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Journey To Japan

Yap to Tokyo14 nightsAll InclusiveFrom $15,090.00* PP

Venture north through the Western Pacific from the rarely seen Federated States of Micronesia towards the unique islands of Tokyo Bay. Set sail from Yap and explore remote coral atolls and small villages of Ulithi, Sorol and Ngulu Atoll that will welcome expeditioners for the first time. Enjoy relaxing days at sea with our crew leading wellness activities along with Japanese whiskey and tea tastings and cooking presentations. Partake in a special ceremony onboard as we pause above the “Challenger Deep”, the ocean’s deepest point on earth at the Mariana Trench. Cruise past on a circumnavigation of Iwo Jima and learn of the historic World War II battles.

Upon our arrival in Japan, explore one of Japan’s most scenic ports at Shimizu, with unparalleled views of Mt. Fuji and take a cable car to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Walk to the top of Mount Mihara, an active volcano with several moderate nature routes to the crater. In Yokohama, discover the Great Buddha of Kamakura and the gilded wooden statue of Kannon before enjoying a traditional lunch and free time to explore. Join us on an adventure that will combine the striking biodiversity of Micronesia’s remote coral atolls and Japan’s ancient culture and traditions.

  • Snorkel on coral reef gardens and stroll the idyllic beaches of a truly deserted islet in a remote part of the world at Ulithi Atoll
  • Cross over Challenger Deep – the oceans deepest trench on Earth and participate in a special event
  • Enjoy relaxing days at sea with onboard wellness activities, lectures, workshops and tastings
  • Visit Shimizu, one of Japan’s most scenic ports with unparalleled views of Mt. Fuji and explore the Fujisan Sengen Shrine in the foothills of Mt. Fuji
  • Walk to the top of Mount Mihara, an active volcano with several moderate nature walk routes to the crater
  • Visit the colossal copper statue of Amida-butsu (the Great Buddha) constructed over 750 years ago, which has been designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government.

Itinerary

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We offer a direct charter flight connecting guests with ease between Cairns and Yap. From Cairns International Airport, board your Charter Flight to Yap Intl Airport. The flight is 4hr and 40mins direct. The charter flight departure and check-in time will be communicated to booked guests closer to departure.

We then board Coral Geographer at Colonia Port, Tomil Harbour, Yap at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure. Settle into your stateroom and relax as we set sail across the Pacific Ocean. This evening, join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

Over the voyage there is a total of four sea days where you can enjoy a range of onboard activities facilitated by the Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers.

Enjoy exploring this Micronesian Marine Park with verdant green vegetation and palm trees, fringed with white coral sand.

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Sorol is a remote and rarely visited coral atoll, located 122 nautical miles south of Ulithi. This is truly an expedition stop under the guidance of the local ranger. Our 2023 visit to the atoll was a first for expedition cruising. Enjoy a morning walk around the island where you can sight mangrove monitors, coconut crabs and many bird species, then relax in the crystal-clear water of the lagoon.

In the afternoon enjoy snorkelling and kayaking in the lagoon area, or you can visit a small island with a large colony of sooty terns, sight red-footed boobies, frigate birds and brown boobies.

Voyage Log: Day 2, Sorol Atoll. 8 September 2023.

We woke to find ourselves approaching Sorol Atoll which is a part of Yap State. The atoll encloses a 700-ha lagoon some 45 metres deep. After a water activities briefing, we set off in an Xplorer and a Zodiac to look for a suitable snorkel and dive sites. Unfortunately, the weather had its own ideas and the only group which made it into the water were the divers.

They returned elated having had wonderful conditions for their dive including calm waters and 40-metre visibility. Among the many fascinating creatures found were eagle rays; barracuda; giant trevally; a large school of rainbow runners; reef sharks; and schools of juvenile trigger fish. To cap it all off, they then saw a turtle. What a morning they had!

After watching the weather change, change and then change again, the first excursion for the non-divers was to Sorol Island.

