Enjoy cultural encounters, fascinating marine life, and magnificent scenery from aboard the Coral Geographer

West Papua, Raja Ampat and Micronesia Cruise

Australia, Palau, Indonesia

17 Days

From $14,680

Level 1+

Easiest

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    Overview

    This exciting journey offers a spectacular combination of remote island cultures, marine life, and fascinating history that can only be experienced by expedition ship. Aboard the Coral Geographer, carrying just 120 guests, you'll cruise northward from Australia to explore the Spice Islands and the fabled islands of Raja Ampat, the Republic of Palau, and the remote small islands of Micronesia before concluding your voyage in Yap. Along the way, you'll be greeted and escorted by traditional kora kora canoes to the historic township of Banda Neira; cruise the pristine coastal landscape of Mommon Peninsula where Kitikiti Waterfall cascades into the ocean; and marvel at jagged green limestone cliffs and crystal-clear waters. This active voyage will have you swimming with the harmless golden jellyfish of Jellyfish Lake in Palau, and snorkeling, diving, and kayaking to encounter coral reefs that are home to abundant marine life.

    Arrive: Darwin, Australia

    Depart: Yap, Micronesia

    Highlights

    • Snorkel and dive the coral reefs and lava flows of the Coral Triangle including Ulithi Atoll, Sonsorol, Banda Neira, and the marine playground of Raja Ampat
    • Join in traditional dance and singing performances and experience ancient Austranesian and Micronesian traditions passed down through history
    • At Kitikiti Waterfalls, Mommon Peninsula, cruise the pristine landscape in search of hidden lagoons and exotic birds such as hornbills and, if lucky, birds of paradise
    • Discover the limestone karst islands of Raja Ampat and hike to the summit of Pindito Peak
    • Learn about Yap's time-honored customs and culture and visit the isolated islet of Ulithi, home to sea turtles, coconut crabs, and sea birds

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      Note: This trip is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as an agent in booking your reservation with the operator. Please download the Rate Sheet in the Dates & Pricing section to see the full pricing details and contact our Cruise Collection Specialists to check availability.

      Make your way to boarding Coral Geographer at Darwin's Fort Hill Wharf at 8:00 am for a 9:00 am departure. Settle into your cabin and relax as the ship sets sail across the Arafura Sea. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard and join the Expedition Team in the Bridge Deck lounge for an insightful introduction to your expedition voyage. As dusk falls, join the Captain's welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets. The following day is at sea as the ship heads north to Banda Neira.
      These are expedition itineraries covering remote regions. Your Captain and Expedition Team may make changes to the daily schedule when necessary to maximize guest experience. Below are the highlight destinations of your voyage.

      BANDA NEIRA
      The Banda archipelago is the historic heart of the spice trade and was once the world's only source of nutmeg until the mid-19th century as Portuguese, Dutch, and English fought for control over the spice trade.As you approach and enter the Zonnegat channel, witness a thrilling spectacle as Moluccan rowers in traditional kora kora canoes greet the ship and escort you into the harbor. Go ashore to be welcomed by the nutmeg dance of the local school students, before touring the historic township. Spend time snorkeling and diving over the nearby lava flow reef system and trying local foods along on the waterfront. Explore Fort Belgica, built by the first Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in 1611. Join the locals for a traditional dance and music performance before enjoying a glass of champagne as the sun sets over the fort.

      KITIKITI WATERFALLS, MOMMON PENINSULA
      This afternoon, visit the mesmerizing Kitikiti Waterfall, which flows out of the lush jungle and falls directly into the ocean. Enjoy the chance to swim under this truly memorable waterfall, feeling the chilled fresh water meeting the warm ocean water and explore the surrounding crystal clear lagoons by snorkeling or kayaking. Delve deeper into this pristine landscape by Xplorer cruise in search of hidden lagoons or on a rainforest walk and spot exotic birds such as hornbills and birds of paradise along the way.

      MISOOL, RAJA AMPAT
      Today, arrive at Misool, one of the four largest islands of RajaAmpat. Here you visit Balbulol Lagoon, an almost landlocked inletpopulated with conical-shaped islets undercut at sea level that risefrom turquoise waters like Christmas Trees. There is time to swimand kayak among the islands in this beautiful lagoon, as well asexplore the island by Xplorer and beachcombing. Embarking on ahike here will lead to a higher viewpoint to experience the amazingrock island formations.

      WAYAG, RAJA AMPAT
      More Raja Ampat treasures await today as you explore the scatteredkarst "beehives" of the Wayag Islands. This natural treasure is natureat its most vibrant both above and below the water, with emeraldkarst islands rising from the brilliant turquoise water. Explore themagnificent waterways and lagoons by Xplorer and Zodiac with
      time to swim in crystal clear waters and walk on white-sand beachesamong the many islands. The coral reefs here provide exceptionaldiving and snorkeling, with many vibrant corals and tropical fishspecies to discover. After lunch, there is an opportunity for anenergetic hike up to famed Pindito Peak, where you'll be rewarded
      with panoramic views over the island and its spectacular lagoon.

