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Coral Discoverer <br> 16 Night Islands of the South Pacific <br> Cairns to Noumea

Coral Discoverer
16 Night Islands of the South Pacific
Cairns to Noumea

Ship: Coral Discoverer
Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
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Duration: 16 Nights
Ports: Cairns, Samarai, Ghizo Island, Njari Island, Santa Isabel Island, Mangalonga Island, Guadalcanal, Santa Ana, Nendo Island, Ureparapara Island, Espiritu Santo, Malekula Island, Tanna Island, Noumea
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Cairns
Airport gateway (Departure) : Noumea

Itinerary

DAY 1: CAIRNS

Board Coral Discoverer at 8:00am for a 9:00am departure. As we leave Cairns behind take the opportunity to explore your new home for the next 16 nights. Meet the crew and your fellow passengers at evening drinks before sitting down to the first of many delicious dinners.

DAY 2: AT SEA

Spend the day at leisure as we cross the Coral Sea and join our Expedition Leader and knowledgeable Guest Lecturers in the lounge for presentations and briefings on Papua New Guinea ahead of our arrival at Samarai Island

DAY 3: SAMARAI ISLAND AND SEWA BAY PNG

After clearing into Papua New Guinea, we will steam to Normanby Island to spend the afternoon at beautiful Sewa Bay. Visit a traditional village and be welcomed with song and dance at the local school.

DAY 4: EGUM ATOLL & ISLET - PNG

Prepare for an unforgettable experience as we discover spectacular Egum Atoll and Islet, and enjoy our first opportunities for snorkelling over the reef, SCUBA diving and glass bottom boat tours in the clear tropical waters.

DAY 5: LAUGHLIN ISLANDS – BODALUNA ISLAND - PNG

Laughlin Islanders specialise in canoe building, and in this very remote corner of Papua New Guinea we find seagoing canoes under construction. The friendly villagers of Bodaluna welcome us as our Guest Lecturer and naturalists explain the islander’s subsistence gardening, fishing, and participation in the Kula Ring of trading.

DAY 6: GHIZO AND NJARI REEF – SOLOMON ISLANDS

This morning, after being cleared into the Solomon Islands, we will go ashore in the provincial town of Ghizo. We will wander through the open-air markets, showcasing crafts by the legendary wood & stone carvers of the region. A wander through the food markets is also a must. Ghizo Town is a wonderful example of a shanty town.

As we sit down for lunch, we make our way past tiny Kennedy Island, named in honour of former US president John F Kennedy. Kennedy swam ashore with his crew after his boat PT-109 was sunk by a Japanese destroyer during World War II. In the afternoon, enjoy in-water activities on Njari Island.

DAY 7: ESTRELLA BAY – SANTA ISABEL ISLAND - SOLOMON ISLANDS

Today we explore the coastline of remote Santa Isabel Island, which Mendana’s expedition first sighted in February, 1568. Mendana landed at Estrella Bay and built a small brigantine for exploring the rest of the Solomons.

DAY 8: MANGALONGA - SOLOMON ISLANDS

This morning we anchor off picturesque Mangalonga and savour a full day of in-water activities. Join a snorkel tour, SCUBA dive or glass bottom boat tour before travelling ashore to Maravagi Resort where there is time to explore on a nature walk. Mendana’s expedition first sited the Florida Group Islands from the brigantine Santiago in April 1568.

DAY 9: MALAITA ISLAND - SOLOMON ISLANDS

Malaita is another island of primordial beauty, with a mountainous interior leading down to coastal plains. We will visit the Langa Langa Lagoon: the ‘saltwater people’ here live on small sandbar islands, where they were forced to flee from the head-hunters of mainland Malaita. The locals here are known for their ship-building and shell-money making.

DAY 10: MARAU SOUND – GUADALCANAL ISLAND - SOLOMON ISLANDS

As we cruise to Guadalcanal Island learn about the fierce fighting that took place here during World War II. Follow in Mendana’s footsteps as we enter the picturesque Marau Sound, an area of unspoiled beauty and turquoise waters teeming with colourful fish and coral. Snorkel, SCUBA and kayak in this remote marine haven.

DAY 11: SAN CRISTOBAL AND SANTA ANA - SOLOMON ISLANDS

The locals of Star Harbour, a small village in the southeast of San Cristobal, welcome us ashore this morning. We enjoy a colourful cultural performance before exploring the village. Meet the children at the local school and learn about the harbour’s WWII history as a US base. Then, enjoy a scenic zodiac ride through surrounding mangrove-lined creeks, whilst the more energetic may wish to join a longer hike around the harbour. Later meet the locals on the nearby island of Santa Ana, which is known for its bone fish hooks and imaginative fishing floats.

DAY 12: NENDO – SOLOMON ISLANDS

Our last stop in the Solomon Islands, Nendo Island is an excellent location to view and purchase quality artefacts. We enjoy a cultural performance and an opportunity to snorkel from the beach.

