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Coral Adventurer

New Guinea Circumnavigation Cruise

The brand new 120 passenger ship, Coral Adventurer launches in 2019 and is built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety in the Southern Hemisphere. Contemporary in style throughout the vessel, she has plenty of public areas for guests to relax including the stylish main lounge and Bridge Deck Bar and also the Navigator lounge in the bridge giving guests a vantage point of ship operations. There is a lecture lounge with multimedia capabilities for daily expedition briefings and expert presentations and a small library featuring destinations and wildlife. The modern cabins all feature an en-suite bathroom; the majority have a private balcony.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 8:30am for a 10:00am departure.

Day 1: Darwin

Arrive in Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 10:30am for disembarkation by 12:00pm. Settle into your cabin and meet fellow passengers as the ship sails across the Arafura Sea.

Day 2: At Sea

Today you can enjoy the ship's amenities as the Coral Adventurer sails towards the Banda Islands. The guest lecturers will hold several presentations today, on the itinerary, safety procedures and introduce you to Indonesian culture and protocols. This evening, mingle with the Captain, crew and fellow guests at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 3: Banda Islands

Today the ship arrives at the entrance (Zonegat channel) to Banda Neira, an armada of traditional long canoes known as Kora Kora emerge, rowed thunderously by men in traditional costume. These traditional war canoes provide an impressive escort into the caldera where you will enjoy the first look at Banda Neira. You will visit a nutmeg plantation, a historic fort and admire a number of traditional houses.

Day 4: Banda Islands

Today you will continue to explore these beautiful 'Spice Islands', who played an important role in the European history from the 16th to the 18th centuries with an abundance of rich commodities including nutmeg, cloves and mace. Today you can snorkel over the coral reef that has emerged on the lava flow from Gunung Api’s historic eruption. Others may go ashore in Banda for a ‘tea party’ in the charming local surrounds.

Day 5: Sebakor Bay

Today the ship arrives in Sebakor Bay where you can marvel at the remarkable scenic bay, where waterfalls tumble directly into the ocean. Here you can enjoy water activities such as snorkelling, diving, and kayaking.

Day 6: Arguni

Arrive at the small island off the west coast of West Papua province of Indonesia. On the south side of the island are pearl farm buoys and cages floating in the warm clear water. Mangrove swamps, many interesting limestone islets and formations, Papuan rock art (notably hand and foot stencils), burial caves, and villages (some on stilts) line the shore line. You will be greeted by local villagers and learn about the traditional cultures and handicrafts of the island. Journey by zodiac to visit the famous ancient blood paintings at Roefroefoea. The paintings feature many hands of humans and also animal depictions, with the red colour of the paintings resembling the colour of blood.

Day 7: Misool, indonesia

Today you will explore the stone gardens of Misool” with its misty beauty. A hidden and deserted paradise, Misool is unspoiled with waters of aquamarine lined by towering karst cliffs of various shapes and forms. Misool also boasts approximately 200 saltwater lagoons stretching like a green carpet and bustling with unique and beautiful corals - perfect for snorkelling, swimming and exploring by kayak.

Day 8: Kofiau Islands

Kofiau Islands are covered by lush trees and wild plants, they offer a fantastic wealth of nature and beautiful scenery. The tropical rain forest is home to the endemic rare Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher, Kofiau Monarch and Kofiau Green-tree Python. Here you can enjoy swimming, snorkelling and diving or bird watching.

Day 9: Wayag Islands

The jewel in the crown of Raja Ampat, picturesque gumdrop karsts are the backdrop for this paradise on earth. Here, the underwater world is rightly famous – we spend time to discover with snorkelling, SCUBA diving, and kayaking opportunities. For the fit, a walk up to Mt Pindito is available.

Day 10: Amsterdam Island

Amsterdam and Middleburg Island are two islands located in the Tambrauw Regency, West Papua.Amsterdam Island is also well-known as a place where Leatherback turtles return to lay eggs.

Day 11: Roon Island

Visit Roon Island where there a plethora of things to discover including a Japanese plane wreck residing below the surface with big black corals, gorgonians, big lionfish, glassfish, shrimps and many more. Snorkellers on the surface can still clearly see the wreck when the weather cooperates and the water is still, or they may dive down for a closer look.

Day 12: Kwatisore

Experience one of the highlights of this cruise – swimming with the whale sharks. In the afternoon you will visit the Papuan village of Kwatisore, where the locals will perform a ‘bird of paradise’ dance and other traditional performances.

Day 13: Kwatisore

Today explore more of Kwatisore with another chance to spot Birds of Paradise in your early morning outing. As you make your way to Mamberamo River your guest lecturers will hold insightful presentations.

Day 14: Mamberamo River

Today have an adventure on the largest river in Papua, regarded as the Amazon of the East. It is considered as the largest rivers in Indonesia by volume. Along the huge river valley live many tribes who have little connection to the outside world.

Day 15: Jayapura city

Visit Jayapura city, nestled between beautiful steep forested mountains, you will have the opportunity to visit the bustling markets and exchange smiles with the locals.

