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Small Islands of the Indian Ocean: Singapore to Seychelles

Example 26 Day Cruise aboard Coral Geographer
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In the exotic and vibrant locations of Singapore, Sumatra, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and the Seychelles, 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, snorkeling, diving, and kayaking with the opportunity of encountering the remarkable marine life in the area. Enter the realm of the northern Seychelles and the land of the giants! See 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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Singapore | Embark
Day 2 : Melaka, Malaysia
Day 3 : At Sea | Penang, Malaysia
Day 4 : Penang, Malaysia
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Sabang, Indonesia
Day 7 : Banda Aceh
Days 8-10 : At Sea | Indian Ocean
Day 11 : Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Day 12 : Yala National Park | Galle, Sri Lanka
Day 13 : Galle, Sri Lanka
Day 14 : At Sea
Day 15 : Kulhudhuffushi, Maldives
Day 16 : Hanifaru Bay | Olhugiri, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Day 17 : Maalhaveli, Meemu Atoll, Maldives
Day 18 : Hithadhoo, Addu Atoll, Maldives
Days 19-22 : At Sea
Day 23 : Praslin, Seychelles
Day 24 : La Digue, Seychelles
Day 25 : Aride, Seychelles
Day 26 : Mahe | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the bustling Malaysian cities of Melaka and Penang
  • Enjoy a safari in one of Sri Lanka’s remarkable national parks
  • Explore the paradise of the Maldives
  • See the giant tortoises of the Seychelles

Ship

Coral Geographer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Beautiful beaches of Praslin Dramatic sunset over La Digue Island in the Seychelles Seychelles white beaches Seychelles Islands beach Snorkelers interacting with a friendly whale shark. Singapore skyline

Day 1 Singapore | Embark

Enjoy a relaxed morning before arriving at the Singapore Cruise Centre. After a delicious afternoon tea, Coral Geographer will depart on her maiden voyage. Come out on the deck to see the lights of the Singapore skyline as you sail from the harbor.

Day 2 Melaka, Malaysia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 its 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.

Arrive early before the heat of the day. There is much to see, so tours will reveal the city to you. After a break for lunch, enjoy a cruise along the Melaka River.

Day 3 At Sea | Penang, Malaysia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A day’s sailing takes you 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 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 4 Penang, Malaysia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, explore Penang. 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 center 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 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail for Indonesia, enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of the famous Penang dish "char kuey teow."

Day 6 Sabang, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 known for picturesque beaches and excellent marine life. Ride a becak from the harbor 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, explore the amazing dive sites around Pulau Weh – where schools of fish flock around the coral walls in the clear water.

Day 7 Banda Aceh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, 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 you commence the ocean crossing to Sri Lanka.

Day 8-10 At Sea | Indian Ocean

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
As you enter the Indian Ocean and steam toward Sri Lanka, enjoy lectures, cooking demonstrations, or simply relax on deck.

Day 11 Hambantota, Sri Lanka

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Sri Lanka early this morning. Make your way overland from the ship on a scenic journey to soak up the surrounds of Sri Lanka. Enjoy stops to explore small villages. Reach the national park for the special event: a dusk safari experience with the opportunity to spot local wild elephants and perhaps elusive leopards before you sit down to an elaborate Sri Lankan feast at a wilderness resort. Stay overnight at the wilderness resort on the edge of the national park.

Day 12 Yala National Park | Galle, Sri Lanka

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, 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, arrive at Galle, where you meet the Coral Geographer. Guests have free time to explore the fort and city and gather back on board the ship for dinner.

Day 13 Galle, Sri Lanka

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, you 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, depart Galle for the Maldives.

Day 14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax on board while you steam toward the next destination. Listen to lectures from your expert team and reflect on your experiences.

Day 15 Kulhudhuffushi, Maldives

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, arrive at the Maldives and begin exploring of the exquisite coral atolls.

Enjoy water activities off the white sand beaches of a stunning atoll island. Enjoy snorkeling over the underwater coral gardens, strolling under the palm trees, and meeting the kind and courteous Maldivians.

Day 16 Hanifaru Bay | Olhugiri, Baa Atoll, Maldives

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, find yourself at Hanifaru Bay, famous for its marine life. This is a protected area, and you may have the opportunity to swim and admire the underwater wonders.

After lunch, reposition to Olhugiri for more water activities and relaxation. The island is known for breeding red-billed tropic birds and nesting turtles.

Day 17 Maalhaveli, Meemu Atoll, Maldives

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Meemu Atoll and the uninhabited island of Maalhaveli. This atoll is a true paradise and geographic marvel. It is home to rich marine biodiversity and a huge variety of diving and snorkeling experiences! Enjoy wall and drift dives over colorful reefs, with the opportunity to spot fish, mantas, or reef sharks.

Day 18 Hithadhoo, Addu Atoll, Maldives

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Hithadhoo, Addu Atoll today. Have time to explore the city or go shopping, enjoy Maldivian cuisine, and relax, before you depart in the evening.

Day 19-22 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Relax on board while you steam toward the next destination. Listen to lectures from your expert team and reflect on your experiences.

Day 23 Praslin, Seychelles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, arrive at the Seychelles and begin exploring these beautiful islands. 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. Marvel at the forest of over 6,000 coco de mer palms, with their enormous fan-shaped fronds and famously suggestive double-coconut seeds.

This afternoon, enjoy swimming or walks at the Cote d’Or.

Day 24 La Digue, Seychelles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 that provides 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, visit Curieuse Island. This island has a tragic history, having been home to a leper colony, and still bears the marks of a 1771 fire. However, here the giant tortoises roam free and the Seychelles black parrot can be spotted among the protected coco de mer trees.

Day 25 Aride, Seychelles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 provide a huge amount of birdwatching opportunities. Here, 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 26 Mahe | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, arrive at Mahe to disembark.

Coral Geographer

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Coral Deck Stateroom
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Coral Deck Stateroom
Located on the Coral Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Twin porthole windows give you views of the world outside.
Promenade Deck Stateroom
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Promenade Deck Stateroom
Located on the Promenade Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
These 21.4 Sq m staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas. These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck.
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
Bridge Deck Balcony Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. Along with special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles. An 3.5 sq m private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two.

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Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates

Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • All meals
  • House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service
  • 24-hour tea and barista-style coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Guided tours on Xplorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs, and kayaks
  • 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
Exclusions:
  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases
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