After lunch, we anchored the Xplorer off shore from the island, which is the largest in the atoll group. It looked like something from one of the castaway books we read as kids! A beautiful white sand beach was backed by lush, palm-filled vegetation, coral reefs decorated the shore, and seabirds were everywhere.

We took to the beautifully warm and clear ocean kitted out in our snorkelling gear and set off in water which was 5 to 10 meters deep. It was a spectacular scene and there were so many fish, it was like swimming in an aquarium. We saw coral trout; butterfly fish; and several species of surgeon fish and angel fish. The bottom was covered in corals and in no time, we knew that it had been worth the wait. There were smiles all round as we headed back to the mother ship.

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Gather in front of the Men’s Meeting house where the captain will meet with the High Chief to thank him and the village community for welcoming us on Mogmog Island. Adhering to all customary traditions, walk about the village to visit and photograph the traditional buildings and sites. Local guides will give informative talks on the Men’s House and the Women’s house and their traditional functions, as well the traditions and customs and social structures of Mogmog Island. Stroll through the village market with demonstrations of traditional woven baskets and purses, as well handwoven lava-lava, loom weaving demonstrations and other wooden handicrafts.

In the afternoon snorkel and dive off a truly deserted islet in a remote part of the world. Enjoy viewing a mix of corals and marine species such as moray eels, sea clams and cucumbers to name a few.

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A special event at the ocean’s deepest trench on Earth will be experienced by all guests. We will each sign a commemorative scroll, which is then placed into a steel pipe, sealed, and dropped to the bottom of the ocean. If conditions permit, enjoy an ocean swim.

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Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way towards Iwo Jima. Partake in onboard activities including workshops and lecturers from our special guests and Expedition Team.

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Today we circumnavigate the volcanic island of Iwo Jima where the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima took place along with the site of Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal’s famous photo Raising the Flag which was photographed on Mt. Suribachi.

Your onboard team will share the story of WWII devastation and battles in this area in 1945.

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Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way towards Shimizu Port, where further adventure of this journey awaits. Partake in onboard activities including workshops and lecturers from our special guests and Expedition Team.

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Shimizu, translating to ‘pure water’ in Japanese is one of Japan’s most scenic ports with unparalleled views of Mt. Fuji. This is our entry port into Japan. From here we will visit the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, constructed to commemorate the mountain’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The centre boasts a viewing deck and a variety of exhibitions pertaining to the volcano’s seismology, history, and cultural significance. The building has an inverted conical form that reflects in the pond outside to reveal the shape of the iconic mountain. Afterwards enjoy self exploration to discover the city, including street markets and local food.

We will also enjoy a visit to the nearby Fujisan Sengen Shrine. Built over 1000 years ago for protection from volcanic eruptions, it has become the region’s most important head shrine and is also a traditional starting point for climbing Mount Fuji.

In the afternoon visit the Obuchisasaba Tea Plantation area. Enjoy local tea and a short presentation on the long history of this famous tea plantation with spectacular views of Mount Fuji.

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Today we walk to the top of Mount Mihara, an active volcano with major eruptions occurring at intervals of 100–150 years. This nature walk is moderate with several routes to the crater, where you can spot small fumes coming out. Tables and seats are along the way and amenities at the top. Enjoy the views to and from the volcano, including Mount Fuji which can be seen in the distance.

In the afternoon – enjoy a relaxing afternoon visiting and strolling around historic Habu fishing village (the village that time forgot) famous for its monuments, tiny pebble lined walkways, traditional flights of stairs and local seafood.

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The coast of Miyakejima is largely formed by lava cooling which has created interesting geo-spots over time. Megane Rock (spectacle rock) is one such result, formed by two enormous arches lined together which have eroded over time to create a formation resembling a pair of spectacles. The island is a designated natural treasure. Walk along the volcanic trails and explore the landscape while encountering wildlife at this extraordinary destination.

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As the ship enters into Yokohama at sunrise, enjoy watching the ship pass under the famous Yokohama Bay Bridge (an 860m cable stayed bridge) from the vista deck.

