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Calling Explorers!

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All shore excursions are inclusive of your cruise price.


The spirit of adventure that resides in all of us, young and old, is the fuel that has kept Coral Expeditions going as an independent Australian cruise company for over three decades. If you love nature, the sea and the idea of exploring your world far away from the tourist trail, then read on! OUR SMALL SHIPS

OUR INVOLVEMENT IN COMMUNITIES

At the heart of the Coral Expeditions experience are our purpose-built small ships. In an age of glitzy mega-vessels, our ships are truly intimate, carrying no more than 120 guests. This means that we can navigate into shallow bays, disembark onto beaches and jetties, and visit small villages without overwhelming a community.

We have always made a determined effort to support the communities we visit. Our guests have joined enthusiastically. We visit remote villages, participate in art and cultural traditions, and attend workshops in local schools. We initiate and contribute to regional programmes to support conservation, provide training and employment, and distribute relief supplies, all with guest support and involvement. It is an enriching and rewarding part of our expedition experience.

OUR STAFF Our crew live and breathe our destinations and the expedition experience. These are the seafaring sons and daughters of Australia and we are proud to share our coastal explorations with guests from around the globe. On our ships, we have no ‘back office’ roles. From our chefs to our engineers, our crew are here because they love to interact with people and show you their world. Join our engine room tours, view our chefs in our galley or chat with our captain on the bridge – they will be delighted to share company with you. OUR HOME TURF

THE FUTURE As Coral Expeditions contemplates its fifth decade in existence, we are preparing a series of new technologically advanced ships that will provide many of the comforts of a large vessel, but without the crowds. Yet, our product will always remain the same – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to beautiful parts of the world in our uniquely Australian style!

We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

For thirty years, we have steadily accumulated a wealth of local knowledge and contacts in the waters surrounding Australia. There is no replicating experience. Whether you travel with us in the Kimberley, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, the Islands of Indonesia or New Zealand, you will be assured a local perspective, with local guides, authentic interactions, and a true taste of local culture and cuisine.

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WHAT'S INSIDE

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Small ship pioneers

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Your onboard experience

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Our fleet

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The Kimberley

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Cape York Arnhem Land

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The Great Barrier Reef

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Tasmania

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Circumnavigation of Australia

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Papua New Guinea

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Spice Islands & West Papua

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Islands of Indonesia

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Islands of the South Pacific

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New Zealand

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Awards & Accreditation

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Rewarding Loyalty

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Australian Geographic Society Special Voyages

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Themed & Special Voyages

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Charters, Incentives & Occasions

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Deck Plans

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Contact us

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All shore excursions are inclusive of your cruise price.


p.54 Spice Islands & West Papua

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Papua New Guinea

Cape York & Arnhem Land

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Islands of Indonesia

The Great Barrier Reef

p.64 Islands of the South Pacific

p.24 The Kimberley

p.44 Circumnavigation of Australia

p.38 Tasmania

p.68 New Zealand

Our range of expeditions give you the opportunity for your own personal adventure.


Small Ship Cruising Pioneers

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WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA'S PIONEERING CRUISE LINE Started in 1983, our company’s original vessel, Coral Princess, a converted World War II submarine chaser, pioneered and set the standard for small ship expedition cruising in northern Australia with 5-night cruises on the Great Barrier Reef. Today, the Coral Expeditions fleet includes four purpose-built small ships that can be found anywhere from the tropical waters of Australia’s north to the rugged coast of Tasmania, from the coastal villages of Papua New Guinea and Melanesia to New Zealand’s sheltered sounds and glacial fiords. While our range of cruise itineraries has expanded into new regions, we have maintained our home in Queensland and continue to be the only major operator of extended small ship cruises on the Great Barrier Reef. NEW SHIPS, NEW DESTINATIONS A new Coral Princess was built in 1988 and Coral Princess II followed eight years later, allowing us to pioneer small ship expedition style cruising in the remote and rugged Kimberley. Both vessels remain part of our fleet having been renamed Coral Expeditions I and Coral Expeditions II in line with the company’s 2015 name change, and to better reflect the expedition cruise experience. We were the first operator to introduce on board interpretive guides to our expeditions and commissioned the build and launch of Coral Discoverer (formerly Oceanic Discoverer) in 2005. It was with this landmark vessel with global ocean capabilities, built to very high standards in Australia, that we forged new expedition journeys into Papua New Guinea and the Islands of the South Pacific and New Zealand. INTRODUCING CORAL ADVENTURER Drawing on the latest technical advances and more than 30 years of expedition cruising experience, our newest vessel, Coral Adventurer, is also designed for ocean voyages to remote areas inaccessible to large cruise vessels. She enables us to reach deeper into the remote coastal regions of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. She is the largest vessel in our fleet, yet carries a maximum of only 120 guests, preserving the relaxed and intimate on board atmosphere of every Coral Expeditions adventure. We proudly manage our Australian flagged and crewed ships to Australian maritime standards and conform to the highest standards of quality, operational redundancy and environmental compliance. We eagerly look forward to continuing to explore new destinations in the future.

Mark Fifield, General Manager

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your small ship experience awaits There are many reasons why our guests return to Coral Expeditions.

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IMAGE ∏ A child dancer in regalia chats with guests in Kwatisore, West Papua.

A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE Our small ships and unique itineraries take you to some of the most beautiful, yet virtually undiscovered regions of Australia and the Asia Pacific. On board you will discover a personalised style of cruising. With our ships carrying only 44 to 120 guests, you can say goodbye to queues, long waits and assigned seating. Instead, enjoy a relaxed, convivial atmosphere shared with like-minded explorers. Without crowds to worry about, our chefs can prepare small-batch meals made with Australian ingredients. Where possible, they procure locally. Unlike large cruise ships, our ‘open’ galleys are always located adjacent to our dining rooms so you can see the action. IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES Our immersive itineraries are rich in authentic experiences. The shallow draft and high manoeuvrability of our purpose designed expedition ships let us get you closer on coastal adventures to explore the sheltered bays and hidden inlets inaccessible to larger ships. Our knowledgeable expedition leaders and guest lecturers are with you throughout your cruise and on shore activities. These passionate explorers provide specially themed on board lectures and their interpretation enhances all your excursions, plus they are always keen to chat with you to share their expertise and answer all your questions. A CRUISE LIKE NO OTHER A much-loved feature of all our ships is the special observation gallery in the bridge. Enjoy a friendly chat with the captain and crew as you observe them going about their daily routines of ship operations. The built-in flexibility of Coral Expeditions itineraries adds to the adventure. With the help of our on board experts, we can make impromptu stops to take advantage of unexpected opportunities, such as wildlife spotting, that may arise during your cruise. It also means we can look after your comfort and safety during all weather conditions and respect local community requirements, such as holidays, rituals, and other significant occasions. In addition to our regular itineraries we also offer a number of specially themed expedition cruises that open up even more opportunities for you to fully explore the unique aspects of a destination. EASE OF ACCESS Our unique Xplorer tender vessels are hydraulically lowered and lifted from the innovative expedition platform, enabling guests to transfer right on the main deck of the ship. No clambering or wet feet! Take in the views and enjoy the ride in comfort with padded seating, overhead canopy, on board commentary facilities and a toilet for your convenience. Travelling ashore or enjoying water-based activities could not be simpler. OUR UNIQUE CRUISING STYLE Coral Expeditions welcomes you to a very different cruise experience, appealing to the spirit of adventure in all of us. > Forget organised on board entertainment – we offer a daily programme of informative and interactive special interest lectures, briefings and themed movies. > We have no glitzy restaurants – but our chefs prepare high-quality small batch cuisine featuring local ingredients accompanied by a selection of boutique Australian wines. > There are no ‘formal’ nights or assigned seating – you can dine with whomever you please. > We do not have mini bars – our guests love to mingle over drinks on the sundeck or in one of our cosy lounges. > You will not find a casino – but our Captains welcome you to the bridge to observe operations and have a chat. > All shore excursions are inclusive of your cruise price. > Tipping is not required.

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tender vessels Senior Master Gary Wilson shares what is so special about our launch vessels.

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We carry a number of boats aboard, but it’s really our expedition launch vessel the Xplorer that sets us apart from anyone in the world when it comes to delivering an expedition. It is an aluminum boat that sits on the aft and on a heavy duty hydraulic platform that is easily lowered into and lifted from the waterline. The Xplorer can take all of our passengers in one go and in a good amount of comfort. It is covered from the sun, has cushioned seats and a toilet aboard along with audio equipment for commentary along the way. It is powered by twin 300HP outboard engines with a cruising speed of over 22 knots and a long range allowing us to explore the upper reaches of river systems and into shallow lagoons.

The hydraulic loading platform makes it unique, as we can pick the Xplorer vessel up and lift it to the deck level, where everyone can simply walk aboard and get seated before we lower her back down into the water and head off on the excursions. The process takes less than 10 minutes in total. To back up the Xplorer we carry between 3 and 6 zodiacs as well and they can take 10 guests at a time, which allows us to add to the excursions we can offer by getting into tighter places or different spots. They also allow us to split up the group for more personal interpretation at special places.

Senior Master Gary Wilson

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Each Coral Expeditions cruise offers its own unique range of activities and experiences.

a wealth of activities

WILDLIFE SPOTTING Each destination includes opportunities to get up close to native wildlife, from the ship, tender vessels, on or under the water and on walking tours ashore. EDUCATIONAL LECTURES Our Expedition Team run an extensive on board program of lectures and workshops ensuring a highly educational interpretation experience. Ask any questions you like; they love to share their knowledge. CULTURAL PERFORMANCES On many of our journeys we visit remote villages, where we are privileged to have the locals share their unique culture and traditions with us.

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WALKING OR TREKKING We regularly come ashore on pristine beaches and in coastal havens where our guides lead interpretive walks and treks.


SNORKELLING AND SCUBA DIVING Explore underwater wonders in many of our destinations. With all equipment provided and dive masters on-board you can have the confidence to discover unforgettable marine wildlife and vibrant coral reefs.

BIRDWATCHING Our expeditions venture into remote and pristine coastal habitats which provide regular opportunities to sight rare bird species.

ART SITE VISITS Visit ancient Indigenous sites and have our guest lecturers and Indigenous guides introduce you to the cultural heritage and stories of these special places. KAYAKING Our aquatic activities include kayaks that can be used by guests to explore coastal shores and fringing reefs.

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PHOTOGRAPHY On our expeditions, photographic opportunities abound, and nature and landscape photography enthusiasts are well looked after. On some of our expeditions we have photographic workshops or guest photographers to help you capture memorable moments.

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all inclusive

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CORAL EXPEDITIONS CRUISES INCLUDE > All excursions and sightseeing (except optional helicopter flight on the Kimberley) > Daily lectures and briefings > Use of Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, kayaks, or glass bottom boat > Snorkelling and introductory scuba skills session, with equipment > All meals, chef prepared on board > 24 hour barista-style coffee and tea > Selected wines, beers, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner (except on our Great Barrier Reef itineraries) > Daily room service and evening turndown service > Post-cruise transfers in most ports > Port taxes and most government charges

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Breakfast Assorted pastries, waffles, pancakes, breads, cereals, juices and fruits Daily change of hot dishes e.g. Poached eggs with sautĂŠed spinach and Tasmanian smoked salmon Spanish tomato and chorizo omelette

Snacks Fresh baked scones with jam and cream Antipasto platter

Lunch Wrap and sandwich selection Daily change of locally influenced hot dishes e.g. nasi goreng Beer battered fish and chips Thai beef salad, tuna nicoise or garden salad Fruit platters featuring a range of regional fruits from producers, markets or local villages

Pre-Dinner Canape selection with pre-dinner drinks

Dinner EntrĂŠe Local sweet kumara and galangal soup Fresh caught lobster salad Main Course Wild caught local barramundi grilled with a lemon myrtle and caperberry butter sauce accompanied with confit vined tomatoes and wilted greens French cut New Zealand lamb racks with a parmesan and rosemary crust and a hint of infused light mint jus accompanied by local kumara puree and mixed greens Red wine glazed shallots and goats cheese tart with a pear and arugula salad Dessert Lemon and vanilla bean panna cotta with champagne marinated strawberries Cheese board selection, from the local region or around the world sample menu

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DINING EXPERIENCE Fresh, local and delicious!

