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Small Islands of the Indian Ocean – Singapore to Seychelles – 26 Days

Small Islands of the Indian Ocean – Singapore to Seychelles – 26 Days

From AUD $21,590

Description

Coral Geographer will set sail from Singapore and across the vast arc of the Indian Ocean, calling in at Sumatra, the colourful and exotic island of Sri Lanka, remote atolls of the Maldives and on to the pristine Seychelles. In these exotic and vibrant locations, be immersed in rich cultural history and enjoy hand-crafted nature and wildlife experiences. Experience a dusk expedition safari of Yala National Park in Sri Lanka with the opportunity to see elephants and leopards. Meander through the pristine aquatic landscape of the Maldives, snorkelling, diving, and kayaking with the opportunity of encountering the remarkable marine life in the area. Finally, we enter the realm of northern Seychelles and the land of the giants! The giant fronds and seeds of the Coco De Mer palm forest, giant granite boulders that resemble modern art sculptures, and the giant and ancient tortoises that forage along the foreshores.

Trip Name
Small Islands of the Indian Ocean - Singapore to Seychelles - 26 Days
Days
26
Overview
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

Itinerary



Day 1 - Please note:
The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. 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.
Day 2 - DAY 1: SINGAPORE
Enjoy a relaxed morning prior to arriving at the Singapore Cruise Centre at 2:30pm. Check in and board from 3:00pm. After a delicious afternoon tea, Coral Geographer will depart on her maiden voyage at 6:00pm. Come out on the deck to see the lights of the Singapore sky line as we sail from the harbour.This itinerary is expeditionary – there may be ongoing itinerary enhancements. The Master and Expedition Team may also alter the itinerary to best suit weather and sea conditions.
Day 3 - DAY 2: MELAKA, MALAYSIA
Kota Melaka, or Malacca City, is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca. It has a long and illustrious history of trade and influence, due to it’s significant location on the Strait of Malacca – one of the most important shipping lanes in the world. Colonial influences, rich history, and peaceful coexistence of many different peoples make Malacca a fascinating tourist destination.Here, we arrive early before the heat of the day. There is much to see, so tours will reveal the city to us. After a break for lunch, enjoy a cruise along the Melaka River.
Day 4 - DAY 3: AT SEA / PENANG, MALAYSIA
A day’s sailing takes us up the scenic coast of Malaysia. Enjoy lectures on the history and culture of the region, before arriving into the state and island of Penang at 6pm. At the lively city of Georgetown, famous for its fascinating blend of colonial, Indian, Malay and – especially – immigrant Chinese culture and food, enjoy a traditional dinner on shore and soak up the atmosphere.
Day 5 - DAY 4: PENANG, MALAYSIA
Today, we explore Penang. Enjoy a wander through the architectural heritage of Georgetown, with its spectacular Chinese temples and guildhalls. The city has a sense of being frozen in time, with the historical centre home to over 12,000 old buildings which have earned Georgetown the status of UNESCO World Heritage site. The history is only the beginning – incredible street art and street food provide a feast for the senses.
Day 6 - DAY 5: AT SEA
As we sail for Indonesia, enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of the famous Penang dish Char Kuey Teow.
Day 7 - DAY 6: SABANG
Sabang is the most westerly part of Indonesia, and lies in an important location at the entrance to the Malacca Strait. Dutch colonial buildings dot this sleepy little city, and the small group of islands is know for picturesque beaches and excellent marine life. Here we will ride a becak from the harbour to see the heritage architecture, and enjoy a performance by the local children.Visit the geothermal Jaboi Valley, with its otherworldly bubbling pools and smell of sulfur. Later this afternoon, we explore the amazing dive sites around Pulau Weh – where schools of fish flock around the coral walls in the clear water.
Day 8 - DAY 7: BANDA ACEH
Today, we explore Banda Aceh. This city was hit very hard by the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. Learn about the events of that day, and visit the remarkable museum and memorial park. Enjoy a traditional meal on-shore and a display of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Practice of the Saman Dance. Tour the Grand Mosque and enjoy time to relax and explore before we commence our ocean crossing to Sri Lanka.
Day 9 - DAYS 8-10: AT SEA, INDIAN OCEAN
As we enter the Indian Ocean and steam towards Sri Lanka, enjoy lectures, cooking demonstrations, or simply relax on deck.
Day 10 - DAY 11: HAMBANTOTA, SRI LANKA - SIGNATURE EVENT
Arrive in Sri Lanka early this morning. We will make our way overland from the ship on a scenic journey to soak up the surrounds of Sri Lanka. Enjoy stops to explore small villages. We reach the National Park for our special event: A dusk safari experience with the opportunity to spot local wild elephants and perhaps elusive leopards, before we sit down to an elaborate Sri Lankan feast at a wilderness resort. Tonight, stay overnight at the wilderness resort on the edge of the National Park.
Day 11 - DAY 12: YALA NATIONAL PARK AND GALLE, SRI LANKA