      SORONG, RAJA AMPAT
      Sorong is your departure point from the Indonesia region. Lushmountains covered with forest surround the town and fishing is amajor part of the local economy. Go ashore to visit theSorong Nature Conservation Park to see the big old trees plantedby the Dutch many years ago. You will also be welcomed by the MoiTribe, the owners of the land, who are culturally unique from otherpeoples in the surrounding regions. Enjoy demonstrations such as
      the making of the traditional Papuan handwork bag and a tour of adragonfruit plantation. Later, enjoy a relaxing guided walk throughthe forest to look for birds.

      HELEN REEF, PALAU
      Enjoy a true expedition stop at the small island of Tobi, home toaround 30 people who live a traditional lifestyle. Meet the localpeople, who speak their own language of Tobian as well as someEnglish, and enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and beachcombing fromthe beach at Helen Reef. The island is known as a nesting site forlesser-crested terns and green sea turtles.

      SONSOROL, PALAU
      Isolated Sonsorol Island is one of the 16 States of Palau and hometo a population of between 25 and 65 people who are culturally andlinguistically related to the Yap and Caroline Islands. Learn abouttheir subsistence lifestyle disconnected from the modern world as youvisit the village and dive and snorkel the fringing reef and coralgardens.

      KOROR, PALAU
      Enjoy a delightful Koror city tour by bus, exploring the vibrantlandmarks including museums and the reef center. Afterwards,guests can explore Koror at their own pace, taking advantage ofthe complimentary shuttle service to visit local markets. As the daydraws to a close, head to the beach for a local sunset reception.Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere with performancesby local dancers. The following day, certified divers can embark ona guided dive to explore the mesmerizing underwater world here.Others may choose to walk and swim at Jellyfish Lake where youcan swim alongside these fascinating creatures in their serenehabitat. Visit Rock Islands to participate in a guided snorkel tour atthe Milky Way, where you can float and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich waters. Or enjoy a relaxing coastal cruise, with opportunitiesfor a beach swim. There will also be a panoramic guided cruisethrough Nikko Bay, admiring picturesque scenery.

      YAP ISLAND, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA
      Learn about Micronesian Yap Island's ancient monetary systemof stone money, where limestone discs were quarried and carvedinto "coins" known as Rai, which can be as large as 13 feet or as smallas 1.5" in diameter. There is an opportunity to visit the Yap LivingHistory Museum to learn about Micronesian people and their
      time-honored customs and culture, as well as snorkel and dive thelagoon with its coral reefs and abundant marine life.

      ULITHI ATOLL, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA
      Snorkel on coral reef gardens off a truly deserted islet in a remote part of the world. Enjoy the tropical vista of white-sand beaches,colorful coral reefs home to sea turtles, coconut crabs, and seabirds. There is also the opportunity to visit the Ulithi Turtle Project and the vibrant community village.Gather in front of the Men's Meeting house where the captain will meet with the High Chief to thank him and the village community for welcoming us on Mogmog Island. Adhering to all customary traditions, walk about the village to visit and photograph the
      traditional buildings and sites. Local guides will give informative talks on the traditions, customs, and social structures of Mogmog Island. Stroll through the village market with demonstrations of traditional woven baskets and purses, as well handwoven lava-lava, loom weaving demonstrations, and other wooden handicrafts.
      Coral Geographer will arrive in Yap at 9:00 am. Before you bid farewell to your new-found friends, the Master and crew, join the Expedition Team in the Bridge Deck Lounge for a photographic presentation reflecting on the voyage.

      Dates & Pricing

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost
      100 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: 20% of trip cost
      60-89 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      59 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • All excursions with the Expedition Team
      • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs, and kayaks
      • Snorkeling & SCUBA equipment
      • All meals, chef-prepared
      • Selected wines, beers, and house spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
      • 24-hour coffee and tea station
      • All entrance fees to National Parks, port charges, and taxes
      • Tips and gratuities
      • Use of all onboard facilities and library, Wi-Fi Access (standard speed connectivity)
      • Expedition photos
      • Post-cruise transfers
      Not Included
      • Airfare to points of embarkation and disembarkation of ship
      • Pre- or post-trip accommodations
      • Pre-trip transfers
      • Taxes or government fees
      • Passports or visa fees
      • Baggage fees
      • Travel, health, accident, or other insurance (required)
      • SCUBA Diving
      • Any meals or beverages not specified in itinerary
      • Alcoholic drinks outside of lunch and dinner service
      • Items of a personal nature such as souvenir purchases, laundry, etc.

      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is rated Level 1+, Easy, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Excursion tender vessels and Zodiac landing crafts are used to explore the coastline and transport passengers ashore for walks to wildlife sanctuaries, scenic nature areas, and local towns and villages. There are also ample opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. Some agility is required for getting in and out of the Zodiac landing crafts.
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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost<br>100 days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: 20% of trip cost<br>60-89 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>59 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}