A Navigation Voyage Across the Indian Ocean, From Zanzibar to Fremantle

A Navigation Voyage Across the Indian Ocean, From Zanzibar to Fremantle

From AUD $9,980


In times past, an Indian Ocean crossing was a sailor’s rite of passage and a truly daunting task on a wooden sailing vessel. Create your own journey on the new state of the art expedition ship, Coral Geographer as she sails east in a southern arc from the ancient island of Zanzibar off the African coast and arrives on Australian shores in Fremantle. This is a classic 19-night ocean passage that allows you to settle into the rhythm of the sea.

This Indian Ocean crossing voyage offers a rare opportunity to navigate oceans in the wake of famed explorers like Dirk Hartog and Willem de Vlamingh. With an extensive program onboard, sit in on fascinating Celestial Navigation lessons and lectures on maritime history. Enjoy the serenity of the seas and star gaze far away from lights and pollution. Guest presenters and storytellers will be the only diversions as you share the blue ocean horizon with migratory seabirds and marine life.

Trip Name
A Navigation Voyage Across the Indian Ocean, From Zanzibar to Fremantle
Vessel Type: Expedition Passenger Capacity: 120 Built: 2020 Expedition capabilities > 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 Marine immersion > 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 Guest comfort > All outside-facing guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; the majority have a private balcony > Active stabilisers to dampen sea motion > Well-equipped gym > Passenger elevator > Wi-Fi available in all guest areas


In the early evening we depart Zanzibar on our epic Indian Ocean crossing bound for Fremantle, West Australia.
Day 2 - DAYS 2 – 19: AT SEA
Spend 18 carefree days at leisure as we cross the Indian Ocean from west to east. As dusk falls each day, join your fellow travellers, the Captain and crew for evening drinks and enjoy the freshly prepared cuisine and warm company of our renowned Australian hospitality team. Take time to socialise with fellow passengers, catch up on book reading or simply relax as the Indian Ocean slips by. You will share the waves with migratory seabirds and marine life along the way. Guest presenters, storytellers and an extensive onboard program with hands-on practical lessons will be on offer throughout the voyage, including an instructed program teaching traditional Celestial Navigation.Over the first days of the voyage, guests will receive an introduction on the basic theory of navigation and instruction chart plotting, reading a compass and log, and taking astronomical sights. Using pro-forma tables and with the assistance of the professional navigators aboard, complex mathematical calculations are minimised, so that all participants can fully take part. Additional instruction will be available for anyone that desires a more in-depth course or already has some navigational experience. Guests are encouraged to bring their own instruments if they wish. The programme is intended to be run without any access to modern instruments. Participants will regularly read the magnetic compass and the traditional towed log that will be streamed over the stern and record these readings in the logbook. Using these figures, a dead-reckoning position will be plotted on the plotting ship and corrected, when possible, by sun observations using the sextant and chronometer. A daily noon position will then be transferred to the Indian Ocean chart to track our progress. We will encourage no access to the modern bridge instruments (such as GPS, plotters, or gyrocompasses) – and seek to compare our traditional results upon our arrival in Fremantle. The programme has been developed by Coral Expeditions Senior Master Gary Wilson, who has extensive experience instructing in traditional navigation methods. At the end of the voyage, you will have a unique record of your ocean crossing, recorded on the chart and in the logbook, and a set of instruments to take home.
Disembark Coral Geographer at Fremantle at 9:00am.
Day 4 - Please Note:
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions, and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
26-05-2022AUD $0-
08-03-202327-03-2023AUD $9,980Coral Deck
08-03-202327-03-2023AUD $11,320Promenade Deck Stateroom
08-03-202327-03-2023AUD $13,330Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
08-03-202327-03-2023AUD $14,970Coral Deck
08-03-202327-03-2023AUD $16,980Promenade Deck Stateroom Solo
08-03-202327-03-2023AUD $18,690Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
08-03-202327-03-2023AUD $19,995Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Solo
26-05-2022AUD $0-


    • Depart from Zanzibar with its rich spice route trading heritage
    • Learn the craft of Celestial Navigation, plotting your route across the Indian Ocean in real time with hands on lessons
    • Enjoy true freedom and space on an epic passage across one of the world’s great oceans
    • Spot marine life throughout your voyage, and star-gaze far away from light pollution
    • Be aboard for welcome celebrations as our new ship arrives home to Australian waters in Fremantle