Discover the submerged stone structures of what’s thought to be an ancient underwater city sunk by an earthquake approx. 2,000 years ago off the coast of Yonaguni Jima. On Iriomotoe Island, the second largest island in Okinawa, take an island-hopping adventure in a buffalo-drawn cart across a shallow sandy strait as the driver sings traditional songs accompanied by a three-stringed banjo-like Sanshin musical instrument. Look for the almost extinct Iromote Yamaneko, a type of wildcat found nowhere else. Walk through UNESCO-listed thousand-year-old cedar forests and view a 25m tall giant cedar tree estimated to be up to 7,200 years old. Admire the star-filled night sky with the benefit of little light pollution from the Astronomical observation tower on Hateruma Island. Look for some of the more than 200 bird species sighted on Aguni Island while admiring traditional homes surrounded by limestone walls amidst a unique landscape formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.

Highlights


• At Kuroshima Island, take a guided tour and tasting of Mishima Shouchuu Distillery, where liquor is made from sweet potatoes and mountain water

• On Lumina Island, participate in Japan’s love of games with an interactive forest adventure brought to life with state-of-the-art technology and digital art

• Try your hand at glassmaking in the traditional Ryukyu style which reflects the natural colours of Okinawa’s ocean blues and greens and sunrise oranges and yellows

• Walk through UNESCO-listed thousand-year-old cedar forests and view a 25m tall giant cedar tree estimated to be up to 7,200 years old

• Learn to play Okinawan music on a three-stringed Sanshin instrument which is integral to Ryukyu culture and history

• Experience the 600-year-old practice of Hanaui textile weaving which the Okinawa Islands are well-known for

• Enjoy island hopping by buffalo cart while being serenaded by traditional songs and Sanshin music

• Discover the ruins of a Japanese Atlantis at Yonaguni Jima, an ancient underwater city sunk by an earthquake approx. 2,000 years ago

• Stargaze on the night sky from the Astronomical observation tower on Hateruma Island

