Island Outposts of Australia
A voyage in partnership with Australian Geographic, with special guest Nature Photographer Chris Bray onboard.
Join Coral Expeditions’ new Coral Geographer for a pioneering 27-night voyage of the island outposts off Australia’s west coast. With a maximum of 120 guests, Coral Geographer is designed to take you in intimate comfort to remote places few other ships can reach. See a side of Australia that few have before.
Set sail from Fremantle on a true expedition to the farthest reaches of the Australian territories that takes in the Abrolhos Islands, Shark Bay, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Ashmore Reef before returning to Darwin.
Learn of the Batavia mutiny and shipwreck and swim with inquisitive sea lions at The Abrolhos Islands. Explore the turquoise waters, islands and red sand country that Indigenous Malgana people of Shark Bay have inhabited for tens of thousands of years. At Cocos (Keeling) Islands, relax on Australia’s best beach, drift snorkel or kayak on a turquoise lagoon and admire the comical antics of Red-footed boobies. Wildlife abounds and astounds at Christmas Island, with famous red and robber crabs and discover tropical waters revered for extraordinary marine life. Ashmore Reef Marine Park is a sanctuary for seabirds and a nesting site for turtles. In between exciting excursions ashore, enjoy onboard activities and presentations and indulge in relaxing and inspiring days on the Indian Ocean seascape.
"Our fourth expedition ship and sister ship to Coral Adventurer (launched April 2019), the Coral Geographer will remain true to our nature of authentic expeditions. When designing our next generation of ships, we stubbornly resisted the trend to go large and glitzy so we can remain small enough to go to untouched places, focusing on bringing small numbers of like-minded guests closer to nature and cultures with personal attention and professional Australian service. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. The 120-passenger ship will feature the same state-of-the-art specifications and expedition features as Coral Adventurer, however, due to popular demand, she will have an increased number of 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs. Construction is well under way and we look forward to providing you regular updates on her build and future sailing schedule." - Coral Expeditions
- 27 night cruise aboard Coral Expeditions' Coral Geographer
- Pre-cruise and post-cruise transfers
- All meals
- Showcasewines and beer, as well as soft drinks, with lunch and dinner service
- 24 hour tea and coffee
- Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
- Access to islands, marine and national parks
- Guided tours in tender vessels
- Touring as described in each itinerary
- Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
- Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities
PLUS! Ultimate Cruising guests also receive:
- 1 night accommodation pre-cruise
- Chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from your nearest airport (within 35km)
Ask us about Coral Expeditions' Deposit Protection Plan and SAILSAFE Health and Safety Plan.
- Learn about shipwrecks and mutiny, snorkel or scuba dive, and swim with inquisitive sea lions at the Abrolhos Islands
- Walk upon red sand country at Shark Bay and learn about the world’s oldest living life form, the Stromatolites of Hamelin Pool
- Join in celebrating Self Determination Day, enjoy birdwatching, kayaking, snorkelling or scuba diving and relax on Australia’s best beach at the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
- Dive or snorkel the magnificent waters surrounding Christmas Island and explore the island and National Park
- At astounding and rarely visited Ashmore Reef, explore the coral gardens and spot seabirds and sea turtles
- Enjoy the company of guest nature photographer Chris Bray, who will capture the voyage and lead workshops and presentations to help develop your photography skills
PORTS OF CALL
The Abrolhos Islands are a low-lying archipelago of 122 islands and reefs 60km off Geraldton. These National Park islands are surrounded by the southernmost coral reef and hold significant places in Australia’s history as the resting place for Dutch shipwrecks Batavia and Zeewijk. The Batavia shipwreck, recovery of artefacts 300 years later and the discovery of graves is one of Australia’s most fascinating maritime stories.
Abundant marine and birdlife are lured by the warm waters of the Leeuwin Current. The islands are a significant seabird breeding ground for millions of shearwaters, noddies and terns. But it is the inquisitive sea lions who steal the underwater limelight. Swimming and snorkelling with these curious mammals as they frolic playfully with swimmers is an undisputed highlight of our Abrolhos Islands stopover.
Shark Bay is Australia’s most westerly point and one of just four West Australian World Heritage Sites. UNESCO recognises Shark Bay for three exceptional natural features. It has the largest and richest sea-grass beds in the world, which in turn attracts a large dugong (also known as sea cows) population. But it is the ‘living fossil’ stromatolites of Hamelin Pool which attract the most attention in these parts, as the representatives of life 3.7 billion years ago.