Visit Kamakura (known as little Tokyo) with its Buddhist Temple, stunning gardens and network of caves. For lunch, enjoy a bento box filled with an assortment of Japanese delicacies.

Spend free time exploring the famous Komachi Street, a confluence of ancient and modern life. Wander through boutiques, kissaten and admire arts and crafts.

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Our voyage ends in the Japanese capital of Tokyo. Disembark Coral Geographer at 8:30am 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. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling. 



Fares & Availability

Cruise and Fly Fare: Fare includes charter flight Cairns to Yap. Connect with ease to the ship on this hosted 4 hours and 40 minutes direct charter flight transfer from Australia.

Cruise Only: You can easily opt out of the charter flight and we will adjust the fare. Please contact reservations.

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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

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Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

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Coral Deck Stateroom

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Prices are per person twin share, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD).  Booking Terms & Conditions >
For solo traveller rates see our Solo Traveller Program >


Additional Information

Inclusions:

  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and Kayaks
  • Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Expedition diary, along with a photo and video gallery documenting the highlights of your voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers (in most destinations)
  • Wifi Access – Standard speed connectivity enabling email, social image sharing, web browsing and messaging

Not Included:

  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • SCUBA Diving (view Scuba diving rates)
  • Entry visas & travel permits for the country you are travelling to/from
  • Alcoholic drinks (including beer and wine) outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Laundry service (available at a cost)
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)

Visa and Health & Travel Information

Coral Geographer, the newest addition to our fleet, carries a maximum of 120 guests, delivering Coral Expeditions’ renowned warm Australian hospitality, intimate onboard atmosphere, and world-class expedition experience. More About Coral Geographer >

Travel Insurance is not included in your cruise fare. We highly recommend all guests to obtain comprehensive travel insurance with remote area evacuation coverage. Please refer to our Pre-Cruise Checklist page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers regarding travel insurance.

At Coral Expeditions dining is a celebration of great food and good company enjoyed in extraordinary destinations. People and place are key to enjoyable dining experiences, where food becomes the vehicle for conversation and creating memorable occasions.

We now offer two wine selections that guests may purchase in addition to our new house selection of wines. These packages showcase contemporary choices of Australian wines and French Champagne. More About Cuisine & Wine >

  • A Taste of Australia Selection | 6 Bottles | $280.00
  • Connoisseur Selection | 6 Bottles | $400.00

Our Cruise Collection Merchandise including expedition gear is also available for purchase in our onboard gift shop. View our Cruise Collection here >

When it comes time for the exciting time of packing for your cruise, our packing lists are available to assist you. More specific information regarding weather conditions in your destination will be included in your Cruise Documentation which you will receive prior to your cruise.

Find your Japan & the Philippines expedition packing list here.

Most walks in this itinerary are leisurely and no more than 1-2km, through villages and over beaches. There are some longer, more vigorous walks available, which involve hill climbs - an alternative activity will be offered for those who do not wish to participate in more vigorous activities. It should be noted that most walks will be over rough and uneven ground and in warm temperatures.

An alternative excursion will always be offered in place of higher impact walks. The Expedition Team will advise walking conditions and requirements prior to each excursion. Should you have any physical limitations or mobility issues, please notify our reservations team in advance prior to your departure.

There will be multiple opportunities to snorkel and dive at several locations during the cruise depending on conditions (subject to weather conditions). These opportunities are a guide and not all are guaranteed.

Scuba diving is offered on this itinerary - For more information view our Snorkel & Dive Information page.

Please ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity from the time the expedition commences, and two blank pages. Please email a scanned colour copy of your passport identification page to our team at [email protected] no later than 45 days prior to your departure.

Important: Please bring your physical passport with you on all international departures.

The travel advice information below is for Australian guests only. If you are an non-Australian passport holder travelling on these departures, please contact your relevant government department, embassy or your travel agent for applicable information.

