused the inhabitants to relocate to a different island, and the atoll has since thrived. Enjoy nature walks to spot flocks of seabirds and endemic birds of this region of Micronesia and beach-comb along the white sand beaches. Snorkelling or diving reveals a thriving population of fish – be surrounded by snapper, batfish, angelfish and trevally as well as many others. This is an expedition stop which provides a relaxing and peaceful day surrounded by nature in one of the most remote regions of the world. IFALIK ATOLL One of the most traditional villages in Micronesia, Ifalik is determined to maintain a cultural integrity that we are privileged to experience. Witness traditional dances and demonstrations of skills integral to the local lifestyle such as rope making, pandanus fibre making, basket weaving, and carving. After a wonderful morning learning about the people who make this remote atoll their home, there are opportunities to enjoy another dive or snorkel. The locals may provide the opportunity to sail the lagoon in an outrigger canoe which incurs a small fee to the canoe owner (at your own expense). LAMOTREK ATOLL Visit the villages of Lamotrek Atoll (subject to permission), where the local people are known for their navigation skills and construction of elegant long canoes constructed from breadfruit wood. Here, we may see demonstrations of weaving and the creation of traditional foods, as well as exploring the beaches and snorkelling over the fringing reef. Enjoy conversations with the residents to learn about life in this remote atoll and relax on the beach together. Making these connections provides such a wonderful experience of shared culture that it is difficult for us to depart. Federated States of Micronesia: Chuuk At Pulap Atoll, enjoy traditional dancing in a unique style, and later enjoy a drift snorkel through the aquarium-like lagoon. At Puluwat Atoll, we may visit an abandoned lighthouse or see WWII wreckage at Alei Island. Continuing on to Chuuk, the main atoll of Chuuk State, we explore the spectacular coral-fringed lagoon, which shelters the mountainous volcanic islands. The sweeping views of lush rainforest and cascading waterfalls contrast with deserted beaches, small thatched villages and tiny islets swarming with bird life. Once a major military site for the Japanese, many of the Imperial Navy vessels sheltered here until 1944, when American bombers sunk 60 vessels and aircraft in the lagoon. Known as the ‘ghost fleet’, the lagoon contains a vast museum-like collection of unparalleled mystery – ship after ship leaning into the ocean floor, and aircraft with wings tilted are revealed on an otherworldly dive. Snorkellers may explore more shallow dives, while nature walks reveal endemic bird life such as the Caroline ground-dove and Micronesian myzomela. There is also the opportunity to explore a multitude of WWII sites, particularly the Japanese command centres and the ruins of the colonial hospital built in 1930. Federated States of Micronesia: Pohnpei We may have the opportunity to go ashore at Ant Atoll, a stunning coral reef atoll that is recognised as a World Biosphere Reserve. Home to some of the largest colonies of terns, boobies, black noddies and frigatebirds in the Pacific, the lagoon also has a thriving population of grey reef sharks. There is only one small settlement on this island, so we may snorkel, dive, or spend the afternoon strolling in search of endemic bird species. On Pohnpei, the largest and tallest island in Micronesia, we visit the archaeological site of Nan Madol, a stone city with many ocean-filled canals and channels. Known as the Venice of the Pacific, the ancient city was a thriving civilisation in the 12th century. Tour the ancient site and have the opportunity with longer walks to visit Kepirohi Waterfall and learn about the endemic flora and fauna. Federated States of Micronesia: Kosrae The mountainous island of Kosrae is known as the ‘island of the sleeping lady’ and is the easternmost state in the Federated States of Micronesia. Verdant forests and tumbling waterfalls give way to mysterious archaeological sites from a civilisation that peaked around the 14th century. We explore the enigmatic Lelu Ruins site, once an impressive city covering 20 hectares with an extensive canal system, social structure and pyramidal tombs. Corals were used extensively in the building of Lelu, and local myth implies that the city was constructed using magic. An investigative visit here will satisfy your desire to understand more of the ancient civilisations of Micronesia. In the afternoon, enjoy snorkelling and diving at the Blue Hole, enjoy bushwalking and hiking, or spend time conversing with the local people. After time at sea, we will go ashore at Nukuoro, one of the most stunning atolls in Micronesia. This atoll provides a fantastic opportunity to snorkel or swim over the wreck of a Japanese zero in shallow, crystal-clear water. We will also spend time in the village, meeting the locals and strolling through gardens of taro, and orchards of banana and breadfruit trees. We celebrate our journey through the fascinating small islands and atolls of Micronesia with a final cultural performance at Kapingamarangi, where the locals farewell us. Say goodbye to an idyllic journey, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the warmth and welcome of the Micronesian people.
Arrive in Kavieng at 7:30 am to disembark Coral Geographer at 8:00 am. Enjoy a post-cruise tour of the city before being transferred to the Kavieng Airport for your charter flight to Cairns.
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. The itinerary includes the possibility of interaction with wild animals and this interaction is subject to the presence of this wildlife on the day.

