Our voyage through West Papua, discovering the unique regions of the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat is an expedition like no other. Swim, snorkel and dive through crystal-clear waters, exploring colourful coral gardens and encountering a vast array of marine wildlife. We spend five days exploring the marine haven of Raja Ampat, sailing through a maze of limestone karst islands and showcasing the beautiful landscapes of this region.

Join us aboard our flagship vessel, Coral Adventurer over 13 exciting nights for the second portion of the New Guinea Circle cruise from Wewak to Darwin. Throughout this expedition, you will discover the very best nature has to offer, from the brightly coloured Bird of Paradise to the world’s most colourful coral reef systems and come face to face with villagers who until recently had been shielded from the outside world.

Please note: 07 December 2019 Departure is 14 days long, 8 October 2019 departure is 13 days long.

Highlights


• Visit Lake Sentani, home to villagers famed for their distinctive art

• Spend five full days exploring the nature lover’s paradise that is Raja Ampat

• Paddle a kayak through the stunning surround of the Mesemta Channel

• Take in the breathtaking views of the Wayag lagoon from Mount Pindito lookout

• Take in the aromas, colours and characters of the Spice Islands

Board Coral Discoverer in Wewak at 4pm > be welcomed by the crew and relax on board as you get to know your fellow passengers > enjoy the magnificent coastline as you enjoy sunset drinks before your first of many delicious dinners
Overnight we cross into West Papua waters ahead of our arrival in Jayapura > formerly known as ‘Hollandia’ during World War II and now a melting pot of sights and smells > visit Lake Sentani, home to villagers famed for their distinctive art > cruise on a longboat to see the stilt towns built over the tranquil lake > be welcomed at Asei Village by the local dancers and their accompanying traditional instruments
Awake this morning to the peaceful Island of Miosuwundi > meet the local families in their traditional village to learn about their remote lifestyle > enjoy a refreshing swim in the tropical waters
Spend a day at sea enjoying Coral Discoverer’s on board facilities > join the Expedition Team in the Lounge for an informative introduction to Raja Ampat > learn about the many wonderful experiences we will undertake over the coming days exploring the archipelago of the ‘Four Kings’
Cross the equator today into the northern hemisphere as we make our way towards stunning Wayag > experience the breathtaking views as we enter Wayag lagoon > explore the magical maze of limestone karst ‘gumdrop’ islands on the Xplorer and our zodiacs > after lunch enjoy water activities on the nearby beach or for the very fit climb to the top of Mt Pindito for the panoramic view
Enjoy an early morning visit the monument to the equator at Kawe Island, if tides allow we will step ashore > we make our way into beautiful Aljui Bay on Waigeo Island for a morning of snorkelling or diving on one of the finest reef sites in the archipelago > enjoy a cruise in this spectacular channel in the Zodiacs > Late afternoon we visit Penemu in the Fam Island group > climb the lagoon lookout 320 steps for great views> afterwards snorkel in the lagoon area.
Awake in remote Hidden Bay > cruise through the scenic Wallace passage aboard Xplorer and our zodiacs > after lunch there is ample time to kayak, enjoy glass bottom boat tours, snorkel and SCUBA dive
Board Xplorer and cruise into the village of Yensawai on the Island of Batanta > be greeted by the local people who will guide you through their village > visit the primary school to see the children in full song before visiting the local market on the water front > board zodiacs for a cruise through the mangroves then a short walk to the waterfall > Coral Discoverer visits Gam Island and the fun village of Yenwapnour > be welcomed with cultural entertainment > sample food cooked traditionally in the underground oven and enjoy a guided walk through the village.
For the fit and able there is an early 0530 start on a steep hike in search of the elusive Red Bird of Paradise hidden in the trees > enter through the stunning channel leading to our late afternoon anchorage > finish the day with our famous BBQ on the sundeck overlooking beautiful Mesemta
Awaken at Mesemta to enjoy a visually spectacular cruise on Xplorer > snorkel and glass bottom boat tours in the sheltered lagoon > enter the Misool archipelago to visit Wagmab > snorkel or dive the magnificent coral gardens and steep walls > join the naturalist on board the glass bottom boat.
Today we explore the centre of the Spice Islands, where the world’s supply of nutmeg and mace has been traded for over 2,000 years > view Gunung Api volcano’s thin plume of smoke drifting from the summit > see Banda’s famous Kora Kora canoes in action > depart for Banda town where our guides will introduce us to the sights and smells of this historic area > wander past the remnants of mansions constructed during Dutch colonialism on a town tour > see the museum, the old church and enjoy the opportunity to experience the markets > refresh onboard before joining the locals for a traditional dance and music performance while enjoying a glass of champagne on top of Fort Belgica overlooking the town and harbour.
An early morning option to snorkel or dive over the unique submerged lava flow > for those wishing a leisurely morning, return to Banda > enjoy the traditions of a bygone era with cinnamon tea and local delicacies at the waterfront hotel before we farewell the Spice Islands and set sail towards Darwin
Spend the day at leisure enjoying the on board facilities as we cross the Timor Sea > join our Expedition Team in the ship’s lounge for a recap of the expedition > reminisce with your new found friends at the Captain’s Farewell Drinks before the last of many remarkable dinners
This morning at 8:00am we arrive at Darwin’s Fort Hill wharf, marking the end of our great adventure discovering Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands.
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

$ 11290 AUD pp
Coral Deck Stateroom
Coral Deck Staterooms are identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have twin portholes rather than picture windows.

