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Small Islands Of The World Series

The spirit of adventure that resides in all of us is the fuel that has kept Coral Expeditions going as an independent Australian cruise company for four decades. Coral Expeditions are proud of our heritage of taking our guests further and deeper into unexplored parts of Australia and the world. Now, with our new blue water fleet that can undertake extensive expeditions of the world’s vast oceans, the time has come to expand our horizons even further.

With their unique ecosystems and evocative histories, the small islands scattered through the world’s great oceans have long fascinated our team. Whether it be the fabled Spice Islands of Indonesia, the cultural melting pots of the Seychelles or the tiny isles scattered around the main islands of Japan, these islands have stood at the crossroads of human exploration, ecological evolution and the harsh elements of nature.

In designing these itineraries, we have collaborated with seafarers, on-the-ground experts and our resident product specialists to ensure our guests experience the essence of the places we visit – with small groups, expert interpretation and unique excursion programs.


Japanese Drumming

Small Islands of Japan & the Philippines

Join us on our inaugural expeditions to the small islands of Japan and the Philippines. Cast off from Guam and trace history as we explore sites that lie in the wake of war, from Tinian and Torishima to Iwo Jima. Sail to the small islands of the Japanese Ryukyu, Ogasawara and Izu archipelagos, most of which remain untouched by Western travellers. Discover remote island life at traditional fishing villages and experience authentic encounters with local people, culture and nature.

This is the Japan that most visitors have not seen.

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Small Islands of The Indian Ocean

Sail from our home shores of Australia all the way to the edge of Africa, across the vast expanses of the Indian Ocean through Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Seychelles and arrive at the legendary isles off Africa’s eastern seaboard: Madagascar, Reunion, Mauritius and Zanzibar. Stroll through ancient bazaars, gaze up at giant baobab trees, sample Creole cuisine and explore pristine marine ecosystems at remote atolls. These new voyages offer an intoxicating mix of frontier colonial history, extensive biodiversity and rich native traditions dating back millennia.

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New Zealand

New Zealand’s 15000 km of meandering coastline make it uniquely suited to small ship expedition cruising. Coral Adventurer takes you deep into the intriguing history, vibrant culture, and rare wildlife of South Island. Journey to remote locations including Marlborough Sounds and Fiordland and the charming towns of Napier, Kaikoura, and Dunedin. Hike through Waimangu Volcanic Valley, admire lazing seals, pods of friendly dolphins and perhaps even the rare yellow-eyed penguin. Return to your ship after the day’s excursions to sample the country’s famed produce and wine.

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Papua New Guinea

Our long history of operating in New Guinea and Micronesia allows us to showcase thriving marine ecosystems and rare bird species in some of the most isolated environs on the planet. Discover rich tribal cultures, intriguing ancestral traditions and warm local welcomes. Gain admiration for the intricate craftwork and artefacts that celebrate and preserve local cultures. You will be accompanied by our expert guides who will offer interpretation and share knowledge along the way.

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Sulawesi Circle

Komodo, Sulawesi & Borneo

Gain appreciation from traditional seaside lifestyles and visit Lembata Island, home to one of the last subsistence whaling communities in the world. At the coastal island of Flores, travel to the multicoloured Kelimutu crater lakes. Encounter endemic wildlife including the famed orangutan and the illusive sunbear in Borneo and swim with countless harmless golden jellyfish at the Togean Islands. Be spoilt for choice to explore pristine marine environments at Takabonarate and Wakatobi Marine Parks with Bunaken and Lembeh offering some of the most vibrant dive and snorkel opportunities in the world.

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