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Coral Geographer

Launched in March 2021, Coral Geographer is a tropical expedition ship purpose-designed to access remote wilderness shores around the world, that are often inaccessible to…

About Coral Geographer

Launched in March 2021, Coral Geographer is a tropical expedition ship purpose-designed to access remote wilderness shores around the world, that are often inaccessible to large cruise vessels.

Sister ship to Coral Adventurer (launched in 2019), the newest addition to our fleet features over 1000 square metres of open deck space, multiple bars, majority balcony staterooms and suites, and public areas featuring a collection of Australian Indigenous art.

Coral Geographer is as comfortable as she is capable – her design draws on the latest technical advances as well as Coral Expeditions’ 36 years of experience building and operating expedition ships. The ship’s lightweight dual Xplorer tenders, a trademark feature of all our vessels, extend the capabilities of the ship by allowing deeper exploration on shore excursions. These ‘safari jeeps’ of the sea are fast, sturdy, and comfortable and developed to allow easy boarding from the ship and walk-off disembarkation onto remote shores.

Able to navigate into shallow bays, disembark onto remote islands, and visit small villages without overwhelming the environment or community, Coral Geographer explores the hidden nooks and crannies of Australia’s Kimberley Coast, Australia’s West and South coastlines and international voyages including to New Zealand, Sulawesi, Mauritius, and Zanzibar.

Coral Geographer carries a maximum of 120 guests – and only 99 under the company’s SailSAFE plan – delivering Coral Expeditions’ renowned warm Australian hospitality, intimate onboard atmosphere, and world-class expedition experience.

Ship Facts

Launch yearLanguageGross tonnageLengthWidthCurrencySpeedCapacityCrew countDeck countCabin countElectrical plugs
2021en-AU551693 meters17 metersAUS14 knots12048460 types:
AUS 3 Pin 230v
adapters provided:


The Coral Adventurer features all outside-facing guest cabins with ensuite bathrooms; the majority have a private balcony.

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite

There will be 6 spacious and elegant suites featured on the Coral Geographer. They will be equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. They have special Junior King sized beds. A 3.5 square metre private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two. The unique outside-facing bathroom with floor to ceiling windows will be the feature of the suites, with an infinity bathtub with sky views. The complimentary minibar is replenished daily. Suite guests will also be able to enjoy their preferred selection of any Australian sparkling, white or red wine on our list complimentary at lunch and dinner meal periods.


  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Suite Benefits
  • Free Mini Bar
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. The compact ensuite 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.


  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer deck and furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. The compact ensuite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.


  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Coral Deck Stateroom

Coral Deck Staterooms are located below the Promenade Deck and are identically furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. The compact ensuite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A porthole window gives you views of the world outside.


  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Safe


On board you'll find multiple indoor and outdoor bars, as well as a lounge, library and shop.

Sun Deck & Bars

There are fully stocked bars onboard with an excellent selection of beers, wines, and spirits. Bar hours are 10:00am to midnight. The laws governing our liquor license prohibit alcohol being brought onboard by guests.

Lecture Lounge

A series of lectures will be presented during the cruise. These presentations are an integral part of your expedition and are designed to lend greater depth and understanding to your experience. The lecture series, films, and slide-shows will be presented in the bridge deck lounge.


There is a resource library onboard with an excellent selection of books covering natural history, geology, local cultures, and flora & fauna, as well as fictional novels and games to enjoy.

Gift Shop

Our small gift shop onboard stocks items from our Cruise Collection, including shirts, hats & backpacks. Contact us if you would like to pre-order prior to your cruise.


Dining Room

Start your day with a tempting choices from a fresh continental or hot breakfast a la carte daily changing options

Onboard our fleet of small expedition ships we offer a daily changing selection of plated and small sharing platter dining options that showcase the best of the region from your voyage

Lunches showcase a selection of hot and cold dishes, from salads and cold cuts to soups, fresh local seafood and seasonal tropical fruits both individual platted and small sharing plates

Evenings are a convivial time to dine with new friends and reflect on an exciting day of discovery over dinner. We welcome you onboard with a Seafood sharing concept dinner on the first night. Other evening meals over a three-course table d’Hote dinner menu, when selections are offered as you enjoy table service from our friendly dining room staff.

All our expeditions feature a memorable pre-dinner event ashore where we serve sunset drinks and canapes, often on a beach, and always in a beautiful location with a sunset view. These casual ‘sundowners’ are hosted by the Captain and are the perfect time to kick off your shoes and enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail while mingling with fellow guests in a relaxed atmosphere.

Lunch and dinner are accompanied by a curated beverage list featuring boutique Australian and New Zealand wines, beers and ciders.

Each voyage our Captain hosts a Captains Table for invited guests and ship’s Officers will endeavour to host dinner guests on an evening when operational matters allow.