You can look forward to meals prepared small-batch onboard featuring locally sourced ingredients. With only 44-120 guests onboard, our chefs can mix tropical fruit purchased at small village markets with Australian seafood and artisanal cheeses. Our cuisine is fuss-free, healthy and inspired by the regions we visit. In New Zealand our chefs might craft their own distinctive take on the local fish and chips. In Indonesia it could be a delicious nasi goreng with chicken satay and fried shallots. There is a choice of hot or continental breakfasts, a buffet lunch with new surprises each day, and a sit-down three course dinner nightly. In between, our chefs will welcome you back from your shore adventures with freshly baked treats or delicious canapes to accompany your sunset pre-dinner drinks. Special diets can be catered for with advance notice. Completing lunch and dinner is our selection of boutique beers and wines, with a strong focus on the iconic wine growing regions of Australia. Unlike a large cruise ship, all our vessels have 'open' galleys located right next to our dining rooms, so feel free to peep in and see our friendly chefs in action!

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IMAGES ∏ Main image Lecturer Ian Morris inside the caves at Hathaway's Hideaway, Expedition team left to right: Sandy Scott, expert lecturer; Jamie Anderson, Expedition leader; Marysia Pawlikowska, Expedition Team

These passionate explorers provide specially themed on board lectures and briefings and are keen to chat with you to share their expertise and answer all your questions. They want to ensure your experience is as rich, enlightening and enjoyable as possible by adding to your understanding and appreciation of the places you will discover as part of your expedition. Here we introduce to some of these wonderful people. IAN MORRIS

STEVE COX

KIMBERLEY | CAPE YORK AND ARNHEM LAND | SPICE ISLANDS

INDONESIA | KIMBERLEY

Guest Lecturer, Ian Morris, shares his extensive knowledge and deep understanding of indigenous culture as he travels aboard selected expeditions to the Kimberley. A zoologist, educator, conservationist and author, Ian has worked with Aboriginal traditional owners since his early life as a secondary science teacher, followed by 10 years as a ranger training officer with the federal government’s first indigenous joint land management project – Kakadu National Park. Today, Ian continues his work promoting the magic of the bush and its conservation as an environmental consultant working with schools, universities, governments and nature documentary makers.

Our Senior Expedition Leader, Steve, loves to share his passion for the natural environment with expedition guests. His interpretative on board presentations will give you excellent insights to ensure you are well prepared for the shore excursions ahead. “I absolutely love my job,” Steve says, “I get the opportunity to meet and talk with so many wonderful people and have amazing experiences, all while I am working. Swimming with whale sharks has to be one of the best yet!” MARK STEADMAN

TASMANIA | PAPUA NEW GUINEA | NEW ZEALAND

Working with Coral Expeditions for the past 15 years, Expedition Leader, Jamie Anderson, is very well known by the majority of our guests who have travelled with us in the Kimberley or across the top of Australia on our Cape York and Arnhem Land expeditions. Jamie shares his extensive knowledge of the natural environment and local peoples of these regions.

A naturalist with qualifications in zoology and teaching, Mark has the perfect background for his role as Expedition Leader, bringing excursions on water and land to life for our guests. Mark adds fascinating layers to your Tasmanian experience through his expert interpretation of the native fauna. He draws on his extensive local knowledge as well as his familiarity with the animals of the Amazon, Hawaii, north Queensland and New Zealand, to add depth and context to his narrative.

DAVID KEECH

MARYSIA PAWLIKOWSKA

KIMBERLEY | TASMANIA | PAPUA NEW GUINEA | INDONESIA

GREAT BARRIER REEF

With 20 years’ experience in Eco-Tourism and Hospitality, David has many stories to tell. An expert tour guide, snorkelling guide and whale shark spotter, David is passionate about getting in touch with nature and engaging with the history, geology, and biology of Northern Australia and Tasmania. He enjoys making many new friends on each expedition.

Originally from Adelaide, Marysia first became captivated with the Great Barrier Reef when she visited on a family holiday at a young age. She spent her childhood covered in salt and sand whilst adventuring along the South Australian coastline and has always felt comfortable in the water - her passion for the marine world is contagious. Marysia decided to pursue her love for the ocean by studying Marine Biology at James Cook University in Townsville. She was involved in various research projects with CSIRO and AIMS designed to understand how climate change will affect corals. Marysia’s favourite experience on the Great Barrier Reef is swimming alongside turtles.

JAMIE ANDERSON

KIMBERLEY | CAPE YORK AND ARNHEM LAND | PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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ENRICHING YOUR EXPERIENCE Coral Expeditions’ knowledgeable expedition leaders and guest lecturers are with you throughout your cruise and on shore activities.

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FROM THE BRIDGE Senior Master, Gary Wilson, shares his insights into the very different cruising experience you will discover aboard a Coral Expeditions small ship.

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A NEW DAY, A NEW ADVENTURE

AS MUCH ACTION AS YOU WANT

Deep in the Spice Islands of Indonesia, a small ship is days away from any large ports. All of the passengers are gathered expectantly on the foredeck as it approaches a narrow channel hidden among the trees and dotted with islets. There is a lot of excited chatter – everyone already knows everyone as there are no big crowds here – and cameras are at the ready as this is a new destination for the ship, in fact our Indonesian guide informs the master that no ship has ever been in to this anchorage before. Even the most modern charts are not accurate for this area, a myriad of islands and channels; but the ship is small and manoeuvrable and the crew well trained. Before entering the narrow approach channel, the ship’s tender, known as Xplorer, is launched with experienced crew aboard. Some of the passengers take the opportunity to go with them. What a great photo opportunity, as they precede the ship, surveying the channel as they go! The ship follows slowly behind, and with the Xplorer calling the depths, winds its way down the calm, clear waters of the narrow channel. As the ship gets deeper into the labyrinth the view becomes even more spectacular and passenger’s cameras are clicking away flat out, both on the foredeck and aboard Xplorer. Limestone cliffs, caves and beehive islands slide past, a few locals in their small boats wave excitedly as we go by – they rarely get any visitors here. The ship creeps in between towering pinnacles to the inner basin and, exactly in the middle of the inlet, the anchor is lowered to the bottom and the ship brought to rest, perfectly sheltered and secure.

The crew swing in to action – Zodiacs are hoisted and lowered, kayaks made ready, Xplorer recovered on the unique aft platform that allows passengers to disembark easily and safely. Guests spend the remainder of the day enjoying a range of activities – snorkelling directly off the stern of the ship to a calm, colourful reef nearby, exploring the surrounding inlets by kayak or venturing further afield in the myriad of channels in Xplorer. When it’s time for a break, our guests come back aboard to refresh with a coffee or cold beer or simply relax on the deck, all without waiting in line. To finish the day, everyone gathers on the Sun Deck for drinks followed by a barbeque as the sun sets. With no rushed itinerary, the ship overnights in this calm anchorage and everyone gets a good night’s sleep ready for a new day of adventure.

This is expedition cruising!

That is just one day of an expedition cruise with Coral Expeditions, but it is very typical of what we do. Whether you are cruising with us in the mighty Kimberley, historic Tasmania, wild Papua New Guinea or the exotic Spice Islands, we visit wild and remote areas – the places that other cruise ships do not go to, simply because they cannot. We meet locals who rarely get visitors and are keen to show off their culture. Our guests can snorkel and dive over pristine reefs and get to see firsthand wildlife that few others do – from tawny nurse sharks to birds-of-paradise, from tiny Monjon rock wallabies to enormous whale sharks, from sea eagles to striated herons. On our expedition cruises you visit areas of incredible history – Aboriginal sites tens of thousands of year’s old, failed settlements and abandoned forts, traditional fishing villages and landing points of the great maritime explorers. Leave the crowds behind, make new friends and explore fascinating destinations. Each authentic experience immerses you in the region’s nature, culture or history, giving you the chance to explore, discover, relax, and create lifelong cherished memories.

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INTRODUCING OUR FLEET

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CORAL ADVENTURER

CORAL DISCOVERER

Coral Adventurer is first in a new class of advanced tropical expedition ships that combine rugged, go-anywhere design with an unprecedented level of amenities for a ship of her size. She boasts the ability to operate autonomously for nearly a month, with advanced navigation, propulsion and hospitality systems. She is designed to access hard-to-reach destinations, with twin Xplorer tenders allowing river and beach safaris for all guests in open comfort. Coral Adventurer is equipped with active stabilisers for comfort during ocean cruising. Carrying a maximum of 120 guests, she features all-outside facing staterooms with en-suite facilities, many with private balconies. Communal dining, indoor and outdoor bar and lounge areas, gym and elevator enhance your expedition experience.

Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia when it was launched in 2005 after being built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards. Refurbished in November 2016, Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, Coral Discoverer continues to raise the bar for expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere. She carries a maximum of 72 guests. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot and she is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters.


CORAL EXPEDITIONS I

CORAL EXPEDITIONS II

Coral Expeditions I is a twin-hulled boutique catamaran designed for maximum stability and guest comfort. Accommodating a maximum of just 46 guests, Coral Expeditions I offers an intimate expedition atmosphere. This purpose-built ship is fully equipped for expedition cruising in Australian coastal waters. Australian flagged, registered and staffed, the ship is the ideal size to access the very best parts of Western Australia’s remarkable Kimberley region, the northern coastlines of Cape York and Arnhem Land and the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

At just 35 metres in length and hosting 44 guests, the purpose-built Coral Expeditions II is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. It is small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the ship, yet equipped with the facilities of a much larger vessel. Australian flagged, registered and staffed, Coral Expeditions II is the ideal size to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef that simply cannot be enjoyed via day trips. All of the 22 rooms feature large picture windows, to fully immerse you in the spectacular scenery.

IMAGES � Main image Coral Adventurer, top to bottom: Coral Discoverer, Coral Expeditions I, Coral Expeditions II.

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IMAGES � Main image Approaching King George Falls in the dry season | 2 The Mermaid Tree, with carvings by early explorers still visible today | 3 King Cascade gently falls into the Prince Regent River.

EXPLORE THE ANCIENT LANDS OF THE KIMBERLEY

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We bring you closer


EXPLORE THE ANCIENT LANDS OF THE KIMBERLEY

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This vast and ancient land, shaped by the powerful forces of nature, is one of the world’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring wilderness areas.

The Kimberley’s rugged coastline of magnificent rock formations is battered by raging tides. Up close it reveals secluded palm-fringed gorges and cascading waterfalls, millions of years in the making. After the monsoonal rains of a tropical summer, inviting plunge pools and peaceful oases flourish with a diverse variety of plant and animal life. The Kimberley is a land steeped in ancient Aboriginal culture, intriguingly portrayed through indigenous rock art estimated up to 60,000 years old. We uncover the legends of Australia’s pioneering past too, as we retrace the journeys made by explorers along this remote coastline hundreds of years ago. Explore the highlights of this ancient region with expert interpretation of the landscape, nature, wildlife, culture and history. There are many opportunities for thrilling experiences and close-up wildlife spotting aboard our tender vessels and on shore. With over 23 years’ experience in the region and a crew with unsurpassed knowledge and passion, our expedition focus ensures that your 10-night Kimberley cruise is an experience you will remember forever.

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IMAGES ∏ 1 David Keech | 2 Montgomery Reef is revealed by the falling tide.

Kimberley Coast > Day 4 > Winyalkan Island

Discover ancient Wandjina and Gwion rock art sites that are over 60,000 years old on our guided excursions

Off in the distance, we spied a pair of Osprey circling the skies watchfully. The male turned his attention to the swirling waters not far from us. In an instant, he plunged towards the surface. Skimming the ocean, he grasped his unsuspecting prey and emerged with lunch firmly secured in his strong talons. We all sat in silent awe at what we had just witnessed. Another memorable moment in nature.

Be surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of one of the world’s most remote and uninhabited coastlines: just you and nature

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Watch Montgomery Reef rise from the sea as the tide recedes

Witness the incredible diversity of wildlife in the Kimberley: crocodiles, humpback whales, rock wallabies, sea turtles, and abundant birdlife

Sit in awe at the base of roaring waterfalls like King George Falls as they carve through the escarpment and crash into the Kimberley’s mighty rivers

A passion for expedition cruising


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Expedition Team Expedition Leader David Keech With 20 years’ experience in Eco-Tourism and Hospitality, David has many stories to tell. An expert tour guide, snorkelling guide and whale shark spotter, David is passionate about getting in touch with nature and engaging with the history, geology, and biology of Northern Australia and Tasmania. He enjoys making many new friends on each expedition. 1

THE KIMBERLEY

10 NIGHTS

BETWEEN DARWIN & BROOME Day 01 Depart Darwin or Broome Day 02-10 King George River & Falls Vansittart Bay Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan & Swift Bay Prince Frederick Harbour Prince Regent River & Careening Bay

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Montgomery Reef Doubtful Bay Horizontal Falls & Buccaneer Archipelago Lacepedes Islands Arrive Darwin or Broome 2

2019 Departures

CORAL ADVENTURER 24 May 03 Jun 14 Jun 24 Jun

Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin

05 Jul 15 Jul 26 Jul 05 Aug

Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin

16 Aug 26 Aug 06 Sep 16 Sep

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28 Jun 08 Jul 19 Jul 29 Jul

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09 Aug 19 Aug 30 Aug 23 Sep

Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin

CORAL DISCOVERER 26 Apr 27 May 07 Jun 17 Jun

Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin

CORAL EXPEDITIONS I 29 Mar Darwin to Broome 08 Apr Broome to Darwin 19 Apr Darwin to Broome

29 Apr Broome to Darwin 20 May Broome to Darwin 22 Jul Broome to Darwin

12 Aug Broome to Darwin 02 Sep Broome to Darwin

2020 Departures

Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin

19 Jun 29 Jun 10 Jul 20 Jul 31 Jul 10 Aug

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21 Aug 31 Aug 11 Sep 21 Sep

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17 Aug Broome to Darwin 28 Aug Darwin to Broome 19 Sep Broome to Darwin

CORAL DISCOVERER 04 May 15 May 25 May 05 Jun 15 Jun

Broome to Darwin Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin

BROOME TO BROOME – 12 NIGHTS – DEPARTS 07 SEPTEMBER 2020

Explore an extraordinary marine environment on our special Ningaloo departure. Our marine experts and guides will lead our discovery of the untouched atolls, mega marine fauna and rare bird species that are found in this pristine coastal habitat. Departing Broome, visit Rowley Shoals Marine Park > the Dampier Archipelago > Montebello Islands > Ningaloo Reef and more. See page 75.

