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In 1606, Willem Janszoon in Duyfken, sailed from Banda, through the Kai and Aru Islands, then along the south coast of what is now West Papua, on his voyage to be the first European to sail to the “Southland” In 1623, Carstenszoon did the same in the ships Arnhem and Pera. Finally in 1644, Tasman also followed the same route with Limmen, Zeemeuw and Bracq.
375 years on, Coral Adventurer, on the 2nd stage of her inaugural voyage, will also sail to these rarely visited areas and explore those early voyages through this remote area.
Embarkation: Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 7:00am for 9:00am departure.
Disembarkation: Arrive and disembark at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 08:30am.
This morning at 07:00am board Coral Adventurer at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf, where there is time to settle in before our 09:00am departure. Spend the day at leisure as we cross the Timor Sea towards Saumlaki. Join our Expedition Staff in the ship’s lounge for an interesting introduction to our journey, and the many experiences we will share.
This afternoon we enjoy our first Presentation by Historian and Captain Gary Wilson entitled 375th anniversary of Tasman’s 1664 voyage.
In the evening join your fellow travellers, the Captain and his crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks
Enjoy a relaxing morning as we make our approaches to our first landfall. This morning our expedition team share insights into the region before our arrival and clearances.
This afternoon we embark on our first expedition to the small village of Sangliat Dol, a remarkable village with its ancient megalithic sites of stone boat shape. A cultural ceremony of local villagers welcome us ashore then lead us on a walk through the long flight of stairs leading up from the beach to reach the ceremonial area were the giant ancient stone boat remains. Begin with a ritual ceremony followed by culture events including traditional dances, demonstrations of local handicrafts and traditional ways of cooking. Browse the village to observe an interesting insight into the daily tribe family life of the village folk, visit to the church, school and ancient stone boat wells or mingle around with the villagers.
Kei islands were visited by early explorers including Tasman in 1644.
We start today’s experience with the stunning, soft white sandy beaches of Kei with a traditional welcome dance by the local villagers. We are again enthralled by cultural attractions including Kipas-Kipas, Cakalele and Yerik Dances. Witness a demonstration of Enbal processing (local food staple) and a Sasi, a ritual ceremony known to protect natural resources. Enjoy fresh young coconut or tastings of local food. Gain an interesting insight into the daily tribe/ fishermen family life of the village folk or stroll the stunning beach. Opportunities to purchase some of the local handicrafts are on display.
After lunch aboard Coral Adventurer, we travel with Zodiacs to visit an ancient rock art site that includes at least 400 images of humans, hand stencils, boats, various artifacts such as spears, bows, daggers, axes, and probably shields, fishing nets, and fish.
Join our expedition team and local experts to explore the charming village of Arguni , Andamata and Kokas where we will have a welcome ceremony and a chance to walk around the village. This is followed by a zodiac cruise to see the Rock Art at Kokas, a prosperous fishing community that is home to about 4000 residents and the unique ancient blood paintings location on the steep rock cliffs walls at Andamata.
Triton Bay lies within the heart of the Coral Triangle, a global centre of marine bio-diversity. This morning We launch the Xplorer tenders and cruise amongst this exceptionally picturesque area with emerald water and mushroom shaped limestone formations. Wildlife flourishes in this undisturbed habitat so opportunities to view colourful bird species such as hornbills, rainbow lorikeets, helmeted friarbirds, egrets and black palm cockatoos
This afternoon we enjoy in water activity off the beach.
Expedition stop to this region visited by all the early explorers including Abel Tasman on his 1644 voyage.
A welcome by an armada of about 40 or more war-canoes, rowed thunderously towards the ship by the Asmat warriors in traditional costume.
Disembarking by Xplorer we are accompanied by the Asmat tribe’s warrior war-canoes to Syuru village where we are greeted by a welcome dance set and performance by the Asmat women. The atmosphere will be filled excitement and joy throughout ceremonial rituals. After the ceremony we are invited deep into “the Men’s house” to experience wonderful items of traditional wooden arts and sculpture, which are offered for sale.
We spend two days visiting the UNESCO world heritage Lorentz National Park The 2.35 million hectare Lorentz National Park is the largest protected area in SE Asia and the only one in the world to incorporate a continuous tract of unspoilt ecosystems from snow-capped, glaciated uplands to tropical marine environment, including a vast swathe of lowland wetlands. The park is regarded as having the highest level of biodiversity in the region. 630 species of bird and 123 mammalian species have been recorded in the park but given that much of Lorentz remains unmapped and unexplored, there may be more yet to be found.
A stop for Tasman and all early explorers we join our expedition team on this our final stop before our ocean crossing to Darwin.
Following our final clearance from Indonesia as we spend a quiet afternoon reflecting our experiences and enjoy a presentation by one of the expedition team
Enjoying the onboard facilities as we cross the Timor Sea. Join our Expedition Staff in the ship’s lounge for a recap of the expedition. This evening, join your fellow travellers, the Captain and his crew at the Captain’s Farewell Drinks before the last of many spectacular dinners.
This morning at 8:00am we arrive at Darwin’s Fort Hill wharf for disembarkation at 8:30am.
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.
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