Day 16: Wewak

Arrive early morning in Wewak. There is much WWII history here, and you will go on a tour with local guides including Wewak Hill Lookout, ANZAC Memorial, Mission Hill, and also see the local craft markets.

Day 17: Sepik River

The ship enters the mighty Sepik River. Your destination is the remote village of Bien or Kopar, where the locals are known for their arts and crafts. Later continue past the active volcano at Manam Island as we enjoy sunset drinks.

Day 18: Madang

Discover the surrounding area on your Madang tour – which includes a visit to the Madang Haus Museum, the Coastwatchers Lighthouse, and Bil Bil Village where pottery is made. Certified divers have the opportunity to check out some great dive sites in the area with experienced local operators.

Day 19: Dregerhafen

Visit Dregerhafen in the Finschhafen district of Morobe, famous for Tami bowls and timber paddles. After lunch enjoy snorkelling, diving, and kayaking in the waters of the lagoon. Finish the day with drinks on the sundeck and our famous BBQ.

Day 20: Fly Island and Morobe

Early morning travel ashore for a morning of water activities at Fly Island. Biangatu Reef is teeming with fish life and colourful coral. Enjoy snorkelling, diving or kayaking. Later the ship will enter Morobe Harbour and cruise in the Xplorer to view the stunning forest from the Mou River. Receive an Oro Province welcome and enjoy exploring the village with local guides.

Day 21: Buna

The Battle of Buna saw some of the fiercest fighting between American, Australian and Japanese forces during the final stages of WW2. We walk through the jungle with the local villagers and discover the fascinating history

Day 22: Tufi

Local guides will paddle you on traditional canoes to their village in the rainforest. Be welcomed with dances, demonstrations and traditional crafts. Discover the scenic beauty of the rarely visited Maclaren Harbour.

Day 23: Dobu and Fergusson Islands

Accompany the expedition staff on a walk to Dei Dei Hot Springs, where the people share their mythical and spiritual tales of these hot water and mud springs.

Day 24: Sewa Bay

Cruise into beautiful Sewa Bay and be welcomed ashore to the local Pwanapwana Primary school. The locals will show us their traditional war dances and share a morning tea of pineapple, coconut milk, and sugar bananas.

Day 25: Bona Bona Island

Spend some time on these small islands, have the opportunity to relax and take in your surroundings. Delami Island is home to a wonderful reef & beach where you may enjoy diving, snorkelling, swimming, and birdwatching.

Day 26: Hall Sound

Many rivers run from the mountains into Hall Sound, with historic Yule Island providing shelter from the Coral Sea. Here, explore the sound and enjoy an enthusiastic Central Province welcome.

Day 27: Kerema

Day 28: Torres Strait

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as we cruise through the Torres Strait and make our entry into Indonesia.

Day 29: Merauke

Merauke is the border area between West Papua and Papua New Guinea on the south coast of the island. About 75 percent of the area is still shrouded in dense forest. Merauke is known for a number of natural attractions including the beaches, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, nature reserves and a captive crocodile.

Day 30: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Agats.

Day 31: Agats

Experience a memorable welcome by an armada of about 40 or more war-canoes, rowed powerfully towards the ship by the Asmat warriors in traditional costume. Disembarking by Xplorer you are accompanied by the Asmat tribe’s warrior war-canoes to Syuru village where you are greeted by a welcome dance set and performance by the Asmat women.

Day 32: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Triton Bay.

Day 33: Triton Bay

Triton Bay lies on the south coast of the West Papua province of Indonesia, surrounded by tropical rain forests and rising on one side to a 1060m peak. The waters of the bay nurture abundant marine life – 471 types of coral and 959 types of coral fish. In these waters, Bryde’s whales and whale sharks also find their home. Take a Zodiac ride up-river to visit the villages.

Day 34: Kei Island

Kei Island is located on the edge of the ‘Coral Triangle’, which outlines the world’s richest waters. Not only does this overall region have the highest diversity in terms of fish but also invertebrates, mollusks and corals. The islands are perfect, unspoilt beaches, fringed with coconut groves. Ngurbloat beach is one of these. Five kilometres of soft white sand (rumoured to be as soft as flour), thousands of coconut trees, crystal clear blue sea and calm waves.

Day 35: At Sea

Today you can relax with your fellow travellers and crew and reflect on your incredible voyage and enjoy your final lectures. In the evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Day 36: Darwin

Your incredible voyage ends in Darwin where you will disembark the ship.

Disembark

Disembark the ship at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 10:30am for disembarkation by 12:00pm.

Includes

  • 35 Nights' accommodation on board the Coral Adventurer
  • All meals, chef prepared on board
  • 24 hour coffee station and a selection of teas
  • Showcase wines, selected beers, juices and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • Sightseeing and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Daily lectures
  • Briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports

Excludes

  • International flights and transfers
  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • Gratuities
  • Visas
  • Laundry
  • Telephone and internet services
  • Personal insurance and expenses
 

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