CORAL ADVENTURER 17 Apr 27 Apr 08 May 18 May 29 May 08 Jun

NINGALOO & THE BLUEWATER WONDERS OF AUSTRALIA'S WEST

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Snippet from Cruise Critic by QuiltingQueen | July 2018

”We chose a small ship cruise on the Kimberley coast because it is the only way to see this beautiful and unique part of the world. We were looking for lots of onshore activities and pertinent lectures rather than other forms of entertainment. The cruise fitted our expectations in every way. ”

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THE KIMBERLEY

Expedition Log MASTER MATE EXPEDITION LEADER PURSER

NATHAN CLARK JACOPO BARCHETTI STEVE COX SARA WALKER

VOYAGE NUMBER

V355

VESSEL

Coral Discoverer

DEPART

0900 6th April 2018 Darwin, Northern Territory

ARRIVE

0800 16th April 2018 Broome, Western Australia

TOTAL DISTANCE STEAMED

1052 Nautical Miles

DAY

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LOCATION

THE MIGHTY KING GEORGE RIVER

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We awoke to a light misty rain and a calm flat ocean which was nice and cool conditions for our morning landing and walk at Tranquil Bay. As the rain cleared, we set off in the Xplorer and 3 zodiacs for our excursion to the upper reaches of the King George River. We rotated into the zodiacs for runs along the cliff’s and shoreline. On arrival at the falls, they were pumping after the recent monsoon season storms. We ran small groups across to the mist at the face of the falls and the “dunking” cooled everyone off from the intensity of the tropical heat. What a great start to the trip!

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LOCATION

WINYALKIN AND THE OSPREYS

After our morning heli rides to Mitchell Falls, we had a change in pace with a late afternoon Xplorer cruise to the sandstone caves at Hathaway’s Hideaway where we found microbats, cave frogs and cave geckos. A quick run across to Winyalkin Bay saw us set up the Xplorer in front of the local Osprey nest where, as if on cue, a couple of adult birds arrived and spent time building the nest for the upcoming mating season. The male even caught a small fish from the nearby rip in front of all. We rounded out an excellent day with drinks on the sun deck.

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Xplorer set of with a full complement of guests at 0800 for our trip up the Prince Regent River. On the way, we entered the mangrove system and killed the engines to drift along and enjoy the morning reflections and the bird noise. Mitch spotted a 2 metre Salty just off the bow. We enjoyed morning tea and a cold shower underneath the mystical falls at King Cascade. After a hearty lunch on board, our afternoon visit to the historic beach and the HMC Mermaid inscribed Boab Tree at Careening Bay was enjoyed by all. Michael even managed to locate a nearby bower bird nest.

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A very early start today as we set of at 0700 to enjoy the sunrise colour palette at Raft Point. The light was incredible, and many photos were taken. After breakfast, we were back out in the Xplorer for a wildlife cruise through Red Cone Creek on a flowing tide. Bird watchers thrilled at the rainbow honeyeaters and we saw mudbanks full of bright red fiddler crabs and a rare giant mudskipper. We then steamed to meet the tides at Montgomery Reef. Aboard the Xplorer and zodiacs, we sat amazed as the reef emerged from the ocean.

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Perfect conditions allowed Coral Discoverer to set anchor at the Lacapedes at 0800am. We made our way carefully on the tides into the sanctuary of the lagoon, where we transferred into zodiacs. As we gently motored through the shallows, we were surrounded by a variety of soaring seabirds and saw nesting baby boobies on the sand island. Flotillas of turtles surrounded us along with numerous juvenile sharks and rays. A fantastic morning in nature left everyone feeling that they had witnessed a very rare and special place.

IMAGES � 1 King George Falls in flood | 2 Eastern Osprey on nest | 3 Exploring inlets by zodiac | 4 Flame-backed Fiddler Crab | 5 Giant mudskipper | 6 Observing Montgomery Reef | 7 Short-eared Rock Wallaby.

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DISCOVER CAPE YORK & ARNHEM LAND

Journey far off the beaten track on this 11-night expedition, discovering remote lands only accessible to a fortunate few. Visit Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land and be warmly welcomed to Country. Learn about the history and society of these communities as they share the stories of the songlines and knowledge that shaped their culture, the oldest in the world. Visit the stunning Torres Strait Islands, with their unique way of life and remarkable art traditions, and wonder at the rugged beauty of this remote coast. Our guides and expert lecturers are with you throughout your journey, sharing knowledge of sacred rock art sites and cherished traditions that have endured for centuries. See how painting and storytelling techniques have been passed down through generations, and how this legacy is flourishing today at world renowned art centres. Coral Expeditions has been privileged to introduce guests to Cape York and Arnhem Land for over 30 years. Our strong connection with local communities is built on respect and cultural sensitivity.

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DISCOVER CAPE YORK & ARNHEM LAND

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Ancient indigenous cultures, prehistoric landscapes and abundant wildlife await on this voyage of discovery along Australia’s remote northern coastline.

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IMAGES � Main image Dancer at Yirrkala | 2 Preparing for a dance performance at the Tiwi Islands | 3 Demonstrating painting techniques, Tiwi Islands | 4 Xplorer landing on the shore of Forbes Island, Cape York | 5 Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus).

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See Indigenous art being created and hear the stories that it tells in remote art centres along the Arnhem Land coast and Torres Strait Stand on the northernmost point of mainland Australia at Cape York for a champagne sunrise or sunset

Be immersed in the world’s oldest surviving culture in Arnhem Land

Explore the northern Great Barrier Reef: snorkel over coral gardens, visit Lizard Island, see bird colonies, and learn about ancient rock art at the Flinders Island Group

Soak up the spectacular beauty of remote islands, rocky coastlines, and wide-open sea of northern Australia Discover the renowned culture, art and hospitality of the Torres Strait

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DISCOVER CAPE YORK & ARNHEM LAND

Expedition Team Guest Lecturer Ian Morris Guest Lecturer, Ian Morris, has worked with Coral Expeditions since 1987, and with the Aboriginal traditional owners of Arnhem Land region since his early life as a secondary science teacher. Ian speaks Djambarrpuyngu, Warramirri & Gupapuyngu – all local languages of indigenous peoples visited on the Cape York & Arnhem Land itineraries.

Jenny and Sel G. | Cape York and Arnhem Land | March 2016

”We enjoyed this cruise so much… visiting the Tiwi Islands, Cobourg Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands … seeing the diversity of local people, and … being able to access diverse and spectacular remote areas in the small ship.”

CAPE YORK & ARNHEM LAND BETWEEN CAIRNS & DARWIN

Day 01 Depart Cairns or Darwin Day 02-11 Lizard Island Flinders Island group & Davie Reef Forbes Island Cape York & Islands of Day 12 the Torres Strait

11 NIGHTS The Gulf of Carpentaria Wessel Islands Maningrida Cobourg Peninsula Tiwi Islands Arrive Darwin or Cairns

2019 Departures

Voyage Log Master Nathan Day 11 | Bathurst Island

CORAL EXPEDITIONS I 17 Mar 13 Sep

Cairns to Darwin Darwin to Cairns

CORAL DISCOVERER 14 Apr 04 Oct^

Cairns to Darwin Darwin to Cairns (Themed, see below)

^AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC SPECIAL CRUISE. SEE PAGE 74. 2020 Departures

CORAL DISCOVERER 29 Mar 30 Sep

On Bathurst Island our Tiwi guides proudly showed off their history and culture and gave us the opportunity to purchase arts and crafts. We were treated to billy tea and scones as well as a smoking ceremony and traditional dances. The smoking ceremony, which blended both Tiwi and Christian cultures, cleansed any ‘evil spirits’ from our bodies and set us up for a safe journey home. It was a great day and clearly the Tiwi enjoyed hosting us.

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Cairns to Darwin Darwin to Cairns (Themed, see below)

INDIGENOUS ART & THE SALTWATER PEOPLE OF NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

DARWIN TO CAIRNS – 11 NIGHTS – DEPARTS 04 OCTOBER 2019 (also Australian Geographic Special Cruise) DEPARTS 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 Spend 11 nights exploring the remote coastline of Cape York & Arnhem Land, with a focus on the diverse Indigenous art styles across Arnhem Land and Torres Strait. Create your own art pieces in onboard workshops with our guest artist. See page 76.

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THE UNTOUCHED OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll along golden sandy beaches and wander tranquil island trails as you explore the natural wonder that is the UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef.

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THE EXPLORE UNTOUCHED THEOUTER ANCIENT GREAT LANDS BARRIER OF THE REEF

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Stretching an area of 2600km, with over 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure and is home to an abundant and thriving array of marine and birdlife species. We pioneered extended cruises on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef more than 30 years ago. Today, we sail year-round from our home port of Cairns, Queensland. Aboard Coral Expeditions II, join a maximum of just 44 guests on a 3, 4 or 7-night Great Barrier Reef cruise. Venture beyond the reach of day trips, with expeditions north to secluded Lizard Island, and exclusive outer reef mooring sites at the Ribbon Reefs and Escape Reef. Snorkelling, diving, and glass bottom boat tours allow you to experience the colours and vibrant life of the reef in all its magnificence. Along the Tropical North Queensland coastline, scattered islands covered with lush rainforest provide the perfect complement to the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Mangrove forests, fringing reefs, and wide sandy beaches are a stunning backdrop as you get to know the stories and wildlife of this incredible region. We are committed to the long-term conservation of this natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef. Above and below the surface, our marine biologists and dive instructors help you learn about and connect with this special place.

IMAGES � Main image Coral Expeditions II at the remote Ribbon Reefs | 2 Xplorer approaching Dunk Island | 3 Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

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3 night Cruise 4 night Cruise 7 night cruise is the 3 & 4 night itineraries combined

Hike up Cook’s Look on Lizard Island and take in the bird’s eye view over the northern reef

Lizard Island Ribbon Reefs

Walk on the remote sand cay at Sudbury Reef, and experience sunset over the Great Barrier Reef while enjoying canapes and champagne

Cooktown Escape Reef

Snorkel and dive at exclusive mooring sites and experience the vibrant outer reef at the Ribbon Reefs

Fitzroy Island CAIRNS

Sudbury Cay Coates Reef Nathan Reef Family Islands Hinchinbrook Island

Get a close-up view of marine wildlife and learn from our resident Marine Biologist

Visit stunning Fitzroy Island: hike to the lighthouse and spend time at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre Experience the rainforest eco-system on guided hikes

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THE UNTOUCHED OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

Expedition Team Expedition Leader Ben Keating Ben is a lifelong lover of boating and fishing, always drawn towards being on, in and around the ocean. Fascinated by the underwater world from an early age (attempting to snorkel in the bathtub and fish in the rainwater tank as a small boy), Ben was always going to study marine biology. After earning his Bachelor of Science, he went on to study Applied Science specialising in Environmental Management. Marine conservation remains an area he is passionate about. Working on the ocean has been an integral part of his life. He has over seven years conducting reef interpretation and research out of Port Douglas, and assisted in the establishment of a whale watching operation in Mooloolaba. When not on the water, Ben is also a professional photographer who loves time with his family and dog, travel, camping, mountain bikes and football.

Guest Testimonial from Trip Advisor

”The food is fabulous, but the main attraction is the itinerary and the amazing crew. Every place we anchored, we were the only ones there. The best part of the trip was the snorkelling and diving. My husband and I have logged more than eighty dives and these were the best. Abundant fish of every variety and colourful coral greet you wherever you look. The snorkelling is effortless and there’s something new in every nook and cranny.”

