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Islands of Indonesia

In the Trail of Tasman I (Singapore to Darwin), 18 Nights


This is the ultimate expedition voyage – 18 leisurely days starting in vibrant Singapore and ending in Darwin, gateway to northern Australia. In between you will sample the diversity of the Indonesian archipelago with excursions to Ujung Kulon National Park, and mountainous inland Lake Kastoba. You will experience a historic Indonesian towns, the historic old headquarters of the United East Indies Company at Old Batavia and disembark on many very different islands.  Enjoy some of Indonesia’s best snorkeling and diving at Satonda, Molana Island, and Taka Bonerate. Home will never be the same again!

Departing Singapore, we steam south along the Sumatran coast, where Tasman made trading voyages in 1642. Then on to the Sunda Strait, where Tasman passed through later in the same year, noting the volcano of Krakatau and the islands off Ujong Kulon, two highlights of our voyage. As we then steam east though the islands of Indonesia,  we pass Batavia (now Jakarta) from where Tasman’s 3 ships left on 29th January 1644 and also sailed east. We will visit some of the places noted by Tasman in his journals, Bawean, Sumenep and the Spice Islands of Saparua and Molana, culminating in the historic spice port of Banda Neira, before steaming south to Darwin.

The Singapore to Darwin voyage will include elements of Tasman’s 1642 and 1644 voyages, and indeed even some of his earlier voyages for the VOC – the Dutch “United East India Company”


April 2019

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $22,940 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $19,880 n/a
Explorer Deck $19,280 $28,920
Promenade Deck $17,790 $26,685
Coral Deck $16,390 $24,585

*Limited sole use occupancy available.


the itinerary

Embarkation: Board at Singapore Cruise Centre Harbour Front at 3:00pm for 4:00pm departure.
Disembarkation: Arrive and disembark at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 09:30am.


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.

Please note: This itinerary has changed slightly due to the eruption of Krakatoa. These changes remain flexible dependent on clearances and recovery of the affected areas. 

Day 1: Singapore

Embark Coral Adventurer at 3.00pm at the Singapore Cruise Centre Harbour Front for a 4:00pm departure. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Drinks while you meet the crew and fellow guests with a spectacular view of the sun setting over the Singapore skyline.

Day 2: Tanjung Kelian

Today, we will be welcomed at Tanjung Kelian. After clearing customs and immigration, enjoy a welcome dance and explore with a swim or climb to the lighthouse.

Day 3: River Musi

This morning we cruise up the Musi River towards Palembang, the capital city of South Sumatra.  Guests will take the Xplorer to the riverside village called Sungsang Village. Here we will enjoy a jungle walk and meet the local people.

The River Musi and Palembang was visited by Tasman in April 1642, so that he could meet and trade with the Sultan.

Day 4: At Sea & HMAS Perth

Relax on board as we cruise back down river and south to our next destination. Attend informative presentations offered by our expedition team and guest lecturers, and enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities of the Coral Adventurer. Experience a remembrance ceremony at sea, as we cross the location of the Battle of the Java Sea where HMAS Perth and USS Houston were scuttled by Japanese forces.

Day 5: Ujung Kulon, Indonesia

Arrive to Ujung Kulon National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991, and deemed as the last refuge for the remaining few of the rarely seen Javanese Rhinoceros. This morning we explore Ujung Kulon, home to over 35 species of mammals including Gibbons, Macaque, Deer and Javan Pigs as well as 240 species of birdlife including the Great Hornbill. We will split into small groups to be guided by Park Rangers on an easy trail through towering, pristine rainforest to Karang Copong and the Cidaon grazing grounds.

Tasman recorded passing Prince Island (now Panaitan Island – just off Ujung Kulon) as he passed through Sunda Strait 16th & 17th Aug 1642.

Day 6: Ujung Kulon

In the morning we will do another exploration at Ujong Kulon and this afternoon we will cruise by the breathtaking sight of Anak Krakatau which has recently erupted, and Panaitan Island (Princes Island) where Tasman visited.


Day 7: Batavia

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Batavia is the old Capital of Dutch East indies company. Here we will visit the old building which still stands and was the Headquarters. Located at a square which is now called Fatahillah square, we will visit  Jakarta History Museum, Maritime Museum  and old Dutch buildings

Jakarta – previously Batavia, from where Tasman commenced his voyages, both 1642 and 1644. 

Day 8: At Sea

Relax on board as we cruise to our next destination. Attend informative presentations offered by our expedition team and guest lecturers, and enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities of the Coral Adventurer.

Day 9: Bawean, Indonesia

Discover the mountainous inland Lake Kastoba, an idyllic retreat set in the heart of Bawean Island, where you can swim and view the magnificent rainforest clad slopes. Visit the highly threatened Bawean Deer Sanctuary then cruise to isolated Gili Noko for a relaxing afternoon enjoying the water activities on offer.

Tasman recorded passing Bawean 10th June 1643

Day 10: Sumenep, Indonesia

Explore Sumenep with her colourful colonial past, visit the Kraton palace to see royal artefacts and furniture from a bygone era. Wander the beautiful water gardens, see the ‘Fountain of Youth’ and explore the museum to learn about the imperial history dating back to the Hindu kingdoms which flourished in Java more than five hundred years ago. A visit to the Great Mosque and the Tombs of the Kings completes our visit to Madura.