This morning, we depart for Galle overland, through the scenic landscape of southern Sri Lanka. Along the way, enjoy stops at the pristine beaches of South Sri Lanka a village market, and one of Sri Lanka’s iconic tea plantations. This relaxed drive will be in air-conditioned comfort.This afternoon we arrive at Galle, where we meet the Coral Geographer. Guests have free time to explore the Fort and city, and gather back on board the Coral Geographer for dinner.
Day 12 - DAY 13: GALLE
This morning, we have many options to explore Galle and the surrounding countryside. Tour with local guides, visit the Temple, cycle through paddy fields, or try your hand at making traditional Sri Lankan curry.This afternoon we depart Galle for the Maldives.
Day 13 - DAY 14: AT SEA
Relax on board while we steam towards our next destination. Listen to lectures from our expert team and reflect on your experiences.
Day 14 - DAY 15: KULHUDHUFFUSHI, MALDIVES
This morning we clear into the Maldives, before beginning our exploration of the exquisite coral atolls that comprise the nation of the Maldives.Enjoy water activities off the white sand beaches of a stunning atoll island. Enjoy snorkelling over the underwater coral gardens, strolling under the palm trees, and meeting the kind and courteous Maldivians.
Day 15 - DAY 16: HANIFARU BAY & OLHUGIRI, BAA ATOLL, MALDIVES
This morning we find ourselves at Hanifaru Bay, famous for its marine life. This is a protected area, and we may have the opportunity to swim and admire the underwater wonders.After lunch we reposition to Olhugiri for more water activities and relaxation. The island is also known for breeding red-billed tropic bird and nesting turtles.
Day 16 - DAY 17: MAALHAVELI, MEEMU ATOLL, MALDIVES
Today we explore Meemu Atoll and the uninhabited island of Maalhaveli. This atoll is a true paradise and geographic marvel. It is home to rich marine bio-diversity and a huge variety of diving and snorkelling experiences! Enjoy wall and drift dives over colourful reefs, with the opportunity to spot fish, mantas, or reef sharks.
Day 17 - DAY 18: HITHADHOO, ADDU ATOLL, MALDIVES
Arrive in Hithadhoo, Addu Atoll today at 2pm. Have time to explore the city or go shopping, enjoy Maldivian cuisine, and relax, before we depart in the evening.
Day 18 - DAYS 19-22: AT SEA
Relax on board while we steam towards our next destination. Listen to lectures from our expert team and reflect on your experiences.
Day 19 - DAY 23: PRASLIN, SEYCHELLES
This morning we arrive into the Seychelles at 7:00am, excited to begin our exploration of these beautiful islands. We disembark the Coral Geographer by Xplorer at the Baie Sye Anne Jetty, and then drive the scenic coastal road through quaint fishing villages and dense forest of contrasting shades of green to the UNESCO World Heritage Vallee de Mai Nature Reserves. Here we marvel at the forest of over 6000 Coco de Mer palms, with their enormous fan-shaped fronds and famously suggestive double-coconut seeds.This afternoon, we enjoy swimming or walks at the Cote d’Or.
Day 20 - DAY 24: LA DIGUE, SEYCHELLES
Awake to the amazing view of La Digue. This is the most well-known island of the Seychelles because of the spectacular rock formations and huge granite boulders.Visit the L’Union estate, a former coconut and vanilla plantation which provides an insight into the colonial history of the island. Encounter giant tortoises, enjoy strolling around the grounds of the majestic plantation house, and relax on one of the most pristine beaches in the Seychelles and ‘the most beautiful beach in the world’, Anse Source d’Argent.In the afternoon, we visit Curieuse Island. This island has a tragic history, having been home to a leper colony, and still bearing the marks of a 1771 fire. However, here the giant tortoises roam free and the Seychelles black parrot can be spotted amongst the protected Coco de Mer trees.
Day 21 - DAY 25: ARIDE, SEYCHELLES
Aride is the northernmost island of the Seychelles, and is home to some of the most important seabird populations in the Indian Ocean. With eighteen species of native bird, including the world’s largest colonies of Lesser Noddy and Tropical Shearwater, the islands provides a huge amount of birdwatching opportunities. Here, we may go ashore and enjoy a nature walk along the beach, looking out for Sooty Terns, Roseate Terns, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Frigatebirds, Brown Noddy, White Tern and Wedge-tailed Shearwater.
Day 22 - DAY 26: MAHE
This morning, we arrive at Mahe to disembark at 8:00am.
Day 23 - 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.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
08-08-2020AUD $0-
06-01-202131-01-2021AUD $21,590Coral Deck
06-01-202131-01-2021AUD $25,400Promenade Deck Stateroom
06-01-202131-01-2021AUD $30,480Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
06-01-202131-01-2021AUD $32,385Coral Deck
06-01-202131-01-2021AUD $38,100Promenade Deck Stateroom Solo
06-01-202131-01-2021AUD $43,180Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
06-01-202131-01-2021AUD $45,720Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Solo
08-08-2020AUD $0-

Inclusions

    • Visit the bustling Malaysian cities of Melaka and Penang to enjoy the cultural history and delicious traditional cuisine
    • Enjoy a safari in one of Sri Lanka’s remarkable national parks, with the chance to spot elephants and leopards
    • Visit a Sri Lankan tea plantation and wander through the Galle Fort
    • Explore the paradise of the Maldives, with time spent at remote atolls for snorkelling and diving
    • Marvel at a Coco de Mer palm forest on Praslin
    • Explore the stunning island of La Digue in the Seychelles, and visit the legendary Anse Source d’Argent
    • See the giant tortoises of the Seychelles

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