Travelling guests are fully responsible for arranging their own health and visa requirements to travel abroad.

Micronesia: Ship management and onboard immigration agent will transport and process the required tourist arrival Visa in passports with officials at the local airport. No impact on guests’ excursions will occur.

Japan: Australian citizens are visa-exempt for tourism or business stays of up to 90 days. For international guests please check https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html

Please see your doctor or travel clinic to plan any vaccinations you may need at least 8 weeks before you leave.

Japan
When arriving in Japan, all passengers are required to complete a customs declaration form and submit to a customs inspection. The customs declaration form asks for information about the items that you are bringing into Japan, including their value and quantity. The customs inspector may ask you to open your bags and suitcases for inspection. 

There are a number of items that are prohibited from being brought into Japan, including fruits and vegetables, meat, plants, certain medications, firearms, explosives, controlled substances and more. If you are bringing any of these items into Japan, you must declare them to the customs inspector. You may be required to pay a duty or a fine. 

Here are some specific items that you may need to declare when entering Japan: 

  • Medicines: You are allowed to bring a limited amount of medicines into Japan for personal use. However, you must declare all medicines to the customs inspector and have a valid prescription from a doctor. 
  • Alcohol: You are allowed to bring a limited amount of alcohol into Japan for personal consumption. However, you must declare all alcohol to the customs inspector and pay a duty. 
  • Tobacco: You are allowed to bring a limited amount of tobacco into Japan for personal consumption. However, you must declare all tobacco to the customs inspector and pay a duty. 
  • Currency: You are allowed to bring a limited amount of currency into Japan. However, you must declare all currency to the customs inspector if the amount exceeds ¥1 million. 
  • Controlled substances: Controlled substances are prohibited from being brought into Japan. If you are bringing a controlled substance into Japan for medical purposes, you must have a valid prescription from a doctor. 

If you are unsure whether or not an item is prohibited from being brought into Japan, you can contact the Customs and Tariff Bureau for more information. 

We do not have currency exchange onboard. Guests are advised to exchange money into local currency prior to departure from their home port. Currency exchange and eftpos style point of sale is increasingly available in the regions we visit. We recommend carrying small denominations.
Federated States of Micronesia: US cash mostly in Yap and Ulithi
Japan: JPY (Japanese Yen)

Pre-Cruise Flights: For guests embarking the ship in Yap, a charter flight from Cairns to Yap will be available. Make your way to Pullman Cairns International for SailSAFE check-in at 7:00am. A coach transfer will then take you to Cairns International Airport at 8:00am.

Post-Cruise Flights: Please ensure you have secured your own flights for your onward journey. There are flights from Tokyo International Airport to Australia with airlines including Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Philippines Airline and Qantas.

Pre-Cruise: For guests embarking the ship in Yap, a charter flight from Cairns to Yap will be available.

Post-Cruise: After disembarking the ship at Tokyo International Cruise Terminal our crew will be on hand to assist with directing guests to taxi ranks and onward travel plans.

  • The Birds of Paradise by Clifford B. Frith & Bruce M. Beehler
  • Birds of New Guinea (2nd Ed) by Brian J. Coates
  • Diving Indonesia’s Birds Head Seascape by Burt Jones
  • Spice Islands by Ian Burnet
  • Where Australia Collides with Asia by Ian Burnet

We want to ensure that your journey with us is smooth and hassle-free. To help you prepare for your cruise, refer to our Pre-Cruise Checklist for more detailed information on the milestones leading up to your voyage.

Optional Charter Flights are included as a part of this itinerary.

Cruise and Fly Fare: Fare includes charter flight Cairns to Yap. Connect with ease to the ship on this hosted 4 hours and 40 minutes direct charter flight transfer from Australia.
Cruise Only: You can easily opt out of the charter flight and we will adjust the fare. Please contact reservations.

Book Online: Secure your cruise reservation through our online booking system. Please note you will receive two confirmation emails: the initial automatic confirmation generated by our system, and the second, manually sent during office hours by our reservations team.

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