Combining scenery of outstanding natural beauty, diverse wildlife and storied histories, our Raja Ampat and Spice Islands expedition is a unique journey of discovery and adventure like no other. Embark Coral Discoverer in Biak, West Papua, at the commencement of our 12-night voyage to Darwin and become one of the very first to have experienced these rarely-visited islands, where villagers have remained shielded from the outside world and communities are only now emerging into the 21st century.

The centrepiece of our expedition is a five day exploration through the nature lover’s paradise that is Raja Ampat. Harbouring over 75% of the world’s total coral and fish species, Raja Ampat’s pristine and brightly coloured reef systems offer perhaps the very best snorkelling and diving in the world today. On Misool, one of the famed ‘Four Kings’ of Raja Ampat you will have the opportunity to snorkel through Tomorol Cave and in Pulau Gam’s traditional Sawingrai village you will join a local on a guided walk through the rainforest in search of the iconic Red Bird of Paradise.

Over many centuries great European explorers claimed new continents in their quest to discover the Spice Islands, and aboard Oceanic Discoverer we’ll retrace their footsteps as we approach the island of Banda Neira, guided by the plume of smoke emerging over the horizon from the island’s active Gunung Api volcano. The most treasured and valued commodities of their time, the world’s entire supply of nutmeg and mace was grown in the Spice Islands between the 12th and 15th centuries, and even today a stroll through Banda’s local spice markets offers a melting pot of aromas, colourful spices and vibrant characters.

In Cenderawasih Bay, a protected Marine Park home to one of the world’s largest schools of Whale Shark, we’ll seek out these amazing fish, some measuring up to 12 metres in length. On Manokwari Island, home of 25 separate cultural groups, we’ll travel ashore and meet the locals in their traditional villages and in the Amsterdam Islands we’ll see the nesting grounds for the severely-endangered Leatherback Turtles that breed on the islands. A unique cultural experience awaits in the Tanimbar Islands of Indonesia, where head-hunting was practised until well into the 20th century! See the island’s master carvers at work, and perhaps purchase one of their beautiful queen ebony wood carvings as a keepsake of your expedition.