Voyage Log Master Kent Day 1 | Sudbury Reef

IMMERSIVE REEF

CAIRNS > HINCHINBROOK > LIZARD ISLAND > CAIRNS Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05

Depart Cairns Cooktown Lizard Island & Ribbon Reefs Ribbon Reefs Cairns & Sudbury Cay

Day 06 Day 07 Day 08

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Hinchinbrook Channel & Family Islands Nathan Reef & Coates Reef Fitzroy Island & Arrive Cairns

2019 Departures

CORAL EXPEDITIONS II Year round

Every Monday & Friday Cairns to Cairns

NORTHERN REEF

CAIRNS > LIZARD ISLAND > CAIRNS Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05

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Depart Cairns Cooktown Lizard Island & Ribbon Reefs Ribbon Reefs Arrive Cairns

2019 Departures

CORAL EXPEDITIONS II Year round

Every Monday

Cairns to Cairns

SOUTHERN REEF

CAIRNS > HINCHINBROOK > CAIRNS We make our way past False Cape and head out to Sudbury Sand Cay, an isolated white sand cay, exposed now at low tide, and surrounded by the most turquoise blue waters which we have all to ourselves this afternoon. While the crew sets up drinks and nibbles guests wander along the water’s edge and are surprised by an eagle ray that effortlessly glides out into the deeper water.

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Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04

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Depart Cairns & Sudbury Cay Hinchinbrook Channel & Family Islands Nathan Reef & Coates Reef Fitzroy Island & Arrive Cairns

2019 Departures

CORAL EXPEDITIONS II Year round

Every Friday

Cairns to Cairns

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PRISTINE TASMANIA

Discover the remote natural beauty, harsh colonial history, unique wildlife and delightful wines and produce on our expeditions to the farthest reaches of Tasmania’s rugged coast.

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On our Tasmanian coastal voyages, hike in spectacular national parks, see amazing wildlife, and hear tales from long-past convict times. Along the way, taste an outstanding menu of Tasmania’s gourmet fare, complemented with fine cool-climate wines and unique brews. Our expert team includes a Tasmanian specialist who can lead you on spectacular walks among some of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes on earth. When conditions allow there are two full days hiking in Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, with kayaking around the Breaksea Islands and birdspotting in Melaleuca. This is coupled with a personal exploration of highlights such as Wineglass Bay, Maria Island National Park, and Tasman National Park. This is an authentic expedition undertaken with a spirit of adventure as our Captain responds to opportunities and current weather conditions. For our guests this means a flexible itinerary where each day brings new highlights selected from the range of activities and destinations available. To enrich your Tasmanian experience, our expedition cruise includes the delights of locally sourced fresh produce such as cheese, seafood and wine. Our 7 or 14 night coastal voyages offer a unique perspective of Tasmania. Aboard Coral Discoverer, join just 72 guests to explore the pristine shoreline of our most southerly coast.

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We all awoke early today and gathered on the bow of Coral Discoverer to watch the sun rise over imposing Maatsuyker Island, home of Australia’s most southerly lighthouse. Over breakfast onboard, our expedition leader enthralled us with stories of the island, and of her childhood as the daughter of a Tasmanian lighthouse keeper. She fondly reminisced of her experience as a young girl being regularly ropehoisted in a wicker basket up the sheer cliff face to her home atop the wild and windy hilltop.

IMAGES ∏ Main image Cape Hauy, Tasman National Park | 2 Coral Discoverer at Wineglass Bay | 3 Port Davey | 4 Guests at Wineglass Bay.

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IMAGES � 1 Fur Seals resting on the rocks at Ile des Phoques | 2 View from the top of Fluted Cape, Bruny Island.

7 night Cruise 14 night Cruise

Step ashore into the remote world heritage wilderness of Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey and enjoy the pristine natural surrounds

Hear stories of the past from this rugged and harsh colonial island outpost from local guides at Port Arthur and Darlington settlement

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Savour the tastes of fresh local seafood, regional produce, cool climate wines and artisanal spirits of Tasmania

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”Lovely cruise, lovely staff, lovely fellow passengers! Honestly a fantastic trip to Tasmania. The lectures were fantastic and we learned a lot … the crew did an amazing job. They were always smiling and more than willing to answer to all our questions. The food was outstanding … I can only recommend the company and their staff to everybody who likes exploring.”

PRISTINE TASMANIA

7 NIGHTS

HOBART TO HOBART

Day 01 Depart Hobart Day 02-07 Woodbridge & Huon Port Davey & Bathurst Harbour Bruny Island & Adventure Bay Freycinet Peninsula & Wineglass Bay

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Maria Island National Park Tasman National Park Port Arthur Historic Site Arrive Hobart

2020 Departures

CORAL DISCOVERER 27 Jan Hobart to Hobart 03 Feb Hobart to Hobart 10 Feb Hobart to Hobart 2

"A YACHTSMAN'S CRUISE" CHASE THE RACE

SYDNEY TO HOBART – 6 NIGHTS – DEPARTS 26 DECEMBER 2019 Experience the nautical tradition that is the 75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race! Be part of the action from the start of the race in Sydney, then sail the south coast and Bass Strait to enjoy the scenic Tasmanian coast. On arrival in Hobart, join the festivities of race presentations and New Year’s Eve celebrations before disembarking on January 1. See page 77.

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17 Feb^ Hobart to Hobart 24 Feb Hobart to Hobart 02 Mar Hobart to Hobart

09 Mar^ Hobart to Hobart

^COASTAL TREKS THEMED VOYAGE. SEE PAGE 77.

TASMANIA CIRCUMNAVIGATION HOBART TO HOBART

Day 01 Depart Hobart Day 02-14 Fortescue Bay & Tasman Peninsula Maria Island Freycinet Peninsula & Wineglass Bay Day 15 Flinders Island & the Furneaux Group

14 NIGHTS Tamar River & Launceston King Island West Coast Expedition Stop Port Davey & Bathurst Harbour Adventure Bay, Bruny Island Arrive Hobart

2020 Departure

CORAL DISCOVERER 01 Jan Hobart to Hobart

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We woke at first light just outside Port Davey with calm conditions after a night of 3 to 4 metre swells. Most guests gathered on the Sundeck to take in the stunning views as we entered the Port. Shortly after breakfast we boarded Xplorer and headed for Melaleuca inlet. It was a magic day at Port Davey. The reflections were amazing, and with blue skies and barely a breath of wind we cruised along, cameras clicking away. At the Needwonnee Walk we split into two groups and headed in opposite directions.

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Both groups were lucky to encounter the Orange Breasted Parrot at the bird hide and one group had an exciting encounter on the path with a White Lipped Snake who came out of a tree and fell on the ground. These are very poisonous, so lucky no one opted for a selfie. Meeting back at the jetty, we enjoyed a morning tea before cruising past Breaksea and Bramble Cove. This evening a Taste of Tasmania cheese and wine lecture was enjoyed by all, as was a restful sleep at anchor in the protected Port.

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After breakfast the long walkers set off in Xplorer for our rendezvous with Steve who took us on a scenic dirt road drive through Stringybark forest to Fortescue Bay. Our plan today was to hike the Cape Hauy track. It was a magic morning for walking and the guests enjoyed the well-groomed Track around 4500 stairs over the return walk. The views were spectacular and the 4hr timing was true to its word. At the Cape lookout, overlooking the vast blue sea, we enjoyed our packed morning tea while watching the rock climbers traverse the gap from the Totem Pole to the Needle. After the hike, recovery was fast with a brisk swim back at the beach before the bus collected us. After lunch, Port Arthur was waiting to be explored. Our local guides fascinated us with their stories on a behind the scenes tour. That evening at Captain’s farewell drinks all were in great spirits after one of the best Tasmanian expeditions we’d ever had.

IMAGES ∏ 1 Maria Island | 2 Tasman Peninsula | 3 Coral Discoverer at Port Davey | 4 Orange-bellied Parrot | 5 Expedition Leader Dave Keech on top of Bishop & Clerk, Maria Island | 6 Hiking Mt Beattie | Port Davey | 7 Eucalypt forest on Freycinet Peninsula.

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Circumnavigation of Australia

35 years of pioneering history. 35 places that shaped Australia.

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CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF AUSTRALIA

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The great unknown land, Terra Australis Incognita, was for centuries imagined but uncharted, before explorers sailed to the edge of the world to find it. They discovered a land which was not unknown to the many indigenous tribes who lived throughout the vast island continent, and from that moment created a new history with both magnificent and terrible deeds. 2020 is the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s landing, the 200th anniversary of Philip Parker King’s explorations, and the 35th anniversary of Coral Expeditions. Celebrating 35 years of pioneering expeditions, we take a voyage to circumnavigate this great land, to see the coast the way that mariners throughout history have seen it, and to explore thirty-five key historical sites that shaped Australia. Visit famous places and share stories of historic maritime events that shaped our nation from ancient times to early explorers and more modern wartime. Be immersed in the arts and cultures of the people and communities of Australia on your travels and enjoy the relaxed elements of Australian lifestyle. Whether it be coastal walks, snorkelling the reef, sharing amazing wildlife encounters or just taking in the scenery, you will enjoy a unique perspective of the greatest coastline in the world.

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IMAGES ∏ Main image Cliffs of Great Australian Bight, South Australia | 2 Torres Strait Island dancers | 3 Tangalooma wrecks, Moreton Island | 4 Cape Leeuwin lighthouse.

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Senior Master Gary Wilson Senior Master Gary Wilson has a long association with sailing in Australian waters, beginning his career as a cadet officer with BHP. In those days he sailed on many of their large fleet of ships carrying iron ore and limestone to its blast furnaces in Whyalla, Port Kembla and Newcastle and iron and steel products to many distant overseas ports. Gary’s maritime knowledge has also been greatly extended following his interest in square rigged sailing vessels and his ability to master these on the high seas. Gary was associated with the Duyfken Foundation from 2000 to 2010 and he has a passion for correctly interpreting historic events. As our Senior Master, Gary plays a large role in itinerary planning, organisation, and training. On duty, he is Senior Master of Coral Adventurer. This epic voyage sprang from Gary’s lifelong interest in historical maritime exploration of the Australian coast.

CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF AUSTRALIA DARWIN TO DARWIN Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 Day 07 Day 08 Day 09 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21 Day 22 Day 23 Day 24 Day 25 Day 26 Day 27 Day 28 Day 29

Depart Darwin Koolama Bay Careening Bay Cygnet Bay At sea Depuch Island Tryal Rocks & Montebello Islands At sea Dirk Hartog Island Denham HMAS Sydney & HSK Kormoran Sites Houtman Abrolhos Houtman Abrolhos Fremantle Fremantle & Busselton Augusta - Cape Leeuwin Winery Albany Archipelago of the Recherche Archipelago of the Recherche At sea At sea & Head of Bight At sea Whyalla Port Adelaide Port Adelaide & Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island & Encounter Bay Port Fairy Port Fairy, 12 Apostles, & Half Moon Bay Half Moon Bay

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59 NIGHTS King Island At sea Hobart Hobart & North Bay Shoal Bay & Darlington, Maria Island Georgetown Preservation Island Boydtown, Twofold Bay Eden, Twofold Bay Botany Bay & Port Hacking Sydney Sydney & Broken Bay At sea Tangalooma Hervey Bay / Fraser Island Seventeen-Seventy (1770) Percy Islands Great Barrier Reef & Islands Great Barrier Reef & Islands Cairns - Uluru Cairns & Endeavour Reef Cooktown Restoration Island Thursday Island & Cape York Possession Island & Booby Island Cullen Point & Pennefather River Cape Keerweer Cape Arnhem Wessel Islands At sea Arrive Darwin

2020 Departure

CORAL ADVENTURER 07 Nov

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CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF AUSTRALIA

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA – THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT

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PAPUA EXPLORE NEWTHE GUINEA ANCIENT – THELANDS LANDOFTHAT THETIME KIMBERLEY FORGOT

Embark on an amazing voyage of discovery amid mysterious landscapes in one of the world’s last frontiers. Papua New Guinea’s deepest secrets unfold before you as this expedition travels from pristine coral atolls to volcanic mountains and from mighty rivers to dense tropical rainforests. Papua New Guinea is the land of the unexpected, a place of stark contrasts where rugged landscapes open to reveal hidden beauty, and fearsome frowns quickly transform into warm and welcoming smiles. In remote villages and on rarely visited islands, local people have maintained their traditional way of life for generations. Witness the lifestyle of diverse communities from the Sepik River to the Trobriand Islands, and learn their history, customs, and stories. You’re invited to share in all the colour and contrasts of their ceremonial dances and sing-sings. In this remarkable country, you will discover nature at its most vibrant. There are over 3,000 varieties of strikingly coloured orchids and many rare species of birds and insects, including the world’s largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandria Birdwing – with a wingspan up to 25 centimetres! Seven hundred bird species include parrots, hornbills, cassowaries, cockatoos and kingfishers and the country’s best known bird, the brilliantly coloured but elusive Bird-of-Paradise. Choose from a range of cruise options from 10 to 25 nights aboard our newest ship, Coral Adventurer, to unlock the mysteries of Papua New Guinea and beyond.

