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Coral Expeditions was one of the first cruise operators to employ interpretive guides on our cruises. This tradition continues today. Each trip includes a mix of our full-time expedition team and guest lecturers chosen for specific local knowledge. The expedition team uses our ship’s shallow draft quick disembarkation capabilities, our special tender equipment such as the Xplorer vessel and Zodiacs, and our open deck spaces onboard, to take you up close to the places we visit.
Our Kimberley and Cape York & Arnhem Land expeditions have a renowned Australian team of our own Expedition Leaders and regular guest lecturers who have a wealth of knowledge of the unique landscapes, flora and fauna and indigenous cultures of the region. With over decades of operations in the region, we know the nooks and crannies others don’t. Our Tasmanian cruises feature a State Parks and Wildlife Ranger on-board. The Ranger compliments our Expedition Team in providing local expertise especially on guided nature walks and with bird and wildlife spotting.
On each voyage, our Expedition Leaders bring guests the depth of experience required to put together daily programmes given prevailing weather and local conditions.
They are complemented by a Guest Lecturer, who is an expert in the geology, history or flora and fauna of the region.
Meet some of our most experienced Expedition team leaders below.
Steve, our company’s Senior Expedition Leader, has been at Coral Expeditions for over seven years having previously worked as a Tour Guide, a Dive Instructor and a professional cricketer.
On each cruise departure, Steve does interpretations and presentations preparing guests for shore excursions ahead and then plans and manages all off-ship water and land-based activities. He doubles as the ship’s official photographer and loves interacting with guests and ensuring each and everyone’s expectations are more than me.
Steve rates swimming with the whale sharks in Indonesia as one of his best ‘on the job with Coral Expeditions’ experiences.
Jamie has been working with the company for 14 years now, he is very well known with majority of our guests that have travelled with us in the Kimberley and across the top of Australia on our Cape York and Arnhem Land expedition and as our qualified Marine Biologist on the Great Barrier Reef
David has spent the past 9 years working in some of Australia’s most renowned wilderness areas including 2 previous seasons with Coral Expeditions in Tasmania. He is passionate about the environment and conservation, and loves sharing his knowledge with our guests.
Originally from Sydney, but now based in Exmouth, Western Australia, David Keech has spent the past 9 years working in some of Australia’s most renowned wilderness and marine areas such as El Questro, Ningaloo Reef and Freycinet. He is passionate about nature, the environment and conservation, and loves sharing his knowledge about how to care for our most precious areas with our guests. For David Keech, one of his favourite memories was “Watching Green Turtles mating at the Lacepedes Islands without a breath of wind while Eagle Rays were jumping out of the water in the background.” Dave loves leading our guests through Tasmania and the Kimberley, and his favourite species is Humpback Whales.
Zoologist, educator, conservationist, and author, Ian has worked with Coral Expeditions since 1987, and with the Aboriginal traditional owners of Arnhem Land region since his early life as a secondary science teacher. Following a decade in East Arnhem Land, he was engaged as a ranger training officer with the beginning of the federal government’s first indigenous joint land management project – Kakadu National Park. Today, Ian continues his work promoting the magic of the bush as an NT-based environmental consultant working with schools, universities & nature documentary makers like the BBC Natural History Unit, National Geographic Soc., etc., and continues his conservation work for federal and state governments as a consultant for many national parks across Australia. The public promotion of our natural ecosystems has taken up most of his energy in recent times. He greatly values his association with indigenous peoples across our north, many of whom have been life-long mates.
Ian speaks Djambarrpuyŋu, Warramirri & Gupapuyŋu – all local Indigenous languages visited on the Cape York & Arnhem Land itineraries. Ian says “I was fortunate enough when young to be taught by traditionally-born Arnhem Landers. Passing on what I learned is a privilege.”
A published author and scientist, Ian’s large bibliography includes research on Ghost Bats and terrestrial herpetofauna. Ian is passionate about bio-geography & Traditional Aboriginal land management practices & the modern context. He cites his hero as Alfred Russell Wallace and his favourite species is the Northern Quoll.