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Coral Expedition Excursion Vessels

Excursion vessels

Our ships are equipped with a fleet of excursion tender vessels to simplify travelling ashore and enjoying water-based activities. Designed with flexibility and guest comfort in mind, our inflatable Zodiacs, glass bottom boats and unique excursion tender ‘Xplorer’ ensure that all guests can travel to shore or explore hidden bays and inlets safely and comfortably.

Our purpose built Xplorer tenders

During your adventure or expedition cruise you will have the opportunity to participate in at least two included shore excursions or activities on most days, along with on-board briefings and presentations. For many of our shore excursions, we use our trademark Xplorer tender. Xplorer is very easy to board directly from the deck, and provides comfortable padded seating. On-board, a microphone and speakers assist our guides in sharing their expert commentary, a canopy over head protects us from the sun, and there is a toilet for remote convenience.

Aboard Coral Adventurer and Coral Geographer, the twin Xplorers can be boarded directly from the ship’s Coral Deck, before the hydraulic platform gently lowers into the water, making it easily accessible for all 120 guests. The twin Xplorers are equipped with 2x twin 225 Horse Power Engines and can reach up to 20 knots in speed.

Aboard Coral Discoverer, guests board Xplorer directly from the ship’s main deck, before the hydraulic platform gently lowers into the water, making it easily accessible for all 72 guests. Xplorer is equipped with 2x twin 225 Horse Power Engines and can reach up to 20 knots in speed.

 

Glass bottom boat

Aboard the Coral Expeditions II, the Glass Bottom provides a close up view of the marine life under your feet, as well as allowing beach landings on tropical islands.  Boarding of the glass bottom boat is safe and easy. Simply step aboard before the boat is lowered into the water by hydraulic lift, ensuring there is no need to clamber aboard or get your feet wet.

The Glass-Bottom Boat is equipped with magnified glass panels, allowing guests to see the reef and marine life up close. The “Glassy” can hold up to 20 guests at one time along with our Marine Biologist. We carry the Glassy to marine parks like the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea and Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands for easy coral viewing and commentary by our guides.

 

Zodiacs

Inflatable Zodiacs provide another exciting and flexible option for shore excursions and navigating narrow inlets and waterways. They are also used by the crew to meet with local officials and when planning shore excursions and activities.  Coral Discoverer carries two zodiacs, while Coral Adventurer and Coral Geographer carry six.

Kayaks

Each ship carries a fleet of one or two-person kayaks which allows a fun and enjoyable exploration of coastlines, atolls and inlets. Not to mention, you get a great upper body work-out while being immersed in natural beauty.
Kayaks provide a peaceful and low-impact way to explore out-of-the-way places. We take our kayaks to the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands, Indonesia, the Indian Ocean, and Tasmania.