IMAGES ∏ Main image Local villagers aboard an outrigger at Siboma | 2. A Iatmul man wearing a wooden mask at Parembei, Middle Sepik | 3 Dobu Island Reef.

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Customs & Craftsmen Frontier Lands of Papua New Guinea New Guinea Circle Papua New Guinea > Day 11 > Kopar village Following lunch on the ship, we boarded the Xplorer and made our way ashore to Kopar Village where palm fronds and flags lined the shore to welcome our small group. As the garamut drums played, the dragon appeared and slowly made its way towards us. With dancers in traditional headdress and clothing surrounding the dragon, it was a sight to behold. The village children seemed as enthralled as we were.

Enter the Sepik River, one of the world’s great river systems. Understand the local lifestyle and visit the Sepik markets for the masks and carvings for which this region is famous

Be welcomed and share in the culture with high-spirited dances and sing-sings, guided village tours and local interaction Be transported by outrigger canoes through the beautiful rainforest-fringed waterways of the Tufi Fjords

Visit WWII battle-sites and see war relics at Buna and Sanananda

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Snorkel or dive on vibrant, rarely visited coral reefs

Visit volcanic islands and hear the mythical tales of the Dei Dei hot springs

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PAPUA EXPLORE NEWTHE GUINEA ANCIENT – THELANDS LANDOFTHAT THETIME KIMBERLEY FORGOT

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“This “This region is very special to me and always will be because of its people. The quintessential moment on most trips takes place when we step ashore and when a small child tries to read out your name badge in English or grabs you by the finger to show you around their village and in their school. That’s what melts hearts. I’ve seen big, tough men get emotional with these kids. Of all the amazing, unspoiled riches up there, what I love most is the experience you get with the people. Before we started coming here, many of them had never seen a ship.”

FRONTIER LANDS OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA

12 NIGHTS

CAIRNS TO MADANG Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04

Depart Cairns Coral Sea Crossing Samarai & Sewa Bay Dei Dei Springs, Fergusson Island & Dobu Island Day 05 Kuiawa, Trobriand Islands Day 06 MacLaren Harbour & Tufi Day 07 Buna & Sanananda

Day 08 Day 09 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13

Morobe Harbour Lababia & Fly Islands Dregerhafen Expedition Island Stop Sepik River & Manam Island Arrive Madang, optional charter flight to Cairns

2019 Departures

CORAL ADVENTURER 31 Oct Cairns to Madang 12 Nov^ Madang to Cairns (Optional charter flight from Cairns) ^Pioneers of Papua New Guinea. Australian Geographic Cruise. Itinerary operates in reverse and varies. See coralexpeditions.com Optional charter flight available between Cairns and Madang.

NEW EXPEDITION – FOR RELEASE IN MAY 2019

CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF NEW GUINEA DARWIN TO DARWIN

DEPARTS 02 OCTOBER 2020 - ARRIVES 06 NOVEMBER 2020

MADANG TO CAIRNS – 12 NIGHTS – DEPARTS 12 NOVEMBER 2019

10, 12 OR 22 NIGHTS

DARWIN TO VANIMO TO CAIRNS Day 01 Depart Darwin Day 02 Arafura Sea Crossing Day 03 Banda Neira Day 04 Saparua Island Day 05 Bacan Islands Day 06 Ternate Day 07 Tobelo Day 08 Halmahera Sea Crossing Day 09 Roon Island / Auri Island Day 10 Kwatisore Day 11 Mamberamo River Day 12 Jayapura Day 13 Vanimo (Guests Doing Half-Circle Embark/Disembark)

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Sepik River Madang Dregerhafen Buna & Sanananda Tufi Kitava, Trobriand Islands Dei Dei Springs, Fergusson Island & Dobu Island Day 21 Samarai Day 22 Coral Sea Crossing Day 23 Arrive Cairns

2019 Departures

CORAL ADVENTURER 08 Oct Darwin to Vanimo 12 nights 08 Oct Darwin to Darwin 22 nights 20 Oct Vanimo to Cairns 10 nights

35 NIGHTS

Be one of a very special few to traverse the entire coastline of New Guinea on this full circumnavigation voyage. Experience the best of West Papua and Papua New Guinea over 35 nights with key highlights including swimming with whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay and Triton Bay, exploring the jewel of Raja Ampat and Wayag, visiting remote villages at the mouth of the mighty Sepik River and viewing the active volcano at Manam Motu. Enjoy snorkelling through pristine reefs in the Tufi Fjords, and experience the spirited welcome of the Kora Kora Canoes at Banda Neira. Register your interest with our reservations team on what will be a popular expedition.

PIONEERS OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA

CUSTOMS & CRAFTSMEN

NEW GUINEA CIRCLE

12, 13 OR 25 NIGHTS

CAIRNS TO WEWAK TO DARWIN Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04

Depart Cairns Coral Sea Crossing Samarai & Sewa Bay Dei Dei Springs, Fergusson Island & Dobu Island Day 05 The Trobriands Day 06 Tufi Day 07 Buna & Sanananda Day 08 Lababia & Fly Islands Day 09 Dregerhafen Day 10 Tuam Island Day 11 Madang Day 12 Sepik River, Bien & Manam Island Day 13 Wewak (Guests doing Half-Circle Embark/Disembark)

Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21 Day 22 Day 23 Day 24 Day 25 Day 26

Jayapura Mamberamo River At sea Wayag, Raja Ampat Kofiau, Raja Ampat Misool Island, Raja Ampat Sawai, Spice Islands Buru, Spice Islands Mamai & Saparua, Spice Islands Hatta & Banda Island Banda Island Arafura Sea Crossing Arrive Darwin

2019 Departures Explore Australia’s PNG connections on a 12 night expedition along the north-eastern coastline aboard the new Coral Adventurer. See page 74.

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CORAL ADVENTURER 25 Nov Cairns to Wewak 12 nights 25 Nov Cairns to Darwin 25 nights 07 Dec Wewak to Darwin 13 nights

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Expedition Log MASTER MATE EXPEDITION LEADER PURSER GUEST LECTURER

CRAIG ARGENT NATHAN CLARK JAMIE ANDERSON SARA WALKER STEVE WINDERLICH

VOYAGE NUMBER

V375

VESSEL

Coral Discoverer

DEPART

1700, 5th November 2018, Madang, Papua New Guinea

ARRIVE

0800 17th November 2018, Cairns, Queensland

TOTAL DISTANCE STEAMED

1634 Nautical Miles

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SEPIK RIVER, MENDAM & KADOVAR ISLAND

We awoke at anchor in the mighty Sepik River. We boarded the Xplorer and departed for a trip through the barat and past the wonderful flora and fauna of the Murik Lakes. Soon we set ashore in the village where we were met by a string band and the entire village welcomed us with song and the national anthem. The villages shared local wares in the marketplace and we exchanged gifts. After lunch we steamed towards plumes of smoke in the distance at Kadovar Island and as we approached the volcano belched and sent a giant plume of ash into the air. There was a mighty roar from the guests and cameras were firing off photos. Captain's welcome drinks could not have been more dramatic and guests really did get to see something special – the awesome power of a pyroclastic volcano. When the darkness arrived the volcanic crater glowed red. What a finish to the day.

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MOROBE AND THE MOU RIVER

After a quiet night at anchor in Morobe Harbour, we ventured ashore mid-morning. Villagers lined the shore and escorted guests into the village for the sing-sing and a welcome prayer. There was an excitement in the village and guests could feel the energy. The kids were sharing fresh fruits and huge smiles. Next we were back to the beach for a canoe race from the sandbar out front to the cemetery fence line. The locals screamed and hooted for the whole race. It was a fun morning. After lunch, Jamie and Mark led us on a scouting expedition up the Mou River to a place we have never been. We found many flowering plants, rare species of birds and met a family processing sago. There was plenty to explore and we returned just in time to enjoy the sunset vista with a cool drink.

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA EXPEDITION LOG

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SANANANDA & BUNA

We arrived off Sanananda to calm and clear conditions. You could see the Owen Stanley Ranges quite clearly today, and as it was Remembrance Day, and the fact that one of our guests was visiting this coast for the first time since her father died in early 1943 it finally seemed very peaceful. We went ashore to a rousing welcome from the local Oro people and flower leis. Groups were formed, and we all disappeared in different directions with guides. The walking was easy, but we did have adventure crossing the river in banana boats. We visited the small museums and the memorials in the village. There were sombre moments for a few. Later we moved the ship to Buna and after lunch made our landing on the bloody Buna Beach, an infamous WWII battlefront. Everyone walked to the school where a presentation was made to the school teacher with all guests involved.

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TROBRIAND ISLANDS – KUIAWA ISLAND

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The morning was fine for Kuiawa Island. Our welcome was very moving with the children clapping to a string band and the guests walked along the line of children shaking hands and asking their names. We shared the morning at the local school and the children performed and engaged in games and a tug of war style dance. It was very high spirited fun. After lunch we dropped some guests for free time ashore whilst many went snorkeling. The bommies where we anchored were alive with coloured coral and swarming fish. Our snorkelers had a great experience. Those that went ashore got some great bargains and that night we all compared stories and pictures from the day.

IMAGES � 1 Guests being welcomed in Mendam Village | 2 Pyroclastic cloud eruption at Kadovar Island | 3 Milling sago | 4 WWII commemorative plaque, Sanananda | 5 Buna village welcome | 6 Local schoolchildren welcome us at Kuiawa Island | 7 Vibrant and alive Kuiawa reef

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SPICE ISLANDS, RAJA AMPAT & WILDLIFE & WARRIORS OF WEST PAPUA Retrace the ancient spice trade routes around the legendary Spice Islands, explore the nature lover’s paradise that is Raja Ampat and visit the remote villages of West Papua.

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SPICE ISLANDS, EXPLORE RAJATHEAMPAT ANCIENT & WILDLIFE LANDS OF & WARRIORS THE KIMBERLEY OF WEST PAPUA

Spice Islands > Day 2 > Cenderawasih Bay We were soon in the clear water and snorkelling with six huge whale sharks swimming lazily beside us. It was truly awe-inspiring to be in close proximity to these gentle giants, denizens of the seas for 60 million years. We were all beaming from the encounter for hours afterwards.

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Combining scenery of outstanding natural beauty, inimitable coral reefs, and fascinating communities alive with history, our Spice Islands and Raja Ampat voyages are an adventure like no other. Rarely visited islands are unveiled as we sail through the Spice Islands and visit ancient kingdoms built on nutmeg and cloves. Natural beauty is all around, as you stroll empty stretches of soft white sand, view rain-forest covered volcanoes and explore pristine reefs bursting with marine life. Wherever your expedition leads, expect a warm welcome from the local people. Discover their lifestyle and traditions as they share the dances, ceremonies, cookery, and art of their vibrant individual cultures. Discover ancient megalithic structures, abandoned forts and forgotten villages in West Papua, hear the legend of the Four Kings of Raja Ampat or learn of the influences of European colonialism sparked by the early exploration of the Maluku Islands in search of valuable spices. This region’s colourful history and extraordinary beauty is just waiting to be explored.

IMAGES � Main image Wayag Island, Raja Ampat | 2 Bandanese dancers on the ramparts of Fort Belgica, Banda Neira | 3 Local produce in the market of Tobelo, Maluku Islands.

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IMAGES ∏ 1 Expedition Team Steve Cox and Dave Smith talking to the locals at Tobelo | 2 Jetty at Tagalaya Island.