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Thousands of coconut palms rise above the horizon as Coral Geographer nears the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Emerging from the cobalt-blue Indian Ocean, a horseshoe-shaped string of low-lying atolls rimmed by powder-soft white beach sand appear adrift upon a turquoise lagoon. Beach expert Brad Farmer named Cossies Beach at Direction Island the best in Australia.
Cocos’ remote location makes it a significant habitat and rookery for seabirds – oft-sighted species include red-footed boobies, noddies, white terns, frigate birds and the Rufus night heron. The incredible aquamarine lagoon rimmed by Direction, West and Home Islands is inhabited by turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, dolphins and colourful tropical fish.
In stark contrast to beach-lined Cocos, Christmas Island’s topography is all craggy outcrops befitting its topography as a flat-topped summit of a 4,500m underwater mountain (Switzerland’s Matterhorn is 4,478m). With just 360m of the mount visible, Christmas Island’s near-vertical underwater cliffs make it a world-class scuba diving and snorkeling destination.
Nature dominates at Christmas Island with 60% of the island a national park protecting its unique flora and fauna. A mammoth robber crab population, some the size of toasters and weighing as much as 4kg, command the spotlight. The annual spawning of the 40-50 million or so red crabs is considered one of the world’s greatest migrations when traffic is redirected to allow crabs safe access to the sea. Endemic seabirds like the endangered Abbott’s Booby’s and Christmas Island Frigate Birds nest here as well as golden bosuns (White-tailed Tropicbird) and migratory Lesser Frigate Birds being regular visitors.
Beyond these extraordinary wildlife watching opportunities, Christmas Island’s interior is graced with stands of rainforest pierced by waterfalls and caves carved by freshwater springs and pummeling seas. Sea cliffs grace much of the 80km long coastline, giving way momentarily to picturesque coves and beaches bookended by weathered limestone outcrops.
The uninhabited and protected Australian External Territory of Ashmore Reef lies in the Timor Sea on the edge of the Continental Shelf. Ashmore Reef Marine Park encompasses three low-lying islands that barely rise above sea level along with a vast lagoon circled by a fringing reef. Approximately 100,000 seabirds, such as Greater Frigate Birds, Crested Terns and White-tailed Tropicbirds breed here annually. Additionally, tens of thousands of migratory birds travelling between northern Asia and Australia temporarily stop at this important feeing site.
Snorkelling in the marine park offers a rare opportunity to explore remote, protected coral reefs with their abundance of marine life.
Departure Dates & Pricing
Departs Fremantle 21 March 2021
Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.
|CORAL GEOGRAPHER||TWIN SHARE PER PERSON||SOLE USE*|
|Bridge Deck Balcony Suite||$37,600||n/a|
|Explorer Deck Balcony||$28,200||$42,300|
- Luxury Expedition
- Soft Adventure
- Meals + Wine
- On-Board Lecturer
- Shore Excursions
- Tonnage 5599
- Built Date 2021
- Crew 48
- Capacity 120
- Length 93.4mM
- Luxury Expeditions
- Soft Adventures
We are proud to announce the build of our fourth expedition ship. As a sister ship to Coral Adventurer (launched April 2019), the Coral Geographer will remain true to our nature of authentic expeditions. When designing our next generation of ships, we stubbornly resisted the trend to go large and glitzy so we can remain small enough to go to untouched places, focusing on bringing small numbers of like-minded guests closer to nature and cultures with personal attention and professional Australian service. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. The 120-passenger ship will feature the same state-of-the-art specifications and expedition features as Coral Adventurer, however, due to popular demand, she will have an increased number of 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs. Construction is well under way and we look forward to providing you regular updates on her build and future sailing schedule.
> Two trademark Xplorer tenders seat all passengers and facilitate comfortable shore excursions
> Six zodiacs for more intrepid exploration
> Lecture lounge for daily expedition briefings and expert presentations
> Small onboard library featuring books on destinations and wildlife
> Shallow draft and advanced navigation and propulsion systems allowing access to locations closed to large cruise ships
> Navigator lounge in the bridge
> Over 1000 square metres of open deck space including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views
> Engine room tours and a high level of crew interaction with guests
Food and wine features
> Single seating dining with communal table serves buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners
> Showcase galley with viewing window creating fresh small-batch cuisine featuring Australian and local produce
> Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the sundeck for sunset drinks
> Curated wine cellar featuring boutique wines and exceptional vintage Australian reds
Meals + Wine
Solo Traveller Friendly