This voyage exploring the remote islands and atolls of Micronesia tracks eastwards from Manila through the Philippines and the islands of Micronesia. Share in the spirit of local islanders and partake in centuries-old cultural traditions such as dancing, weaving and carving while visiting more recent historical artifacts from World War II.
Call on North Sibuyan Island, known for its thousands of years of isolation resulting in remarkable biodiversity within its virgin forests. Snorkel and dive to explore the famed ‘ghost fleet’ of over 50 World War II coral-encrusted shipwrecks in Chuuk Lagoon. Wander amongst the archaeological ruins of Nan Madol. Encounter rare wildlife with the opportunity to swim with countless harmless golden jellyfish at Sohoton Cove. Across the archipelago, learn about the Austronesian and Micronesian-speaking people, their seafaring culture and their unique way of life.
This is a fascinating and rarely visited part of the world, now accessible by expedition ship.
• Visit all four states of the Federated States of Micronesia including Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae
• Explore North Sibuyan Island known for its Jurassic-like sceneries and remarkable biodiversity with virgin forests, waterfalls and caves
• Discover the seldom visited and remote Sohoton Cove with its limestone karst island hills and lakes of harmless golden jelly fish
• Learn about the unique stone currency and construction techniques of the Yapese people
• Explore famed archaeological site Nan Madol at Pohnpei, known as the ‘Venice of the Pacific’
• Meet the locals that call small remote atolls home and learn of their culture and way of life
• Visit the historic location at Limasawa Island where the first crucifix was raised, hence converting the
Philippines into a Catholic country
• Snorkel and dive at almost every stop – from world famous lagoons to remote biosphere reserves
Board the Coral Adventurer in Manila at 5:00 pm for a 7:00 pm departure. Spend some time meeting your crew and fellow guests as you familiarise yourself with the vessel and settle into your stateroom.
Apo Reef, considered to be the second-largest atoll reef in the Philippines, is made up of two isolated coral reefs connected by a deep channel. This channel is one of the best dive sites in the world, with aquarium-like waters teeming with 285 species of fish. Three islands emerge from the reef, Apo Island, Apo Menor and Cayos del Bajo. Explore some of Apo Island and look for turtles, for which Apo Reef is well-known. On our visit here, enjoy water activities, beachcombing and possibly a hike exploring the island. Tonight join the Captain’s welcome drinks and mingle with fellow passengers.
Today we will go ashore to explore the Jurassic-like environment of the island, and visit the Cataja and Lambingan waterfalls, deep in the lush forest. In the afternoon, arrive at beautiful Cresta de Gallo for a late afternoon snorkel in the beautiful warm water before relaxing on the beach as the sun sets for champagne and canapes.
Famous for clear blue waters, soft white sands and long stretching sandbars along both sides of the island, enjoy the relaxing surrounds of uninhabited Kalanggaman Island that stretches only 753m across. This is the perfect location to snorkel, dive and kayak on the calm waters. Venture onto the island where only a small number of huts are available for accommodation and there is a cap of 500 visitors per day to preserve the isolated unspoiled beauty of the remote location. Relax on the sand and savour a remote island experience.
Limasawa harbours a significant religious history and abounds with fascinating marine life. The island is located south of Leyte in the east-central region of the Philippines, where Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan made contact with the people of the Philippines in 1521. As a result, the Philippines remains one of the only two Christian countries in South East Asia. Here we will climb up the 450 steps to see Magellan’s cross and admire the panoramic view from atop the hill.
Here we will visit Sohoton Cove, a diverse natural landscape with valleys, hilltops, soft-sandy beaches, lush forests and mountains. This location is best explored by pump boat, which will allow you to discover limestone pool caves within the cove and the forest that envelops it. Float through famed Blue Lagoon which is an intricate channel of limestone atolls. Swim with harmless jellyfish in Jelly Fish Lake and snorkel or dive at a quintessential tropical island beach destination at Dako Island. Relax under a shady hut among the palm trees and powdery pristine sands.
Koror is the main state and island of the Republic of Palau. The Rock Islands are a UNESCO world heritage site and are one of the most coveted destinations of Koror. The land mass of Koror is not large, with hundreds of islands and islets of volcanic and limestone reef construction that present a stunning vista of craggy forested islands surrounded by emerald seas.
Snorkelling and diving at Neco or Carp Island will reveal the underwater wonders to be discovered here and a visit to the Belau National Museum or Etpison Museum with uncover fascinating historical insights. There may be an opportunity to visit Milky Way, a channel known for its therapeutic clay, for a swim and natural spa experience.
Yap state is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia. The main island of Yap is famous for its stone currency – limestone discs (Rai) spanning in size from 4m to 4cm in diameter and can be seen embedded in the earth or standing in rows near villages. The Yapese are skilled builders, which can be seen in the elegant tribal buildings on the island. We will also learn about their canoe building culture and ability to navigate through the many islands of Micronesia. Be welcomed with traditional dancing, visit one of the villages to learn about their stone currency and stroll through Colonia’s Yap Living Museum.
