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Small Islands Of Raja Ampat & Micronesia | Darwin - Guam | 16 Nights

Darwin to Guam

16 Nights | Departing Darwin 17 September 2021 | Arriving Guam 3 October 2021 | Onboard Coral Adventurer

Our expedition tracks northwards from Australia to explore the Spice Islands of the renowned Coral Triangle and Raja Ampat, through the Republic of Palau and the remote and little-visited small islands of Micronesia. Be touched by genuinely warm welcomes as we experience cultural traditions and performance shaped by the rich cultural history of Melanesian and Micronesian customs. Amidst striking natural landscapes and seascapes boasting vibrant marine biodiversity, learn about centuries-old navigational practices from seafaring islanders who still navigate by the stars in simple craft much as their ancestors did. Follow the spice trail to Banda Neira which was once the centre of the nutmeg trade, to be greeted by a fleet of Kora Kora canoes paddled by warriors in traditional dress. Wander through local markets and hear stories related to the centuries-old spice trade while enjoying sunset drinks amongst the ancient remnants of 16th century Fort Belgica.

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Expedition Highlights

  • Be welcomed by the ancient warrior tradition of the Kora Kora canoes in Banda Niera
  • Discover the limestone karst islands of Raja Ampat and hike to the summit of Pindito Peak
  • Snorkel and dive the coral reefs, lava flows and WWII wrecks of the Coral Triangle including Ulithi Atoll, Sonsorol, Banda Neira and the marine playground of Raja Ampat
  • Join in traditional dance and singing performance and experience ancient Melanesian and Micronesian traditions passed down through history
  • See the historic WWII site where Enola Gay departed from with its atomic bomb payload bound for Hiroshima
  • Learn about Yap’s stone money with ‘coins’ carved from limestone which can be as large as 4m in diameter
  • Meet the people of Sonsorol Island who are linguistically and culturally different from their Caroline Islands neighbours
  • Discover the breathtaking landscape of Palau and swim with harmless Medusa jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake

 

Fares

10% Early Bird: Available on bookings made before 31 August 2020.

CORAL Adventurer TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $23,990 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $18,990 n/a
Explorer Deck Balcony $17,590 $25,385
Promenade Deck $14,650  $21,975
Coral Deck $12,450 $18,675

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.

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Destinations

Embark: Board at 8:00 am at Darwin, Australia, on 17 September 2021
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at 8:00 am at Hagåtña, Guam, on 3 October 2021

 

Darwin > Banda > Sebakor > Misool > Wayag > Sorong > Tobi > Sonsorol > Palau > Yap > Ulithi > Guam

Day 1: Depart Darwin

Board the Coral Adventurer at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 8:00am for a 9:30am departure. Settle into your cabin and relax as we set sail across the Arafura Sea. This evening, join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

Day 2- 16:

These are expedition itineraries covering remote regions. Your Captain and Expedition Team may make changes to the daily schedule when necessary to maximise guest experience. Below are the highlight destinations of your voyage.

Banda Neira

The Banda archipelago is the historic heart of the spice trade and was once the world’s only source of nutmeg until the mid-19th century as Portuguese, Dutch and English fought for control over the spice trade. The ten volcanic islands have attracted traders and merchants for at least 2,000 years as highly sought-after goods such as cloves, textiles, batik and rice were moved through Banda.

The Banda Islands are lushly vegetated with tropical flora including the Myristica Tree (nutmeg) while the Banda Sea’s underwater lava flow reefs are popular for scuba diving and snorkelling.

On our approach to Banda Neira, witness the outline of Gunung Api volcano with its thin plume of smoke often rising from the summit. Admire the photo-worthy spectacle of Moluccan paddlers propelling Kora Kora canoes with their elaborately carved figureheads.

Snorkel and dive over the nearby lava flow reef system or explore ashore and enjoy local tea and snacks on the waterfront.

We spend two days at Banda Neira with time to explore Fort Belgica, built by the first Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in 1611. The pentagonal shaped 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.

Sebakor Bay

This morning, we discover the beautiful remote coast of Sebakor Bay. The aquarium-like waters are home to exceptional marine life and coral reefs, and snorkellers and divers will have the opportunity to explore. There will be time to kayak, or simply relax and look for Papuan birdlife along the shoreline. Later, enjoy the chance to swim under the Mommon Waterfall, where cool freshwater flows out of the lush jungle and falls into the ocean.

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat means the ‘Four Kings’ which refers to four main islands: Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool, in an archipelago comprising over 1,500 smaller islands.