Coral Deck Stateroom

$13,680 AUD pp
Coral Deck	Stateroom
Coral Deck Staterooms are located below the Promenade Deck and are identically furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A porthole window gives you views of the world outside. Coral Deck Staterooms are 17 square metres

Promenade Deck Stateroom

$17,280 AUD pp
Promenade Deck Stateroom
Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer deck and furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside. Promenade Deck Staterooms are 17 square metres

Coral Deck Stateroom Solo

$20,520 AUD pp
Coral Deck	Stateroom Solo
Coral Deck Staterooms are located below the Promenade Deck and are identically furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A porthole window gives you views of the world outside. Coral Deck Staterooms are 17 square metres

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

$21,420 AUD pp
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas. These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck. Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms are 21.4 square metres

Promenade Deck Stateroom Solo

$25,920 AUD pp
Promenade Deck Stateroom Solo
Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer deck and furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside. Promenade Deck Staterooms are 17 square metres

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite

$26,820 AUD pp
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
There will be 6 spacious and elegant suites featured on the Coral Geographer. They will be equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. Along with special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles. An 3.5 square metre private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two. The unique outside-facing bathroom with floor to ceiling windows will be the feature of the suites, with an infinity bathtub with sky views. A complimentary minibar is replenished daily. Bridge Deck Balcony Suites are 37.5 square metres.

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Solo

$32,130 AUD pp
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Solo
Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas. These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck. Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms are 21.4 square metres

Coral Geographer

Vessel Type: Expedition

Passenger Capacity: 120

Built: 2020

Expedition capabilities

> Two trademark Xplorer tenders seat all passengers and facilitate comfortable shore excursions

> Six zodiacs for more intrepid exploration

> Lecture lounge for daily expedition briefings and expert presentations

> Small onboard library featuring books on destinations and wildlife

> Shallow draft and advanced navigation and propulsion systems allowing access to locations closed to large cruise ships

Marine immersion

> Navigator lounge in the bridge

> Over 1000 square metres of open deck space including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views

> Engine room tours and a high level of crew interaction with guests

Food and wine features

> Single seating dining with communal table serves buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners

> Showcase galley with viewing window creating fresh small-batch cuisine featuring Australian and local produce

> Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the sundeck for sunset drinks

> Curated wine cellar featuring boutique wines and exceptional vintage Australian reds

Guest comfort

> All outside-facing guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; the majority have a private balcony

> Active stabilisers to dampen sea motion

> Well-equipped gym

> Passenger elevator

> Wi-Fi available in all guest areas

Cabin layout for Coral Geographer

Inclusions


Voyage on board in selected cabin category
Expert expedition leader and team
All meals while on board
Coffee and Tea while on board
All daily guided excursions
Selected wine and beer with lunch and dinner
Port charges/taxes

Trip specific inclusions;
Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access

Exclusions


International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
Travel Insurance
Passport and visa costs where applicable
Alcoholic drinks outside of those stated in inclusions
Transfers unless otherwise stated
Internet on board (Available at cost)
Any items of a personal nature


Tipping not required
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