DAY 13: UREPARAPARA - VANUATU

Imagine cruising into the cone of a volcano surrounded on three sides by 300 meter cliffs, Ureparapara is one of the most spectacular islands in the South Pacific. The only way to experience this island is by sea, and visits from cruise ships are rare. After travelling ashore to the village we will be entertained by the local people with dancing and music, before joining a guided walk around the volcano.

DAY 14: CHAMPAGNE BEACH – ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND - VANUATU

The jewel of Vanuatu, we enjoy the splendour of magnificent Champagne Beach with a day full of fantastic swimming, snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours. The adventurous may wish to join our Dive Instructor for a dive over the corals. You may also wish to participate in a guided walk with local guides through the rainforest to the popular swimming spot ‘Blue Hole’.

DAY 15: MALEKULA - VANUATU

We land at South West Bay on Malekula Island, the second largest island in Vanuatu. Malekula art and ritual objects are among the finest in the country and the island is famous for the complex ceremonies and rituals preserved by two of its remarkable tribes, the Big Nambas and the Small Nambas. We anchor at the Maskelyne Islands and enjoy the opportunity for snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours.

DAY 16: TANNA ISLAND VOLCANO - VANUATU

This morning we approach Tanna Island and see our first signs of volcanic activity, hot springs bubbling beneath the surface. Today we are in for a real once-in-a-lifetime experience as we board Xplorer and travel ashore to land on Tanna Island’s black volcanic beach. After our landing at Port Resolution, we are met by the villagers, who drive us, local style in the back of their trucks, up through the forest of the lower reaches of Mt Yasur’s active volcano. Continuing on foot, our Expedition Leader guides us to the rim of the caldera, where we peer into the heart of the volcano and its lava pools, which regularly spew ash and rocks. Upon returning to the village we spend time with the locals and learn about their interesting customs, including their worship of Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who they believe is a divine spirit.

DAY 17: NOUMEA – NEW CALEDONIA

Disembark at 3pm in the Noumea, capital of New Caledonia.

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

 

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Cairns

The picturesque town of Yorkey's, dominated by its dramatic headland, is your gateway to Cairns, one of Australia's hottest vacation destinations, which basks in tropical sunshine with balmy breezes that waft in from Trinity Bay.

The city's graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland. Cairns boasts three of Australia's great natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef and 16 miles of superb beaches that stretch to the north of the city to the famed Marlin Coast. Inland lies the immense Daintree National Park. Discover the rainbow of sea life, marvel at the rain forest or relax along the long stretch of sunny coastline.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 17kms
Distance from port to Airport - 10kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Kuranda

Samarai

Ghizo Island


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Njari Island

Santa Isabel Island

Mangalonga Island

Guadalcanal

Guadalcanal Island is the most well known of the Solomon Islands, famous for its pivotal military role in World War II

Santa Ana

Nendo Island

Ureparapara Island

Espiritu Santo

Malekula Island

Malakula Island (coordinates 16.30°S 167.50°E), also spelled Malekula, is the second-largest island in the nation of Vanuatu, in the Pacific Ocean region of Melanesia.

Tanna Island


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Noumea

New Caledonia's lush beauty has earned it many names, including "The Island Closest to Paradise" and "The St. Tropez of the Pacific." The poincianas, or flame trees, will color the island with their bright red umbrellas when you visit.

Country - New Caledonia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 50kms
Currency - Pacific Francs (XPF)

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Jean Marie Tjibaou Centre, Botanical Garden

 

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Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions

Welcome to Coral Expeditions -

Coral Expeditions is Australia’s leading small ship and expedition cruise line, with an unrivalled worldwide reputation for cruising excellence built over more than 30 years. Join them on award-winning 3,4 and 7 night Great Barrier Reef cruises or discover Australia’s ancient outback on an expedition to the remarkable Kimberley region or Cape York and Arnhem Land. Venture further afield into the South Pacific to discover mysterious Papua New Guinea, the exotic Spice Islands and Raja Ampat, explore the magical island cultures of Melanesia and savour the scenic beauty of ‘the land of the long white cloud’, New Zealand.

 

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Coral Discoverer

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.

Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.

THE EVOLUTION OF CORAL DISCOVERER: 2016 REFURBISHMENT COMPLETE

We are excited to announce the completion of a significant upgrade and refresh of our facilities aboard Coral Discoverer, bringing her amenities to an even higher level. The Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.

REFURBISHED STATEROOM ACCOMMODATION

Following her full refurbishment in 2016, the Coral Discoverer now offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.

FACILITIES ON BOARD

> Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating
> Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck
> Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished
> Forward lounge
> Reference library
> Gift shop
> Open bridge
> Workout Area
> Wireless internet available* for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer
> Limited laundry facilities available
> SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)

 

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