Promenade Deck Stateroom

$ 12240 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 arm chair 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.

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

$ 13340 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 arm chair 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.

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

$ 13740 AUD pp
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
Our two Bridge Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and arm chair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. French windows opening to a balcony with seating for two gives you a private perch to watch the panorama unfold outside. These staterooms are located on the bridge deck with superb views and adjacent to the Cairns and Darwin suites.

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite

$ 15940 AUD pp
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
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 outside-facing bathroom with picture windows, bath and separate shower complete the suite experience. A complimentary minibar is replenished daily.

Coral Deck Stateroom Sole

$ 16935 AUD pp
Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
Coral Deck Staterooms are identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have twin portholes rather than picture windows.

Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole

$ 18360 AUD pp
Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
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 arm chair 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.

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole

$ 20010 AUD pp
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and arm chair 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.

Coral Deck Stateroom

$ 12240 AUD pp
Coral Deck Stateroom
Coral Deck Staterooms are identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have twin portholes rather than picture windows.

Promenade Deck Stateroom

$ 13240 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 arm chair 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.

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

$ 14400 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 arm chair 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.

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

$ 14840 AUD pp
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
Our two Bridge Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and arm chair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. French windows opening to a balcony with seating for two gives you a private perch to watch the panorama unfold outside. These staterooms are located on the bridge deck with superb views and adjacent to the Cairns and Darwin suites.

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite

$ 17140 AUD pp
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
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 outside-facing bathroom with picture windows, bath and separate shower complete the suite experience. A complimentary minibar is replenished daily.

Coral Deck Stateroom Sole

$ 18360 AUD pp
Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
Coral Deck Staterooms are identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have twin portholes rather than picture windows.

Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole

$ 19860 AUD pp
Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
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 arm chair 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.

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole

$ 21600 AUD pp
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and arm chair 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.

Coral Adventurer

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Length: 93.4 meters

Passenger Capacity: 120 (60 staterooms)

Built: 2017

Our brand new ship is built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. A culmination of two years of design and three decades of passion for expedition cruising – Coral Expeditions is proud to invite you to experience the Coral Adventurer.

BIGGER IS NOT BETTER

At a time when cruise ships get larger and glitzier, we remain stubbornly compact and intimate. Our ships are designed to take you to unspoilt destinations not accessible to large ships.  We want you to have the luxury of space, dine with whom you please, or find your quiet corner on deck.  So we have limited the Coral Adventurer to 60 spacious cabins.  This preserves the intimate atmosphere we are known for without sacrificing the stability and comfort of a true ocean going vessel.

BUILT FOR DISCOVERY

The Coral Adventurer features our trademark dual ‘Xplorer’ tenders cradled on a hydraulic platform slung off the back of the ship, enabling our guests to go ashore in comfort and ease.  The shallow draft of the ship enables us to go closer to shore than larger ships. Together with our renowned expedition team, our new ship will offer the most advanced expedition capabilities of any small ship afloat.

BUILT FOR COMFORT

With active stabilisers dampening sea motion, mostly balcony cabins, and interiors designed with the colours and textures of tropical Queensland, the Coral Adventurer is a comfortable ship.  She features promenade decks, generous communal areas that accommodate all guests, a passenger elevator, and an open kitchen where you can observe our chefs whip up small batch cuisine from locally sourced ingredients.

BUILT FOR PERSONAL SERVICE

The Coral Adventurer will continue our proud tradition of Australian flagged vessels with friendly and professional Australian crew.  Our onboard atmosphere remains refreshingly informal and intimate.  Take your seat at our bridge lounge, chat with the captain at your leisure or accompany our chefs on a market tour.

Food and wine features

* Single seating dining area with communal ‘wine table’ finished with Australian stone; serving buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners

* Showcase galley visible to guests for fresh small-batch cuisine featuring Australian produce

* Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the sundeck for sunset drinks with 180 degree views

* Curated wine cellar featuring modestly priced boutique wines for daily drinking and exceptional vintage Australian reds.

Guest comfort

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

* Active stabilisers to dampen sea motion

* Gym equipped with elliptical trainers and treadmills

* Passenger elevator

* Wi-Fi available in all guest areas

Cabin layout for Coral Adventurer
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