Board Coral Adventurer at Nagasaki at 4:00 pm on 2 November 2021. Settle into your cabin before Captain’s welcome drinks where you meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets. Lumina Island After dinner, on Lumina Island, participate in Japan’s love of games with an interactive forest adventure brought to life with state-of-the-art technology and digital art.
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. Shimokoshiki Jima Shimokoshiki Jima is a top geological site with large scenic cliffs along with dinosaur fossils at sites located across the island. Have the opportunity to explore around Napoleon Rock and cruise around Kashima Cliffs. Spend time at the Satsumasendai Fossil Exhibition. Learn about the history of Shimokoshiki while walking along Old Samurai Street, and perhaps hear songs played on the unusual traditional instrument called a”Gottan”. Iojima & Kuroshima Islands Iojima is an incredibly unique volcanic island, known as the “Sulfur Island”. In the 10th to 13th centuries, this island was used as a hub for Japan-China foreign trade. Interestingly a lot of the villager’s play the African djembe drum after a world-famous djembe player Mamade Keita from Guinea began teaching on the island. At Iojima enjoy soaking in an Onsen, or hot springs, at either Higashi, or Ana-no-ham and Utan which reside by the sea creating a scenic atmosphere for your relaxation. We may also take a walking track through the Bamboo and Moss forest to Shunkan shrine. Keep your eyes peeled for the symbol of Iojima – the White Peacock. Kuroshima is the most remote and the oldest of the three-island Village of Mishima (Takeshima, Iojima and Kuroshima) and is lush with forests, waterfalls and rainfall. Cruising along Kuroshima Island’s coastline, you will see dramatic cliffs dropping 50 metres down with small waterfalls everywhere, along with Whiotebana white cliffs from salt erosion of soft volcanic pumice rock. Admire the long-held practice of Hanaui textile weaving which the Okinawa Islands are well-known for and take a guided tour and tasting of Mishima Shouchuu Distillery, where liquor is made using traditional distilling processes from sweet potatoes and mountain water. We might also take a short hike up 622 metre tall Mount Yagura for views over the water. For those interested in World War history, we may visit Peace Park (Heiwa Kouen) dedicated to retreating Japanese soldiers who crash-landed in a sinking boat on the island during the Pacific War. Yakushima Island Walk through UNESCO-listed thousand-year-old cedar forests and view a 25 metre tall giant cedar tree estimated to be up to 7,200 years old at Yakusugi Land. With a number of walking trails on the island, we may visit some of the many waterfalls as well. The Yakusugi Museum displays the ecology, history and industry of the forests on Yakushima Island. Here you can learn about the Yakushima cedar trees, the products that come from them and how they were harvested. Tokara Island Group Suwanosejima, one of the Tokara Islands, has a population of about 70 people. We may visit or cruise past and admire the plumes of ash from the active volcano. Nakanoshima is the biggest island in the Tokara island group. With an interesting landscape, the island’s nature is a highlight: mountains, black cows, tokara horses, tokara goats, various plant life, coral and a beautiful blue sea. At the historical museum, you can learn about Tokara islands history, nature, culture and lifestyle. Amami Oshima Kayak through the large mangrove forests at the central east coast of the island. While on the island, keep your eyes open for many endangered and threatened bird species including the prefectural bird, Lidth’s Jay, a bird with blue and red plumage. At Kinsakubaru Virgin Forest, flying spider-monkey tree ferns tower overhead like giant parasols and broad-leaf elephant ear plants, the inspiration for the leaf-umbrella carried by Totoro in the movie My Neighbor Totoro, can be found. The species of flying spider-monkey tree ferns have retained the same form from 300 million years ago. Look for the endangered Amami black rabbit – one of the most primitive species of rabbit alive today. While Amami Oshima has a rich ecosystem on land, its underwater ecosystem is equally diverse. The Kuroshio Current brings warm tropical water from the south, sustaining the world’s northernmost coral reefs. Okinoerabujima Okinoerabu which is called the ‘Island of Flowers and Limestone Caves’ is a beautiful and peaceful island. Over 300 limestone caves can be found here. Visitors to these ancient caves discover the natural beauty and mysteries which have spawned many of the legends and stories surrounding these natural treasures. Deep blue waters, coral reefs and pristine beaches meet an iconic limestone cave system on this southerly Japanese island. It is home to over 300 limestone caves. Spot turtles, sea snakes, sea cucumbers, star fish, octopus, stingrays and reef sharks in the island’s blue waters alongside numerous species of coral. There is the opportunity to visit the Fucha cliffs off the coast of the island, Tamina Misaki Cape and Shoryudo Caven. Okinawa (North & South) Okinawa is a Japanese prefecture comprising more than 150 islands in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan’s mainland. It’s known for its tropical climate, broad beaches and coral reefs as well as World War II sites. A well-kept local secret, Hiji Falls is not one of Okinawa’s easiest sites to access, but the stunning sights it offers are well worth the effort. Cross the beautiful wooden suspension bridge over a green valley and discover the local wildlife that call the trail home. Later, try your hand at glass making and glass blowing, creating a piece in vibrant colours that reflect Okinawa’s ocean blues and greens and sunrise oranges and yellows. Learn to play Okinawan music on a Sanshin instrument which is traditionally covered in snakeskin and has been integral to Ryukyu culture for around 600 years. Aguni Look for some of the more than 200 bird species sighted on Aguni Island while admiring traditional homes surrounded by limestone walls amidst a unique landscape formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. Kerama Island Group: Geruma Island & Aka Island The clarity of the water in the ocean here is world-class, and the colour of the ocean is known as ‘Kerama blue’. Various tropical fish swim between colourful coral reefs. The underwater scenery is spectacular and lures scuba divers from around the world, though is equally appealing for snorkellers. Visit the observatories on Tokashiki Island, Zamami Island, Aka Island, and Geruma Island to enjoy magnificent views. Swim, snorkel, scuba dive and kayak from the pristine beaches of largely undeveloped islands that receive few visitors. Where a translucent aquamarine sea is populated with tropical fish and turtles with vividly coloured coral reefs and deep drop-offs favoured by scuba divers. Iriomotoe Island On Iriomotoe Island, the second largest island in Okinawa, take an island-hopping adventure in a buffalo-drawn cart across a shallow sandy strait as the driver sings traditional songs accompanied by a three-stringed banjo-like Sanshin musical instrument. Look for the almost extinct Iromote Yamaneko, a type of wildcat found nowhere else. Hateruma Island Admire the star-filled night sky with the benefit of little light pollution from the Astronomical observation tower on Hateruma Island. Hateruma is the southernmost inhabited island of Japan. The name Hateruma Island is said to be the etymology of ‘the island of the uruma (coral reef) on the edge’. Yonaguni Island Discover the submerged stone structures of what’s thought to be an ancient underwater city sunk by an earthquake approx. 2,000 years ago just off the coast of Yonaguni Jima.
Our voyage ends in the Taiwanese city of Keelung. Disembark Coral Adventurer at 9:30 am and bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew.
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

$12,450 AUD pp
CORAL DECK STATEROOM
• 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.

PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM

$14,650 AUD pp
PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM
• 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 world outside.

EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM

$17,590 AUD pp
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.

CORAL DECK STATEROOM SOLE

$18,675 AUD pp
CORAL DECK STATEROOM SOLE
• 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.

BRIDGE DECK BALCONY STATEROOM

$18,990 AUD pp
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.

PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM SOLE

$21,975 AUD pp
 PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM SOLE
• 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 world outside.

BRIDGE DECK BALCONY SUITE

$23,990 AUD pp
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.

EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM SOLE

$26,385 AUD pp
EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM SOLE
• 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.

Coral Adventurer

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Length: 93.4 meters

Passenger Capacity: 120 (60 staterooms)

Built: 2019

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.

EXPEDITION CAPABILITIES

> 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

MARINE IMMERSION

> 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.

GUEST COMFORT

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

> Active stabilisers

> Gym

> Passenger elevator

> Wi-Fi available in all guest areas

Cabin layout for Coral Adventurer

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;
Guest Lecturers
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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