from: $4990*

CORAL EXPEDITIONS

2018

The Ships

The Coral Discoverer

Launched in 2005 and refurbished in 2016, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions. Her shallow draught and manoeuverability 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 with one aim in mind: to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.

Facilities on board
> Sun Deck with cover and sun lounges
> Three cocktail bars, including the Explorer Bar on the Sun Deck
> Spacious, modern dining room
> Forward lounge
> Reference library
> Gift shop
> Open bridge
> Gym area
> Wireless internet available* for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer
> Limited laundry facilities available
> Scuba diving (selected itineraries)

Coral Expeditions 1

Coral Expeditions I is a twin-hulled boutique catamaran designed for maximum stability and guest comfort. Accommodating just 44 guests, Coral Expeditions I offers an intimate expedition atmosphere. The rooms are bathed in natural light, with a fresh and modern decor creating a breezy feel. The ship’s forward lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery in air- conditioned comfort, while the Sun Deck and bar at the rear is another popular place to relax and take in the panoramic views.

Coral Expeditions I is fully equipped for the ultimate cruising expedition in coastal waters, and is the ideal size to access remote and hard-to-reach places such as the mysterious reaches of the middle Sepik.

Facilities on board
> Sun Deck with outdoor bar
> Two fully stocked cocktail bars
> Spacious, modern dining room
> Forward lounge
> Reference library
> Gift shop
> Open bridge
> Wireless internet available* for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer
> Limited laundry facilities available

Itineraries - Papua New Guinea

The Sepik River - 7 Nights - 4 departures in February 2018

Explore a wild & unspoiled land. The Sepik is one of the world’s great river systems. Meandering 1,100 km through Papua New Guinea, this mighty river has nurtured tribes and cultures for millennia. With dense terrain making this part of the world largely inaccessible by road, the river provides access to villages and towns along its course.

In response to increased demand to see more of Papua New Guinea, Coral Expeditions has planned a short series of four landmark expeditions. Positioning the Coral Expeditions I at the Sepik for a short month-long window, we will take advantage of her shallow draught and manoeuverability to travel as far as the middle Sepik, where few have ventured before.
Allowing the rhythm of the river to determine our schedule, we will visit local tribes who have had little contact with modernity, pass through some of the oldest and densest rainforests in the world, and look out for local species including the famed Bird of Paradise. Learn about the Sepik people and their customs, their spiritual practice and reverence for the crocodile. Visit their Haus Tambarans and experience how they live close to, and at the mercy of, nature. A cruise through this ancient land is a voyage of discovery and amazement.

Frontiers of PNG - 12 Nights - 5 November 2018 - Madang to Madang

Discover one of the world’s last frontiers. Immerse yourself in the wild and rugged scenery of Papua New Guinea, with its mysterious stories that take you away from the complexities of modern times. Whilst travelling in comfort on board Coral Discoverer, visit remote villages rich in culture and meet with the people who have maintained their traditional way of life for generations. Papua New Guinea is home to the largest area of intact rainforest outside of the Amazon and guests will discover magnificent scenery ranging from colourful coral atolls to volcanic mountains, pristine wilderness areas and mighty rivers. The country’s secret forests nurture over 3,000 varieties of unusual orchids, 700 species of birds including the brilliantly coloured birds of paradise. This is the land of the unexpected, a place of stark contrasts where fearsome frowns quickly become welcoming smiles.

We can arrange your flights to Madang as well as pre and post cruise accommodation.

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Price

Sepik River 7 nights from $4990 per person, twin share, or $7485 in a single cabin.

Frontiers of PNG 12 nights from $10,650 per person, twin share. Sole use only available on Promenade deck at $17,475.

Includes

  • Accommodation in selected room type
  • Services of expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities
  • Guided excursions on the Xplorer, tenders nad kayaks where conditions allow
  • Group transfers during the cruise;
  • fresh meals on board;
  • 24 hour tea/coffee station
  • Port taxes and government charges.

Airfares, taxes and transfers, telephone, fax, bar and laundry charges, and travel insurance are not included but can be included in your package at addtional competitive rates.

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Terms & Conditions

Prices shown are in AUD, valid for 2018 cruises, and are costed for the lead in cabins on a twin or double share basis. Single supplements apply for solo travellers. Additional nights accommodation, meals and flights are not included in the costs. A 20% non-refundable deposit is required within 7 days of making the booking to guarantee your place on one of these fantastic cruises. The balance is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 90 days must be paid in full to secure. Prices may vary and cannot be guaranteed until full payment has been received. All international bank fees and credit card surcharges will be borne by the client.