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West Papua, Raja Ampat & Micronesia

Darwin to Yap16 nightsAll InclusiveFrom $17,180.00* PP

On this diverse 16-night voyage, track northward from Australia to explore the Spice Islands and the fabled islands of Raja Ampat, through the Republic of Palau and the remote small islands of Micronesia before concluding in Yap. Be greeted and escorted by traditional kora kora canoes to the historic township of Banda Neira. Marvel at one of the world’s most photographed marine scenes: the jagged green limestone cliffs and crystal clear water of Wayag. Swim with the harmless golden jellyfish of Jellyfish Lake, Palau. Learn about Yap’s ancient limestone currency and snorkel, dive and kayak to encounter coral reefs home to abundant marine life. This journey offers spectacular combinations of remote island cultures, marine life and history that can only be experienced by expedition ship.

  • Enjoy the ancient warrior tradition welcome of the kora kora canoes in Banda Neira
  • At Tual, visit a hundred-year-old village to engage in an energetic cultural welcome before learning of the rich maritime history of the Taar people and their mangrove conservation projects
  • Discover the limestone karst islands of Raja Ampat and hike to the summit of Pindito Peak
  • Snorkel and dive the coral reefs and lava flows 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 Austranesian and Micronesian traditions passed down through history
  • Learn about Yap’s time-honoured customs and culture and visit the isolated islet of Ulithi home to sea turtles, coconut crabs and sea birds
  • 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 golden jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake

Itinerary

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Coral-Adventurer at sea

Make your way to boarding Coral Geographer at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 8:00am for a 9:00am departure. Settle into your cabin and relax as we set sail across the Arafura Sea. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard and join our Expedition Team in the Bridge Deck lounge for an insightful introduction to you expedition voyage. As dusk falls, join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

A couple enjoying time at sea from the Xplorer Deck

Partake in onboard activities including workshops and lecturers from our special guests and Expedition Team.

This voyage includes three full sea days and five half sea days.

Sonsorol, Palau

Clearance into Indonesia.

Our first stop in the Spice Islands is Tual on Dullah Island – one of the twin capitals of the Kei Islands. After our clearance into Indonesia, we will board local buses and travel a short distance to the hundred-year-old Village of Taar. Guests will engage in an energetic cultural welcome before learning of the long and rich maritime history of the Taar people and their mangrove conservation projects.

Coral Expeditions Spice Islands

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.

As we approach and enter the Zonnegat channel, witness a thrilling spectacle as Moluccan rowers in traditional kora kora canoes greet the ship and escort you into the harbour. Kora kora canoes are a traditional war vessel, with elaborately carved figureheads stretching up to 4 metres. The canoes are propelled by up to 20 rowers and measure up to 20 metres long.

Go ashore to be welcomed by the nutmeg dance of the local school students, before touring the historic township. Spend time snorkelling and diving over the nearby lava flow reef system and trying local foods along on the waterfront. 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 and the dramatic history of these islands. Join the locals for a traditional dance and music performance.

Later in the afternoon, there is 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 sparkling wine as the sun sets over the fort.

Hatta-Island-Diving

Enjoy morning water activities including swimming, snorkelling and diving or a leisurely walk through the village. Lunch will be served onboard as we set off toward Misool.

Misool, Raja Ampat

Today, we arrive at Misool, one of the four largest islands of Raja Ampat. Here 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, as well as exploring the island by Xplorer and beachcombing. Embarking on a hike here will lead to a higher viewpoint to experience the amazing rock island formations.

Day 7 Wayag (14)10

More Raja Ampat treasures await today as we explore the scattered karst ‘beehives’ of the Wayag Islands. This natural treasure is nature at its most vibrant both above and below the water, with emerald karst islands rising from the brilliant turquoise water. Explore the magnificent waterways and lagoons by Xplorer and Zodiac with time to swim in crystal clear waters and walk on 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. After lunch, there is an opportunity for an energetic hike up to famed Pindito Peak, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views over the island and its spectacular lagoon.

Sorong, Raja Ampat

Sorong is our departure point from the Indonesian region. Lush mountains covered with forest surround the town and fishing is a major part of the local economy. Here, we will go ashore to visit the Sorong Nature Conservation Park to see the big old trees planted by the Dutch many years ago. We will also be welcomed by the Moi Tribe, the owners of the land, who are culturally unique from other peoples in the surrounding regions. Enjoy demonstrations such as the making of the traditional Papuan handwork bag.  Later, enjoy a relaxing guided walk through the forest to look for birds.

Clearance required for ship, crew, and guests prior to entering Micronesia.

Today, conditions allowing, we enjoy a true expedition stop at the small island of Tobi. Enjoy snorkelling over Helen Reef,  a swim from the beach or beachcombing along the white sand. The island is known as a nesting site for lesser-crested terns and green sea turtles.

