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our flagship vessel; designed for the open seas

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.


The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.

Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.

Coral Discoverer Fact Sheet


We are excited to announce the completion of a significant upgrade and refresh of our facilities aboard Coral Discoverer, bringing her amenities to an even higher level. The Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.


Following her full refurbishment in 2016, the Coral Discoverer now offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.


Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our six spacious Bridge Deck staterooms are 20sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Available now, and brand new, Bridge Deck Staterooms offer guests private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living.

Promenade Deck (Category A) Stateroom

Encircled  by a full-ship promenade, our 19 spacious Promenade Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade Deck (Category B) Stateroom

Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.

Main Deck (Category A) Stateroom

Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Main Deck (Category B) Stateroom

Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category B) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

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expeditions aboard coral discoverer


Board Coral Discoverer for the journey of a lifetime through the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat. Snorkel or dive pristine and brightly coloured reef systems that offer perhaps, the very best snorkelling and diving in the world today.

> Departs 26 March 2017



Our Darwin to Broome cruise visits the gems of the region over ten days. This is a land steeped in ancient Aboriginal culture. Soak up the history of early explorers such as Phillip Parker King who first charted this spectacular coastline almost 200 years ago. Aboard our unique ‘Xplorer’ excursion vessel and fleet of inflatable Zodiacs you will have ample time to explore.

> Departs April to September



Join us to experience all of the icons of the Kimberley coast over ten unforgettable days cruising between Broome and Darwin. Travel ashore to view the world’s oldest known indigenous rock art. With two landings most days you will enjoy more opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the magic of the region.

> Departs April to September



Come onboard Coral Discoverer in Darwin for an incredible 12 night voyage of discovery to Cairns, accessing remote locations and immersing yourself in the indigenous cultures of the Torres Strait and the Top End. Featuring the very best locations of Australia’s northern coastline, explore the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the ‘Tip of Australia’ at Cape York, the Arnhem Land Coast and the rarely visited Tiwi Islands.

> Departs 21 September 2017


Frontier lands of New Guinea (Cairns to Rabaul), 12 Nights

There is simply no better way to experience these magical and rarely visited lands than aboard Coral Discoverer. Join us in Cairns for an outstanding 12 night expedition to Rabaul and discover for yourself the outstanding cultures and scenic beauty of rarely discovered Papua New Guinea.

> Departs 4 October 2017


New Guinea Circle (Cairns to Wewak to Darwin), 25 nights

Join us aboard Coral Discoverer over 25 unforgettable nights to experience some of the world’s most exotic and untouched regions as they emerge into the 21st century. This remarkable expedition will take you where other travellers have seldom visited, into the most remote corners of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

> Departs 29 October 2017


Papua New Guinea (Cairns to Wewak), 12 nights

Join us aboard Coral Discoverer over 12 nights for the first portion of our New Guinea Circle cruise from Cairns to Wewak. With its shallow draught and manoeuvrability capabilities, Coral Discoverer will cruise between remote communities inaccessable to most other ships.

> Departs 29 October 2017 (First portion of New Guinea Circle)


West Papua (Wewak to Darwin), 13 nights

Join us aboard our flagship vessel, Coral Discoverer over 13 exciting nights for the second portion of the New Guinea Circle cruise from Wewak to Darwin. Throughout this expedition, you will discover the very best nature has to offer, from the brightly coloured Bird of Paradise to the world’s most colourful coral reef systems and come face to face with villagers who until recently had been shielded from the outside world.

> Departs 10 November 2017 (Second portion of New Guinea Circle)


Tasmania (Hobart to Hobart), 7 nights

An immersive voyage into the wilderness, this cruise showcases the rugged coastal beauty and World Heritage Listed National Parks of Australia’s island state, in the intimate comfort of our refurbished flagship, Coral Discoverer.

Become immersed in Tasmania’s breathtaking National Parks; from the perfect circular formation of Wineglass Bay, to the dramatic peaks of pink granite at Freycinet, or the otherworldly remoteness of Maria Island National Park. Visit an organic sheep cheesery, and learn of Tasmania’s rich colonial past in Darlington.

> Departs January to March