Explore Australia’s remote and rugged coastline or the astonishing marine world of the Great Barrier Reef in comfort on a small ship, expedition cruise.
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Explore Australia’s remote and rugged coastline or the astonishing marine world of the Great Barrier Reef in comfort on a small ship, expedition cruise. This is not the world of vast cruise liners with on-board casinos, nightclubs and large numbers of people but rather a journey through some of the oldest and remotest places in Australia, on a vessel purpose built for discovery.
Coral Adventurer is the newest vessel in the fleet and has been designed with a shallow draft enabling even greater access to remote areas. On board you’ll find xplorer tenders for easy shore excursions, zodiacs for more intrepid journeys, lecture lounge and library. Wrap around decks give panoramic vantage points and the indoor and outdoor bars offer spectacular views for sundowners. There are just 60 cabins on board, all with ensuite facilities and many with balconies.
The Coral Adventurer will operate a number of the Kimberley cruises as well as spending time in Papua New Guinea.
Coral Discoverer was purpose built with a single aim in mind, to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. She underwent a significant upgrade in 2016 and carries 72 passengers in total comfort with five grades of cabin and staterooms to choose from.
On board facilities include a spacious dining room, lounge, sun deck with sun loungers and the Explorer Bar, plus a reference library.
Itineraries include Tasmania and the Kimberley.
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Accommodating just 46 guests, Coral Expeditions I is a twin-hulled, boutique catamaran fully equipped for sailing in Australian waters.
She was purpose built and is the perfect size to access the best parts of the Kimberley, Cape York and Arnhem Land and the Great Barrier Reef. On board you’ll find 21 cabins and staterooms with twin or double beds, ensuite bathroom and air conditioning.
The forward lounge houses a library whilst the rear sun deck and bar is the perfect spot to relax.
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Coral Expeditions II is the ideal small ship for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, whilst extremely well equipped she is also small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the boat.
This vessel was built specifically for Great Barrier Reef cruising and offers 21 cabins with a nautical theme. All have ensuite facilities, twin or double beds and large panoramic windows. As with Coral Expeditions I there is a comprehensive reference library, lounge and rear sundeck. On board there are kayaks and a glass bottom boat as well as a Scuba diving department.
Great Barrier Reef
Coral Expeditions were pioneers in overnight cruises to the Great Barrier Reef more than 30 years ago so know the region better than most. Sailing from Cairns you can choose from 3, 4 and 7 night expeditions. Itineraries head out to the pristine outer reef and include exclusive mooring locations.
You’ll be travelling with a marine biologist but also with a company who live and breathe the reef. Coral Expeditions is a member of Eco Tourism Australia as well as an accredited ecotourism operator and they put the long term conservation of the Great Barrier Reef at the forefront of everything they do.
3 night cruise from £1075 per person, twin share.
The Kimberley is regarded as one of the world’s last wilderness frontiers and expedition cruising is one of the best ways to explore, enabling access to incredible places otherwise unreachable.
Home to just 30,000 people yet covering an area of more that 400,000 square kilometres, the Kimberley is an ancient landscape of towering cliffs, gorges and plunging waterfalls as well as wide, savannah plains and rock art dating back 40,000 years.
The cruising season up here runs from April to September and Coral Expeditions offer departures from both Broome and Darwin.
10 night cruise from £5188 per person, twin share.
Australia’s island state is heaven-sent for expedition cruises, which showcase Tasmania’s wild, natural beauty and remarkable convict history. Highlights of a Tasmanian expedition cruise include Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness Wild Heritage Area, a pristine and untouched wilderness usually only accessible by charter flight or a 7 day hike.
Bruny Island, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay, as well as the Tasman National Park, Maria Island and the UNESCO World Heritage Listed penal colony of Port Arthur are all visited.
7 night cruise from £3186 per person, twin share.