Sonsorol, Palau

Isolated Sonsorol Island is one of the 16 States of Palau and is home to a population of between 25 and 65 people who are culturally and linguistically related to the Yap and Caroline Islands. Learn about their subsistence lifestyle disconnected from the modern world as we hope to visit the village and dive and snorkel the fringing reef and coral gardens.

Koror is the main state of the Republic of Palau, as well as the main island. Koror City is home to about half of the country’s population. The land mass of Koror is not large, with hundreds of islands and islets of volcanic and limestone reef construction that present a stunning vista of craggy forested islands surrounded by emerald seas.

Enjoy a delightful Koror city tour by bus, exploring the vibrant landmarks including museums and the reef center. Afterwards, guests can explore Koror at their own pace. As the day draws to a close, head to the beach for a local sunset. Dinner is provided on the ship, or you can choose to enjoy dinner at the local resort.

The following day, certified divers can embark on a guided dive to explore the mesmerizing underwater world here. Others may choose to walk and swim at Jellyfish Lake where you can swim alongside these fascinating creatures in their serene habitat. Visit Rock Islands to participate in a guided snorkel tour at the Milky Way, where you can float and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich waters. Or enjoy a relaxing coastal cruise, with opportunities for a beach swim. There will also be a panoramic guided cruise through Nikko Bay, admiring picturesque scenery.

Rai Stones

Visit a traditional family home and learn about the different methods of building local houses, traditional attire, witness coconut harvesting as well as enjoy the weaving prowess of the local folks in Danup, Kanifay.

Walk the Ga’ell traditional stone path to a Yapese stone money bank and an old stone platform where once stood a traditional meeting house. You will be given detailed explanations about Yapese 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. Guest that cannot walk will be driven.

Be greeted by children at the great meeting house and stone money bank of Kaday Village where we will be welcomed by the village elders and we will explore the traditional Man’s house and the best-preserved traditional dock, within the mangrove channels that lead out to sea.

Stop by Tomil village, where we will be welcomed by the village community, with flower lais and fresh drinking coconuts and we will witness a Yapese traditional dance performance, in front of the giant meetings house of Tomil. There is an opportunity to visit the Yap Living History Museum to learn about Micronesian people and their time-honoured customs and culture, as well as snorkel and dive the lagoon with its coral reefs and abundant marine life.

Coconut Crab

Snorkel on coral reef gardens off a truly deserted islet in a remote part of the world. Enjoy the tropical vista of white sand beaches, colourful coral reefs home to sea turtles, coconut crabs and sea birds. There is also opportunity to visit the Ulithi Turtle Project and the vibrant community village.

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, the traditional Mogmog Turtle Platform, 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.

Atolls - Ulithi

Sorol is a remote and rarely visited coral atoll, located 122 nautical miles south of Ulithi. We will be landing on the largest of the three islands accompanied by a local ranger. Here we will enjoy water activities and relaxing on an uninhabited atoll.

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Disembark Coral Geographer at Tomil Harbour, Yap this morning at 8:00am. Bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew.

After disembarking the ship at Tomil Harbour, Yap, a charter flight from Yap to Cairns will be available. We offer a direct charter flight connecting guests with ease between Yap and Cairns. From Yap International Airport, board your Charter Flight to Cairns International Airport. The flight is 4hr and 40mins direct. The charter flight estimated arrival time into Cairns will be communicated to booked guests closer to departure.

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 Yap to Cairns. Connect with ease to the ship on this hosted 4 hours and 25 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.

Bridge Deck Suites

Private Balcony - 37.5m2

Available

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Available

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

Last Staterooms

Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

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Prices are per person twin share, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. 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
  • Premium Internet services
  • Laundry service (available at a cost)
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)

Other 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 & Philippines expedition packing list here.

There are several walking options available on this departure at Bandaneira, Mommon, Misool, Wayag, Tobi, Sonsorol, Koror and Yap.

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 swimming/snorkelling opportunities on this itinerary at Bandaneira, Mommon, Misool, Wayag, Tobi, Sonsorol, Koror and Yap (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. Further information will be provided closer to departure.

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

Indonesia: Guests travelling to Indonesia must apply for an e-VOA (e-Visa on Arrival 30 days) at https://molina.imigrasi.go.id/ before travelling. This e-VOA is at a cost of IDR 500,000 (five hundred thousand rupiah).

You cannot apply for an Indonesia E-VOA until 14 days prior to your arrival. Click HERE to view an Indonesian E-VOA guide.

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.

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

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.

Indonesia: Rupiah

Micronesia: USD

  • 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

Cruise and Fly Fare: Fare includes charter flight Yap to Cairns. Connect with ease to the ship on this hosted 4 hours and 25 minutes direct charter flight transfer from Australia.

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 Yap to Cairns. Connect with ease to the ship on this hosted 4 hours and 25 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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