10 night Cruise 12 night Cruise

Explore Fort Belgica, a Dutch outpost built in 1611, and learn the fascinating history of the Spice Islands and the spice trade Be welcomed to the historic Banda Islands surrounded by a flotilla of colourful Kora Kora canoes gliding over the water

Enter the remarkable Bird’s Head Seascape of Raja Ampat. Explore breathtaking locations such as Wayag Island, with its vibrant marine life and scattering of stunning ‘gumdrop’ islands

Swim with the gentle giants of the sea, the unforgettable whale sharks, at Cenderawasih Bay

Experience the culture and history of the Spice Islands and West Papua

Snorkel and dive on some of the best coral reefs in the world, at the centre of the Coral Triangle

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SPICE ISLANDS, EXPLORE RAJATHEAMPAT ANCIENT & WILDLIFE LANDS OF & WARRIORS THE KIMBERLEY OF WEST PAPUA

Expedition Team Senior Expedition Leader Steve Cox Steve (right) has been leading expeditions with us for over 12 years and is a passionate guide and traveller. He brings a wealth of practical and logistical experience to the team which are critical skills in making sure that we get to the right place at the right time and considering tides, weather, seasons and culture. He has previously worked as a dive instructor, tour guide and even as a professional cricketer in his homeland of New Zealand. His favourite experience of all is sharing the water with the Whale Sharks of the Spice Islands. 1

WILDLIFE & WARRIORS: WEST PAPUA DARWIN TO DARWIN Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 Day 07 Day 08 2

Depart Darwin At sea Agats Aru Islands Triton Bay Kei Islands Arguni & Andamata Sebakor Bay

Day 09 Day 10 Day 11

10 NIGHTS Saumlaki / Sangliat Dol Crossing the Timor Sea Arrive Darwin

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CORAL ADVENTURER Grantnic | Cruise Critic

”The programme was tailored to suit all tastes, so as well as visiting villages, we were taken to islands for snorkelling and swimming from the Xplorer. The water here is some of the most pristine in the world. In addition there was a programme of lectures by an experienced marine biologist and an anthropologist.”

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BIAK TO DARWIN – 12 NIGHTS – DEPARTS 02 JANUARY 2020 Stunning scenic beauty, diverse wildlife experiences and rich history make this journey of discovery an adventure like no other. See page 75.

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SPICE ISLANDS & RAJA AMPAT

12 NIGHTS

BETWEEN DARWIN & BIAK Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 Day 07 Day 08

Depart Darwin Crossing the Timor Sea Banda Neira & Spice Islands Banda Neira & Hatta Island Molana Island & Saparua Island Sawai Misool Island, Raja Ampat Kofiau, Raja Ampat

Day 09 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13

Wayag Island, Raja Ampat At sea Kwatisore Roon Island Arrive Biak*

Reverse Itinerary: Biak To Darwin

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CORAL ADVENTURER 21 Dec

Darwin to Biak

2020 Departure

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THE SPICE ISLANDS

Expedition Log SENIOR MASTER MATE EXPEDITION LEADER PURSER GUEST LECTURER LOCAL GUIDE

GARY WILSON JACOPO BARCHETTI STEVE COX UDO SOLTWEDEL IAN BURNETT OSWALD HUMA

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KWATISORE

VOYAGE NUMBER

V372

VESSEL

Coral Discoverer

DEPART

1430 1st October 2018, Biak, West Papua

ARRIVE

0800 12th October 2018, Darwin, Northern Territory

TOTAL DISTANCE STEAMED

1866 Nautical Miles

Good news from our guide Oswald! Three whale sharks were spotted at the Bagan (fishing platform). After breakfast we boarded Xplorer for the opportunity of a lifetime. Quickly we were in the water. The water was clear and there was no current running. Immediately there was much excitement as the sharks came and went from the platform. Soon, we had five whale sharks cruising gently around us, which was an amazing thing to see and be part of. Guests kept getting back in the water - it was hard to leave such a life-changing experience. It was 1030 by the time we back to Coral Discoverer for a cup of tea to settle everyone down. After lunch, we visited Kwatisore village where we had a grand welcome from the band and the kids. The kids did the BOP dance which was faultless to watch, and then the band kicked into gear, prompting the guests to join in on the dancing. After I presented our gifts to the school, the markets opened with guests buying plenty of local arts and trinkets. A great first day!

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THE SPICES OF TOBELO

We had fine weather for our departure at 0845 for Tobelo. We were dropped us off at the beach area on the low tide and we walked the short distance to the bus and we were quickly underway to visit a local school and lots of very excited children who had never had a visit from a group of Balandas before. As always there was some chaos, lots of dancing and selfies as well as classroom visits. We strolled through markets and down to the “Little Big� house by the ocean front where we watched and joined with the different dance groups, followed by the band who played away until we departed. There were many local snacks to enjoy along with tea, coffee and fresh coconuts. In the afternoon Xplorer and 2 zodiacs set off for a brand new destination called Tagalaya Island, with the incoming tide Stephen got the Xplorer nicely over the reef area and we landed onto the steps of the village. Oswald and two local guides walked us into the small fishing village which turned out to be an excellent stop. We came across a local farmer who walked us to his Clove tree and Banana plantation where we could see the cloves up close, and meanwhile Max and Liv had found a nice reef area for us to snorkel on. The reef was excellent with good coral and plenty of different fish to enjoy. It would be highly exposed on a windy day that would be only thing to keep in mind but we had great weather and there was very little current over the reef. This new stop must be done on the rising tide to get to the village but well worth revisiting again. A passion for expedition cruising


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SAPARUA AND THE KING

We set off in Xplorer for our afternoon adventure at Saparua. We disembarked on the beach and made our way to the welcome area where the village girls welcomed us, along with the school children singing away merrily. We walked to the historic Duurstede Fort where the men and boys gave us their war dance welcome with ornate shields and swords swinging wildly. We were invited up to the fort for a look around with local guides, followed by more dancing and singing.

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After a very nice afternoon we were ready to depart, but we got word the King of Saparua wanted to come to see the ship. So it was that he arrived and very casually boarded the Xplorer with his entourage. Once on Coral Discoverer, Master Gary formally welcomed the King who was very laid back and mixed with guests. We invited them for dinner, and they stayed for the BBQ on the sun deck. The King made a speech and was very happy to have been able to come to the ship. It was a mutual feeling from all of us.

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THE KIDS OF KASIRUTA

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After some fun morning activities and a quick morning tea onboard, we set off at 1100 in the Xplorer for the nearby beach and reef system. Today we did not even have a breath of wind, which was perfect for snorkelling. Those snorkelling hopped in the water at the top end of the reef to snorkel down the reef edge, while the remaining guests disembarked on the beach with Oswald. The snorkelling was top class with beautiful coral gardens, many fish species and local kids everywhere swimming with us.

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Those on the beach enjoyed a swim and a shady spot under the trees. Xplorer was of great fascination to the kids and we had our hands full onboard trying to keep them under control. After a morning full of fun, it was time to pack up and head back to ship for lunch. Many comments were it was the best visit so far – the enthusiasm and friendliness of the locals was so warm. It is a good stop – landing restrictions and the small village space would make it almost impossible for larger vessels to access the area in any conditions.

IMAGES ∏ 1 Dancing with the locals in the Spice Islands | 2 Swimming with whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay | 3 Senior Master Gary greeting the King of Saparua | 4 A sundeck feast as the sun sets | 5 Meeting the locals of Kasiruta | 6 Reboarding Xplorer on a high tide.

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ISLANDS of INDONESIA

Our pioneering spirit is forging new frontiers as we voyage deep into the paradise of Indonesia’s less visited islands.

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ISLANDS OF INDONESIA

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From around the 16th century, Makassan fishermen began to venture down from their homeland in Sulawesi to the shores of the Kimberley coast and Arnhem Land. Today the latest addition to our fleet, Coral Adventurer, retraces the path of these intrepid seafarers as it voyages through the Indonesian archipelago and to the island of Sulawesi. Each expedition takes you into the heart of the region to discover diverse and timeless traditional cultures, shaped by a stunning mix of religious and maritime traditions, colonial influences and natural environments. Share in village ceremonies, sample the local foods and marvel at the skilful handcrafts and time-honoured boatbuilding traditions. With the help of our expert expedition team you can uncover the underwater secrets of these alluring islands as you snorkel or dive on world-renowned coral reefs in Indonesia’s marine parks. There is more wildlife to discover on land with many rare species such as the tiny tarsiers, the Celebes macaque, the Komodo dragon and the sun bears and orangutans of Kalimantan. Ranging from 10 to 20 night experiences, each different itinerary offers a unique collection of the unforgettable adventures you can experience in the Indonesian archipelago.

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IMAGES � Main image Orangutan at the Tanjung Puting National Park | 2 The Tri-coloured lakes of Mt Kelimutu | 3 Traditional houses in Tana Toraja, Sulawesi | 4 A warrior of Alor Island.

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14 night Cruise 17 night Cruise 18 night Cruise 20 night Cruise

Snorkel and dive at exciting Marine Parks such as Taka Bonerate, Bunaken, and Karimunjawa

Experience a once in a lifetime journey deep into Toraja Land, known for its striking architecture, ancestor worship, and lavish funeral ceremonies

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Explore National Parks at Ujung Kulon and Tanjung Puting, home to endangered species such as Orangutans, Macaques, Deer, and the Javan Rhinoceros

Marvel at traditional Phinisi boatbuilding at Tana Beru or Wera

Visit the villages of the Bajo people, the sea gypsies, whose traditional lifestyle, at one with the ocean, is now threatened

Visit many volcanic islands, such as the tri-coloured lakes of Kelimutu, the dormant caldera of Satonda Island, and the famous Krakatoa Time to connect, space to enjoy


ISLANDS OF INDONESIA

Expedition Team Guest Lecturer Ian Morris “Although the Indo-Australian Archipelago occupies only 4% of the planet’s land area, it’s home to nearly one quarter of all terrestrial land species and the most species-rich coral reefs in the world. Of many of these islands, thousands are difficult to reach owing to their archipelagic spread. Travelling with other seasoned adventure seekers, I feel fortunate to share insights with our like-minded and intrepid travellers following in the footsteps of the British field biologist, Alfred Wallace.”

Product Developer | Jennifer Mancinelli

”Our repeat guests have expressed a strong interest in Sulawesi as a new expedition cruising destination due to its remote and less accessible nature, unique cultures, stunning scenery and wildlife, particularly marine life. Travelling by ship is an ideal way to access this island with its huge stretches of coastline.”

KOMODO DRAGONS & KRAKATOA

17 NIGHTS

DARWIN TO SINGAPORE Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 Day 07 Day 08 Day 09

Depart Darwin At sea Kupang Pulau Alor Kelimutu National Park, Ende Wera Village, Sumbawa Rinca Island Satonda Island Sumenep

Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 & 14 Day 14 & 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18

Bawean Kurimanjawa At sea and HMAS Perth Ujung Kulon National Park Krakatoa Lengkuas Island, Belitung At sea Arrive Singapore

KOMODO DRAGONS & KRAKATOA Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05

Depart Singapore At sea Lengkuas Island, Belitung HMAS Perth & Krakatoa Krakatoa & Ujung Kulon National Park Day 06 Ujung Kulon National Park Day 07 At sea Day 08 & 09 Tanjung Puting

2020 Departure

2020 Departure

CORAL ADVENTURER

CORAL ADVENTURER

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02 Feb

Darwin to Singapore

SULAWESI CIRCLE

20 NIGHTS

MAKASSAR TO MAKASSAR Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 & 07 Day 08 Day 09 Day 10

Depart Makassar Parepare Balabalagan Balikpapan Tanjung Karang Samarinda Tolitoli Saronde Island Bunaken

Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 & 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 & 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21

Lembeh Gorontalo Pulau Togean Pulau Banggai Kendari Wakatobi National Park Bau Bau Tana Beru Arrive Makassar

IN THE WAKE OF THE MAKASSANS Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 Day 07 & 08 Day 09 Day 10

Depart Darwin At sea Kupang Pulau Alor Lamalera Ende, Flores Island Komodo Island & Rinca Island Taka Bonerate National Park Selayar Island

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27 Feb

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Banjarmasin Sumenep Satonda Island Komodo Island Rinca Island Maumere, Flores Island Dili At sea Arrive Darwin

14 NIGHTS

BETWEEN DARWIN & MAKASSAR

2020 Departures

Guests arrive in Darwin one day prior to departure, overnight in Darwin. Expedition includes one night accommodation, welcome function and coach transfers to your charter flight. Charter flight operates between Darwin and Makassar.

Day 10 & 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19

Singapore to Darwin

2020 Departure

Makassar to Makassar

18 NIGHTS

SINGAPORE TO DARWIN

Darwin to Makassar

Day 11 Day 12 & 13 Day 14 Day 15

Pulau Sogori Torajaland, via Palopo Tana Beru Arrive Makassar

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Makassar to Darwin

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MELANESIA AND THE ISLANDS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Peel back the layers and enjoy a more intimate South Pacific experience as we take you to fascinating, remote parts of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

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IMAGES � Main image Outriggers on the beach at Yanaba, with Coral Discoverer in the background | 2 Pan pipe players at Malaita | 3 Woman weaving a palm leaf mat | 4 A spectacular head-dress at Ureparapara, Vanuatu | 5 Local woman with fresh fruit, Ureparapara, Vanuatu.

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The South Pacific is home to over 1,300 languages and a multitude of treasured customs and traditional lifestyles. These islands have been inhabited for millennia, since the Melanesian peoples expanded from what is now New Guinea between 4000 BC and 3000 BC. These islands were not encountered by Western explorers until the 16th century, when Spanish explorer Alvaro de Mendana arrived in his search for the ‘Great South Land’. We travel aboard Coral Discoverer to explore the beauty of these islands and experience the warm hospitality of their people.