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 spectacular dive or snorkel as well as bird watching.
Subject permission of the locals, visit the villages of Lamotrek Atoll where the residents 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.
At Puluwat Atoll, we may visit an abandoned lighthouse or see WWII wreckage at Alei Island.
Continuing 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.
This spectacular and vast coral fringed lagoon shelters 15 high reaching volcanic islands. The dramatic scenery ranges from lush rainforests and waterfalls to deserted beaches and small villages laced in World War II history. Divers can explore the eerie underwater ‘ghost fleet’ and birders can search the islets for plentiful seabirds. Enjoy a nature walk and visit historical sites.
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.
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. We explore the enigmatic Lelu Ruins site, once an impressive city covering 20 hectares with an extensive canal system, social structure and pyramidal tombs. In the afternoon, enjoy snorkelling and diving, explore the island by bushwalking and hiking, visit the Giant Clam Farm or spend time conversing with the local people including a traditional performance.
Kapingamarangi is the most southerly point of Micronesia and a Polynesian outlier, located some 740km from the main island, the state of Pohnpei. Here we will visit the charming village where islanders are well-known for their wooden carvings. The population of the village is about 500 and main industry is fishing and farming of coconuts, breadfruit, pandanus fruit and taro. There is an opportunity to purchase handmade souvenirs and snorkel in the pristine azure waters on our visit.
A couple enjoying time at sea from the Xplorer Deck
Relax on deck as we spend a day at sea, with onboard presentations from our Guest Lecturers, workshops, and demonstrations. This voyage includes eight full sea days and five half sea days.
Arrive in Kavieng at 8:00am to disembark Coral Geographer at 9:00am. Those who are booked on the charter flight will also enjoy a post-cruise tour of Kavieng upon disembarkation.
Itineraries are subject to change.
09 November, 2023 to 04 December, 2023
• 17sqm • Porthole windows
Coral Deck Staterooms are identical to the
Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their
location one deck below. These staterooms have a
porthole rather than picture windows.
• 17sqm • Picture windows
Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the
Explorer Deck and are furnished with a junior King
size bed which can be separated into two singles.
A large picture window gives you wide views of the
EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
• 21.4sqm • Private Balcony
Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably
furnished with a junior King size bed which can be
separated into two singles. Your private balcony
has seating for two.
BRIDGE DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
• 21.4sqm • Private Balcony
Our two Bridge Deck staterooms are comfortably
furnished with a junior King size bed which can
be separated into two singles. Enjoy a private
balcony with seating for two.
BRIDGE DECK BALCONY SUITE
• 55.8sqm • Private Balcony
Our two Cairns and Darwin suites are spacious and
elegant retreats after a busy day ashore. Suites
are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and
personal coffee machine. They have special King
sized beds which can be separated into two singles.
An 8 sq m private balcony has an outdoor daybed
and lounge chair for two. A unique outsidefacing bathroom with picture windows, bath and
separate shower complete the suite experience. A
complimentary minibar is replenished daily.
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship
Length: 93.4 meters
Passenger Capacity: 120 (60 staterooms)
Designed and built to be the most modern tropical expedition ship afloat, Coral Adventurer debuted in April 2019. She features comfortable Australian interiors, Xplorer tender mechanism, intimate guest experience, and personalized service.
> Two trademark Xplorer tenders seat all passengers for shore excursions
> Six zodiacs for more intrepid exploration
> Lecture lounge with multimedia for daily expedition briefings and presentations
> Small on-board Library
> Shallow draft and advanced navigation and propulsion systems
> Navigator lounge in the bridge giving a vantage point of ship operations
> Over 1000 sq m of open deck space including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views
> Engine room tours and high level of crew interaction with guests
> Barralong Room for hosting scientific research or exhibitions
FOOD AND WINE FEATURES
> Communal ‘wine table’
> Galley viewing window
> Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the Vista Deck
> Curated wine cellar featuring boutique wines and exceptional vintage Australian reds.
> All outside-facing guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; majority have private balcony
> Active stabilisers
> Passenger elevator
> Wi-Fi available in all guest areas
• All excursions with our Expedition Team
• Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and Kayaks
• Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
• Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
• All meals, chef-prepared on board
• Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
• Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
• 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
• All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
• Tips and gratuities
• Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
• Your expedition photos captured during the voyage
• Post-cruise transfers
• Wifi Access – Standard speed connectivity enabling email, social image sharing, web browsing and messaging
• Pre-cruise transfers
• Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
• Pre and post cruise accommodation
• Travel Insurance
• SCUBA Diving (view Scuba diving rates)
• Entry visas & travel permits for the country you are travelling to/from
• Alcoholic drinks (including beer and wine) outside of lunch and dinner service
• Laundry service (available at a cost)
• Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
• Optional Extras (in some destinations)