Tasman recorded passing here 9th June 1643

Day 11: Pulau Satonda, Indonesia

Satonda Island was formed by a volcanic eruption and thrust up millions of years ago, creating a magnificent inland lake. A short walk takes us to the clear waters for a therapeutic swim and for those who wish, a walk to capture the superb views. This charming island situated in the Flores Sea offers fabulous snorkelling and diving on the surrounding coral reefs, with warm and welcoming locals.

Day 12: Taka Bonerate Islands, Indonesia

This afternoon we arrive to Taka Bonerate National Marine Park. This group of atoll islands consists of separate table reefs and lagoons, offering a myriad of snorkelling opportunities – the national park is considered to contain some of world’s highest marine biodiversity.

Tasman passed through the Selayar strait in June 1643.

Day 13: Pulau Buton, Indonesia

Today we visit Pulau Buton – the kingdom of Buton existed from the 14th to 16th century and was important trade link with Ternate. Visit the city of Bau-Bau and learn about local history, take in a panorama of the surrounding islands from Buton Fortress.

Tasman passed Buton, including time at anchor 1st to 5th June 1643

Day 14: At Sea

Today we learn more about Abel Tasman’s life and the various ships he commanded. We shall pass Buru, Ceram and Ambon, all important islands in the Dutch East India company trade route.

Day 15: Saparua & Molana Island, Indonesia

Visit the historic town of Saparua where the locals will be waiting to greet us – we will be led into Duurstedt Fort where we await a war party dance. The local museum is a must for the history buffs, enjoy a walk with one of the many friendly locals.  Guests will also enjoy snorkelling and diving at Molana Island’s pristine reef environment. This may happen before or after the visit to Saparua island depending on tidal conditions.

Day 16: Pulau Hatta and Banda Islands

Go ashore at tiny Pulau Hatta, where there is time to snorkel or dive of the beach on fantastic reef wall, or walk through the island village, seeing the locals prepare the harvested nutmeg. This afternoon we explore the centre of the spice trade, Banda Neira. Coral Adventurer will be escorted into port by spectacular Kora Kora canoes, before guests embark on a town tour and learn about Banda’s pivotal role in the spice trade. Explore Fort Belgica, built by the first Governor General of the Dutch East Indies in 1611. Be entertained by locals performing traditional dances, and enjoy a glass of champagne whilst watching the sunset from the fort.

Tasman visited the Banda Islands on his 1644 voyage, and possibly on earlier voyages as well.

Day 17: Banda, Indonesia

This morning snorkel or dive on the nearby lava flow system, or go ashore and enjoy morning tea at the picturesque waterfront hotel that Princess Diana used to frequent.  Immerse yourself in the colours and aromas of the Spice Islands in this vibrant town.

Day 18: At Sea

Relax as we cruise the Arafura sea back to Australia. Learn about the navigation techniques of 17th century mariners, and enjoy a recap of the last 17 days following in the wake of Tasman.

Day 19: Darwin

Arrive 8.00am

Farewell your fellow passengers and the crew before a complimentary transfer to your city hotel or the airport.

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.

April 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
24 April 2019 24 Apr 2019 12 May 2019 12 May 2019 From $16,390 From $16,390 Coral Adventurer Call Us Contact Us

May 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
24 April 2019 24 Apr 2019 12 May 2019 12 May 2019 From $16,390 From $16,390 Coral Adventurer Call Us Contact Us

Your cruise price includes:

  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • All meals
  • House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour tea and barista-style coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Guided tours on Xplorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs, glass-bottom boat and kayaks
  • Touring as described in each itinerary
  • Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Adventurer, our crew has no other agenda than your delight.

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Recommended Singapore Hotel

Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore

Situated in the heart of Orchard Road, this 86 room boutique hotel is superbly located only a walk away from the shopping district and the Clark Quay entertainment precinct. Built by the British in the 1920s, this building was the headquarters for the Far East Command and housed the office of Lieutenant-General Percival, famous for his role in the fall of Singapore in 1942. The building has been beautifully restored into a five star hotel and features rooms with panorama windows, indoor-outdoor bathrooms, mineral pools and several restaurants.

Recommended Singapore Hotel

Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade

Located in a prime position close to the waterfront, the Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade offers comfortable and well appointed rooms, a large outdoor pool and friendly, relaxed service. Just a short stroll from all of the attractions of the city, the restaurants of Mitchell Street and art galleries.

Hilton Darwin

Overlooking Darwin Harbour, Hilton Darwin offers fabulous Esplanade views and an ideal location in the heart of the city. Enjoy contemporary features, great location and a welcoming service every time you stay. The elegant rooms and suites are loaded with thoughtful amenities and many have stunning Harbour views. We also offers Mitchell’s Grill restaurant with innovative Australian cuisine, high-floor outdoor pool, gym, flexible meeting space and more.

Darwin Central Hotel

The Darwin Central Hotel is located on a prime position in the heart of Darwin’s Central Business District on the corner of Smith and Knuckey Streets, opposite the Smith Street Shopping Mall.

The hotel enjoys a very stylish theme with artwork and furnishings throughout the hotel, making every floor a walk through gallery. The hotel has been decorated with a diverse selection of lounges and artworks with each piece individually selected to create the boutique feel with contemporary class and style. The hotel is owned by a local Darwin Company and is proud to be a long standing Northern Territory Business.

Adina Apartment Hotel

Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront is located in the heart of the Darwin Waterfront precinct with close proximity to the CBD and overlooking the Darwin Waterfront Recreational Lagoon and man-made Wave Lagoon.

Adina is the perfect choice for discerning travellers with central locations across Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Offering a range of spacious accommodation for guests including: studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments.


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