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You will also encounter the regions’ more recent dramatic maritime and World War II history, with access to relics and dive sites, with interpretation and stories to bring the history to life. Slip easily into hidden lagoons and remote coral atolls, snorkel or dive on colourful reefs, relax on white sandy beaches, explore ancient volcanoes and relish the taste of fresh island fruit and seafood. This is the South Pacific, Coral Expeditions style.

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11 night Cruise - Cairns to Honiara 11 night Cruise - Honiara to Port Vila

Discover spectacular underwater worlds with vibrant marine life at remote dive sites such as Egum Atoll, Marovo Lagoon, and Mangalonga

Feel WWII history come to life: explore WWII wrecks and history at Million Dollar Point, San Cristobal, Mboli Passage and Honiara 66

Visit open-air markets and see legendary wood and stone carvings and cultural crafts at Ghizo, Endo Island, and Langa Langa Lagoon

Interact and spend time with friendly locals

Witness magnificent cultural performances such as Solomon Island panpipe bands and the Water Music of Vanuatu

Experience an in-depth exploration through the islands: explore where other cruise ships can’t go, support local economies, relax on white sand beaches, and tread lightly at conservation areas A passion for expedition cruising


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Expedition Team Expert Lecturer Mike Sugden With broad experience in marine biology, research and diving, Mike is at home in the water. He has been fascinated by the marine world for most of his life and has authored textbooks on marine science. An avid photographer, he has also sailed yachts since his teenage years, earned the Australian Underwater Sportsman of the Year, and worked extensively across Australia with food and wine. Mike has worked with Coral Expeditions since 2005 and shares his passion with guests in the South Pacific and other destinations.

Trip Advisor Five Star Review

”I chose this cruise because it looked to offer a real spirit of adventure, and for me it delivered in full measure. There was a total of eight scuba and snorkelling opportunities, including an opportunity to dive on a battle wreck from WWII. If this all sounds like hard work, the ship provides a luxurious oasis to return to at the end of day. Personally, I don't reckon you could put together an experience like this by yourself, perhaps at any price.”

Voyage Log Expedition Leader Steve Cox

A PASSAGE TO THE SOLOMONS

11 NIGHTS

CAIRNS TO HONIARA Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06

Depart Cairns At Sea Samarai Egum Atoll Laughlan (Budibudi) Islands Bodaluna Island Ghizo Island

Day 07 Day 08 Day 09 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12

Tetepare Island Arnavon Islands & Dart Sound Marovo Lagoon Expedition Stop Mangalonga & Savo Island Arrive Honiara

2019 Departure

CORAL DISCOVERER 16 Oct

Cairns to Honiara

2020 Departure

CORAL DISCOVERER 12 Oct

Cairns to Honiara

A PASSAGE TO THE SOLOMONS

11 NIGHTS

HONIARA TO PORT VILA

Leis were given out as we entered. The whole village was there to meet us and after short speeches and presentations the school sang a welcome song to us in magnificent harmony. After food we were treated to two mimes which had the locals and guests in stitches.

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Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06

Depart Honiara Tulagi Island & Mboli Passage Langa Langa Lagoon Tarapaina & Maramasike Passage Marau Sound, Conflict Bay Star Harbour, San Cristobal

Day 07 Day 08 Day 09 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12

Nendo Island Ureparapara, Vanuatu Million Dollar Point Nguna Island Tanna Island Arrive Port Vila

2019 Departure

CORAL DISCOVERER 27 Oct

Honiara to Port Vila

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SEE NEW ZEALAND FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE Awe-inspiring coastal landscapes, the compelling Māori culture, quaint seaside towns and an abundance of unique wildlife make New Zealand a truly remarkable expedition destination.

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Two itineraries aboard Coral Discoverer, over 10 or 12 nights, showcase some of the most beautiful and remote attractions along New Zealand’s 7,000 kilometres of spectacular coastline. You will quickly discover much of this coast is best accessed by small ship as our voyages reveal the dramatic beauty of Fiordland, rugged and remote Stewart Island and captivating Marlborough Sounds. Marlborough’s tranquil waters are steeped in history. Migrating Maori from the North Island traditionally sheltered there. During the 1770s Captain Cook also took refuge there, discovering via the view from one of its hilltops that New Zealand was in fact two separate land masses. On your journey, you will wake to a stunning new vista each day. Make sure you have your camera ready as you soak up 360-degree views of New Zealand’s endless natural beauty from the Sun Deck. When it is time for shore or water based adventures our expedition team are on hand to lead you on guided bush walks and kayak adventures, and, assisted by local rangers, will help you get close to the local wildlife including dolphins, seals, wekas, tuis and keas.

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IMAGES ∏ 1 Guided walks in Marlborough Sounds | 2 The New Zealand Kaka | 3 Swimming with Hector’s Dolphins in Kaikoura.

10 night Cruise 12 night Cruise

Visit volcanic White Island and enjoy a guided walk to the crater to see the gas and steam escaping from the earth

Spend time exploring Marlborough Sounds, including the fjord-like Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy a multitude of guided excursions

Spend multiple days exploring the awe-inspiring landscape of Fiordland. Get closer to Milford Sound, Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound

Explore the historic East Coast cities of Dunedin, Akaroa and Napier, and share encounters with Hector’s dolphins and Sperm Whales at Kaikoura and Akaroa

Visit remote Stewart and Ulva Islands, home to vast numbers of native birds and wildlife such as penguins, kiwis, and weka Encounter Māori culture at Gisborne – be welcomed to a marae and witness a Kapa Haka cultural show

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NEW ZEALAND BY SEA - EAST COAST

”We cannot speak highly enough of the company, their staff, the scenery and of course their vessels. From our initial phone call the staff treat you like an old friend, the Captain welcomes you onto the bridge 24/7, and the chef takes you through his kitchen on a tour. From the knowledgeable guides to the Xplorer which hydraulically lowers you from the dining room deck to the ocean, it is all just the greatest.”

12 NIGHTS

AUCKLAND TO MILFORD SOUND Day 01 Depart Auckland Day 02 White Island Day 03 Gisborne Day 04 Napier Day 05 & 06 Marlborough Sounds Day 07 Kaikoura Day 08 Akaroa

Day 09 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12

Dunedin Stewart Island Dusky Sound Doubtful Sound / Thompson Sound Arrive Milford Sound / Queenstown*

Day 13

2019 Departure

CORAL DISCOVERER 26 Nov Auckland to Milford Sound 2020 Departure

CORAL DISCOVERER 26 Nov Auckland to Milford Sound

NEW ZEALAND BY SEA - SOUTH ISLAND

10 NIGHTS

MILFORD SOUND TO WELLINGTON Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05

Depart Queenstown*/ Milford Sound Thompson Sound / Doubtful Sound Dusky Sound / Breaksea Sound Stewart Island Dunedin

Day 06 Day 07 Day 08 Day 09 Day 10 Day 11

Akaroa Kaikoura Marlborough Sounds Abel Tasman National Park Marlborough Sounds Arrive Wellington

2019 Departure

CORAL DISCOVERER 08 Dec Milford Sound to Wellington 2020 Departure 3

CORAL DISCOVERER 08 Dec Milford Sound to Wellington *Complimentary transfers to/from Queenstown are included.

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DELIVERING AN AUTHENTIC ECOTOURISM EXPERIENCE

CAIRNS TURTLE REHABILITATION CENTRE – FITZROY ISLAND

At Coral Expeditions we live and breathe the Great Barrier Reef, with our Cairns headquarters located just minutes from the start of this natural wonder.

This centre has achieved phenomenal rates for successful turtle rehabilitation since it was established in 2000. We are pleased to offer support through the donations we make on every visit, and which are boosted by the additional donations made directly by our guests. We also provide logistical support such as transport for turtles, staff and equipment when possible.

We guarantee that by travelling with Coral Expeditions for your Great Barrier Reef experience, you are choosing a company that prioritises the long term conservation of the reef and its ecosystem. It is so important to us that all our operations and activities adhere to this goal. We are committed to providing tourism opportunities in natural areas that offer engaging ways to learn about the environment. We strive to use resources wisely, contribute to the conservation of the environment and help the local communities we visit. As a result Coral Expeditions is proudly accredited as an ecotourism cruise operator with world-leading Ecotourism Australia. Ecotourism Australia’s ECO certification is approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, an independent body that establishes and manages global standards for sustainability in travel and tourism with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices. SUPPORTING SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES In line with our commitment to ecotourism and environmental sustainability, Coral Expeditions, supports a range of programs and initiatives, including those listed below.

EYE ON THE REEF We are proud to participate in this reef monitoring and assessment program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. By sharing our observations and collecting valuable information about reef health, marine animals and incidents, we contribute to the reef’s long term protection.

CROWN OF THORNS STARFISH CONTROL PROGRAMME Coral Expeditions participates in this programme by reporting to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, any sightings of Crown of Thorns Starfish, a creature which poses a major threat to the reef. We carry a permit to remove these animals.

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LIZARD ISLAND RESEARCH STATION At the request of our guests Coral Expeditions schedules visits to this world leading on-reef facility for coral reef research and education, making a donation to the station on every visit. We also provide logistical support when possible, including transport of staff and equipment.

BARE SANDS TURTLE SANCTUARY - THE KIMBERLEY Since 1996, this sanctuary has attracted researchers and volunteers who gather data on nesting turtles. Coral Expeditions donates to this valuable research project, and when possible offers logistical support to transport staff, equipment and turtles. AWARDED BEST SMALL SHIP CRUISE LINE IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND Coral Expeditions was proud to be named Best Australian and New Zealand Small Ship Cruise Line in the 2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, and Best for Adventure in the Australian Editor’s Picks 2018. These awards, based on guest ratings submitted with reviews, corroborates our goal for over three decades – to provide guests with high-quality and authentic expedition experiences. We are smaller, more personal, and we take guests closer to nature, culture, and history. Thank you to all our guests for their amazing reviews!


Xplorers club Welcomes You – Again and Again

At Coral Expeditions we are delighted to offer a special welcome to the many guests who, after experiencing their first expedition, return to cruise with us once, twice or many times more. Our exclusive Xplorers club is our past guest community, designed to offer you even greater rewards and benefits when you embark on future expeditions. Whether you are cruising with us for the second time or we are welcoming you aboard again for your tenth adventure, you will always be recognised as a valued past guest through our Xplorers club discounts, complimentary sparkling wine and a range of other benefits including free wi-fi for Platinum guests. Your free membership of the Xplorers club is activated as soon as you complete your first Coral Expeditions cruise, and with three tiers of membership on offer, Silver, Gold and Platinum, the more cruises you enjoy, the greater the rewards. Your membership level is calculated by the number of lifetime nights you have spent aboard any of our ships. And, to reward you even more, for every 50 nights you spend on board you will receive the very special milestone benefit of a free 7-night Great Barrier Reef cruise. Visit www.coralexpeditions.com for full details on the Xplorers club including qualification for each level and your applicable rewards.

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the australian geographic society special expeditions Coral Expeditions have joined forces with the Australian Geographic and the Australian Geographic Society in a long term partnership bringing together a shared heritage of exploration and conservation of the coastlines around Australia. Our alliance will allow for an even deeper level of guest immersion on board the Coral Expeditions fleet. The partnership will encompass the development of a series of special Australian Geographic-curated expeditions to key destinations each year which will be escorted and hosted by special guests as well as the development of year-round Australian Geographic Society “Adventurer In Residence” programs on board using the research facilities on the new-built Coral Adventurer. Coral Adventurer has been designed as a specialist tropical expedition ship and will host the Australian Geographic Society activities in the Barralong Room. This is a dedicated interpretive space to host live science, culture and research projects that connect guests and destinations in an engaging format across all voyages. These projects will be integrated into Coral Adventurer’s offerings all year round with scientists, cultural leaders, artists, adventurers and storytellers in residence joining departures and taking an active role in education of guests. Under this partnership we are a Major Supporting Sponsor of key events annually. Visit coralexpeditions.com for details.

Jo Runciman, Managing Director at Australian Geographic

“Australian Geographic are delighted to be partnering with Coral Expeditions as both companies share a passion for promoting a love of nature through inspiring and enabling Australians to explore, experience and immerse themselves in these beautiful remote locations. These special Expeditions will be supporting scientific endeavour in some of our most remote regions via the unique scientists in residence programs running on board Coral Adventurer. In addition to this, part proceeds from these expeditions will also go towards supporting the Australian Geographic Society in its endeavours to fund Adventure and Conservation projects.”

Australian Geographic Society Hosted Expeditions Come on an adventure while raising funds for the Australian Geographic Society at the same time.

