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Raja Ampat &  Spice Islands

The rich history and diverse marine life of the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat are brought to life on Coral Expeditions’ voyages. Aboard Coral Adventurer, retrace the ancient trade routes of spice merchants trading Chinese silks for cloves, Indian cotton for nutmeg and Arabian coffee for pepper.

Explore some of the 1,500 rarely visited islands of Raja Ampat whose waters harbour over 75% of the world’s coral and fish species. At Cenderawasih Bay, swim with the gentle whale sharks – the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate – in what guests describe as a ‘once in a lifetime experience’. Walk through vibrant village markets unchanged for hundreds of years. Experience a traditional welcome at Banda Naira where our ship is serenaded by traditional kora kora canoes. Enjoy the view over sunset drinks at 17th century Dutch Fort Belgica. Climb atop Mount Pidito to marvel at one of the world’s most photographed marine scenes: the jagged green limestone cliffs and crystal clear water of Wayag.

Our Raja Ampat & Spice Islands voyages offer some of the most spectacular combinations of history, marine life and natural beauty to be found on any expedition voyage.

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Our Raja Ampat & Spice Islands Cruises:

Spice Islands & Raja Ampat | Darwin - Biak | 13 Night

Board Coral Adventurer in Darwin for an immersive 13-day exploration of the beautiful biodiversity of this region, with a three-day stint at the famed Four Kings archipelago. Learn the customs and cultures of West Papua and Indonesia on shore excursions, visiting remote villages, witnessing traditional performances and tasting local cuisine. Enjoy the pristine natural landscapes by swimming, snorkeling, diving, walking and wildlife watching.

> Departs 19 March 2023
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SPICE ISLANDS & RAJA AMPAT | BIAK - DARWIN | 13 NIGHTS

Board Coral Adventurer in Biak for an immersive 13-day exploration of the beautiful biodiversity of this region, with a three-day stint at the famed Four Kings archipelago. Learn the customs and cultures of West Papua and Indonesia on shore excursions, visiting remote villages, witnessing traditional performances and tasting local cuisine. Enjoy the pristine natural landscapes by swimming, snorkeling, diving, walking and wildlife watching.

> Departs 01 April 2023
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SMALL ISLANDS OF RAJA AMPAT & MICRONESIA | DARWIN - GUAM | 16 NIGHTS

Triton Bay TH

Our expedition tracks northwards from Australia to explore the Spice Islands of the renowned Coral Triangle and Raja Ampat, through the Republic of Palau and the remote and little-visited small islands of Micronesia. The rich history, biodiversity and vibrant cultures of this region are brought to life on this extraordinary voyage.

> Scheduled for August 2023 – Coming Soon

“We arrived at Roon Island, in the ‘neck’ of the Bird’s Head. Here we were able to snorkel along coastal reefs and view the amazing life in the warm, tropical waters, surrounded by high mountain rainforests. Some of the bird-calls were so loud we could hear them underwater.”
Guest Lecturer, Ian Morris

The opportunity to snorkel and scuba dive over spectacular coral gardens and WWII wrecks, and come face to face with brightly coloured tropical fi sh is a highlight of these cruises. Beginners can join guided snorkelling tours or introductory and resort-style dives, while more challenging dives are available to experienced divers. Our Dive Instructor accompanies you every step of the way. Snorkelling equipment is assigned to each guest at the start of your cruise. Scuba diving is subject to medical clearance and medical certificate.

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Travel Update - Covid Page

It is our priority to keep our guests and crew safe while travelling with us, and our SailSAFE Plan will ensure we operate responsibly in the new environment that COVID-19 has created. Remote, nature-based expeditions with Australian and New Zealand crew, and small groups less than 120 guests provides a lower-risk environment. The addition of our approved SailSAFE COVID response plan, as well as our thorough pre-cruise testing model, create additional confidence when sailing with us. We have partnered with Respond Global, a specialist medical advisory agency, to assist us in developing these protocols that are among the most thorough in the world. With a focus on prevention, to target a 100% COVID free environment when we set sail, we have a three-tiered medical screening system in place before boarding. This prevention protocol is supported by onboard mitigation actions and a thorough and compassionate response plan.

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Australian Hospitality at Sea

On board, you will discover a personalised style of cruising. With a maximum of 120 guests, there is no need for queues, waiting, or assigned seating. Instead, an intimate, convivial atmosphere shared with other likeminded travellers makes you feel at home. Our Australian and New Zealand crew share their passion for our destinations and the explorer’s life. Join our engine room tours, watch our chefs at work in the open galley, and chat with our Captain or officers on the bridge – they will be delighted to have your company. Our chefs, inspired by destination flavours, prepare cuisine from fresh regional produce. Our wine cellars hold a curated selection of Australian wines, beers and spirits. Our guests love to mingle over drinks as the sun sets, enjoy daily educational presentations by our lecturers, participate in stargazing sessions after dark, or simply find a quiet corner on deck and enjoy the solitude.

The Expedition Experience

We explore remote locations that are hard to reach or not often touched by tourists, with shore excursions that promote environmental and cultural appreciation. Our small group sizes ensure that your experience is personal, with minimal impact on the communities and environments we visit. Enjoy excursions or activities each day, guided by expert Expedition Leaders and lecturers who provide commentary on culture, history, and the region’s unique geology, plants and wildlife to help you connect with these special places. Our ships are built for environmentally responsible small ship cruising, with refined navigation and nimble Xplorer tenders to bring you close to remote coastlines.

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