Cruising aboard Coral Discoverer, in the company of an experienced expedition team and all-Australian staff, you are sure to make the most of every minute discovering the very best that nature has to offer on this remarkable journey through Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands.
We board our charter flight (additional expense) from Darwin to Biak to meet the Expedition Team for a short tour of Biak, prior to boarding Coral Discoverer. Relax as you meet your fellow travellers and join the Captain and his crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks in anticipation of what promises to be a remarkable journey discovering Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands.
We enter the marine life haven that is Cenderawasih Marine Park and go in search of an encounter with the biggest fish in the sea – the beautiful Whale Shark. This region is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to snorkel with these majestic animals, and with some luck we may have a chance to snorkel amongst them. We will be welcomed ashore by the local Papuans at Kwatisore village. Learn about the local community and culture through traditional custom dances and games, then enjoy a guided walk through their gardens and vibrant market stalls.
Spend the day at leisure as we make our crossing towards Wayag Island. Join our Expedition Staff in the ship’s lounge for an interesting introduction to our journey, and the many wonderful experiences we will undertake over the coming days in Raja Ampat.
This morning we make our way to Wayag Island, which is currently being considered for UNESCO World Heritage listing. Discover the lagoon’s white sand beaches and maze of limestone karst ‘gumdrop’ islands. We will explore the lagoons in Zodiacs and aboard Xplorer with time for a swim in the aqua blue water. For those keen on an energetic climb, after lunch we trek up famous Pindito Peak; where the reward is breathtaking views over the surrounding islands and spectacular lagoon. You may choose to relax with a swim, snorkel, enjoy a kayak paddle or cruise in the glass bottom boat.
Crossing the equator, we enjoy the morning at beautiful Aljui Bay for a high quality snorkel and dive on one of the best reef sites in the area. Others may enjoy a cruise in this spectacular channel in the Zodiacs. We set sail for Yenwapnour Village where we will be welcomed by the local Papuan band, with cultural dances. A variety of traditionally cooked food is on offer for tasting. Meet the locals on a guided stroll through the village area before returning to the ship for pre- dinner drinks.
Join us for an early morning adventure as we seek out the elusive Red Bird of Paradise at an exclusive local vantage point (40 min uphill hike, good fitness required). If conditions are favourable, an early morning snorkel will be on offer. Mid-morning we navigate the narrow entrance to discover Hidden Bay. The narrow entrance to the bay is easy to overlook and visits from cruise ships are rare. Aboard Xplorer and our Zodiacs we will traverse through the famous Wallace passage, where history abounds and the stunning surrounds will keep your cameras in action. After lunch, enjoy snorkelling and diving on the nearby reef. The glass bottom boat will be available to view the reef with our naturalist on board, or head off on a relaxing kayak tour around the nearby lime stone karst rocks.
Awaken and enjoy the scenery as we cruise the ship to a beautiful anchorage near the secret mangrove entrance for a Zodiac cruise. We meander through the mangrove system, which takes us to a jetty landing and an easy 300m walk through the tropical rainforest to a cascading waterfall known to the locals as “The Widows Water”. Local guides will be with us as we enjoy the rainforest. We will then board Xplorer and cruise into the village of Yensawah, where we will be greeted by the locals and then guided through the village. A visit to the local school will see the children in full song before visiting the local market on the water front. The friendliness of the locals will win your heart. This afternoon, we arrive at the Fam group of islands. Enjoy the opportunity for a climb up a boardwalk for spectacular views of Penemu. Otherwise, choose to relax with a swim and a snorkel in the clear waters before a well-deserved pre dinner drink.
Our ship will enter the Misool archipelago and anchor at beautiful Wagmab, where excellent coral gardens and steep walls allow us to snorkel and dive to our hearts content. If conditions allow, our naturalist will have the glass bottom boat in action over the reef systems, before we depart for our afternoon destination. Coral Discoverer will then cruise up a stunning passage and arrive into the Mesemta Bay. Enjoy snorkelling and viewing from the glass bottom boat, or paddle at your leisure through these amazing karst islands on kayaks. Finish the day with our famous BBQ on the top deck and take in the sunset looking over this spectacular backdrop.
In the middle of the Banda Sea lies an enchanted fragment of history, the centre of the Spice Island trade. Originally the world’s sole source of nutmeg and mace, these nine tiny islands have attracted traders since at least 2,000 years ago. In the 16th century, European explorers discovered entire continents in their quest for these islands. On our approach to Banda Island, witness the outline of Gunung Api volcano with its thin plume of smoke drifting from the summit. See Banda’s famous Kora Kora canoes in action, with up to 38 oarsmen aboard. They are a sight to behold as they glide across the water. Enjoy lunch onboard before departing for a snorkel and dive over the nearby lava flow reef system.Alternatively, you may like to head ashore and enjoy local tea and snacks on the waterfront. Later in the afternoon, there is time to explore Fort Belgica, built by the first Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in 1611. The fort is extremely well preserved and provides an interesting insight into Dutch colonisation. Join the locals for a traditional dance and music performance before enjoying a glass of champagne as the sun sets over the fort.
This morning, enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself in the colours and aromas of the Spice Islands with local guides and local school children. Travel through the streets of Bandaneira, past the remnants of mansions constructed during Dutch colonialism on a town tour. See the museum, the former VOC Governor’s Mansion and the old church. Explore a nutmeg plantation and learn of its importance in Banda’s historical past. Sample local treats and watch a cultural performance on the waterfront before leaving our new found friends.
A day onboard to relax and enjoy reminiscing over the highlights of Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands, as we set sail for our return journey to Australia.
Today we arrive into Darwin at Fort Hill Wharf at 0800 to make your onward travel plans.
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. The itinerary includes the possibility of interaction with wild animals and this interaction is subject to the presence of this wildlife on the day.

Main Deck B

$ 9180 AUD pp
Main Deck B
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category B) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Main Deck A

$ 9580 AUD pp
Main Deck A
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade B

$ 9980 AUD pp
Promenade B
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.

Promenade A

$ 10340 AUD pp
Promenade A
Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our twenty spacious Promenade Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Bridge Deck Balcony

$ 11440 AUD pp
Bridge Deck Balcony
Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our five spacious Bridge Deck Balcony staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade Deck B Sole

$ 16875 AUD pp
Promenade Deck B Sole
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.

Main Deck B

$ 9180 AUD pp
Main Deck B
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category B) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Main Deck A

$ 9580 AUD pp
Main Deck A
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade B

$ 9980 AUD pp
Promenade B
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.

Promenade A

$ 10340 AUD pp
Promenade A
Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our twenty spacious Promenade Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Bridge Deck Balcony

$ 11440 AUD pp
Bridge Deck Balcony
Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our five spacious Bridge Deck Balcony staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade Deck B Sole

$ 16875 AUD pp
Promenade Deck B Sole
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.

Additional charges:

Charter Flights from: 750 AUD pp

Coral Discoverer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 63 metres

Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms)

Built: 2005 / Refurbished: 2016

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.

Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.

After the refurbishment, the Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.

The Coral Discoverer offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.

FACILITIES ON BOARD

> Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating

> Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck

> Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished

> Forward lounge

> Reference library

> Gift shop

> Open bridge

> Workout Area

> Wireless internet available for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer

> Limited laundry facilities available

> SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)

Cabin layout for Coral Discoverer
Coral Discoverer

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Luxury Expedition Luxury Expedition

12 Days from
$ 9180 AUD pp

Highlights

• In Pulau Gam’s traditional village join a local on a guided walk through the rainforest in search of the iconic Red Bird of Paradise

• In Cenderawasih Bay, a protected Marine Park home to one of the world’s largest schools of Whale Shark, seek out these amazing fish, some measuring up to 12 metres in length

• In the Amsterdam Islands see the nesting grounds for the severely-endangered Leatherback Turtles

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1800 107 715

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