Saltwater people of northern Australia O4-15 October 2O19 This small ship expedition aboard Coral Discoverer to Australia’s most northern coastline will immerse you in the songlines and stories of this Ancient country as presented through the artistic and cultural traditions passed down through generations. Enjoy shore excursions to remote communities, encounters with nature and onboard workshops on carving, sketching and printmaking. Led by expert local guides and escorted by the AG managing Director Jo Runciman, you will be inspired by the people, culture, and landscapes you will visit. The journey begins in Darwin and finishes in Cairns, taking in Arnhem Land, the Torres Strait Islands, Cape York and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Pioneers and frontiers of Papua New Guinea 12-24 November 2O19 Explore Australia’s PNG connections on a 12 night expedition along the north-eastern coastline aboard the new Coral Adventurer. The voyage starts in Cairns with a charter flight to Madang. We then sail north to the mouth of the Sepik River to enjoy the unique village lifestyle. We see the active Manam Motu volcano and visit WWII battle sites at Buna and Sanananda. We then travel south and visit the reefs and rainforest shores of the Tuji Fjord and learn about the myths of the Dei Dei hot springs. On this trip we will be joined by AG Editor in Chief, Ms Chrissie Goldrick. Spirited village welcomes, art and craft markets and impromptu sing-sing performances await us on this colourful voyage.

Ningaloo’s bluewater wonders O7-19 September 2O2O This voyage traverses Western Australia’s Coral Coast and explores the extraordinary marine environment from Broome to Ningaloo and the small islands of Montebello and the Rowley Shoals. Travelling aboard Coral Discoverer and escorted by an Australian Geographic Society marine biologist, we will discover the untouched atolls, mega marine fauna and the rare sea bird colonies found in this remote and pristine habitat.

Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands odyssey O2-14 January 2O2O Stunning scenic beauty, diverse wildlife experiences and rich history make this journey of discovery an adventure like no other. We will meet early in the new year in Darwin where we board a charter flight to Biak, West Papua before boarding Coral Adventurer. This voyage will be escorted by Ms Cornelia Shulz, and will be a 12 night Odyssey through the rarely visited coral triangle marine sanctuary. Swim with the Whale Sharks at Cenderawasih Bay, explore the wonders of Raja Ampat, get close to history at Fort Belgica and share in tribal rituals and ceremonies with villages along these ancient trade routes.

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THEMED & SPECIAL VOYAGES THEMED ITINERARIES FOR A SPECIAL FOCUS The Coral Expeditions experience is built primarily around the destination experience, but also with consideration to delivering on key themes of art and culture, maritime history, food and wine and natural encounters. In recent years we have developed a series of specially themed itineraries that go deeper into each of these particular themes, with guidance and participation from specially chosen experts who offer an immersive expedition focus. Whether you want to delve deeply into traditional arts and cultural history, explore regional flavours and produce of a region, spend quality time on nature treks in remote wilderness environments or follow in the wake of one of the world’s most exhilarating yacht races, Coral Expeditions has a number of themed cruises to join.

CUSTOMS AND CRAFTSMEN: THE ART OF THE MALUKUS AND NEW GUINEA 22 Nights Join our new vessel Coral Adventurer on our inaugural ‘Customs and Craftsmen’ art themed expedition of Papua New Guinea, West Papua and the Maluku Islands. This captivating 22-night itinerary immerses our guests in remote villages and historic towns, focusing on art, culture and interaction with the local communities encountered along the way. With the help of our on board guest lecturers you will be privy to unique insights into the region’s ‘material culture’, i.e. the relationship between the people and their crafts. As you explore this connection you will develop a deep understanding of the history of craft and the influence of belief and societal needs. Learn how this is reflected in the different styles, techniques and materials used across the region, and appreciate the relevance of contemporary works. Highlights of this expedition include meeting traditional artists, taking high tea in a sultan’s palace and dining under the stars in the unique and dramatic venue of Fort Belgica in Banda. Scheduled departure

8TH OCTOBER 2019 ABOARD CORAL ADVENTURER

INDIGENOUS ART & the SALTWATER PEOPLE OF NORTHERN AUSTRALIA 11 Nights Our acclaimed 11 night expeditions depart annually from Darwin and Cairns and explore the remote coastal communities of Cape York, the Torres Strait Islands and Arnhem Land. Travel aboard Coral Discoverer and visit remote indigenous art centres and share local customs and cultures. Each voyage is accompanied and curated by traditional artists including the renowned Brian Robinson, who share expertise and insights and connect us with the people of this region. You can take the inspiration back on board with you, discovering your inner artist as you learn to create your own unique inspired pieces in hosted art workshops through the voyage. You will also get the rare opportunity to purchase authentic art from the source and establish personal connections in these communities. Scheduled departures

4TH OCTOBER, 2019 ABOARD CORAL DISCOVERER 30TH SEPTEMBER 2020 ABOARD CORAL DISCOVERER

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“A YACHTSMAN’S CRUISE” SYDNEY TO HOBART – Chase the Race 6 Nights Experience the nautical tradition that is the Sydney to Hobart international yacht race on this special 6-night cruise departing annually on Boxing Day. Embark at Broken Bay and cruise to Sydney Heads to enjoy a front row seat to the spectacle and excitement of the fleet as they race out of the harbour city. Chase the race southwards and enjoy expert on board commentary and insight from experienced Yachting experts who will keep you up to date on the race progress and strategy as well as the fascinating maritime history of the race in its milestone 75th year. Cruise across the infamous Bass Strait and follow the scenic and rugged Tasmanian coast into Hobart where you will arrive and join the fleet on New Year’s Eve for the festivities, presentations and celebrations prior to disembarking on the 1st January. Scheduled departure

26TH DECEMBER 2019 ABOARD CORAL DISCOVERER BEFORE DISEMBARKING ON THE 1ST JANUARY.

COASTAL TREKS OF TASMANIA 7 Nights Trek Tasmania’s best scenic coastal trails on our annual “Coastal Treks” themed voyages. The imposing cliffs, sandy beaches and sapphire waters of this rugged coast offer an experience of spectacular beauty. These special voyages combine the best of our expedition voyage highlights along with the chance to trek 5 of the best walking trails in Tasmania including remote Mt Beattie walk in Port Davey, Fluted Cape trail on Bruny Island, the popular Wineglass Bay lookout trail and the challenging Cape Hauy and Bishops and Clerk walks. Guided by experienced walkers, you will share their extensive knowledge of the landscape, and the flora and fauna of this pristine part of Australia. After the exertion of the day, you can cool off with a refreshing plunge into the crystal clear Tasman waters and then retire to the ship to recharge with fresh regional cuisine and a Tasmanian single malt or two. This is a truly Australian back-to-nature experience and ideal for groups who enjoy travel and trekking experiences with a difference. Scheduled departures

17TH FEBRUARY AND 9TH MARCH 2020 ABOARD CORAL DISCOVERER

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CHARTERS, INCENTIVES & OCCASIONS CHARTERS AND GROUP TRAVEL Expedition cruising on a small ship offers an exceptional opportunity to build strong bonds with your travelling companions as you experience unique adventures together. Whether you want to arrange an exclusive cruise or make an extended group booking for your business colleagues, club members, family or friends, Coral Expeditions can offer customised itineraries across our fleet. CHARTER FOR A CUSTOMISED CRUISE We have hosted private charters from around the globe, including immersive events for special interest communities, employee incentive rewards for major corporations, research and historic expeditions for groups from respected institutions, and cruises specially tailored for guests to observe seasonal phenomena such as whale migrations or the even rarer events of eclipses and other astronomical occurrences. Our dedicated Product Manager will work with you to develop your unique charter itinerary, tailored to the themes and content of your choice. Our Guest Lecturers are available, if desired, to complement your program. GROUPS ARE WELCOME And remember if your group is not quite large enough to warrant the exclusive charter of a Coral Expeditions ship, we are able to offer special terms for groups of travellers.

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DECK PLANS

coral adventurer

Stateroom Categories

2 Bridge Deck Balcony Suites 2 Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms 28 Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms 16 Promenade Deck Staterooms 12 Coral Deck Staterooms Xplorer Bar

VISTA DECK Bridge Deck Bar

Lift

W/Cs Lounge

601

603

Barralong Room

Cairns Suite

The Bridge

Lobby

602

604

Darwin Suite

Captain’s Cabin

Observation Lounge

BRIDGE DECK

527

525

523

521

519

517

515

513

Gym

511

Lift

509

507

503 505 501

528

524

522

520

518

516

514

512

510

502 506 504 508

EXPLORER DECK

Gift Shop Dining Room

Reception

Lift

415

W/Cs

411

413

409

407

405

403

401

Lobby Galley

416

414

412

410

408

406 402 404

PROMENADE DECK

Lift

Xplorer Boarding

311

309

307

305

303

301

Lobby

312

310

308

306

93.4 metres 17.2 metres 4.5 metres 5599 VARD Caterpillar 3512C 48 13.8 knots 120 60

Features

Lobby

526

Length Max Breadth Draught Gross Tonnage Construction Main Engines Crew Cruising Speed Guests Staterooms

302 304

Two Xplorer tenders, six Zodiacs and kayaks Open Bridge with Navigator Lounge Wrap-around Promenade Deck Single seating dining with communal ‘wine table’ Three cocktail bars including Vista Deck Explorer Bar Well-equipped gym Passenger elevator Wireless internet available (costs apply) Laundry services available (costs apply) Indoor and outdoor lounge areas Barralong Room to host research or exhibitions Anchor-free technology for sensitive marine areas

CORAL DECK

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DECK PLANS

coral discoverer

Stateroom Categories

6 Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms 19 Promenade Deck Category A Staterooms 2 Promenade Deck Category B Staterooms 6 Main Deck Category A Staterooms 3 Main Deck Category B Staterooms

Active Stabilisers

SUN DECK

Sundeck Bar

Balcony Staterooms Bridge Deck Bar

A05 A03 A01

BRIDGE DECK

Lounge

A06 A04 A02 WC

Balcony Staterooms

Workout Area

B21

B19 B17 B15

B22

Xplorer Boarding

Main Deck Bar

Captain’s Cabin

B11

B20 B18 B16 B14 B12

Galley

B10 B08 B06 B04

B01

B02

C09 C07 C05 C03 C01

MAIN DECK

STATEROOM CATEGORIES Bridge Deck Balcony Main Deck Category B Main Deck Category A Promenade Deck Category B Promenade Deck Category A

C08 C06 C04 C02

SHIP SPECIFICATIONS Length Beam Draught Staterooms Guests Top Speed

63 metres 13 metres 3 metres 1779 NQEA Caterpillar 3512B x 2 24 10-12 knots 72 36

Features PROMENADE DECK

Dining Room Reception WC

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B09 B07 B05 B03

Length Max Breadth Draught Gross Tonnage Construction Main Engines Crew Cruising Speed Guests Staterooms

63 metres 13 metres 3 metres 36 72 14 knots

Xplorer tender, zodiacs and kayaks Sun Deck Three cocktail bars Indoor and outdoor lounge areas Single seating Dining Reference library Open Bridge Wireless internet available (costs apply) Laundry services available (costs apply)


DECK PLANS

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Stateroom Categories

6 Deluxe Staterooms 8 Upper Deck Staterooms 4 Staterooms 5 Cabins Length Max Breadth Draught Gross Tonnage Construction Main Engines Crew Cruising Speed Guests Staterooms

35 metres 13.34 metres 2.4 metres 730 Carrington Slipways Pty Ltd, Tomago, NSW Yanmar 6AYM-WET 555KW x 2 Up to 14 8-10 knots 46 23

Features

Xplorer tender Sun Deck Two fully stocked cocktail bars Single seating Dining Indoor and outdoor lounge areas Reference library Open Bridge Limited laundry facilities (costs apply) Wireless internet available (costs apply)

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DECK PLANS

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Stateroom Categories

9 Upper Deck Staterooms 4 Deluxe Staterooms 4 Staterooms 4 Cabins DECK A

Length Max Breadth Draught Gross Tonnage Construction Main Engines Crew Cruising Speed Guests Staterooms

DECK B 402D

308SU

404D

401D

403D

304SU

306SU

303SU

305SU

310SU

Features 307SU

309SU

311SU

DECK C 202S

206C

208C

204S

203S 201S

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35 metres 12 metres 2.5 metres 1779 NQEA Cummins QSK19 - 447KW x 2 12 10-12 knots 42 21

205C

207C

9 Upper Deck Staterooms

4 Staterooms

4 Deluxe Staterooms

4 Cabins

Glass-bottom boat and kayaks Sun Deck Two cocktail bars Single seating Dining Indoor and outdoor lounge areas Reference library Gift shop Open Bridge


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1800 079 545 (within Australia) +61 7 4040 9999

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