Meet our Chefs

All our vessels have galleys located adjacent to dining rooms and we operate a Meet the Chef policy where we welcome guest interaction between chefs and guests. Our flagship vessel Coral Adventurer has an open galley window where guests can see the kitchen team at work.

Our chefs will come to the dining room to meet guests and can be seen manning behind the roast meat carvery or manning the hotplate on Carvery and BBQ Nights.

Chefs replenish stores with local produce whenever possible and like to share insights into local markets and cuisine highlights through Chef Discussion sessions and cooking demonstrations with tastings.


A Coral Expeditions cruise is not about just passing through a region and seeing it from the ship’s deck. Instead, each day you will travel ashore and fully immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, fascinating history and vibrant cultures of these remarkable locations.

Xplorer 1, Xplorer 2 & Zodiacs

Featuring two of our custom designed aluminium excursion vessel with high horsepower engines that will accommodate all guests at one time. They are located on a hydraulic platform at the stern of the ship, and passengers are able to walk straight onto the vessel from the Coral Deck. Xplorers is used for shore landings, and for your convenience and comfort are equipped with an awning and toilet facilities.

We carry six inflatable landing craft (Zodiacs). Designed for expedition work, these large and heavy-duty inflatables are extremely safe and manoeuvrable. The flat bottom design permits these crafts to land directly onto the beaches.


Both double and single kayaks are available for use at select points throughout your cruise.

Shore Excursions

Our access to remote destinations and communities is unique in three special ways:

Firstly, the shallow draught of our small ships allows us to safely access and anchor in close to bays and landscapes that larger ships cannot reach giving us a bird-eye view of spectacular beaches, bays and at times, bustling port communities.

Secondly, our unique Xplorer tenders, comfortably appointed with shading and on-board toilet facilities, enable penetration inland with explorations into shallow rivers and streams, close to waterfalls and other extraordinary landscapes. Our inflatable Zodiacs and kayaks enable guests an up-close-and-personal view of reefs, islands and atolls and allow peaceful explorations of sheltered locations.

Lastly, our experienced Expedition Team, guided by an Expedition Leader and complimented by qualified experts with specific knowledge of local people, cultures and landscapes have the knowledge and connections, enabling unique access to areas often restricted to other travellers.

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

On some itineraries such as the Great Barrier Reef, and Abrolhos Islands & The Coral Coast, you will enjoy opportunities to snorkel and dive over the most colourful and pristine coral reefs. Our snorkelling and scuba diving departments are fully stocked with a wide range of snorkels, fins and masks (to fit all sizes) along with all the necessary equipment to allow you try the unforgettable experience that is SCUBA diving. Snorkelling equipment will be assigned to all guests at the commencement of each cruise.

Private Moorings

Our exclusive reef moorings enable unparalleled access to with the very best coral gardens, rainforests and secluded tropical islands visible right outside your window.

Guided by a qualified Marine Biologist and including a Dive Master; our Great Barrier Reef immersive expeditions showcase the very best of this World Heritage-listed natural wonder.

Guided Hikes

Time onshore is an important part of our expedition experience. In addition to exploring narrow waterways and secluded bays by tender vessel, our Expedition Team like nothing more than taking guests on a guided hike to points of interest, elevated look-outs, rock art sites and hilltop temples.

Our outdoor activities are designed to suit a variety of physical abilities and fitness levels and no athletic ability is presumed. Your Expedition Team will be on hand to guide and assist whenever necessary. Hikes vary in intensity and where possible, groups can be split to suit easy and moderate walkers as well as those who want to stretch themselves a little.

Cultural Interaction

We believe that interaction with local communities in an important part of any travel experience.

In the Kimberley and Top End of Australia, we are privileged to visit indigenous communities in Arnhem Land, the Tiwi and Thursday Islands and on the Cobourg Peninsula. Gaining insight into their ancient connection with the land and their culture and art, is a special experience. Not only will you be awed by the rugged beauty of these dramatic landscapes but by the unique ways of the Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Tiwi people who call them home.

In New Guinea and Islands of Indonesia, we are welcomed into coastal communities often with a ceremonial dance. Our visits help keep alive these traditional forms of dance and our itineraries have been carefully designed to showcase the very best traditional cultures, ancient rituals and the most spectacular scenery.

Health & Fitness


A large indoor gym is equipped with elliptical trainers and treadmills.


Vista Deck

  • Xplorer Bar

Bridge Deck

  • Bridge Deck Bar
  • Lounge
  • The Bridge
  • Observation Lounge
  • Lobby
  • Bridge Deck Balcony Suites

Explorer Deck

  • Gym
  • Lobby
  • Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms

Promenade Deck

  • Dining Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Reception
  • Galley
  • Lobby
  • Promenade Deck Stateroom

Coral Deck

  • Xplorer Boarding 
  • Lobby
  • Coral Deck Stateroom

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