Misool

Our introduction to the beautiful natural playground of Raja Ampat is at Misool, one of the four largest islands. More than 1,000 prehistoric petroglyphs estimated up to 5,000 years old have been discovered at Misool. These ochre rock paintings, which depict human figures, canoes, sharks and dolphins as well as abstract images thought to symbolise fertility. At Misool we visit Balbulol Lagoon, an almost landlocked inlet populated with conical-shaped islets undercut at sea level that rise from turquoise waters like Christmas Trees. There is time to swim and kayak amongst the islands in this beautiful lagoon.

We visit another similarly spectacular waterway at Yapap, considered one of the best natural pools in the world. This vast primordial pool is dotted with dramatic limestone formations which look more like chess pieces than rocks. The turquoise Yapap sea has such clarity that grains of sand and coral reefs on the seabed are visible from the surface. We also visit heart-shaped Dafalen Love Lake which can be viewed from up high with a climb to the summit of nearby cliffs. Swimming and diving in these pristine waters is an undisputed highlight of our Raja Ampat adventures.

Wayag

More Raja Ampat treasures await today as we explore the magnificent waterways and lagoons of the scattered karst ‘beehives’ of the Wayag Islands by Xplorer and Zodiacs.  Swim in the crystal clear waters and walk upon white-sand beaches amongst the many islands. The coral reefs here provide exceptional diving and snorkelling, with many vibrant corals and tropical fish species to discover. Alternatively, enjoy guided glass-bottom boat tours to enjoy views of the underwater world without getting wet.  After lunch, there is an opportunity for an energetic hike up to famed Pindito Peak, with hikers rewarded by panoramic views over the island and its spectacular lagoon.

Waisai / Sorong

Still in Raja Ampat, we take a guided tour of Yenwaupnor village, look for the famed birds-of-paradise family with its many varieties of colourful birds along with opportunities to snorkel, kayak and swim in crystal clear waters.

Tobi

Today, we enjoy an unusual expedition stop at the small island of Tobi, home to around 30 people who live a traditional lifestyle.  Meet the local people, who speak their own language of Tobian, and enjoy snorkelling and swimming from the beach.

Sonsorol

Isolated Sonsorol Island is one of the 16 States of Pulau and is home to a population of around 30 Palaun people who are culturally and linguistically related to the Yap and Caroline Islands. Learn about their subsistence lifestyle disconnected from the modern world and dive and snorkel the fringing reef and coral gardens.

Yap

Learn about Micronesian Yap Island’s ancient monetary system of stone money, where limestone discs were quarried and carved into ‘coins’ known as Rai, which can be as large as 4m or as small as 4cm in diameter. Ownership relies upon oral history so that purchasing an item with a Rai too large to move involves a verbal agreement that ownership has changed. Visit the Yap Living History Museum to learn about Micronesian people and their time-honoured customs and culture and snorkel and dive the lagoon with its coral reefs and abundant marine life.

Ulithi

Snorkel and dive from some of Koror’s palm-fringed beaches and swim amongst thousands of harmless golden jellyfish, a unique subspecies only found in the particular body of water at Ongeim’l Tketau Jellyfish Lake. Ulithi Atoll, in the Caroline Islands, with its 40 or so coral islets dotted around an elongated lagoon, is Micronesia’s best kept secret with pristine beaches, plentiful snorkelling and diving opportunities on coral reefs and WWII wrecks. Ulithi’s small population is a complex blend of Polynesian and Micronesian heritage who speak Ulithian, an Austronesian language.

Day 17: Arrive Guam

Our voyage ends in the US island territory of Guam with its significant WWII sites, cultural traditions of Indigenous Chamorro people that blend with the island’s Spanish colonial heritage.

Disembark Coral Adventurer at 8:00 am and bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew.

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.

September 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
17 September 2021 17 Sep 2021 03 October 2021 03 Oct 2021 $12,450 to $18,990 $12,450 to $18,990 Coral Adventurer Available Book

October 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
17 September 2021 17 Sep 2021 03 October 2021 03 Oct 2021 $12,450 to $18,990 $12,450 to $18,990 Coral Adventurer Available Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • Expert Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers
  • An authentic, flexible expedition itinerary
  • All daily guided excursions
  • Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Selected wines and beer with lunch and dinner service
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access
  • 24-hour coffee and teas
  • Use of all onboard facilities, including a reference library

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

Our friendly reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our team on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email explore@coralexpeditions.com

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. Please refer to our Pre-Departure page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers.

 

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