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.
Visit the bustling Malaysian cities of Melaka and Penang
Enjoy a safari in one of Sri Lanka’s remarkable national parks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
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
Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
Entry visas/travel permits
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
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!